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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

5

That's the number of networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Univision -- that President Barack Obama will appear on this Sunday as he seeks to re-build momentum for his health care plan.

Putting the president so far forward on Sunday -- particularly so soon after his primetime address to a joint session of Congress last week -- is evidence that the White House recognizes that the deal is far from closed with the American people when it comes to health care.

In moments of crisis during the 2008 campaign, Obama's campaign always put their candidate front and center -- knowing that he was the most convincing and compelling advocate for his own policies that they had in the stable.

And, time and again during that campaign, it worked; witness Obama's race speech in Philadelphia in response to the controversy caused by his former pastor Jeremiah Wright, which turned what could have been a public relations disaster into a high point of the primary campaign.

Putting Obama on all five networks this Sunday is a reprisal of that strategy. White House aides are convinced -- despite some polling to the contrary -- that Obama's speech to Congress last week helped re-start the push for health care reform and proved that in times of uncertainty, Americans want to hear from their president.

Republicans, for their part, relished the news that Obama would be pulling a "full Ginsburg" -- pointing to data in polling done by the Washington Post/ABC News that suggests that the more voters find out about the health care bill, the less they like it.

Who's right? Watch the polls to see if Obama can move the needle (in a positive way) on support for health care reform over the next week or so.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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Foxnews, what is that? Isn't that the Jerry Springer show..President Barack Obama 56% approval rating, doing just fine, goes on the quality networks. President Obama leaves the likes of the Jerry Springer show to others...

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 16, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I think you mean "reprise" of that strategy. Reprisal is more like revenge.

Posted by: dnfree | September 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

b'way joe:


Our next lesson will be on the secretive, Homeland Security-directed MACC program that is silently irradiating thousands of unjustly targeted American citizens with silent, harmful, "slow-kill" microwave and laser directed energy weapons -- portable/hand-held AND delivered via terrestrial and/or satellite-based telecommunications technology -- as community-policing affiliated civilian vigilantes protected by local law enforcement stalk, harass, vandalize and terrorize them with warrantless, covertly placed GPS tracking devices.

A/K/A "The Bush-Cheney Legacy American Genocide."

And where are the intel committees of Congress? AWOL on America's silent holocaust?

Meanwhile, AG Holder's Justice Department vows to renew key elements of the Patriot Act -- providing more "cover" for these U.S. government-enabled crimes against humanity.

It is time for the good people inside the FBI -- some of whom have been agonizing over this for years -- to STAND UP AND ACT.

And while you are at it: please check the White House and other environs of top officials for the presence of electromagnetic radiation of various types.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 16, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

joe59 wrote: "liberals unsuccessfully tryed to divert attention first on former VP Cheney"

How clever of liberals to get Cheney and his daughter to make non-stop media appearances criticizing liberals in support of the liberal diversion plan. The fiends! Plans within plans within plans . . .

Posted by: nodebris | September 16, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Not to break the chain of thought or anything, but enquiring minds need to know:

If I use the tip of a burning cigarette to kill a spider in my kitchen window, is it ok to keep smoking the ci

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 16, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

What the conservative tweedle dees and tweedle dums don't get is that it's the extreme left that is disappointed in the health care plan. The extreme right always hated it and hates it still -- no change there.

Sorry, CC, but the fact that the left is disappointed that it won't get universal health care does not make for a "republican resurgence."

Posted by: nodebris | September 16, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey joe if you want to issue a standard-issue polemic please don't leverage off one of my posts to do it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

To GoldAndTanzanite -- You're right about the Democrats making a mistake with this tactic. They know that they cannot pass any of these bills so they have to find a villain to blame. What better villain to blame than racism?

I wanted real healthcare reform -- a start from scratch sensible plan. Unfortunately, the Democrats didn't do that. Instead they let the lobbyists like Tom Daschle write the plan and all we’ll get is a tax generating program and forced conscription into the existing system.

I wrote earlier that the Democrats are scripting their game plan for a failed healthcare legislation right out of Animal Farm. And, its very scarry.

Posted by: joe59 | September 15, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

To GoldAndTanzanite -- You're right about the Democrats making a mistake with this tactic. They know that they cannot pass any of these bills so they have to find a villain to blame. What better villain to blame than racism?

I wanted real healthcare reform -- a start from scratch sensible plan. Unfortunately, the Democrats didn't do that. Instead they let the lobbyists like Tom Daschle write the plan and all we’ll get is a tax generating program and forced conscription into the existing system.

I wrote earlier that the Democrats are scripting their game plan for a failed healthcare legislation right out of Animal Farm. And, its very scarry.

Posted by: joe59 | September 15, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Concerned about Obama's falling ratings, the liberals unsuccessfully tryed to divert attention first on former VP Cheney. Then they tried to divert attention to the CIA agents who tried to keep us safe after 9/11. When these diversions didn't work, they had to pull out the "race" card with nothing but assumption.

This is Animal Farm. This is scarry. The liberal elite are the Pigs trying to scare the rest of us farm animals with claims of future perl if we don't do exactly what they say. Carter and Maureen Dowd are Squealer to Obama's Napoleon.

Posted by: joe59 | September 15, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

It is unreal what that man will do just to get in front of a camera.

Posted by: dgurnee | September 15, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how the health care vote turns out.

It looks to me as though the Republicans have adopted strategies very effective at exciting their base, but very liable to alienate all others - at the very moment when the patina of celebrity is wearing off of President Obama.

For the past 20 years, this nation has been pretty evenly divided ideologically. The serial catastrophes of the Bush 43 regime pushed the needle into "Dem majority" zone.

Right now, we're experiencing a reversion to the mean, but rank and file Republicans - Joe Wilson among them - are hindering rather than accelerating that normal process, I'd venture to guess.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 15, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Underage illegal alien hookers at ACORN. Just another day at the DNC. Barry we will judge you by your people. Rev wright, van jones, acorn.

Posted by: snowbama | September 15, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Pete Stark better watch out when the GOP take over.

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

But I don't like this move. There's a saying in poker. Don't discourage your opponent from making a mistake. But this is exactly what the Democrats are doing. To take time out of their day for this nonsense makes them look petty. Get back to work, people!

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Disagree. Understand the point but I think the offense in this case was so direct and so pointed that I believe the greater damage -- to effectiveness as well as to political perception -- would be to let it go unanswered.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Not only is it a waste of time, but Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) is a hypocrite!

He called GWB a liar on the floor when the House was in session too.

http://www.thefoxnation.com/pete-stark/2009/09/15/flashback-pete-stark-d-calif-calls-bush-liar-house-floor

Why the double standard?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"There will be more people with hangovers at the next NASCAR weekend."

This is true. Now that the 'necks have shown the President of the United States what they really think, they are going to have to confront the fact that NASCAR has taken steps to prohibit throwing your beer can on the track whenever something happens you don't like. So, bottoms up!

Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I like Cao(R). He really hates this partisan nonsense.

But I don't like this move. There's a saying in poker. Don't discourage your opponent from making a mistake. But this is exactly what the Democrats are doing. To take time out of their day for this nonsense makes them look petty. Get back to work, people!

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Seven honest Republicans out of HOW many?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

A Great day for the Republic!

From the NY Times:

"The House passed the resolution chastising Representative Wilson, by a vote of 240 to 179. A handful of Republicans voted to rebuke their colleague; while a dozen Democrats voted against doing so.

On the vote breakdown: The seven Republicans who voted with Democrats to admonish Mr. Wilson are Representatives Anh Cao, of Louisiana, Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Representatives Jeff Flake of Arizona, Bob Inglis of South Carolina, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, Tom Petri of Wisconsin. Dana Rohrabacher of California."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 15, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey, they fought their war for a reason and they would do it again. Imagine the horror for the sons and daughters of the confederacy, a black man and woman are doing it in the White House, like they own the place.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron:

If you don't want to discuss your post, that's fine with me too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What's up today?. This was also found in anti-BHO territory, politico.com:

"Eight months into Barack Obama’s presidency, as criticism of his administration seems to reach new levels of volume and intensity each week, the whispers among some of his allies are growing louder: That those who loathe the nation’s first African-American president, and especially those who would deny his citizenship, are driven at least in part by racism.


It’s a feeling that’s acutely felt among those supporters of Obama who are themselves minorities. Conversations with Democrats at an otherwise upbeat Democratic National Committee fall gathering here, an event largely devoted to party housekeeping, reflected a growing anger at what many see as a troubling effort to delegitimize Obama’s hold on the office."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27120.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 15, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@Gator-ron: it's not posting, it's trying to elicit responses from outraged readers. AKA trolling. We don't dignify it by answering or referring to it.

As someone put it so perfectly a few months ago, think of these two guys' posts as "vomit on the sidewalk." Don't touch, don't look, just step around.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron:

TODAY's news is all about Rep. Wilson telling the truth but being censured. Sunday, we'll talk pResident Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD thinks that the world centers on Joe Wilson and not on Obama's appearances on TV this weekend. The inappropriateness of his posts shows why he identifies with the inappropriateness of Wilson's behavior.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 15, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

That demonstration on Saturday impressed no one. There will be more people with hangovers at the next NASCAR weekend.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 15, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It's even worse for congressional Republicans: 27% approve, 70% disapprove.

==

Funny innit how those same numbers keep coming up. 21-28% go for the GOP, no matter what the rest of the question is.

Just think how much better a nation we'd be without this particular layer of scum.

And how thinner.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

snoclue is zoukie, jasper, as well as 'sagereader' one of his old nom de plumes. Narcisstic disorder.

Posted by: drindl | September 15, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Fox viewers want fox to tell them what Obam said. They have confidence in the unreliability of their reporting. Fox viewers do not what to be challenged by listening to Obama without being told what to think. Obama knows people and he is giving the people who watch Fox what they want.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 15, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

As though any of us would have ever heard the word without Melville's story which we read in high school.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

CC: From that same USA Today poll you cited, the president still has high approval ratings. At the same time, "The approval rating for congressional Democrats is a dismal 36%-61%. It's even worse for congressional Republicans: 27% approve, 70% disapprove."
______________
BHO is at 56% in the DailyKos poll today. Doing just fine.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 15, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Way to go s50...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 15, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

What gives here?

No cherrypicked anti-BHO poll
No no-mention of the President
No Palin in 2012
No Pawlenty in 2012
No Chip Salsman shout out
No GOP comeback post
No Corzine's in trouble...and
Five Fix picks I can get behind, including "Race matters" in politico.com
And useful information on BHO upcoming TV speech

Not complainin', just sayin'. :)

BTW, around lunchtime, CNN did a great piece on the unhinged bigotry displayed at the "tax protest" on Saturday. One of the tax policy experts had a sign showing our President in a loincloth in the jungle. They made history, though. In 1925, 40,000 members of the Klan marched right down Pa. Avenue. On Saturday, they say about 60,000 of these "tax policy experts" showed up--impressive.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 15, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

It's always a good day when I can learn something even from scrivner.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

SPECIAL TO: shrink2 @ 6:28 p.m.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrivener


* Etymology: Middle English scriveiner, alteration of scrivein, from Anglo-French escrivein, from Vulgar Latin *scriban-, scriba, alteration of Latin scriba scribe

* Date: 14th century

1 : a professional or public copyist or writer : scribe

2 : notary public


Posted by: scrivener50 | September 15, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Get a clue about the 9/11 Project and racism. The group was totally white. And we were lucky there was no fighting. In fact, the reporters should have asked which southern state they were from.

Posted by: nvizhon | September 15, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50:

Do you think that Rep. Wilson speaking truth to power should have been censured?

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

scrivener, could I ask you please why you chose the screen name like, scrivener?

Through history scriveners have been ridiculed, disparaged for not writing down their own ideas.

It seems like you are calling yourself unoriginal, which is obviously untrue.
Is this like "reverse" psychology or something?

Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN TO: bklyndan22 @ 6:07 p.m.

IT IS BUSH-CHENEY WHO SPAWNED OR EXPANDED THESE CRIMES AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Obviously, you did not bother to read the articles, which first appeared in an earlier form during the Bush-Cheney Reign of Terror.

It takes time for the pendulum to swing back from the extreme right... and hopefully, the Obama administration is working hard behind the scenes to right these government wrongs and to restore the rule of law -- DECIMATED DURING THE BUSH YEARS.

Your post strikes me as a lame psy op attempt to make it seem as though the writer is anti-Obama, when, in fact, the exact opposite is the case.

Perhaps you are familiar with the methods and tactics described in THIS article:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 15, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

At least there were 23 level-headed Democrats who didn't vote for the "disapproval" of Rep. Wilson (R-SC):

Arcuri, Delahunt, Giffords, Hinchey, Hodes, Kucinich, Maffei, Massa, McDermott, Moore, Taylor, Teague, Engel, Foster, Frank, Shea-Porter, Skelton, Ackerman, Lynch, Sestak, Tanner, Velázquez, and (shockingly) Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) is a hypocrite!

He called GWB a liar on the floor when the House was in session too.

http://www.thefoxnation.com/pete-stark/2009/09/15/flashback-pete-stark-d-calif-calls-bush-liar-house-floor

Why the double standard?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"And why not Fox News Sunday? I realize that Fox tilts right, but if the President is serious about engaging critics - mainly Republicans and those on the right - wouldn't it make sense to talk to that audience as well?

Posted by: ggWashDC"

Another piece of unintended hilarity..Fox tilts right? Tilts? Fox consistently mingles fact and fiction, parrots Republican talking points and skews over the top to the right. Their real slogan ought to be changed to, "We distort, you decide". There are times, as Hannity did last week, where they assert the EXACT opposite of what was actually said. Their network isn't journalism at any level--it is the mouth organ of the RNC. As for the national tear duct, Glenn Beck, the next thing he says that proves accurate will be the first thing he got right. Or is the spirit he wants to recapture in a bottle, that 9/12 mindset, reflected by the participants who compared Obama to Lenin, Stalin, Marx, Hitler--really everyone but Pol Pot. Imagine if you will a rally on 9/12/2001 depicting Bush that way, and the volcanic response it would have engendered form these same "patriots" of the right. Obama is right to reach out to the rest of the country--the people who watch Fox long ago lost any perspective, and most of their veneer of civility.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | September 15, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Gov't-enabled atrocities make health care reform a cruel joke...

COVERT FED MULTI-AGENCY PROGRAM ASSAULTS U.S. CITIZENS WITH HARMFUL MICROWAVE/LASER DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS

* Community policing- based warrantless GPS-activated vigilante stalking, harassment, vandalism, financial exploitation enabled by federal and local law enforcement

* Is Team Obama naive, misinformed, or complicit?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50

of all the imbecilic comments and crap that winds up posted randomly by wingnuts, this absolutely takes the cake. These are the same people who said NOTHING when the Bush Administration established the surveillance state, and are now suggesting its all a Democratic or ACLU ploy. This is almost comedic sci-fi fantasy.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | September 15, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is desperate.

Obama is now going nowhere except to the sympathetic media programs.

Obama is going down. Enjoy your descent, you narcissistic, immature, attention seeker!!!

Posted by: sagereader | September 15, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

POTUS AT POINT OF OVEREXPOSURE: HE SHOULD UNDO THE FULL GINSBURG

MEMO TO POTUS c/o Senior WH staff:

Mr. President:

You are being dangerously over-exposed in the media, reducing the effectiveness of your message.

The accounts of your "off-the-record" comment about rapper Kanye West's MTV antics underscore the point.

Please, sir, for the sake of your agenda, consider canceling your scheduled appearance on Letterman -- AND the "full Ginsburg" round of talk show appearances this week. Surely your time can be better spent by quietly working behind the scenes in support of your policy objectives.

Your joint address to Congress got you over the 50-yard line. Don't keep running the same play or you risk being thrown for a loss.

Think about this: There was a good reason Elvis did not appear on any TV talk show after his breakout year...

***

Gov't-enabled atrocities make health care reform a cruel joke...

COVERT FED MULTI-AGENCY PROGRAM ASSAULTS U.S. CITIZENS WITH HARMFUL MICROWAVE/LASER DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS

* Community policing- based warrantless GPS-activated vigilante stalking, harassment, vandalism, financial exploitation enabled by federal and local law enforcement

* Is Team Obama naive, misinformed, or complicit?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 15, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I was running about an hour ago, out here in the scrub oak forests of the Pacific Northwest it is acorn time, especially on a breezy afternoon. I got hit three or four times. I thought of how dangerous acorns really are. The right wing was correct, all along.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

ACORN did it! ACORN! ACORN! ACORN!
ACORN killed the American family! ACORN is killing my lawn! ACORN is killing babies! ACORN brown shirts put doo-doo in my mail box. ACORN just gave me the middle finger from the other car. ACORN took Taylor Swift's microphone! ACORN gave me swine flu! ACORN dammit! ACORN! ACORN!...need some air....ACORN! ACORN!

Posted by: hayden1 | September 15, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Barry's scared of Fox, Barry's scared of Fox!!

Posted by: jshay | September 15, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Earlier, drindl inquired...

"kingofzouk -- now there's a case for you. someone who spends every day of their life, every minute of every day, posting frantic gibberish on blogs, even though he knows everyone else on the blogs thinks he is a moron.

What sort of disorder is that? Some sort of schizophrenia? Mania? There doesn't seem to be a down stage though, it's all maniac behavior."

First, there is such a thing as dysphoric mania, a mania fueled narcissistic rage; it can be quite dangerous when directed at the people who fail to appreciate the true brilliance and the special nature of the person suffering with the disorder.

But no, severe, persistent mental illness is unlikely to drive all but that precious one of The Fix regulars.

In the case of zouk, the premise is false, he does not know that we all think he is a moron. He thinks he is smart and he thinks he is educating the morons. He believes he is doing us a favor, cutting and pasting, endlessly repeating himself - it is hard work you know. Trust me, he thinks he is winning the battle of ideas, good versus evil, all that.

Remember how baffled the Shrub was with how complicated reality turned out to be? Reagan never had to worry about that, too demented to even bother with assembling facts.

When your ideas, your choices don't have any consequences, you can remain really stupid and still think you are the smart one. On The Internets, there is no cold light of dawn.


Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I watch both Fox and CNN regularly, as well as the Sunday programs on the broadcast networks. Some of Fox's programs are over the top, but Fox News Sunday isn't terribly different from the other Sunday shows. Chris Wallace usually does a good job of having guests and viewpoints from both sides. It just seems to me that if the President wants to talk to those who disagree with him, he might as well appear on the network that they'll likely be watching and at least lay out his case. It would be naive of the White House to expect some Fox viewers to switch over to one of the other programs, but at least he'd get that exposure. Or, as part of me suspects, this "bipartisan" talk from the White House is just that - talk, and nothing else.

Posted by: ggWashDC | September 15, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"And why not Fox News Sunday? I realize that Fox tilts right, but if the President is serious about engaging critics - mainly Republicans and those on the right - wouldn't it make sense to talk to that audience as well?

Posted by: ggWashDC"

I think Obama wants to get the big audiences. You can't beat the major networks for eyes. There's a lot more low hanging fruit than to try and convert Glenn Beck sycophants.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Why not Fox News Sunday?

Why reward faux-journalists, who allow people like Glenn Beck to say outrageous and unsupported things about the POTUS, with a POTUS interview?

I get my news from a variety of sources. I hit several different Sunday morning shows. If any regular FNS viewer wants to hear the president on Sunday, they'll just have to hold their noses and switch the channel. For once.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 15, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

And why not Fox News Sunday? I realize that Fox tilts right, but if the President is serious about engaging critics - mainly Republicans and those on the right - wouldn't it make sense to talk to that audience as well?

Posted by: ggWashDC | September 15, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

No Republican Shilling has declined news just as much. You can thank Beck for being the type of low brow entertainment this country apparently wants.

If anything it's people like you that is the problem with the media. You don't want facts you want someone to pat you on the head and tell you that every idiotic thought that comes into your head is special and valid. Pro-tip: Nothing you say is.

Posted by: mtcooley | September 15, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

snowclue couldn't identify journalism even if he shared the six years of college with sarah palin.

Posted by: jasperanselm | September 15, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"snowclue sure sounds a lot like zookie. Probably has the same single digit IQ too.

Posted by: jasperanselm"

Leave him alone. He's "debating"

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

You can thank Glenn Beck .....for exposing the czars, for uncovering the criminal enterprise that is ACORN, for reporting the town halls and rallies, etc. you can thank the enquirer for John Edwards.

you can thank NBC, CBS, MSNBC et al for demonstrating how low a rating can go on the air. Oh, and for not reporting anything that is not glowing and tribute to THE ONE. and for ruining the reputation of news bureaus in general and hastening the decline of "journalism " specifically.

Posted by: snowbama | September 15, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

By definition, if there is nothing to the right of Fox, then it is the right wing of the MSM. MSNBC would be the left wing. Obama is appearing on neither one.

He has, however, given plenty of interviews to Fox before. The idea that he is not up to it is simply false. You can thank Glenn Beck and his idiotic ranting for the fact that Obama will not appear on Fox on Sunday.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 15, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

snowclue sure sounds a lot like zookie. Probably has the same single digit IQ too.

Posted by: jasperanselm | September 15, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Cubs fan - did you see his hardball pitch? If you don't stand a few feet in front of the plate, it will not reach you. think of the left stream media as willing to stand halfway between the pitchers mound and the plate. Meanwhile Fox is waiting in the usual position wondering why nothing ever quite gets there.
Barry is just not up to Big League standards.

Posted by: snowbama | September 15, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

What! No Larry King or Oprah? How can the President suck up softball questions from his sycophantic follwers without hitting these two?

Posted by: CubsFan | September 15, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I do recall President Cheney doing at least a two-fer many times while trying to explain away unnecessary wars, warrantless wiretapping and torture. He left his sock-puppet "W" home on those Sundays, though.

Today was Obama's deadline to the Gang of Six. We're supposed to see a bill out of there shortly. And the reconciliation begins. So, yes, I think there will be some new things to talk about come Sunday.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

CC: From that same USA Today poll you cited, the president still has high approval ratings. At the same time, "The approval rating for congressional Democrats is a dismal 36%-61%. It's even worse for congressional Republicans: 27% approve, 70% disapprove."

More people now believe that Obama will not achieve *all* his goals, because they are more informed, and because he said he would compromise on the public option. That doesn't mean what will get passed is unpopular, or that passage is less likely.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 15, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Anything NEW to say, or just the same old crap.

Need a new act, Obama.


The nation would greatly benefit from the Barack Obama Channel where those who chose to believe this lying sack can tune in and watch to their heart's content.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | September 15, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

No matter how much he talks and promises the results of the Obamination that we voted in are trickling in:

In a whole bunch of major radio markets -- from New York City to San Diego, with St. Louis in between -- Rush Limbaugh's listenership has surged: “As frustration with Obama's policies reached a boiling point during August, Americans clearly turned to Rush for help,” but “the state-run media has yet to take notice.”

Several mortars or rockets were fired at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone government district on Tuesday shortly after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden flew in to keep pressure on Iraq's leaders to make political compromises.

LONDON – A weakened United States could start retreating from the world stage without help from its allies abroad, an international strategic affairs think tank said Tuesday.

The respected London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies said President Barack Obama will increasingly have to turn to others for help dealing with the world's problems — in part because he has no alternative.

"Domestically Obama may have campaigned on the theme 'yes we can'; internationally he may increasingly have to argue 'no we can't'," the institute said in its annual review of world affairs.

In the eight months or so since you took office, you have succeeded in reviving a party, the GOP, that many had left for dead.

That old canard -- that you'll pay for a huge program through cutting out "...waste, fraud, and corruption..." was old and lame and pitifully untrue in the days of John Adams. It is a bad joke now...unless, unless you really are planning to totally gut Medicare and basically end decent health care for the elderly.
The idea that you can do a trillion dollar plus program with no new taxes and not add to the deficit and you swear that's true is all too much like your promise to "...read every line..." of the federal budget to root out "fraud, waste and corruption." (How are you doing on that reading, by the way?)

No one who has ever been to the Department of Motor Vehicles, no one who has ever been audited, no one who has ever tried to get a Social Security problem corrected believes your fibs that your health care plan will not come between patients and doctors.

Posted by: snowbama | September 15, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

after only 200+ speeches resulting in dwindling support after every one, all it will take is one more long boring pack of lies.

Posted by: snowbama | September 15, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Watch the polls, huh?
ers.
Meaning, try to find a silver lining for the White Rural Southern Racist party in the numb

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 15, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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