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Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?



Will President Obama hurt Democrats at the polls this fall? Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Bloomberg

Two years removed from an electoral wave created by President Barack Obama that swept Democrats into wide Congressional majorities, the chief executive's numbers have faltered badly in a number of contested states -- raising concerns that he could be a drag on Democratic candidates this fall.

A new independent poll in Missouri paints a grim picture for the president. Obama's job approval rating stood at just 34 percent with the overall electorate; among independents the numbers were even worse with just 27 percent approving of the job Obama is doing and 63 percent disapproving.

Go deeper into the poll and the numbers don't get any better. With the economy shaping up to be the dominant issue in the campaign across the country this fall, just one in three Missouri voters approved of Obama's handling of it; among independents a whopping 68 percent disapprove of how the president had handled the economy.

Despite those numbers, Rep. Roy Blunt (R) holds only a 48 percent to 42 percent lead over Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R) this fall.

That trend -- poor Obama numbers coupled with a competitive head to head Senate race -- has played out in a series of polls in recent weeks.

To wit:

* Obama's approval at 41 percent (56 percent disapprove) in a new independent poll in Kentucky; ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) takes 41 percent to state Attorney General Jack Conway's (D) 38 percent in the Senate race.

* Forty-five percent approval/49 percent disapproval for Obama in a late June Quinnipiac University Ohio poll (including just 40 percent approval among independents); Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) at 42 percent to 40 percent for former Rep. Rob Portman (R) in the Senate race.

* Forty-six percent approval/49 percent disapproval for Obama in a mid-July Q poll in Pennsylvania with disapproval among independents at 53 percent; Rep. Joe Sestak (D) and former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) tied at 43 percent in the Senate race.

Eric Schultz, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, insisted that the disconnect between Obama's approval ratings and the head-to-head numbers is evidence that Republican attempts to make the election a referendum on President Obama won't succeed.

"As much as Republicans wish it wasn't true, their candidates are on the ballot too," said Schultz. "The national environment is relevant, but not determinative."

Perhaps.

But, remember that in very few of these races have the two candidates engaged in any meaningful way (read: television ads) -- a fact that makes it difficult to draw hard and fast conclusions about whether Obama's number will ultimately hurt Democrats in states like Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and Kentucky.

Missouri, forever a swing state, may give us an early indication of whether (and how much) Obama will drag down Democrats.

In a new ad, Blunt goes directly at Carnahan's decision to raise money with President Obama -- describing her as a "rubberstamp" for his agenda and quoting the chief executive saying "it would've already been done if I had Robin Carnahan there." (Obama was referring to the passage of financial regulatory reform.)

Here's the ad:

That commercial went on the Missouri airwaves July 20 and the Mason-Dixon poll came out of the field just one day later so its impact (if there is one) isn't reflected in the latest survey.

(Worth noting: While Carnahan raised money with Obama in Missouri earlier this month, she was out of town during a March presidential visit.)

Blunt's strategy, which almost certainly will be mimicked by other Republicans running in competitive Senate contests around the country, is borrowed from Democrats in 2006 who labeled virtually every Republican running for office as a rubberstamp for then President George W. Bush. (One important difference: Bush was far less popular nationally in 2006 than Obama is today.)

Will the Republican rubberstamp strategy work?

"Midterm elections are usually a referendum on the President," said one Democratic pollster granted anonymity to speak candidly. "But I think there are a host of other numbers that are more worrisome -- right direction, lack of economic optimism, the Democrats in Congress having poor numbers and the sharp rise in anti-incumbency."

Elections are far more complex than many people -- including the media (damn media!) -- typically assume and, as a result, it's impossible to quantitatively measure exactly what the Obama effect will be this fall.

But, numbers like the ones in Missouri have to be concerning for Democratic candidates who have to hope Obama's approval ratings improve between now and Nov. 2. Running with a light breeze in your face is one thing; running with a gale force wind blowing against you is quite another.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
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Irael is setting up the stage for the Global Elitists and they are so wrapped in their own concerns they don't even know the hell they create for the rest of us, or do they?

Cindy Sheehan says'

"Kerry and Obama both supported more war. An “antiwar” movement de-legitimizes itself when it works hard for a candidate who does not promise total and rapid withdrawal of troops from wherever they happen to be at the time AND does not promise to end war as an imperial tool of corporate conquest".

"Obama comes out strong with a new antiwar marketing campaign to assure his “re-election.” Even though not one progressive issue has been propagated during his term, these war supporters are looking forward to another four years of the dance of death. Right foot kill—left foot torture—spin around for environmental devastation—allemande left for health care fascism—and shimmy right for bankster bailouts. Wasn’t eight years of this crap during the Bush stain enough for y’all?" The majority of the so-called antiwar movement, in fact, voted for a candidate that PROMISED to contract one war only to be able to profoundly EXPAND another. Obama all along said that he is not against all war, just “dumb wars.” If there existed an antiwar movement that had integrity—it would have said that “all wars are dumb,” and we withhold our support for just another dyed-in-the-wool warmonger. View the
TWO Party Paradyne System News clip:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2824363/the_obama_deception_extra_part_2/

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | August 1, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Irael is setting up the stage for the Global Elitists and they are so wrapped in their own concerns they don't even know the hell they create for us!
Cindy Sheehan says'

"Kerry and Obama both supported more war. An “antiwar” movement de-legitimizes itself when it works hard for a candidate who does not promise total and rapid withdrawal of troops from wherever they happen to be at the time AND does not promise to end war as an imperial tool of corporate conquest".

"Obama comes out strong with a new antiwar marketing campaign to assure his “re-election.” Even though not one progressive issue has been propagated during his term, these war supporters are looking forward to another four years of the dance of death. Right foot kill—left foot torture—spin around for environmental devastation—allemande left for health care fascism—and shimmy right for bankster bailouts. Wasn’t eight years of this crap during the Bush stain enough for y’all?" The majority of the so-called antiwar movement, in fact, voted for a candidate that PROMISED to contract one war only to be able to profoundly EXPAND another. Obama all along said that he is not against all war, just “dumb wars.” If there existed an antiwar movement that had integrity—it would have said that “all wars are dumb,” and we withhold our support for just another dyed-in-the-wool warmonger. View the
TWO Party Paradyne System News clip:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2824363/the_obama_deception_extra_part_2/

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | August 1, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Glubber:
Not to sound disrespectful .. however in the midst of all this negative opinion about Obama, I am merely pointing out that it is always prudent to examine the facts without always reverting to some banal, atavistic desire to dismiss Obama because of some deeply rooted fear of the unknown. I respect that his policies are not popular ... but consider this .. every nation has at the historic moment, the leader (popular or not) that they deserve and need. My opinion is that Obama is necessary and indeed vital to America's recovery which in my mind ... is essential. In any case .. every American has the right to vote otherwise ... this is what democracy is about isnt it ... choosing what or who you feel would be best for you ... let your opinion also have fact ...

Posted by: zwe24 | July 28, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama is becoming the pig pen for all his fellow democratic candidates. They now know the smell a pig pen generates and anything they do to get the Obama stink off them will only result in a pox on them for having been associated with Obama in the first place. The corruption; union pandering; backdoor deals; hidden lanuages in thousand page bills; the lies in getting a more expensive healthcare law passed and the costs associated with those lies. The appointing of socialist director to head healthcare without public discourse in the congresss; the radicals in his administration; the nationalizations of publicly owned businesses; the bailout of banks and wall street; the financial reform bill which leaves out the two most guilty agency's fanny may and freddie mac. Obama would drag down the paint on the white house if he remains in the office. Already I have received propaganda from Obama boot steppers who gloat at having supported Obmaa. Jeff Greene of Florida is one who has chosen to praise this loser and hang on to his coat tails. He has chosen the wrong side of history. No one in Florida will support a man who supports Obama.

Posted by: lhudson828 | July 27, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?"

Obama is dragging down all Dem candidates down to the level of school board, water district, dog catcher, etc..

Posted by: Glammer | July 27, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry. Two weeks before the election, Tea Party trash will come out in favor of seperate drinking fountains and lose the election by a landslide. America the trailer park, God turns his back on thee.

Posted by: Original1 | July 27, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Senate Democrats? I just wish Oblamer would quit dragging down the REST of the country!

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

The_Pilgrim

Posted by: rdamurphy | July 27, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

JOE LOUIS WAS THE "BROWN BOMBER" QAND NOW WE HAVE THE "BROWN BUMBLER" TOO BAD OLD JOE ISN'T AROUND TO POP THIS PUNK IN THE PUSS.

Posted by: joel714 | July 27, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes as voters, we get what we deserve. Obama couldn't have begun the destruction of our liberty without the aid of the Democrats in Congress. What a bunch of hypocritical losers we have there. Barney, Dodd, Rangel, Pelosi and Reid are like the anti-statesmen. If we don't vote against them, they'll continue to line their pockets and smilingly screw us all.

Posted by: betspotter | July 27, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

OBumbler the race baiting fumbler is dropping in the polls faster then Chris Matthews drops to his knees to service "The One".

Posted by: ac7880 | July 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, this is the guy who claimed you can get swine flu from Mexican candy bars. And was quite proud of having lied when I called him on it. Disgusting behavior. Posted by: DDAWD"

He's also on record that his economic model says the worlds economy started final melt down last week, and this week Armageddon occurs.

You want to rethink that prediction, Pastor Russell?

Posted by: ceflynline | July 27, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama is already looking like a lame duck. His power and his agenda are coming to an end in November. He knows it. The members of both houses of congress know it. Democrat Senators up for reelection are scrambling to keep their seats by distancing themselves from Obama and his agenda. It's not likely to work, but it's their only chance for reelection.

Posted by: whosiwhatzit | July 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

In the political climate filled with economic anxiety, yes the president is a burden to Democrats states that are typically swing states. Obama has lost ground with independent voters. Those candidates will distance themselves from Obama when things are bad, but they will ask him to campaign for them when times are good because they will need the loyal base of voters to be motivated to push them over the edge and win. They need to mark their losses and give up on that seat in Missouri. Blunt is ahead by 6 points in the Mason Dixon poll with 10 points undecided. You might as well put that 10 points in the GOP's column. Obama is doing 37% among white voters and when the economy starts improving and job come back in a year from now,he will be in the mid 40's with them and be in the 55-58 percent approval range.

Posted by: talentedtenth | July 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

From the volume of agreement by posters, one might be tempted to believe the premise that Barack will be a drag on the democrats.

Except that it is the nearly unanimous opinion of Republicans and T-Crazies The identifiable Dems who can get a word in edgeways seem to think he will have no particular effect, or will be helpful in some races.

Its like this, T-People, in November you get only one vote apiece and it doesn't carry any more weight than anyone else's vote, no matter how loud you bellow when you cast it.

Dems gain seats in both Houses, T-Crazies hit record dB levels in public parks for the next month or so.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The American Bolshevik (formerly Democratic) Party wants nothing more than to reduce everyone outside themselves, the self-anointed "ruling liberal elite" to abject slavery, surviving on their scraps while being forced to fulfill their every degenerate, perverted whim. Such is the aim of all leftists. Replace whomever is in charge with themselves, so that they can live the lives of luxury their over-inflated egos demand. They claim to care for the "little people." Brothers and Sisters, I am bigger and stronger than most of them and could break their worthless, lying necks without thinking, but no, because of their attendance at some "hallowed halls of learning" where they were indoctrinated in the lies and deceit of the left, I am supposed to be their slave.

To HELL with American Bolsheviks! Vote them ALL out of office come November. C'mon, folks, you can save this country from the grim future hinted by 70 years of fellow Bolshevik rule; the USSR. Do you really want our great country to end up like that?

I'll be damned if I'll live in a Bolshevik "utopia". I'd rather get hit by a meteor.

Posted by: RichTheEngineer | July 27, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Eventually lies and deceipt catch up to you - The "Annointed One" is now so TOXIC, nobody wants him campaigning for them (Not that it's going to help anyway)...It's called KARMA - what goes around, comes around...The timing is great - just in time for the mid-terms in November!! Let's re-take BOTH houses and neuter this abomination in the Oval office!!!

Wow, there most be something seriously wrong with you if you are this angry based on your words at the president and the Democrats. You must not have gotten over the 2008 election and need some serious help.

Posted by: talentedtenth | July 27, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

If Chris and the other Journo thugs try to elevate His Highness by bewailing that voters just do not realize how much their lives have improved and should reward Dem candidates especially if Obama campaigns for them....LOL but he is at least showing that the Lefty MSMers like him know Obama is a drag on any campaign except for the ladies on The View, of course. Yipe. Hopefully, all voters, Libertarians, Reagan Dems, Gopers , Indies and common sense Dems will simply unelect as many liberal Dems as possible in all local,state legi. and Congressional races. Then on Nov. 3 we can see the Left cry that no one understood the greatness of Hope and Change!!

Posted by: phillyfanatic | July 27, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The House would be the bigger prize since you get to set the agenda. As for the Senate, the Repubs need to pick up at least six seats to override the RINOS on a filibuster.

Posted by: jkwebby | July 27, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Who was more resonsible for the corrupt stimulous bill? Obama or the Democrats in Congress? Who was more resonsible for the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the Florida Gatoraide, and the $60 union payoff? Obama or the Democrats in Congress? Who is most resonsible for a near 10% UNEMPLOYMENT rate that may not go down much for years? Obama or the Democrats in Congress? They are all equally responsible. A vote for any Democrat in Nov is a vote for Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, corruption, and a disastrous economy! They all need to go because we need to get this country back on its feet!!!!!

Posted by: valwayne | July 27, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Eventually lies and deceipt catch up to you - The "Annointed One" is now so TOXIC, nobody wants him campaigning for them (Not that it's going to help anyway)...It's called KARMA - what goes around, comes around...The timing is great - just in time for the mid-terms in November!! Let's re-take BOTH houses and neuter this abomination in the Oval office!!!

Posted by: gombey100 | July 27, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Eventually lies and deceipt catch up to you - The "Annointed One" is now so TOXIC, nobody wants him campaigning for them (Not that it's going to help anyway)...It's called KARMA - what goes around, comes around...The timing is great - just in time for the mid-terms in November!! Let's re-take BOTH houses and neuter this abomination in the Oval office!!!

Posted by: gombey100 | July 27, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

When you repeatedly spit in the face of the American people, as Obama and the Democrat majority has done, there should be no surprise in America's response.

The change the Democrats have inflicted on our beloved nation contains nothing we can believe in. You don't need to be a Republican to be offended, disgusted and ready to take back our country.

The Democrats are now just dead men (and women) walking.

Posted by: peterd | July 27, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

THE STENCH OF FAIL SURROUNDS HIM

Posted by: floyddabarber | July 27, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Of corse it will, Obama has lost white Men, Seniors, Women, 18-25 have left in so huge numbers. All these hack Dinasoars Senators will be gone, never again will never allow an unvetted unqualified puke like Obama to ever run this country! 60% Obama a socialists 55% believe he is a Muslim, I think he is 10000000000000000 times worse than Carter, his agenda has been Anti American Pro Islamic Terrorist, Marxixst, pro dictator and the advance of Communism an Islamic in South America. 11 Us owned oil rigs with leases where confiscated and Socialized by Hugo Chavez Obama best friend an mentor and Obama never even sent any one to get them back! His coatails are soo soo toxic no Senator wannts him to come. Two week ago for Reid Obama held a fundraiser they had discount in half the price to get in, they raised almost no money! Hillary that has supported all the Commies in South America, won't ever be elected, she is the worthless corrupt communist B--ch.

Posted by: dcsdcs222000 | July 27, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The economy is not going to have a real recovery until the bad mortgage debt is flushed out, and house prices stabilize at a sustainable level. Our economy is based upon being able to borrow money against "good collateral", and right now the only good collateral is the full faith and credit of the Federal Government. Restoring the economy will take time. A lot of time. And The Great Obama doesn't care about his Congressional pawns in 2010. He got full use from them already when he passed ObamaCare. He cares only about his own reelection. Two more years is enough time to either restore the housing market, or to blame the Republicans for another leg downward. Either way, losing the Congress could help Obama win reelection. However, Congressional investigations would not be good for the Administration, and Obama has to be careful not to take too great a loss in November.

Posted by: andrewp111 | July 27, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

In answer to the headline, yes.

Posted by: thebink | July 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

And the answer is....YES!

Posted by: Loxinabox | July 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Any senate candidate, hopeful or incumbent, that either voted for Obama's agenda or can be linked as a future supporter of Obama's agenda, will find it virtually impossible to be elected.

Obama, like an anchor, will sink them.

Posted by: pub123 | July 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Any senate candidate, hopeful or incumbent, that either voted for Obama's agenda or can be linked as a future supporter of Obama's agenda, will find it virtually impossible to be elected.

Obama, like an anchor, will sink them.

Posted by: pub123 | July 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

CONGRESSIONAL LIBERALS - WELCOME TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS THAT YOU AND THE MEDIA CONTINUED TO IGNORE............98 DAYS AND YOU GUYS SEE HOW IT FEELS

Posted by: CATHERINE10000 | July 27, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

CONGRESSIONAL LIBERALS - WELCOME TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS THAT YOU AND THE MEDIA CONTINUED TO IGNORE............98 DAYS AND YOU GUYS SEE HOW IT FEELS

Posted by: CATHERINE10000 | July 27, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It just tears me up when I read "BO takes the high side" and tells the truth. What a whopper!!! BO is a pathelogical liar. If you do not know that by now, you need to wake up. He had done nothing for you and will do nothing for you. He and the other progressives are in this for the power and the money. They will get rid of you when they are ready. Hopefully, the intelligent people in this country will not re-elect the dems in 2010 or BO in 2012.

Posted by: annnort | July 27, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?"

Probably not. He prefers to throw people under the bus.

Posted by: Armed_Texan | July 27, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama has dragged down the entire nation, why should precious holy Senate Dems be exempt?

Posted by: TruthWins | July 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh those laughable libs. "It's not Obama's fault, he inherited this mess." You're right, he inherited it from a Senate and House that have had a Democratic majority since 2006. Quit blaming Bush for everything and take some responsibility for the 4 years of mess the Democrats have foisted on us.

Posted by: DrMan | July 27, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

OFFLMFAO - DARN RIGHT OILYBAMA IS GOING TO SINK THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE...........

THIS GUY IS CARTER ON STEROIDS - THE MEDIA CAN'T CARRY THIS MUCH KOOL-AID ANYMORE......

THE TENT CITIES, THE REAL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS (THOSE WERE TAXPAYING VOTERS), THE 103 BANKS CLOSING IN 210 DAYS, 6 MILLION FORECLOSURES (WAKE-UP LIBTARDS AND MEDIA = THOSE WERE VOTER'S HOMES)

YOU LYING PRAVDA MEDIA THAT DON'T TALK ABOUT THE ABOVE HORRORS FORGET - AMERICA IS LIVING THIS FACIST HELL.......

WE ARE NATIONALIZED AND BROKE AND DYING OUT HERE AND TO PROTECT OILYBAMA AND THE LIBERALS YOU REFUSE TO TALK ABOUT IT.......

WE ARE LIVING IT AND THE ANYBODY BUT DEMOCRATS SQUADS ARE GOING TO VOTE CRAWLING ON BROKEN GLASS............

98 DAYS AND 90% OF THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO BE THROWN OUT............STRAP IN MEDIA, IT IS GOING TO BE A HORROR FOR YOU.......YOU MIGHT EVEN CRY ON TV.....AND THE DAMAGE YOU HAVE DONE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU NEAR POWER FOR DECADES, FOR DECADES.......AND IF YOU LIBERALS TRY AND DESTROY AMERICA IN THE LAME-DICK SESSION.......WE WILL STAND IN THE STREETS UNTIL YOU LEAVE, PROMISE...........

Posted by: CATHERINE10000 | July 27, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

To original1 - there are certainly a lot of left week trailer part trash too. It takes one to know one.

Posted by: independentlyso | July 27, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama is maybe a bit of a drag on candidates, but I believe the candidates themselves are a bigger drag. They have systematically ravaged our economy. They seem hell bent on turning a recession into a depression.

Posted by: globalcooling | July 27, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

My God, there's a lot of right wing trailer trash in this country.

Posted by: Original1 | July 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Worst president in modern history by a wide margin, notwithstanding the disingenuous comparison to GWB's poll numbers late in his second term. (a year and a half into his first term GWB was at 70% approval) Gross incompetence with the economy and the GULF OIL SPILL should be enough to make him a one termer, and help clear out this miserable generation of utterly corrupt socialist sociopaths who forced bad legislation down the throats of unwilling Americans.

Posted by: beck2448 | July 27, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

We can only pray - ops-sorry I meant to say lets have a informed dialogue on the merits of retaining our incumbent leaders who have voted for healthcare, cap & trade, higher taxes, higher unemployment takeover of our capitalist economic system fannie mae etc. etc.

Shame on us for putting these demodopes in the 1st time. What excuse will we use this time around? The same goes for the rino's

Posted by: Jakartaman | July 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Will Obama drag down Senate candidates? In a word: YUP!

Posted by: OhYeahBabe | July 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, get ready to reap the whirlwind

Posted by: TonyV1 | July 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

After Supreme Court, the US Senate is the most arrogant and most illegitimate political organ of the liberal fascist ruling class. The Senate is where black-robed tyrants like Kagan are given lifetime power to impose their personal agenda. The Senate is a private club of super-wealthy aristocrats totally disconnected from the lives of the people they rule. Our political system and our government are illegitimate. They represent only the interests of the liberal fascist oligarchy. Elections are a sham. Only revolution will restore freedom and Constitutionally-limited government.

Posted by: doctorfixit | July 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

President Barry Barack Hussein Obama, our Grand Mullah, has brought down the United States at every level, why not bring down those running for the Senate within his own party?

Posted by: tlnanluc | July 27, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?"

Believe me...This group charlatans and hucksters are perfectly capable of screwing it up on their own. I think we need to vote all the bums out of office and start from scratch.

Posted by: matcast | July 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Even though Organized and Pay-for-Play media will not focus on this...everyone OBama supports -openly- has lost...just about everyone. This is THE sign.

The only thing he has accomplished in office is choosing a dog, after 10 months...a pre-trained dog, and failing when he had a majority to pass health care, and then changing tack, to pass it by way of using a simple majority to pass it because his own colleagues abandoned him.

Only fools know in the end. Will Organized Media not catch themselves in time? Backlash will be these elections that Dems will stop buying WaPo and other Organized Media...bankruptsy on the way...it's coming and it already there in fact.

Posted by: Accuracy | July 27, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The question: "Is Obama a Socialist?" has been asked more and more frequently of late. Minimal vetting of Obama regarding his background and policies since his election irrefutably establishes that the man is substantially more than a simple Socialist. He is an extreme left-wing wanna-be Marxist Dictator in the mold of Hugo Chavez. Simply review the caste of hyper-radical Czars that Obama has inundated the WH with; his stated intention to form a brown-shirt Brigade: "Just as powerful and just as well funded as the U.S. military"; his systematic disregard and ridicule for the expressed will of the overwhelming majority of the American public; his insidious attempt to obviate the Electoral College process in order to enhance his re-election chances in 2012, and perhaps beyond; don't doubt that Obama's hoarding of a major segment of the approved 'Stimulus Funding' is solely for the purpose of underwriting his 2012 campaign; his oft expressed contempt for the U.S. Constitution, calling it "fundamentally flawed"; his blatant disregard, beyond tokenism, for the security on our Southern border; his determined endeavors to destroy America's energy sector; the progressive government takeover of broad sectors of the American economy, while insidiously leaving the malignant entities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unscathed so as to facilitate his objective of wealth re-distribution; his accumulative bankrupting of America, and the mortgaging of our children's future in order to formulate the crisis syndrome that sustains his ability to progressively cripple our free-enterprise capitalistic system, and to accelerate the descent into the financial abyss of Socialism; policies that make a double-dip recession a certainty; his repeated stoking of the embers of racism to divide the American people (ask Bill Clinton), and to deflect valid criticism of his abhorrent and destructive societal policies; racism that has been institutionalized by the Obama Justice Department; his recent derogatory comments about his opponents attending ribbon-cuttings which underscored the vicious, petulant, vindictive and petty true character of the man. This further display of immature conduct was notably beneath the dignity of the office that Obama occupies; and, further accentuates his lack of fitness for the presidency of the United States - our country - that he has so frequently demeaned in his commentary at home and abroad. Obama is an anomalous catastrophe that has befallen America; and, must be resoundingly rejected and corralled this November, until we can remove him in 2012. In brief, he is a real and present danger to America's economic and National Security interests. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | July 27, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Zwe24, the Obamabot...

You FORGOT to add at the end of your post.

MMMMMMM MMMMMMMM MMMMMMMM

I would LOVE to see your face on election night!

Posted by: Glubber | July 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama campaigned as an unknown promising to govern as a pragmatic centrist. Then the truth flowed out that is a left wing partisan used to getting his way by badmouthing business and anything looking like the establishment. It's no surprise at all that the reaction to him is so overwhelmingly negative. Yes, I know the hard core left loves him but he has lost the center and they will not get fooled again.

Posted by: parlan | July 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama's poll numbers are still artifically high. You still have RACIST and BIGGOTED African-Americans supporting him. REMEMBER, African-Americans SUPPORTED OJ Simpson, because their belief was that he was 'owed' this from the man!
And you still have a LOT of white guilt still supporting him. I BET you that some people are polled regarding Obama that do NOT like him, but are AFRAID to say so in a poll because their minds are racing, "If I say I don't like him, than they will think I am racist...." Those type of people need a shrink session with R. Lee Emory, the pyschologist! Mamby-Pambies!

I can not WAIT for November! I am especially going to LOVE tuning into MSNBC/CNN/ABC/NBC/CBS to SEE all the LONG faces! It is going to be history! The Democrats are going to be CRUSHED!!!

Posted by: Glubber | July 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Obama's numbers are as good as they are now is due to the "OJ" effect. And by that the "OJ" effect I mean, he could kill a white woman in cold blood and 99% of blacks will still vote for him. I can't say I blame them, Obama obviously is sticking up for them.

Posted by: tom56 | July 27, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Q: "Will President Obama drag down Senate canidates?"

A: Yes, but the Compost propaganda machine will do everything it can to spin the results for the 7 subscribers you have that read the Compost for something other than the Metro section.

Posted by: beesknees | July 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to go down as the worst President in our history. Making Jimmy Carter look successful is very difficult but Obama has succeeded.
Pointing out that George Bush's numbers were lower in 2008,than Obama's is now is pretty funny coming from the Libs, GWB was in the middle of his second term and wasn't running for President in 2010. If he was running, he would have surely lost. The same logic applies. Obama is a one term failure. And yes, he will certainly drag down any incumbent that he endorses.
COME ON NOVEMBER!!!!!

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | July 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken got his Senate seat by allowing 500 Felons to vote. Now with Eric Holder not proscecuting the New Black Panters voter intimidation case, I am afraid we will not have honest election results.

Posted by: joanz3 | July 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama will certainly drag down senate candidates. Kentucky is a perfect example, Conway by himself, could compete with and possibly beat Paul. But Paul will tie Conway to Obama/Reid/Pelosi and pull it out. No question Obama will pull down Democratic candidates.

Posted by: reason5 | July 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Drag down Democrat candidates? Of course not! After all, Obama has committed $23 million bucks of OUR MONEY to influence the elections in KENYA so that should buy a bunch of votes here!
WaPo seems a bit silent on this subject.

Posted by: TexRancher | July 27, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Can we have an article on Sharron Angle's staff directory?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 27, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

I hope Obama puts in a word for all of these Democrats, that way they will all lose. By now most half way smart people have realized that Obama is a liar and the worst President ever. After the elections in November and when a Democrat loses there will be recounts after recounts till Obama gets his man into office, so be ready for this.

Posted by: dirtydaug | July 27, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

"Mike, you're in microwave torture tower territory now. Seriously.

There's a core message in there people need to hear but your completely flubbing it with these asides.

Posted by: Noacoler "

I don't get milbrooks' obsession with just making facts up. He makes brigade seem like an encyclopedia. Illegal immigrants are specifically barred from participating on the exchanges and children with preexisting conditions cannot be denied coverage. For some reason, milbrooks felt it necessary to put the opposite on there.

Of course, this is the guy who claimed you can get swine flu from Mexican candy bars. And was quite proud of having lied when I called him on it.

Disgusting behavior.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 27, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Some of these posts are simply ludicrous. Remember that the America's fincancial meltdown did not happen on Obama's watch. HIs policies not working? What do you expect? Overnight growth? An amazing recovery ... based on what? It is a fact that the federal government can only do so much .. and its biggest contribution must be to provide a favourable platform for the prvate sector to flourish. Unfortunatly American success is dependant on unbridled wealth for a small minority. This is not the American dream. It only makes sense to alter the traditional Capitalism until the economy picks up and gradually allow full free market trade (uncapped) with some regulations and proper checks and balances. The defintion of insanity if trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Obama is not the scapegoat. .. take some responsibility for your own actions .. and listen to a leader who actually understand America's place in the world. ..

Posted by: zwe24 | July 27, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Mike, you're in microwave torture tower territory now. Seriously.

There's a core message in there people need to hear but your completely flubbing it with these asides.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 27, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

DrainYou - Are you really as stupid and insipid as you appear? Look, Palin is a set up, a created target by the lunatics running the Democratic Party. You know, those deep thinkers that gave us financial reform but, oops, created loopholes that allow/encourage executives of failed fraud prone mortgage companies to establish private banks with federal bailout guarantees; gave us healthcare reform that is responsible for millions of children losing individual policies, has resulted in illegals being covered when US citizens with cancer are placed on two year waiting lists! Those creative thinkers Obama brought in that are continuing precisely the same job outsourcing-globalization schemes that Clinton and Bush inflicted on us, repealed Glass-Stiegel and every other basic bank and investment regulation in place since the Great Depression. Gosh, just based on the damage done by these crooked self serving clowns, Palin is starting to look like a genuine genius! But, you just go ahead and concentrate you bile on her and ignore Obama and the Democrats and the Neo-Conservative snakes in the Republican Party while they sell the country out fro under you feet.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 27, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Surprisingly I would say that Americans generally, and democrats specifically need to 'stay the course'. The perceived arguments surrounding Obama pale in comparison to the real issues facing the American Nation. So rally around the president you elected who is keeping to his promises of reform which will (albiet in the long term) produce the desired changes procuring fiscal (amongst many) security. Change...in the midst of crisis...is painful but necessary. Stay the course..

Posted by: zwe24 | July 27, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

No, really.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8961/York-David-Christ-and-the-Sacred-Mushroom

I was joking about Amen-ita but in fact that's what it purportedly was. Was Bishop Pike seeking it when he died in the desert? To experience Christ?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 27, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Begging again.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 27, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 27, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

There's serious speculation that "Jesus" was code for a psychedelic mushroom ceremony that formed the basis or early Christianity.

Maybe it was genus Amanita. You know, Amen-ita.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 27, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

In Jesus's name, Amen.

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 27, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope and pray

Posted by: treedbrent | July 27, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope and pray

Posted by: treedbrent | July 27, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope and pray

Posted by: treedbrent | July 27, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope and pray

Posted by: treedbrent | July 27, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Yup, yup, BWJ, MMeyers. Even after you two pointed out evidence that the quote is a lie, Brigade still defends it.

But hey, he REALLY wants to be a part of the Conservative club. That's a price of membership.

Yeah, you have to lie a lot and take a bunch of policy positions refuted by anyone with expertise, but at least you get to use [first] person pronouns when referring to Conservatives!
==
Leader: "All right men, raise your right hands and repeat after me.  Ready?"
Group: "Ready?"
Leader: "no no no that wasn't the first one"
Group: "nononothatwasn't..."

Leader: "SHADDAP. (silence)  Now repeat after me!"

CUTTING TAXES INCREASES REVENUE [group repeats raggedly]

Lone candidate: "Uh what about if you cut them to zero, doesn't that ...?" (hustled roughly away)

GLOBAL WARMING IS A MYTH [group repeats enthusiuastically]

AL GORE SAID HE INVENTED THE INTERNET [etc]

THERE WERE WMDs in IRAQ

AN ARMED SOCIETY IS A POLITE SOCIETY

and last ..

SARAH PALIN HAS MORE EXPERIENCE THAN OBAMA

Congratulations, you are now conservatives, here's your flag pins, deposit your brain in the waste jar, you won't be needing them anymore.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 27, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

The Palinization of the Republican Party proceeds apace and party insiders openly tremble as they should. And it's not only the Tea Party extremists. It's Sharron Angle hiding from the press. And Rand Paul doing the same. Or Meg Whitman ducking her own press conference. Or Chris Dudley ducking a debate.

And then there are the liars and cheats. Serial plagiarist Scott McInnis. And serial liar Mark Kirk, who also, understandably, literally runs from the press. And then there's Dudley's dishonesty, too.

Not only are Republican candidates hopelessly extreme and/or inept, they or their backers know that they're hopelessly extreme and/or inept. These people are attempting to follow the Bush model of avoiding mistakes while not letting voters know the truth about who and what they are or where they stand on the issues. It's politics by obfuscation and avoidance, a deliberate strategy of dishonesty, because they know that truth is their worst enemy. Traditional Republican avoidance of scientific facts, such as on evolution or climate change, has created an alternate universe. They depend on myths and lies because it's who they are, desperately hoping that the voters believe false narratives, don't pay attention to issues, and are motivated more by fear and idolatry than rationality.

This is an odd election year for polling. Generic ballots and approval ratings and direction of the nation polls don't look so great for Democrats. People are worried and restless. Recovering from the many Bush disasters has not been easy, and on some issues, the Democrats should have been more aggressive in pursuing substantive change. A lot of people aren't happy with the Democrats, and are seeking something different. But once the voters take a look at the different that is offered, the present approach of slow incremental progress doesn't look that bad. It could be better, and it should be better, but the offered alternative certainly isn't better. Not only is it worse, it's frightening, and at times disturbing. What's offered by the Republicans isn't progress, not even slow incremental progress. It's regression, rapid regression. In some cases, it's back to Medievalism regression.

The Democrats need to do a much better job of convincing voters that they stand for the people and for a better future. Being better than a train wreck isn't much of a standard, but for now the best thing the Democrats have going for them is the quality of the opposition. Or, more accurately, the lack of quality of the opposition. That could be enough. As the unhinged extremists increasingly come to dominate their own party, even many traditional hard right Republicans are just plain scared.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 27, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I think the mid-term elections have nothing to do with which left/right paradigm is succeeding. It has alot more to do with the American public seeing through the corruption on both sides of the isle. The public has finally figured out that the Washington establishment in general needs to be flushed-out like "bad sewage"!!!

Posted by: sarasota1 | July 27, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Brigade, if you're still there--

No, I don't blame the Republicans for everything that's gone wrong.

On healthcare the Democrats' 60-vote Senate supermajority wasn't a trump card; it was a trap, as Joe Lieberman and one conservadem extortionist after another stepped forward to exploit his/her role as the 60th vote. That was contemptible and it produced a bill that was a giveaway to the insurance companies. Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts liberated Senate Democrats from their folly.  In the months since, they've been slightly more effective legislatively, managing finally to pass financial reform, flawed though it may be.

But now on the climate bill Democrats have succumbed to cowardice and greed (paraphrasing Paul Krugman) and will allow the U.S. to slip farther behind Europe, Japan, and even China in transitioning from hydrocarbons to a green economy. That translates to diminished U.S. competitiveness internationally, and diminishes long-term prospects for U.S. job growth, not to mention exacerbating global warming, which is real.

Posted by: HerbThomas | July 27, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I rarely say anything about the reporting on this blog - however this time - the title - instead of WILL Obama drag down the democrats - it should have been HOW MUCH will Obama drag down the democrats?

The damage to the democratic party will go further than the Senate - downticket races - everyone that is competitive will be affected by Obama.

Obama is clearly a disaster for the democrats.

If the democrats believe that they will rally their "base" with false charges of racism - or some contrived racial incident - it will have LIMITED EFFECTS.

First - the House is gerrymandered - so many districts which are black majority are already democratic - and will remain so.


That leaves few other districts in which there are large black populations - and those are probably safe democratic districts to begin with.


So the strategy to "energize" the base for the Fall election with false charges of racism isn't going to help the democrats much in the House.

IN the Senate, one would have to go state-by-state and analyze the populations of each state - to see if "energizing" the base will have much beneficial help for the democrats.


My guess is only about 5 states this strategy could be a factor - Pennsylvania in Philly, Ohio maybe, Wisconsin Milwaukee - one would have to look at it, one-by-one.

Same in the Governor's races.

My guess is the democrats are going to get HIT HARD IN THE STATE LEGISLATURES - AND THE DEMOCRATS WILL NOT BE HAPPY.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

uniteusnow


The media gave you the wrong story about the unemployment bill.


First - Obama loaded it down with all this other spending - unrelated to unemployment - Obama THOUGHT the Republicans had to vote for the bill - so he had a free ride for all that other spending.

ALL those other items ended up getting striped out.

Next - there are MAASIVE accounts with Stimulus money, and Tarp money ALREADY in them - the Republicans were saying - "Lets take the unemployment money out of one of those accounts>"

Obama said NO - lets borrow the money from China.


So the fight came down to taking the unemployment from the stimulus account - which unemployment IS - or borrow the money from China and spend the stimulus money elsewhere (democratic interest groups).

Obama said to the Republicans "Agree to borrow the money from China, OR we will make you look bad in the press"

THAT is the real story - anything else is pretty much deception and lies.


Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans voted down a summer jobs bill last week. Once again they vote against a jobs bill then blame Democrats for high unmemployment. The problem is the corporate media and radio talk show host aren't interested. Democrats have to a much better job getting the word about job related bills before and after the vote.

Posted by: uniteusnow | July 26, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

While Reublicans are with good reason trying to make the november elections a referendum on the Obama administration, it is also true that if all politics are not local, at least a lot of them are. So Republicans need to look good locally as well.

In addition, the Obama White House has the media with him, and will as long as he's in office. No question about that, they have more tied up in him than they have ever had with anyone. Chris Mathews told the truth for the MSM when he said "My job is to see that Obama succeeds". Obama will have every media break, so he can have a House and Senate to assist him in Changing the Country.

In addition, there are the ACORN voters and voter drives, which were a boon to Democrats and Obama in 2008, and the machindery is already operating in many states to register democratic voters and get them to the polls, a task made much easier now that people can vote for weeks before the election. That change was made for machine politics. I'm suspect a lot of illegal aliens will vote in November, along with other criminal elements.

And finally, there is a certain amount of stupidity in the Republican party. If the voters in Arizona nominate "amnesty" McCain as the Republican nominee, how can anyone with all their faculties vote for him? He's already slightly senile, and will be lost in alsheimers well before the next six years are over. Brown and Palin made a big mistake in supporting him.

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 26, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, excuse me, folks, for talking about the subject at hand: "Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?"

Posted by: dognabbit | July 26, 2010 8:55 PM
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That's not a subject. That's someone's personal agenda.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Fix has been pushing this GOP-takeover-of-Congress narrative for awhile now. But actual analysis indicates that's not happening. From Kos:
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"According to Nate [Silver]'s numbers, the most likely outcome is 55 Democratic seats, 44 Republicans, and a Charlie Crist (who would likely caucus with Democrats). That would be a net loss of three seats, quite short of cataclysmic. But look at that probability chart above -- there's about a 14 percent chance that Dems gain a seat and end up at 60 votes, and a 27 percent chance that they gain 60 or more. Given the political climate, those are amazing odds."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/6/882096/-Senate-2010:-60-seats-still-in-sight

As E.J. Dionne said today, "Enough Rightwing Propaganda!"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, FIRST person pronouns.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse


The numbers are down on the President in the polls only because of "jobs, jobs, jobs".

Remember 41 was not elected to a second term because of the economy. Even with the "winning" of the Gulf War (by television) under his belt.

Maybe we'll see a recovery by the time the next Presidential election of 2012 comes along. Would be nice if things started looking up by 2011, but the predictions are 2012. Thank God election is held in November.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Yup, yup, BWJ, MMeyers. Even after you two pointed out evidence that the quote is a lie, Brigade still defends it.

But hey, he REALLY wants to be a part of the Conservative club. That's a price of membership.

Yeah, you have to lie a lot and take a bunch of policy positions refuted by anyone with expertise, but at least you get to use second person pronouns when referring to Conservatives!

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, excuse me, folks, for talking about the subject at hand: "Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?"

Posted by: dognabbit | July 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

If you're expecting the Republicans to regain both the House and the Senate this fall, then you're expecting the pendulum to swing too quickly. It's not like Americans' disapproval of Obama in 2010 means that we've suddenly forgotten our disapproval of Bush in 2006, 2007.

More likely, I suspect, the majority of Americans don't have a lot of faith in either party. In the big picture, Americans will settle for one party running the White House, while the other party runs Congress. But, in regards to the candidates on the local level, it's six and one half dozen the other.

Posted by: dognabbit | July 26, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Google those two superstars and you'll see they have a lot of wit and wisdom to share.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Were Billy Roper and Ryan J. Murdough not available?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:41 PM
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I don't know those guys. I'll have to study harder.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I see the Post has a story about the RNC inviting Andrew Breitbart to a private fundraiser. That'll drive broadwayjoe over the edge.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 8:27 PM
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Were Billy Roper and Ryan J. Murdough not available?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Wrong. He's finally out of the shadows. That's a good thing. Mrs. Sherrod won't have to hunt him down when its time to serve papers. Go Mrs. S.!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjo


Can you stop complaining about the free ad placement ?

Why don't you complian about the Journolist emails - how they talked about INTENTIONALLY making false charges of racism ?

Charge made.

Case proven.

Case closed.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I just got an answer from WAPO......

......"Thank you for your email. We are having technical issues, with the comment sections. We hope to have this issue resolve soon..."

Pretty nifty. I am just glad it wasn't my system that was messing up.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Will Carnahan or BHO get a totally free ad placement like Roy Blunt's any time in the near future? Whom do they need to call to hook up?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I see the Post has a story about the RNC inviting Andrew Breitbart to a private fundraiser. That'll drive broadwayjoe over the edge.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse


Brigade - yes, FIX and 44 have this different format. So does FEDERAL EYE.

Chris told us of a new format. Well, WaPo really screwed up.

I'm going to the home page and try what you say. BRB

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." --- Al Gore, March 9, 1999.

Parse it anyway you want, DDAWD, it's close enough for me. If it wasn't but one in a series of Gore whoppers, one might give him the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

(off topic, sorry)
sosueme1--i think he left
He mentioned Google Chrome.....does it cost money????? (rolling)

Anyone???

.....I just upgrade to Internet Explorer 8.
not too long ago.

I wrote to WAPO on this. Have submitted a ticket.

Maybe they can fix it because it's really puttin' a cramp in my style.....


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

This is another case of correlation being confused with causation.
Yes, Obama's poll numbers are down, but I would suggest it's the actions of the Senators that have driven HIS numbers down rather than the other way around.
Since the 2000 elections, the media has repeatedly pointed out to viewers that the Senate Democrats had a 60 super-majority, yet they were unable to get much done! Bills passed in the House, but stopped at the Senate. The Democrats have gone their own ways - the Liberals want one thing, the Progressives another, and of course the Blue Dog Conservatives align themselves with the Republicans when serious bills are being voted on.
These senators have only themselves to blame for looking so pathetically ineffective and political! They've put themselves above legislation that would help the public. Let them reap what they've sown - without blaming the President for their own failures.

Posted by: aint2sure | July 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

This is another case of correlation being confused with causation.
Yes, Obama's poll numbers are down, but I would suggest it's the actions of the Senators that have driven HIS numbers down rather than the other way around.
Since the 2000 elections, the media has repeatedly pointed out to viewers that the Senate Democrats had a 60 super-majority, yet they were unable to get much done! Bills passed in the House, but stopped at the Senate. The Democrats have gone their own ways - the Liberals want one thing, the Progressives another, and of course the Blue Dog Conservatives align themselves with the Republicans when serious bills are being voted on.
These senators have only themselves to blame for looking so pathetically ineffective and political! They've put themselves above legislation that would help the public. Let them reap what they've sown - without blaming the President for their own failures.

Posted by: aint2sure | July 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Brigade-are you still here.
Does that mean I have to go to the BLOG DIRECTORY and click on the stories???

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 8:05 PM
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That's what I did but with the newer WAPO web page that has the Blog link at the top and returns a picture of Chris adjacent to Ezra Klein when you drill down. But all I could access were the three threads listed (the most recent). When I tried to go further, I got the same result as with the old web page; it seems to be loading but locks up after awhile and I get a message that Windows wants to close the page.

Since you're posting here, I'm sure you're doing at least as good as me---maybe better.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The Dems need a junkyard dog to "refudiate" every filthy lie the Rs tell. Tim Kane is not effective in this role - who will step up? The Rs have the loudest cranks and the best coordinated talking points. And it's working - they control the messaging with these thug tactics. Obama's practice of always taking the high ground is noble, but it's a losing strategy in this current mud-slinging environment (thus the low approval ratings). The Rs continuously scream about his "radical socialist agenda" versus the need for common sense solutions (of which they have NONE) and the casual observer hears this over and over again until they believe it must be true. Nothing could be further from the truth (just ask any ultra-liberal who thinks Obama hasn't moved to the left enough - or at all). All Obama has done is save the world's financial system from total catastrophe and a worldwide Depression; and saved 3 iconic US businesses (the automakers) from going under and losing millions more American jobs and worsening the Bush recession. It was common sense to take these actions. It was common sense to reform a badly-broken healthcare system. It was common sense that a reckless and runaway Wall Street needed to be regulated. The Rs simply can't stand these political successes by Obama (even though they're best for the American people), and therefore have to throw their mud and lies all over them. This proves once again that the Rs couldn't care less about the American people - only about winning elections at all costs. It's too bad they're so pathetic at governing after they win or steal elections (see Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004). And this false claim of the Rs owning patriotism? Nothing could be more UNPATRIOTIC than obstructing progress and the solutions Americans need in the name of dirty politics.

Posted by: boochs911 | July 26, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

DDawd is correct. The Al "I invented the internet" Gore canard is easily chased-down on the internet, Brigade. When read in context (meaning the sentences before and after the words he used) Gore takes credit for moving governmental initiatives that allowed the internet to burgeon as it has.

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp

You can post so well, Brigade. Why reach for low-hanging lies? Next you will be on about that birth announcement planted many years ago in that Hawaii newspaper.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse


Brigade-are you still here.
Does that mean I have to go to the BLOG DIRECTORY and click on the stories???

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

dd, Gore never said he invented the Internet. That was another rightwing myth. Totally made up. From E.J. Dionne today:

"Yet the Obama team was reacting to a reality: the bludgeoning of mainstream journalism into looking timorously over its right shoulder and believing that "balance" demands taking seriously whatever sludge the far right is pumping into the political waters.

This goes way back. Al Gore never actually said he "invented the Internet," but you could be forgiven for not knowing this because the mainstream media kept reporting he had."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072502756.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

well, we haven't had any 'terrorist acts' since Obama has been president, although there was one while bush was president, so I guess one has to conclude obamaand dems are better at 'protecting' us.

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More than one, there was also the anthrax.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 26, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

It must be that Obama *is* going to drag the Democratic party down for we hear about it so very often. People are saying it all the time, so it must be true.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

HerbThomas wrote,
"We are furious at the Republicans for their obstructionism and Siamese-twin relationship with big business."

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Read what some of your liberal friends have to say about Obama's "Siamese-twin relationship" with big business. Consider this: the Democrats had a huge majority in the House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and a president in the White House for one year; since then nothing has changed except they have now only 59 votes in the Senate. But the new Senator is no tea-bagger, as many here have been quick to point out. If you're unhappy with what's happened in the last two years and you blame the Republicans, then you can't be too bright.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

From Fix coworker E.J. Dionne's column today "Enough Rightwing Propaganda."
__________________

"The mainstream media and the Obama administration must stop cowering before a right wing that has persistently forced its propaganda to be accepted as news by convincing traditional journalists that "fairness" requires treating extremist rants as "one side of the story." And there can be no more shilly-shallying about the fact that racial backlash politics is becoming an important component of the campaign against President Obama and against progressives in this year's election."

E.J., Gene, Courtland, Colby, Ignatius. Fix, you should read them sometime ... in the Washington Post.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"As for Al Gore's being branded a liar, I seem to recall that it was Gore himself who claimed, among other things, to have invented the internet.

Posted by: Brigade"

No you don't. You can't recall what never happened. You just accepted what some right wing pundit said as gospel. You know, the way you get all your information.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou wrote,
"The GOP plan

-Sit on backside"
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Gives them something in common with you. Isn't that your plan for finding a job?

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

ptgrunner wrote,
"People, such as YouCanPostThis seem to think that, if they spam this blog with their nonsense, even sensible people will believe them."
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You won't have to worry about it if their only targets are sensible people.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse


Gernger wrote,
"It's no different than John Kerry allowing his opponents to swift boat him or Al Gore allowing Bush to brand him a liar."
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Kerry "allowing" his opponents to swift boat him? He was swift boated in part by some of his commanding officers and others who served with him---including one who even served on the same swift boat. Since you weren't there, I doubt that you know the truth. Did they ever find Dan Rather's Lucy Ramirez memo about George W. Bush's Reserve service? Did they ever find the "unimpeachable" Lucy Ramirez?

As for Al Gore's being branded a liar, I seem to recall that it was Gore himself who claimed, among other things, to have invented the internet.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe

If you want to complain about the slant of reporting, why don't you complain about the reporters on JOURNOLIST ???

Im not sure how the liberals have anything to complain about - the media has been pro-Obama for years.


Why do you think you are entitled to pro-Obama and not neutral reporting ?

you are constantly acting like a spoiled child.


That, on top of you being a racist, makes it difficult to see your comments on this blog.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

RGee1 wrote,
'Well, since the Republicans haven't done anything except try to block Obama's agenda for the past 2 years, about all they have to run on is "I'm not Obama"'

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That sounds like a pretty good hand. What did you expect them to do with Democrats in solid control of the federal government? I mean other than get blamed by the Dems for the Dems' own failings?

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Brigade


It really hurts the democrats when "change" now means "dump Obama"

Anyway.

For my part, I hate hypocrisy, not Obama.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The best thing for Barry to do now would be a vacation on John Kerry's foreign built yacht and lay low.

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 5:20 PM
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I notice Kerry managed to fleece his state out of a bundle in taxes by the way he handled his boat purchase. Big tax-and-spenders like Kerry want someone else to pay the taxes while they do the spending.
Looks like Kerry believes the rich really DO pay too much in taxes and need a break. What rank hypocrisy.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"Who conducted the Post-Dispatch poll? Doesn't it seem odd that Obama's approval numbers would be so much lower in Missouri -- a purple state -- than in deep-red Kentucky? Is it smart to draw too many conclusions from one poll by an unknown firm?

One would think a seasoned political journalist would ask these sorts of questions.

Posted by: 20009matt | July 26, 2010 7:10 PM"
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20009 matt, I've got this one:

"Who conducted the Post-Dispatch poll?

Who cares as long as it shows BHO in a negative light.

Doesn't it seem odd that Obama's approval numbers would be so much lower in Missouri -- a purple state -- than in deep-red Kentucky?

Yes, it seems ridiculous to everyone but BHO haters and Faux News viewers.

Is it smart to draw too many conclusions from one poll by an unknown firm?

No. When you once cited a negative poll about BHO over a positive BHO poll published the same day by your employer, who knows, anything's possible.

One would think a seasoned political journalist would ask these sorts of questions.

Yeah. You'd think a journalist would. Anyway, there's no time. We have to prepare another article about Mitt Romney's staff directory.


Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

drindl


Under Obama, we had the Fort Hood shooting

The Detroit plan bomber

The NY subway plots - the guy from Denver


and we had the Times Square Bomber - who could have killed more people than on 9/11 had the bomb worked.

These are all terrorist "acts"


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

BernatvorBernadette5 wrote,
"3) Do you really think voters are that STUPID?"
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Some of them.

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"4)Do you think we want to give power back to the party that got us into this mess in the first place?"
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I hope not. They've already controlled both houses of Congress for nearly four years and the White House for two. Definitely time for a change.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27


I really think you are going in the right direction there.

The people on this blog would benefit by breaking free of their partisan chains and discussing who the real enemies are.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

well, we haven't had any 'terrorist acts' since Obama has been president, although there was one while bush was president, so I guess one has to conclude obamaand dems are better at 'protecting' us.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

A new low: a totally free embed of a Roy Blunt political attack ad in an Obama hate blast "article" peppered with cherry picked "polls" and anti-O bogus narratives (do you think Fix will bet any money that Toomey and Rand Paul will win? LOL).

Kinda selective, too: Sharron "Right" Angle has lost about 15 points to Reid in recent months. Did Obama "pull up" Reid in the polls?

The whole thing reads like a 37/YouCanPostThis screed, except single spaced. No wonder the robotrolls are never "banned."

Breitbart heaven.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

YouCanPostThis - No. Our real enemies are the professional political class of *both* major parties. The real problem with Obama, with the entire Democratic Party, is that they are nit any different from the nitwits of the Bush Administration they replaced. Heck, a lot of the economic and foreign policy advisors are the same people! So, we have the same free trade madness, he same mismanaged and useless wares in Afghanistan and Iraq, the same sneaky underhanded special legislation for banks, Wall Street, corporations, the elite, the rich, the connected. THAT is he underlying problem. If you think Newt Gingrich would do anything different from Obama, would keep right on patching up and ramming down all our throats the bad policies of the past three Administrations you're just plain nuts. And the same can be said for Romney, Brown, Schumer, Pelosi, McCain, that entire nest of snakes in Washington. Don't you get it? They are an inbred collection of smarmy self serving image conscious fools. There isn't a new idea, much less a good one, between the bunch. The country lucked out with Reagan and is simply too stupid and suicidal to elect a genuine and original problem solver like Ron Paul. He is viewed as "a flake" because he so little resembles the incompetent vermin that take up space in Congress. If you vote for ANY incumbent, you haven't learned the lesson and are part of the problem!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

ptgrunner:

I take it you don't consider 1) no terrorist attacks on the U.S. from 2001 to 2009 or 2) getting the Partial-Birth Abortion ban to finally stick was accomplishing anything.

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 26, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Who conducted the Post-Dispatch poll? Doesn't it seem odd that Obama's approval numbers would be so much lower in Missouri -- a purple state -- than in deep-red Kentucky? Is it smart to draw too many conclusions from one poll by an unknown firm?

One would think a seasoned political journalist would ask these sorts of questions.

Posted by: 20009matt | July 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Standing in line at the grocery store I noticed one of the checkout journalists with an article on obama's real Kenyan birth cerfi ticket. Why is it only these papers that will print the truth nowadays.

We may have never found out about Edwards second family. Or al gores poodle ness. Or the Martians Barry saved us from right after the second great depression.

Journolist had permanantly embsrassed the libs and shown the false cries of racism are all for effect.
Only the idiots are still keeping time.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 26, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the reminder about Missouri (maybe I was thinking about that State that split its electoral votes). My point was that most of those (e.g. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Nevada) were not RED States! I guess it doesn't matter since that person has not posted again.

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 26, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

YouCanPostThis:

You've made my point. I count 10 posts by you as of 6:41 PM. You could have just made your point and moved on. What I said was "28 years that they dominated the national politics of this country (1981 to 2009), they brought this country to it's knees with their backward looking and borrow-and-spend agendas." Read it carefully and THINK.

I notice that you did not protest my comment regarding the GOP's failure to contribute ANYTHING. Rather, they (you) have dedicated their efforts to destroying the Obama administration. Same as they (you) did during the Clinton administration.

Posted by: ptgrunner | July 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

ronjeske wrote,
"In the event that you have forgotten history, polls are ineffective in telling what people will do. Dewey was supposed to have defeated Truman, based on polls. It ain't over until it's over. . . "

Posted by: ronjeske | July 26, 2010 4:35 PM

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Hell, that's nothing. Gore suffered the additional indignity of actually getting the most votes nationwide.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Your REAL enemies are in the democratic party - when you realize that your mind will be blown -

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

a bit off topic and technical
maybe chris is reading

i'm having trouble with "COMMENTS" from other articles. I am always stuck in "LOADING" and can't pull anything up. I am thinking it's the new format. I never had trouble before....and I need to report it to the techies.

Anyone?


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 3:39 PM
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Yes, the site seems to be loaded with bugs at this time. The only way I can even access the blog is to use the newest WAPO link, click on blogs, and select from the three most recent threads. Otherwise it locks up and Windows wants to close. What a mess. I think Noacoler sabotaged it.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

ptgrunner


Obama is trying to distract the nation with false charges of racism.


This is an Orwellian nightmare - brought to you by Obama.

Instead of working on the economy, Obama is planning ANOTHER vacation - didn't he just go to Chicago, and Maine, and somewhere else ?

Now he is going to the Gulf Coast and Martha's Vineyard.

How many people do you know take 5 vacations in one year???


The democrats elected this guy - did you really think he was going to work hard ?

How many times has he gone to play golf ???

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"ceflynline" is right to point out the error of polls that don't ask, "approve/disapprove because the Dems have done too much?" or "approve/disapprove because the Dems have done too little?" It's meaningless to add the critics on the left and on the right and say a majority disapproves.

The right is wildly indignant about Obama, whom they shamelessly mischaracterize, but many of us who made up Obama's 53% majority in 2008 wish he had done more. We are furious at the Republicans for their obstructionism and Siamese-twin relationship with big business. We are amazed by the mad-as-hatters Tea Party (also funded by big business). A recent poll shows 17% of Americans approve of the Tea Party and 50% disapprove, a distinct negative shift from earlier in the year. In the three months before the midterms that's a trend to watch. And as some have noticed, Obama has racked up major, if flawed, legislative accomplishments. People's perspective on those--healthcare and now financial reform--is likely to improve over time. Progressives will vote in November to keep our vision alive. Independents need to come along too. Republicans and Teapartiers have nothing to offer but a return to failed policies--to the mess Obama has had to clean up.

Posted by: HerbThomas | July 26, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

It's vacation time and there's not much news. Maybe that's the reason Chris failed to mention that most of these races are within the polling margin of error, i.e., STATISTICALLY INSIGNIFICANT!!

So I guess that's why Chris wrote this dubious article, AND sparked all of this premature celebration by the right wingers on this post.

Any and ALL of these races could go EITHER way. I don't see one sure win in the whole bunch.

Chris, looking forward to your next WEAK premise with a sensationally overblown headline.

Posted by: Jamari15 | July 26, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

ptgrunner


I take issue with practically all of your post at 6:26


First I am neither mindless, nor do I hate Obama.

29 years of dominance ? That statement makes virtually no sense. You do not count Eisenhower or Nixon.

However, the Reagan era was dominated by a democratic Congress. So there had to be compromise.

The Republicans did not take control of the House until 1994 - at which point Clinton was President for the next 6 years

If you recall, when the second Bush came in, the Senate was evenly divided - and then a Vermont Senator switch to Independent to give the democrats control of the Senate.


In 2006, the House was taken over by the democrats again.


So where is this "domination" you speak of??? At every point, the democrats had significant INPUT into driving the country into the ground, as you say.


Your REAL enemies are in the democratic party - when you realize that your mind will be blown -


And you won't know where to go - like bobbywc you won't want to go Republican - and you will feel like our country is being held by some forces beyond the control of the American people.


Your mind is already blown, right ?

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Co Republican Ken Buck: "The Tea Party are Dumbas*es"


"Will you tell those dumbas*es at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on the camera," Buck said to the worker while laughing. "God, what am I supposed to do?"
- Co REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATE KEN BUCK


http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=145249&catid=339Heh


Every Republican candidate this cycle is a Rand Paul, Sharon Angle, Marco Rubio type, one idiotic sentence away from their own special little "Gotcha" moment.


You betcha.


The GOP plan


-Sit on backside
-Protect Big Business
-Tax cuts for rich plutocrats
-Create bigger deficits
-Use deficits as excuse to decimiate and privitize the social safety net
-Obama's waterloo

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Posted by: DrainYou | July 26, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Damn, I didn't know Tea Party members and GOPers could use a keyboard. When did this place become a magnet for mindless Obama-haters? People, such as YouCanPostThis seem to think that, if they spam this blog with their nonsense, even sensible people will believe them. Not so!

What has the GOP or the Tea Party done or even proposed, in the last 10 years, that could help this country? Zero. Zilch. Nada.

If the GOP does somehow takes control of the Senate or House in 2010, we are finished as a viable country. In the 28 years that they dominated the national politics of this country (1981 to 2009), they brought this country to it's knees with their backward looking and borrow-and-spend agendas.

Posted by: ptgrunner | July 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain won Missouri. It was the first time in something like 60 years that the Show Me state didn't vote for the winner in the general. One more random correlation bites the dust.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is hiding something -

that is why Obama feels relieved when the false charges of racism fly - it is a distraction.


How many vacations has Obama had so far ???


.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

@TheBabeNemo

I've had trouble since late last week, and not just here at WaPo. I believe it's Microsoft Internet Explorer causing the problem as I have downloaded Google's Chrome and now everything works fine.

Posted by: sosueme1 | July 26, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Barrack Obama has passed quite a bit of the agenda that he campaigned for. The problem is he is allowing the repubs to trash what he has done. It's no different than John Kerry allowing his opponents to swift boat him or Al Gore allowing Bush to brand him a liar. For some reason dems don't fight and Obamba is like the rest of them.

Posted by: gernger | July 26, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

An inept party and its equally inept leadership devastates a country with misguided domestic, foreign and economic policies. They are voted out and derided as buffoons. A new party with capable leadership attempts to mitigate the damage wrought by eight long years of the preceding knuckleads. Less than two years into the attempted fix, the same inept party, their cretin-like followers and discredited, numbskull leadership begin to rally the troops claiming either (i) that the new, capable party is responsible for all the crap they, themselves wrought or (2) that even though it took them eight years to destroy a country, it should take the new party one year or less to rebuild it. I give you: Republican thinking 101. Of course, most Americans are neither cretins nor Republicans and will not EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES re-elect the bozos that got us into this mess in the first place. That is the only fact worthy of any consideration. Thank you, Repubs - now please go away - FOREVER.

Posted by: chert | July 26, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"...Obama's dismal poll numbers might hurt Dems..."
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Jeez, ya' think?

Posted by: sosueme1 | July 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Director Oliver Stone declared in an interview that America’s focus on the Holocaust is due to “Jewish domination of the media,” and said Jews are “the most powerful lobby in Washington.”

The “Natural Born Killers” director also defended Hitler, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez in his interview with Britain’s Sunday Times.

Stone is a big Obama fan...no surprise here!

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Whether I read the Washington Post or the "Comments" after each article, I realize that most people are idiots. This is in part due to the fact that most people get their news from Left-Wing sources such as the Washington Post et al!

Here's a simple question for all: How is wealth created?

If you can't answer this question correctly, you will end up voting for demagogues, in which case, you ought not have the right to vote, unless you believe that democracy is just about two wolves and a lamb voting on "what to have for dinner."

Posted by: vince33x | July 26, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

People don't approve of where the economy is at, and those numbers reflect that. However Obama's personal favorability remains close to the +7 he was elected with in the polls I've seen. People understand this was mainly an issue with Bush. Plus Dem numbers have been soft over the summer the last couple years as their support has trended younger.

The main Dem message needs to be: "Republicans: still the loonies you kicked out last time, still no plan for the country." Another Dem message needs to be "deficit reduction is coming soon with the economy starting to pick up." They should roll out a plan along the lines of the Tories in Britain and challenge the Republicans to match their rational approach.

If the Republicans actually do come up with an agreed-on plan, then Democrats should welcome them to a debate on the merits.

Posted by: Nissl | July 26, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, since the Republicans haven't done anything except try to block Obama's agenda for the past 2 years, about all they have to run on is "I'm not Obama", which may work in some more extreme districts, but in places where the voters actually think a bit, it won't hold water.

When it comes to 2012, all Obama has to do is have some measurable successes, and he and the Dems can run on a ticket of how successful they would have been if the Republicans hadn't been so negative all along, and they will win handily. The Republicans national strategy only works if they can succeed in causing Obama to fail. If he manages to succeed anyway, they will have absolutely nothing to run on. They are playing a very dangerous game right now.

All this stuff about "socialism", where he was born, whether he's a secret Muslim, etc etc etc, is just a load of garbage and everybody knows it. If that's the best that the extreme right can do, they're toast. And who are they going to run against him? Palin? You might as well not even bother with the election if that's the case.

Posted by: RGee1 | July 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

1) Obama lost Missouri, although not by a lot.
2) In Kentucky, Conway was elected statewide in 2007, and yet is always polling a few points behind Rand Paul, an opthomologist. This race will be close, but given the realities of who is more motivated to vote this year, I don't see the Dems pulling this one out.
3) California, Dem. Jerry Brown, who is well known, is running about even with Meg Whitman, a billionaire who only seems to think that giving herself a giant tax cut will reinvigorate California's economy, but, if you visit Brown's website, you see his entire resume of the past 30+ years, but no specifics for the next 4 years. These are not very impressive candidates.
4) If people are still upset with the state of things this November, and I am sure they will, there will probably be surprises all over the place, and that is a good thing if it shocks the ruling class into doing their jobs for a change.

Posted by: gckarcher | July 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse


What George Soros and Obama's forgot about were "We the People"

The rest of the people who were stupid enough to vote for Obama with out fainting, were just as wrong in their judgement.

Posted by: seawolfR | July 26, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

A solid B +

remember?

Hahahahaha

the Dow finally broke even for the year. The rest of everything Obama : deep in the red.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 26, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The Great Obama is a lame Duck. Freedom will ring!

Posted by: akeegan2 | July 26, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The Great Obama is a lame Duck. Freedom will ring!

Posted by: akeegan2 | July 26, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The Great Obama is a lame Duck. Freedom will ring!

Posted by: akeegan2 | July 26, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama's rating and his policies should have nothing to do with the fact that someone running for an office position in the Senate or House this is a stat by state situation and actually should have nothing to do with the President of the United States, I believe that when it actually comes time to vote each person will go into that booth and vote his or her way of thinking, not the pollsters.

Posted by: barkermr | July 26, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been a complete disaster for the democrats.


If Obama had to report to someone, he would have been long fired by now.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis

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PBO does have to report to someone. Unfortunately, that report won't be read until the primaries in 2012 - and maybe as late as Nov 2012.

His grade? F

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 26, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I think if you asked most people, they would say hard work, innovation, self-support and a big dose of capitalism is what has made this country great. Obama and his ilk have no interest in any of that. I believe the majority of voters will agree with that and throw out those that follow Obama. Plain and simple.

Posted by: mmourges | July 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

So,time that WAPO and the Democrats face the reality here that der glorious leader
Barack Hussein Obama has become and is the
kiss of death for any and all Democrat Candidates in 2010 and 2012 and Obama's
Negative Approval Ratings will keep on dropping like rocks and go even lower yet.

And,as is clearly also shown in today's new
Rasmussen Poll for Monday 7-26-2010 which
reveals Overall 55% of voters disapprove of
Obama's job performance and ONLY 45% still
approve of it or a big Minus 10 for Obama!
And so,the fact remains Herr Leader Obama
has been down in the negative double digits
for the past several months now and keeps on dropping down further and further as he
continues to make more and more arrogant,
stupid,wrong desciscions time after time,as
Obama's own lack of leadership,wrong damn
priorities and mismanagement of everything
from Obama's Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,
the totally misguided decision by Obama and
Eric Holder to sue Arizona & Gov Jan Brewer over SB 1070,while 24 more states
work to pass their own version of SB1070.

Futhermore,the endless total dithering and
mismanagement of the Obama's BP Gulf Oil
Disaster,that has given Obama the nickname
of Tarball Obama,plus going golfing while
the Gulf drowns in oil and running away on
vacation after vacation and fancy nonstop
White House Weekly Parties have totally
destroyed Barack Hussein Obama's Own One Term and Out Presidency and with it the
ending the Democratic Party Control of our
US Congress and many Democrat held Governorships as well. Obama is toast so
stick a fork in him as Barack Obama is done
and may even face Impeachment after the GOP
take back control of Congress after the
2010 election. The only way the Democrats
can avoid the biggest most embarassing fatal political defeat of all time,is to
either force Obama to RESIGN OR IMPEACH HIM! Take Back America Throw The Bums Out!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been a complete disaster for the democrats.


If Obama had to report to someone, he would have been long fired by now.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis
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The best thing for Barry to do now would be a vacation on John Kerry's foreign built yacht and lay low.

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Draw down the Dems? Should not be a problem if we all remember how the GObP started to go on the warpath the minute Pres Obama's hand left the Bible at his swearing in ceremony. They have targeted his administration from day one. They have offered up no viable ideas on jobs creation.....they cry every time they are in front of a microphone......when they decided to bring this administration to its knees they gave no consideration that they also were dragging down the American taxpayer. The working man & woman who really makes his country hum. The GObP apologized to BP.....what a disgrace!! The GObP sit at the right hand of BIG BUSINESS. My congressman is up for relection, he is considered to be a 'follower' not a trailblazer and a rank & file member of the GObP.....I won't be voting for him this year. Cong Dist #19 in PA.....spread the word.

Posted by: btafmax4 | July 26, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Did the iceberg drag down the Titanic...no, it just cut a big old hole in the hull and the Titanic sank all by itself. Obama is the iceberg, the Democratic Senators are the ships he is sinking.

...and Harry Reid is an extra anchor.

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It is astonishing how badly Obama has blown it.


The democrats are just wishing it wasn't true, but it is true.

The Republicans say socialist - no one believes it - and then Obama gives the nation EVIDENCE that he is just that.

The Republicans say Obama wont be bipartisan - and what does Obama do? He gets 60 votes and he can't help himself but be the MOST partisan administration in history.

The Republicans say Obama won't be pos-racial - no one believes it - and what does Obama do ? Obama and the democrats launch into a constant stream of false charges of racism - and the democrats bring in the most racial period since the 1950s.


You just cant make this stuff up


Obama has been a complete disaster for the democrats.


If Obama had to report to someone, he would have been long fired by now.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

It is astonishing how badly Obama has blown it.


The democrats are just wishing it wasn't true, but it is true.

The Republicans say socialist - no one believes it - and then Obama gives the nation EVIDENCE that he is just that.

The Republicans say Obama wont be bipartisan - and what does Obama do? He gets 60 votes and he can't help himself but be the MOST partisan administration in history.

The Republicans say Obama won't be pos-racial - no one believes it - and what does Obama do ? Obama and the democrats launch into a constant stream of false charges of racism - and the democrats bring in the most racial period since the 1950s.


You just cant make this stuff up


Obama has been a complete disaster for the democrats.


If Obama had to report to someone, he would have been long fired by now.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

seawolf:

Why do you think it's a rhetorical question?

BetnatvorBernadette:

1) I have been a registered Independent since 1968 but recently moved to Connecticut and registered as a Republican!

2) Obama won Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Nevada. What were you saying about RED States!

3) No.

4) Yes (although we will have to agree to disagree about who caused the "mess").

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Any pollster/statistician can make a set of numbers add up to anything that they want to depending on the bias provided through who is paying for the polls. Also, with the 24/7 news cycle any one issue at any one minute can appear to be a bigger issue than it usually is. If we add that to the wonderful Fox News reporting I think it is not that far a stretch to say that the media and all of its pundits can not accurately predict what will happen 4 months from now or 4 years from now.

The best poll is the one taken on the night the election is over...plain and simple. Are Americans mad and upset? yes. DO they want instant fixes? yes. This is a simple by-product of the video game feedback mentality that has evolved from a mature economy inhabited by an immature electorate.

All Social Policy is an experiment. The fact that the Democrats are trying to provide some form of economic stimulus is the right thing to do regardless of the percentage of GDP for the deficit. There has been absolutely no coverage of the fact that the Wall Street and Business types are sitting on mounds of cash...roughly 10% of GDP...and they are not stimulating the economy through job growth. They only enrich themselves.

The dialogue needs to shift to a President who is one of the smartest people elected in a couple of generations who is being treated like the smartest guy in the room from the frat boys who have absolutely no way to compete with him. So the tactic is stall, criticize, obstruct and pillory. That is not leadership as I see it...it is abdication of the responsbility to lead.

Republicans lament that the country is becoming socialist....it is because we have a President trying to move us forward and a party along with some Democrats who want to keep us in place or actually move us backward.....that is Socialism...governing to the lowest common denominator.

It is maddening that we cannot lead by example so the world can see how a democracy can work for the good of all when what they see is school boy behavior and criticism....as the Joker once said...what this country needs is a good enema.

Posted by: Concerned28 | July 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?


What a Rhetorical question!

Posted by: seawolfR | July 26, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

An independent poll in Missouri? Hell, why don't they just do it in one of the seedy back rooms of the RNC - you'd get the same grade of elephant manure. It IS encouraging, however, to see so many Republi-Nazis getting their bowels in an uproar - just means Obama is on the right track. UP WTIH AMERICA, UP YOURS REPUBLICANS!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | July 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Babe nemo, I am also experiencing the same problem -- at work and at home.


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Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What amazing propaganda the media is using to bolster Republican hopes. You've forgotten a couple of important FACTS.
1) Many people who claim to be independents are in fact Republicans but became ashamed after the Bush Fiasco and changed their party registration to I.
2) You are referring to RED states that tend to vote Republican any way
3) Do you really think voters are that STUPID?
4)Do you think we want to give power back to the party that got us into this mess in the first place?

My bet on the Democrats! They will rally the troops with the understanding that failure to vote Democrat will only bring back Bush Republicans.

Posted by: BernatvorBernadette5 | July 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

A reasonable polling organization, and it was basically asking how people were going to vote. nearly one in five won't answer.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

this was the one in five that was too embarassed to admit they had fallen for Obungler's fraud last time and would not do it again. the results are running this amount behind last election's results, so it is pretty clear these people really didn't "forget" (the actual response allowed) who they voted for.

Obungler is toast. Americans like hope but a false hope based on flawed and failed polcies with a tin ear toward them, is not hope. It is dope.

anyone who willingly associates themselves with this charlatan, is marching, lemming like, off the cliff of Obungler economics, straight to the end of the unemployment line, with the rest of us. It is the inevitable outcome of liberal dogma.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

In the event that you have forgotten history, polls are ineffective in telling what people will do. Dewey was supposed to have defeated Truman, based on polls. It ain't over until it's over. People are not likely to tell you the whole truth in a poll. I will not, will you?

Posted by: ronjeske | July 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Having given the succinct and obvious answer, I now give the particular considerations that lead to that answer.

Consider the Quinapiac poll. A reasonable polling organization, and it was basically asking how people were going to vote. nearly one in five won't answer. Big gaps like that don't parse very well. The ONLY pertinent question was the Approve/disapprove question, and it isn't broken down into Too Much or Too little, so in adds left and right and calls it conservative.

But it has Fisher, who is late in campaigning significantly in front of Portman and staying there, inspite of Portman's version of the standard republican Jobs pitch. The independents who haven't already made up there mind get three more months of steadily improving economic news, three more months of sdjusting the good, albe it could be better news on health care, improvements in the problems in the Gulf, more and more troops out of Iraq, and three months of the Republicans running on "Let's go Back to the Bush administration."

AND the T-Crazies get three more months of totally bizarre behavior to influence those independents.

AND, Obama gets three months for people to realize just how well he has run his first two years, and just how obstructionist the republicans have been.

So, if anything, three months of reality check and Obama HELPS borderline Democrats, say in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Utah. (Blanche Lincoln needs to keep Her rent paid on her gigs in D.C.)

When the R's cut castle's throat in Delaware, soak Indiana in Tea, and out Vitter followed by outing his replacement in Louisiana, the Dems end up gaining three seats, (Crist can't possibly be so foolish, and the republicans simply haven't anything to offer him that would make it worth his while to caucus with them. When the T-Crazies caucus by themselves, the Dems have 63 votes to 25 votes to 12 votes, and the T-s and R-s get to slug it out over who gets which ranking member position.)

Wake up and smell the Earl Grey, because the t-s haven't the patience of a three year old, and want it all, "Right Now Mommy"

Posted by: ceflynline | July 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza seems to have cherry-picked states where the Democrat is still competitive. But just last week the WaPo did a survey of 15 governors' races, and the Dems were really only doing well in Hawaii and Connecticut. Are the senate Dems really doing so much better than those running for governor?

Posted by: JBaustian | July 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse


of course Republicans will rubber stamp and their strategy has been in play since the inauguration. It will be a big NO for anything the President doe.

Don't listen to polls. They are probably polling all the unemployed. (hearty grins)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Chris is reporting that Obama has low approval ratings in certain states, but he's also pointing out that the local Democratic candidates in those states are performing better than Obama's polling.

What seems to be missing from the polling equation are other equally valid sets of numbers that should be included in the comparison: approval/disapproval numbers for Republicans and Democrats, both Congressional and generic. Including those might explain the differences.

And, of course, we get the usual mindless carpet-bombing from some of the anti-Obama trolls at any mention of his name or poll numbers. (Or even if the main post isn't about Obama at all.) Still waiting for that new Comments format.

Posted by: Gallenod | July 26, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

margaret:

I just Submitted a Ticket to the Customer Care section of the newspaper. I have a confirmation number for the troubleshooting.

I am hoping this isn't what Chris was saying about a new format. Not to be able to post an entry to these stories is really bothering me. I am addicted to the WaPo. (rolling)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Will President Obama drag down Democratic Senatorial Cabdidates?

NO!

Posted by: ceflynline | July 26, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the first Democratic Socialist President to force all Dems out of the closet to show the country they are all socialists. Big Government, no jobs, high taxes and no hope is what he has shown Dems to be for. Throw all of them out! They are a disaster for America. They will make America a third world country in the name of welfare and vote buying with our wallets not to mention billions for illegals that Americans need spent on their own needs. November cannot come soon enough!

Posted by: cdorbg | July 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

ITS SO DAMN DISCUSSTING, HOW CROOKED GOVERNMENT, GOVERNERS, STATE EMPLOYEES, RAPING OUR CITIES WITH EXTRAVICANT MILLION DOLLAR PAYOFFS. BIG BUSINESS COUNTY SHERRIFS GETTING PAYED UP TO 800 THOUSAND, WITH SLUSH FUNDS IN A SMALL CITY. THE STATE EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING PAYED 3.5 MILLIONS. AMERICA WHEN ARE WE GONNA HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM?

Posted by: JWTX | July 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

ITS SO DAMN DISCUSSTING, HOW CROOKED GOVERNMENT, GOVERNERS, STATE EMPLOYEES, RAPING OUR CITIES WITH EXTRAVICANT MILLION DOLLAR PAYOFFS. BIG BUSINESS COUNTY SHERRIFS GETTING PAYED UP TO 800 THOUSAND, WITH SLUSH FUNDS IN A SMALL CITY. THE STATE EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING PAYED 3.5 MILLIONS. AMERICA WHEN ARE WE GONNA HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM?

Posted by: JWTX | July 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not understand economics - this much is clear.


Obama has REFUSED to do anything about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


Obama has REFUSED to do anything about the trade deals which have destroyed so many jobs.

How many jobs will this country gain if they deport HALF the illegal aliens ???


Maybe the unemployment rate will go to 7%.


Renegotiate a bunch of trade deals, push our exports up - and our unemployment rate could be down below 5% in no time.


Screw it - just do it.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Wamp is going secede from the Union and form a new Confederacy, didn't you know that? Oh yeah, it's going to be a great year for Tennessee.

Posted by: drindl |


Drivl is "working on her writing". Talk about a neverending task.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd
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She should just stick with her "cut-and hate". But then again, with unemployment extended to 99 weeks, there is plenty of time to improve her writing.

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

ITS SO DAMN DISCUSSTING, HOW CROOKED GOVERNMENT, GOVERNERS, STATE EMPLOYEES, RAPING OUR CITIES WITH EXTRAVICANT MILLION DOLLAR PAYOFFS. BIG BUSINESS COUNTY SHERRIFS GETTING PAYED UP TO 800 THOUSAND, WITH SLUSH FUNDS IN A SMALL CITY. THE STATE EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING PAYED 3.5 MILLIONS. AMERICA WHEN ARE WE GONNA HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM?

Posted by: JWTX | July 26, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It must be clear, even to President Obama, that his program is not working. It certainly is clear to those members of his increasingly incoherent economics team who are skedaddling. For a guy who campaigned on hope and change, Barack Obama is proving to be absolutely pig-headed when it comes to sticking to what does not work. Memo to the president: This is no way to run a welfare state.


Do you miss the fiscal discipline of the Bush era yet?

doesn't that look peculiar yet true?

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse


thanks margaret for the reply. How do we get to the techies. Or even Chris.
Can I write them. Or have you tried?

It's bothersome. The Fix and 44 have this other format and it's easy to get in and post....but the main articles, no way.

(sorry folks to be off topic but this "stuck in LOADING is a hassle)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

ITS SO DAMN DISCUSSTING, HOW CROOKED GOVERNMENT, GOVERNERS, STATE EMPLOYEES, RAPING OUR CITIES WITH EXTRAVICANT MILLION DOLLAR PAYOFFS. BIG BUSINESS COUNTY SHERRIFS GETTING PAYED UP TO 800 THOUSAND, WITH SLUSH FUNDS IN A SMALL CITY. THE STATE EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING PAYED 3.5 MILLIONS. AMERICA WHEN ARE WE GONNA HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM?

Posted by: JWTX | July 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27 at 3:23 is 100% correct.


Obama has done NOTHING in terms of what is really important for the economy.

There was a day when Obama "got it" - when on the campaign trail he heard so many people told him that their cities and towns were hurting from Clinton's free trade deals - the Obama said he wanted to re-negotiate some of those deals.

That is what this country needs - a re-negotiation of the trade deals so we do NOT have a trade deficit - and we pay for everything we buy as a country with exports.

It is pretty simple.

Obama just wants to continue to BORROW FROM CHINA.

Look at the unemployment debate - Obama had a chance to take the money from TWO MASSIVE ACCOUNTS WHICH HAD MONEY or


BORROW THE MONEY FROM CHINA

Obama chose to not use Tarp money, or stimulus money - he wanted to BORROW THE MONEY FROM CHINA.

Obama is WORSE than the others because everyone gets the nagging suspicion he has no idea what he is doing.


Obama does not understand economics - this much is clear.


Obama has REFUSED to do anything about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Obama has REFUSED to do anything about the trade deals which have destroyed so many jobs.


How many jobs will this country gain if they deport HALF the illegal aliens ???

Maybe the unemployment rate will go to 7%.

Renegotiate a bunch of trade deals, push our exports up - and our unemployment rate could be down below 5% in no time.

Screw it - just do it.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

ITS SO DAMN DISCUSSTING, HOW CROOKED GOVERNMENT, GOVERNERS, STATE EMPLOYEES, RAPING OUR CITIES WITH EXTRAVICANT MILLION DOLLAR PAYOFFS. BIG BUSINESS COUNTY SHERRIFS GETTING PAYED UP TO 800 THOUSAND, WITH SLUSH FUNDS IN A SMALL CITY. THE STATE EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING PAYED 3.5 MILLIONS. AMERICA WHEN ARE WE GONNA HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM?

Posted by: JWTX | July 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Babe nemo, I am also experiencing the same problem -- at work and at home.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

PREDICTION: OBAMA INITIATIVE TO RESTORE RULE OF LAW AND HUMAN, CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICA PUTS DEMS BACK ON TOP BY NOVEMBER

Here's the REAL crisis that threatens liberty -- by tackling it, Obama re-captures the base and saves democracy:

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR ‘TARGETED’ AMERICANS WITH CELLULAR MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Obama administration does nothing to stop Bush-Cheney- spawned electromagnetic torture and subjugation, financial sabotage, community-based, police-protected vigilante "gang stalking" domestic terrorism and harassment directed at extra-legally "targeted individuals" and franchised out to nationwide federal-local fusion center network.

All of those cell towers you see all over America are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS — part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency “directed energy weapon” system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run “fusion center” network to silently torture, impair, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly ‘”targeted” citizens.

And the criminal use of this precision-targeted domestic weapon system to attack and impair U.S. citizens is being done WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

EXHIBIT A: U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon Corp., for the "Multi-functional Microwave Laser Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon System."

Veteran mainstream media journalist Vic Livingston reports:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

a bit off topic and technical
maybe chris is reading

i'm having trouble with "COMMENTS" from other articles. I am always stuck in "LOADING" and can't pull anything up. I am thinking it's the new format. I never had trouble before....and I need to report it to the techies.

Anyone?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Polls in Kentucky and Missouri? Whatever....hope you will be around to explain why you overstated the losses, Cilliza. But knowing you media types, probably not...

Posted by: LABC | July 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The White House says first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Spain next week for a private trip with longtime family friends. Mrs. Obama will be traveling with her youngest daughter, Sasha. President Barack Obama and daughter Malia will not be on the trip.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dear Leader comrade Zero has been left behind this trip. He couldn't get on the Spanish golf courses since his approval is so low.

the rest of you - How about some cake?

Love Michelle Antionette

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is dragging everyone down.

If you are looking for a job, the companies you are applying to are not sure what their health insurance costs will be in the future, so they are reluctant to hire - not because of you, but because Obama and his ego wanted to push through a health care plan full of uncertainties in the middle of a recession.

If you are a democrat, even downticket, you are going to be hurt by Obama - every democrat in every competitive district in the country is going to get hurt by Obama.

The only difference is: the democrats deserve it - the job seekers do not.

Obama is a drag on everyone in the country.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Good luck defending Obama. This President is merely a third term Bush. We've got the same free trade train wreck, even more jobs being outsourcing and more guest workers displacing US workers, store shelves groaning with cheap Chinese and Indian made junk, a federal deficit even worse, two badly managed and worthless wars, ever higher unemployment, a government that does not represent us, but Wall Street instead, corrupt dirtbags for party leaders, and a public so disillusioned, so distrustful of entrenched government, that more and more of us actively wish for a revolution to overthrow it. Obama, along with the earlier failures he emulates - Bush and Clinton - doesn't deserve to be President. He has lost our trust and there is nothing he can do to regain it. He slept with the enemy and lied to us. He and all of the other "leaders: in Washington deserve a special place in hell for what they have done to this country.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

To put this in historical context, consider the nearby table that compares deficits as a share of GDP under Presidents Reagan and Obama. The 1981-82 recession was comparable in severity to the one Mr. Obama inherited and reached similar heights of unemployment. The deficits that resulted from that recession were the source of huge political consternation, with Democrats, the press corps and even some senior Reagan aides insisting that only a huge tax increase could save the country from ruin.

Yet as the table shows, the Reagan deficits never reached more than 6% of GDP, and that happened only in 1983, the first year of economic recovery. As the 1980s expansion continued, the deficits fell, especially as the pace of spending slowed in the latter part of Reagan's second term. Few remember now, but when Ross Perot won 19% of the Presidential vote in 1992 running more or less on the single issue of the deficit, the budget hole was only 4.7% of GDP.

The Obama deficits are double that, and more than one-third higher than even the Gipper's worst year. What explains this? Part of it is that Democrats are simply spending much more, sending outlays as a share of GDP above 25% for the first time since World War II. The White House now says outlays will be higher in 2011, at 25.1% of GDP, than at the height of the stimulus in 2009 and 2010.

To put it another way, Democrats have been undertaking a vast fiscal policy experiment, blowing out the federal balance sheet in an effort to show that a country can spend and tax its way to prosperity. Look no further than the numbers in the White House's own budget review for the unhappy lab results.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It is a fact he has F'ed up everything he gets his commie paws on. so, Yes, if the Dem Senators are dumb enough to cling to failed socialism, they deserve to get fired.

It is established practice in Washington that if you have to release bad news, it is best to do it on a Friday … the later in the day the better. So not only did the White House schedule the publication of the “Mid-Session Budget Review” for last Friday, but they then released it three hours late to ensure that as few reporters as possible were left in the nation’s capital to cover it. But Heritage’s dedicated budget team patiently waited the Obama administration out, and their analysis shows that this year’s mid-session review is nothing short of a complete admission of failure of the White House’s economic policies.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

President Obama hit the golf course Sunday as the Washington region experienced a humid heat wave that pushed the heat index into the triple digits. Obama left the White House shortly after noon for the links at Andrew Air Force Base. White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, presidential aide Ben Finkenbinder and campaign photographer David Katz were his playing partners. The game was cut short by a strong thunderstorm, and Obama returned to the White House shortly after 4 p.m. On Saturday, when a heat warning was in effect for the D.C. area, Obama shot hoops at Fort McNair's physical fitness center.

this is our present ident. the oil spill must be plugged or perhaps this is not Resting, depending on the meaning of that word, of course.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

How many columns can you devote to utter crap? How many times can you repeat this one? Going to be a long few months before November.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

the democratic party and this administration hurt the democrats.you don`t have to a college graduate to see this.

Posted by: SISSD1 | July 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

BobbyWC
"To distance himself from Obama, Dem for Gov. Texas - Bill White on Friday told a group of East Texas people that he was drilling for oil when Obama was a community organizer."

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Mark_in_Austin, this doesn't sound like White avoiding Obama is just some trivial thing. On topic, Al Gore kept Bill Clinton off the campaign trail; Senate candidates now appear to prefer Clinton to Obama. What does that tell you?

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wamp is going secede from the Union and form a new Confederacy, didn't you know that? Oh yeah, it's going to be a great year for Tennessee.

Posted by: drindl |


Drivl is "working on her writing". Talk about a neverending task.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

God willing ...

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Barry's Summer of Recovery preview 2012 campaign tour will provide a trickle down effect that will carry all D senators to victory (except for those states where there is no recovery).

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

This fear Dems have of Obama is leading to garbage conduct by Dems who will never get my vote.

To distance himself from Obama, Dem for Gov. Texas - Bill White on Friday told a group of East Texas people that he was drilling for oil when Obama was a community organizer.

Had Gov. Perry said this the press would be screaming racism "code words."

Bill White is dead in Texas and the polls are pretty clear in this one. It seems editor Perry White has declare Perry the winner - and so be it - when a Democrat runs from a black president using terms like "community activist" to describe the president and he does it in East Texas, he is anything but a Democrat.

Bill White is learning running from Obama is not helping him with anyone by the racists community in East Texas (a large minority of racists, not the majority of east Texas)

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"it's impossible to quantitatively measure exactly what the Obama effect will be this fall."


It may be time to fall back on that "all politics is local" thing.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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