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The danger of political prognostication

Every day in this space we seek to look into the political future -- sometimes successfully and sometimes not. (Hopefully more the former than the latter!)

New polling out of CNN/Opinion Research Corporation highlights the difficulty in doing just that.

One year ago -- almost to the day -- President Barack Obama had a sky-high 67 percent approval rating and a minuscule 29 percent disapproval score.

Today Obama's approval numbers stands at 49 percent -- a loss of 18 points -- while his disapproval is 50 percent, a gain of 21 points.

In that year, Obama has gone from a transformational figure leading large majorities in the House and Senate to pass a progressive agenda to an embattled leader trying to salvage his domestic agenda amid a series of surprising electoral setbacks and a spate of recent retirements.

Put simply: Politics is an unpredictable enterprise. Change is the only constant.

And so, while history and the national political environment are clearly tilted in Republicans favor, the CNN numbers are a reminder that much can and will change in the 259 days between today and Nov. 2.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  White House  
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someone forwarded me an alleged copy of a speech by lee Iococa (spelling?) savaging the president in a speech that was so far off the wall. Was this for real?

Posted by: rawreid | February 17, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I see moonbat/drivl/zouk and 37 are still unemployed and still hanging on this blog all day long.

Posted by: drindl | February 17, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Right on the money bpai_99!! Nothing for the country, its people.....but everything for political advantage or to get re-elected!

I hear about those "seven Senate Republicans" that sponsored the debt commission bill who turned around, after pressure from The Club for Growth, and voted NO to kill their own bill!

WILL SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA PLEASE NAME THEM ALL.....where is the sense of outraged for this blatant hypocrisy!!!

Posted by: dwatson1 | February 17, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Good to see all the partisans squabbling over deck chair arrangements on the Titanic.

The country is going to hell in a handbasket, and we are preoccupied with political gamesmanship than about anything else.

The most forceful arguments by both the GOP and the Dems are that the other side's ideas are worse, not that their own ideas are good. We're all more passionate, vocal and intense about what we're against than what we are for. Stopping things from getting done is applauded more than getting things done.

If the current trend (which has been gathering steam for decades) is not reversed, I think America's best days are behind it. Anyone seeing the current climate in Washington changing soon?

Posted by: bpai_99 | February 17, 2010 3:44 AM | Report abuse

Word is Obama is still going to try to jam the health care down the throats of America.

Obama can not be making a bigger mistake.

First, Obama believes that doing something is better than doing nothing, but not if that something is not what the American people don't want.

It is pretty incredible that someone has to write that in a blog, because the situation should never arise that such a sentence ever be written.


Obama is going to make an even massive mistake.

Despite the title of Chris's piece, an even worse fate is awaiting Obama - an attempt to jam it that fails - that will only get the American people even more angry at Obama - and Obama will still not have accomplished anything.

Obama is about to PRETEND to be bipartisan -


Then he is going to try to get enough House members to RISK THEIR POLITICAL CAREERS ON THIS SCATTER-BRAINED IDEA ???

And then somehow, he is going to have 50 Senator stick their necks out again, and pass whatever other bill they need???

Those votes aren't even there now - and Obama is kidding - seriously kidding if he thinks those votes are there in this political environment.

If Obama goes down that path, there really isn't a way that Obama is going to emerge on the other side in a better position - it's going to be worse either way - and the democrats in Congress know it.

The country is not going to go for it - all of a sudden, after Obama not being bipartisan for over a year - saying OK - come here on this day and we will all be bipartisan.


The country is going to look at their televisions and think that it is a comedy channel.

On getting enough votes in Congress, there are not enough lemmings in Madagascar which Obama could import to go along with this plan.

Anyway - this is like watching the worst football team in the league just mess up play after play - it is just so ugly that you can't watch anymore.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 17, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

The rats have scampered.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 17, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Still feasting on a diet of pure envy huh Ped?

Always the loser.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat

Obama does not realize that when he shows his anger - and shows he is ready to fight - he is doing that against the American people.

It is the American people who do not want his policies -


So why does Obama want to fight with the American People???

His whole stance now makes no sense.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The wh today decided their communication strategy is suffering because;

they interact with the media too much( one press conference per should suffice. No more beer summits, no more off TelePrompTer).

The backdrops could be better. Maybe some soldiers or coffins or wait, what did I do with those Greek columns?

Fight back more. Seriously?

Stay on message. Chant with me. Keep it to three words or less.

Love those moronic liberals.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat


You have an extremely good point there.


I think this is part of what Bayh was saying.

There is a growing sense in Washington - among Capitol Hill staffs and journalists that you have it correct.

Most people are astonished at the reaction of Obama and the democrats.

What has happened over the past 4 weeks really has made crystal clear how inexperienced and weak Obama is - and how bad a position the country has been in for the past year with these people in the positions they are.

The democratic party would be vastly bettter off if they somehow got Obama to take responsibility and resign.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I am somewhat pleased that when the voters said to libs "no thanks, return to sender", they replied " no one home".

It seems Barry and his utter failure Chicago operatives are so in their own narcissistic bubble no signal gets through. How does that work?

This blog would be a good place to ask that question. We have the full range of clueless ignorant idiots present with no grasp of reality.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm / broadwayjoe


Would you rather have the democrats lose complete control of Congress OR would you rather see Obama resign ?


Which would you prefer?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

We owe China $800 Billion ???

Anyone think that Bill Clinton did a good job with that trade deal?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm


Answer the question, or you can say it is too difficult for you to comprehend.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Bummer, only one fake troll around tonight.

Must be buy one/get one free night at Denny's.

Posted by: jasperanselm | February 16, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Does everyone know that when Bayh quit, he assured Palin's election in 2012?

Posted by: SuzyCcup


Please, please, SuzyPeeintheCup/zookie, promise me that you'll nominate palin for president in 2012! I get all tingly thinking about those presidential debates!

Posted by: jasperanselm | February 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm


Would you rather have the democrats lose both Houses of Congress or see Obama resign?


Which would you prefer?


It's me, and you know it.

I think you are broadway joe

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, fake 37, out of respect for the real 37, you don't exist until you get your own original name.

Posted by: jasperanselm | February 16, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade


Would you rather have the democrats lose both Houses of Congress or see Obama resign???

Which do you prefer?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm


Would you rather have the democrats lose both Houses of Congress or see Obama resign?


Which would you prefer?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Zouk apparently doesn't know that it is one of two seats representing the people of Massachusetts. Democrats hope that Sen. Brown is similarly clueless. Perhaps the Brick Wall would care to sign on as an advisor.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 16, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

He didn't deserve the 1st term.

Posted by: SuzyCcup

Why are we talking about bush?

Posted by: jasperanselm | February 16, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The only poll that counts just elected a repub to kennedy's seat.

Posted by: Moonbat

Why does the dingbat keep referring to Brown in MA? Must be he wants to go all "Larry Craig" on him. Remember, don't ask, don't tell, dingbat.

Posted by: jasperanselm | February 16, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Bill Maher is now slamming Obama for doing nothing - comparing Obama to Lindsay Lohan who is photographed everywhere but does nothing.


OUCH


Broadwayjoe - are you going to answer the question, would you rather lose both Houses of Congress or see Obama resign ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You libs are delusional. Even when hit squarly in the face with facts, you wriggle around to find some other excuse.

Face reality. No one likes you.

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irony overload alert

Delusion: the court-ordered loony bin lifer who "lives" in a $3 million townhouse with his three supermodel concubines and his three beautiful Hittlerjugend blond crotch cabbages

Unliked: the guy who spends 16 hours a day 365 days a year telling other posters how much he despises them

you crack me up, mental-boi

Posted by: Noacoler | February 16, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

He didn't deserve the 1st term.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 9:02 PM


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Excellent Point

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


Would you rather have the democrats lose complete control of Congress OR would you rather see Obama resign ?


Which would you prefer?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe

Stop with the delusional polling operation that is hooked up with the Daily Kos


Obama's numbers are inflated because people do not want to sound racist.


Obama is sinking faster than a lead ball rolling off a lead ship.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

IMO, these polls are designed to influence public opinion, not measure it. They provide a false basis for an anti-BHO narrative the MSM can repeat endlessly and move the needle against BHO. IMO, they know full well the poll is bogus. 1000 listed landlines--come on, get serious.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"[unhinged junk omitted] It doesn't matter what broadwayjoe's poll says.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:27 PM"
______________

Sounds kinda familiar...

"Wizard of Oz: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Everytime you try to discredit a poll, the poll turns out to be right.

Look at the complaining (like a little girl) you did about Rasmussen's poll in Massachusetts.

THAT poll had Scott Brown behind by 9 points, and you were complaing Coakley was ahead by a great deal more.

So, your track record on this is worse than Obama's track record on getting legislation through Congress.

Cherry-pick that !

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Some poll...Gimme a Break.

"Interviews with 1,023 adult Americans, including 954 registered voters, conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corporation on February 12-15, 2010. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points and for registered voters is plus or minus 3 percentage
points."

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/16/rel4a.pdf

LOL.

Calling 1000 listed land line phones during the workday in a country of 300 million is really scientific-NOT. All you're going to reach are 1000 losers eating mac and cheese (or mayonnaise sandwiches) and watching Andy Griffith reruns (the real old ones with "Elly") or listening to Rush on their 30 year old AM-only radios, not quite O-Nation country.

I can just imagine the demographics of the folks that answered the pollsters' phone calls, although I'd rather not. This poll is beyond bogus, IMO.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The democrats in Congress could lose all their leadership positions, all their committee chairmanships and the staff stands to lose all sorts of jobs.


Why should Obama not take the fall if it is his fault.


Obama should resign now and spare his party this certain disaster.


It doesn't matter what broadwayjoe's poll says.

The voters are ready to take out there anger on the democrats just to send Obama a message - the only way out is to get Obama to resign.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough on the oysters. I tried them on a whim on my first visit to Boston (where I got a job and met my future wife in the same week). If you want the best seafood of your life, head into the countryside to Joe's Dreyfus Store Restaurant in Livonia. It's a drive, but OH MY GAWD good. I had the crawfish platter and was in heaven.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 16, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe

Stop with the delusional polling operation that is hooked up with the Daily Kos

Obama's numbers are inflated because people do not want to sound racist.

Obama is sinking faster than a lead ball rolling off a lead ship.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear. An imbecile and a stooge are taunting me!

The only poll that counts just elected a repub to kennedy's seat.

Delusional losers.

Keep digging. I have an extra shovel you can use.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Should have known it was Drudge that was pushing this bogus poll today. The Drudge "emulators" were certain to follow.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of polls, no one outside Drudge/Fix World has challenged the Marist poll which says Palin would lose to BHO by 23 if they held the 2012 race today. Case closed. Game on.

O-Nation

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

@Suzy - Hit the Court of the Three Sisters.

Also, skip the Hurricanes and double down on those oysters.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 16, 2010 9:00 PM


FairlingtonBlade, I'll take you up on that the next time I'm there. I love seafood. Forget the oysters though.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


Your comment at 8:20 is incredibly racist.


I can't believe you would say such a thing.

It is that attitude of the Obama people are is setting back race relations in this country.


AND to talk about a religious holiday in such terms is a disgrace.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

a-pit, that's a cherrypicked poll. Research 2000, a mainstream scientific poll, has BHO at 56, 3 points ABOVE his 2008 vote percentage. I'll go with the science.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Drudge had it (correctly); "CNN Shock Poll: Majority say Obama doesn't deserve 2nd Term".

Posted by: armpeg | February 16, 2010 8:59 PM


He didn't deserve the 1st term.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

@Suzy - Hit the Court of the Three Sisters.

Also, skip the Hurricanes and double down on those oysters.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 16, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Drudge was more honest and didn't sugarcoat CNN's 49%-51% Obama's failed presidentcy poll.
Drudge had it (correctly); "CNN Shock Poll: Majority say Obama doesn't deserve 2nd Term".
Impeach Obama before he f***** up our country even more. The ahole doesn't know what he's doing!

Posted by: armpeg | February 16, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Amy Bishop, arrested for the killing spree in Alabama this week - is "a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting."


according to a report in the Boston Herald.


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All you Obama people on here - stay away from the weapons, OK???


Leave the weapons to the Republicans, who know how to handle them.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Moon, just between you and me, they built a new overpass over Highway 8-, well, you know the one. No special high fence along the sides to prevent rock throwing. Knock yourself out, olympian.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Does everyone know that when Bayh quit, he assured Palin's election in 2012? It will be Bayh versus Palin in 2012 and you libs won't be able to say she was a quitter. It will be the battle of the $400 Evan Bayh hairdo against the $4000 Sarah Palin Gucci jacket. Easily the most expensive campaign in history. I want her hand-me downs.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


Most Americans disagree with you - most people in the country believe your party's policies, if enacted, will hurt the nation.


No one wants Obama's policies.

Obama promised to be bipartisan - which means to negotiate out CENTRIST policies - he never said he was going to be an ultra-left-winger and try to jam all this left-wing policies down the throats of America.

Get it?



I'm not really sure what will make some democrats get it.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyways, time to enjoy the rest of Mardi Gras. Think about it...Thousands of black people are just so incredibly happy! Doesn't that want to just make you set yourself on fire????

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:20 PM

Mr Dawd, (is it OK if I call you that?), I love Mardi Gras. My boyfriend and I were in New Orleans a few years ago during Mardi Gras. He spent the whole time at some land based casino (I think it was Harrahs) playing Blackjack. I spent a lot of time going to the restaurants near Bourbon St. My favorite was NOLA's. Emiril wasn't there though. I had a great time. The thousands of black people you refer to didn't bother me at all.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Moon, apologies. Cup corrected me. Piggly Wiggly is open all night so go down and redeem your smashed soda cans anytime you want. No rush.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


Cherry-pick this


52% of Americans believe that Obama does not deserve a second term - from CNN

Thank you.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe, the piggy wiggly around here is open all night. My dad still has some soda bottles from years ago. Do you think they're worth anything?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:19 PM
_________________

Thanks for the, er, correction on P/W's operating hours. Yeah sure, uh, your dad's bottles may be worth something on ebay but we know for sure Piggly Wiggly wants soda cans. Hope that helps.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Kos, huff, chanting, unhinged reality. Followed by teenage insults.

Yup. Typical lib intellectualism.

No wonder you losers can't pass a thing and are about to be thrown out on your rump after only a year of endless incompetency and failure.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Great to hear RNC head Mike Steele was to meet with the Tea Party folks today. Any chance he was able to tell the Founder of the Party, Dale Robertson, that Dale's favorite racial slur, the one that adorns his sign, ends in "er" not "ar"?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/15/AR2010021502211.html

Any chance Mike'll work with them on their proposal to restore Jim Crow era literacy tests?

Good luck, Mike.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"You bet I'll deal with it. I love it!!

Posted by: SuzyCcup"

Well, by dealing with it, I mean you can have your response to knowing your party's strategy hurts the country. How you take that will just speak to you.

Anyways, time to enjoy the rest of Mardi Gras. Think about it...Thousands of black people are just so incredibly happy! Doesn't that want to just make you set yourself on fire????

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


Obama's disapproval is at 50% -


It is probable that many people lie to pollsters about approving of Obama because they are afraid to appear racist -


So Obama's approval numbers are inflated.


There really is no factor that would deflated the 50% disapproval - because apparently those people are willing to say how they feel.

Obama is sinking faster than an anchor thrown overboard.

broadwayjoe - what are you going to do when you don't have Obama to lie about???

Are you going to go around mumbling to yourself?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You libs are delusional. Even when hit squarly in the face with facts, you wriggle around to find some other excuse.

Face reality. No one likes you.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

You have about fifteen minutes to get to the Piggy Wiggly to redeem your 23 smashed aluminum soda cans for cash if you start out now. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:14 PM


broadwayjoe, the piggy wiggly around here is open all night. My dad still has some soda bottles from years ago. Do you think they're worth anything?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Republican electoral success is predicated on preventing any kind of legislation from being passed. That's how it is. Deal with it.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:13 PM

You bet I'll deal with it. I love it!!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


I suppose you think the democratic party should go further to the left in order to solve the problem.

No, it was not the inaction, it was the policies.

The American public is happy about the inaction - when it was Obama's policies which they were about to have to live under.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Despite all that, BHO continues to waste time on "bipartisanship" instead of telling Reid to nuke the filibuster...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:10 PM


Tell it like it is broadwayjoe. Obama was handed the keys to the castle and couldn't do anything. Not one thing!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Moon, it's about 8:15. You have about fifteen minutes to get to the Piggy Wiggly to redeem your 23 smashed aluminum soda cans for cash if you start out now. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

"I live in Mass. Scott Brown campaigned openly against Obamacare. The nation wants Obama's policies?? Yeah, sure!

Posted by: SuzyCcup"

If HCR was passed, Coakley would have been elected. it wouldn't have even been close.

Republican electoral success is predicated on preventing any kind of legislation from being passed. That's how it is. Deal with it.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

With all the talk about the H1N1 virus this past year, the democrats missed the most deadly virus of all - the Obama Virus. He's diseased, the dems are vulnerable, and there's no cure.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"DDAWD


I suppose you think the democratic party should go further to the left in order to solve the problem.

No, it was not the inaction, it was the policies.

The American public is happy about the inaction - when it was Obama's policies which they were about to have to live under.

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Posted by: 37thand0street"

Um, no. If it were the policies, then the Republicans would be increasing their numbers in 2006 and John McCain would be our President now.

Obama made promises and hasn't delivered. People aren't upset with the promises. It's all about the non-delivery. The US is a center-left nation. People want policies enacted that reflect that.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@noa: Just checked in with a hard core BHO deadender. BHO is losing this person. That's not good.

BHO wasted a year trying to negotiate bipartisanship with folks who told him publicly they wanted him "to fail," and they planned to deny him even a single vote (unheard of in modern times) because he is a, well, you know. They were even publicly pushing for return to Jim Crow era literacy tests to disenfranchise voters.

Despite all that, BHO continues to waste time on "bipartisanship" instead of telling Reid to nuke the filibuster and ramming through recess appointments. Douglas Wilder's public criticism should have been a huge wake-up call but it hasn't been. That said, BHO is still at 56%. Oh well.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Baghdad BJ. Is channeling Kos and huff. No wonder he is making no sense and seems from another planet.

Talk about loony left with no credibility.

They are probably still banging the global warming gong and mouthing the frugality fiction.

Hahahaha.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Read polls, turn off Hannity (even if just for a few minutes)

People are responding to Dems' inaction, not their policies.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:00 PM

I live in Mass. Scott Brown campaigned openly against Obamacare. The nation wants Obama's policies?? Yeah, sure!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Parades are done, buddy. Taking a break. Going back out soon.

You oughta come visit when you turn 21. It's a fun place. Even when it's not Mardi Gras.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


I suppose you think the democratic party should go further to the left in order to solve the problem.

No, it was not the inaction, it was the policies.

The American public is happy about the inaction - when it was Obama's policies which they were about to have to live under.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Poor stooge has been drinking purple hurricanes all day. Go see a parade nimrod!

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The Soviets were supposed to have top ranked scientists designing their nuclear plants - and still they had a disaster on their hands.


I wonder if Obama was on a cocaine binge when Chernobyl hit.

I wonder if Obama has to look up what Chernobyl is.

Obama has messed up everything else so far.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"What vast majority are you talking about?? Are you referring to the vast majorities in VA, NJ, and Mass? Perhaps some other planet?

Posted by: SuzyCcup |"

Read polls, turn off Hannity (even if just for a few minutes)

People are responding to Dems' inaction, not their policies.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Three (3) checks today.

Cherry picked anti-BHO poll (no mention of Research 2000 that has BHO at 56%). Check.

Dems-in-trouble false narrative. Check.

No positive mention of the 44th President of the United States. Check.
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BTW, the Internet finally provided the answer to why Bayh suddenly retired.

Allegedly, the retirement was brought on by a moon-sized conflict of interest concerning millions in income from Big Insurance and other corporate interests.

From Matt Sledge in dailykos:

"For many years Susan's membership on several major corporate boards (eight of them, in 2008) was something of an open secret. Only over the course of the health care reform debate was it widely spoken about in Indiana. With Bayh playing a prominent role in the haggling over the public option and medical device fees, it was impossible to ignore the fact that WellPoint, a behemoth insurer, was paying Susan Bayh hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Between 2006 and 2008 Susan earned $2.1 million from health insurers. Legal under Senate rules, Susan Bayh's refusal to step down from WellPoint's board, and her husband's denial that the millions she had earned from WellPoint would influence him, were greeted with derision from ethics watchdogs."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-sledge/evan-bayhs-very-long-2009_b_462736.html


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse


I wonder if Obama was on a cocaine binge when the Chernobyl disaster hit.


Obama just doesn't seem to appreciate the danger.


I wonder if Obama knows about Bhopal.

AHH - a proper use of the word "danger."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


The vast majority of the nation does not want those massive government programs and those massive taxes you are talking about.

That is another part of the delusion.

Bigger Government, Bigger Government, Bigger Government Bigger Government

Are you hypnotized yet ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever looked more presidential?

http://www.theodoresworld.net/pics/0808/saluteImage3.jpg


Watch that thumb, Barry!


Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD

Do you plan on re-writing the definition of any other words???


Dictionary, dictionary dictionary.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

...even though Dems are making legislative proposals that the vast majority of the nation wants.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 7:35 PM


What vast majority are you talking about?? Are you referring to the vast majorities in VA, NJ, and Mass? Perhaps some other planet?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The democrats still can't learn from the peanut farmer experience.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 16, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's chicken or egg. If Republicans weren't so united in filibustering almost 100% of proposed laws, you wouldn't need 100% of Democrats to agree on everything.

But that's what's screwed up with the Washington definition of bipartisan. To them, you need an x number of Republicans to make a bill bipartisan. In reality, getting all 60 Democrats to agree on a bill is bipartisan even if zero Republicans will vote for it simply because the Dem coalition is so ideologically broad while the R coalition is so narrow. 95% of the nations interests are served in the 59 Dems. However, the 5% of the population are represented by 40% of the Senate and so they can put up the illusion that Dems aren't being bipartisan even though Dems are making legislative proposals that the vast majority of the nation wants.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Obama was on a cocaine binge when the Chernobyl disaster hit.

Obama just doesn't seem to appreciate the danger.

I wonder if Obama knows about Bhopal.


AHH - a proper use of the word "danger."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Now that we see that Obama has the reverse-Midas touch - everything he touches turns into a disaster.

OH WAIT.

Today, Obama endorsed nuclear power plants.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


The democrats couldn't agree amongst themselves on a bill.

Obama offered little leadership.


Obama put out a deadline of last August - the democrats did not meet it.

Obama never put out his own version of the bill.

Do you realize how hard it would have been to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the bill?


It was all the democrats.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Nah, the Dems themselves are responsible for their own electoral difficulties. Republicans made it clear from the start of the 2009 session that they were planning on obstructing anything. Dems refused to hit back hard. Obviously Obama is the best communicator in the Dem party, but he's got a day job now.Democrats should have been hammering Republicans for obstructionism. They should have been selling the bill a lot harder than before. They should have taken control of the debate. Obviously it's a lot easier to obstruct than to accomplish, but Dems did next to nothing to fight what the Republicans were doing.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The real danger is that only radicals will be left - talking themselves into further delusions.

It is amazing how fitting the word "delusional" actually is.

Posted by: 37thand0street
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The delusion that da union saves your job. The delusion that the D Party offers the inner city hope. The delusion that you can spend drunkenly into prosperity. The delusion that people who are trying to kill you are impressed by a public trial. The delusion of fixing the weather.Delusional is fitting.

Posted by: leapin | February 16, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


There is very little behind Obama - you are still convinced he is the best thing since sliced bread.


Aren't you still convinced Obama is the greatest?


Well, Obama's performance over the past few weeks only confirmed that he and his administration has no idea what they are doing.

Obama has put the entire democratic party in competitive districts at risk - only democrats in solidly democratic districts are safe - but they are always safe.


The real danger is that only radicals will be left - talking themselves into further delusions.


It is amazing how fitting the word "delusional" actually is.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Unpredictable? Take a neocom statist unvetted by the socialist paradise dreaming media. Add a dose of arrogance and condensation. Brag about your supposed intellectualism while lacking common sense. Couple with the Dbaggers and free lunch parties, and you have the making of the current freefall.

Posted by: leapin | February 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

It's ok do prognosticate, just as long as we don't take things too seriously. It's more for fun and games. No different than predicting who will win the Superbowl next year or the NCAA Championship.

That being said, is there anyone who DIDN'T see Obama's popularity slide coming? This is America, people. We're not the most patient bunch and anyone who expected that the public would give Obama a reasonable amount of time to fix Bush's messes is pretty naive.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It is clear how all this happened -

1) Obama went out of the campaign finance system - which artificially inflated his numbers. If the money was equal like in every other Presidential election, it would have been different


2) The democrats, who initially voted FOR the Iraq war, turned on our men in the field, and started demanding a pull-out. Harry Reid declared a loss - however they maximized their political benefits from that issue - but that issue has nothing to do with domestic policy - and is short-lived.

3) The democrats played up dislike for Bush - who is gone now - and is not an issue - and that as an issue, does not affect domestic policy anymore.

The point is: the democrats have lost all the momentum from these three issues which carried them forward.

Transformational ? That was always a silly statement, and did not reflect the mood of the country at all - rather it came from an delusional ego-trip.


The democrats failed to offer anything to the American public that did not threaten massive price tags - exactly what the American public has been warned about for decades.


The democrats instead of proving that they were responsible fiscally grabbed the bait as fast as they could, completely discrediting themselves.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA NUKES THE BASE WITH RADIOACTIVE ENERGY POLICY

No comment about it in the mainstream media, but President Obama's embrace of nuclear power -- calling it a "green" technology despite unsolved problems with the disposal of dangerous nuclear waste -- may be the last straw for already disillusioned liberals and progressives who made possible the Obama presidency.

It's especially disappointing to those of us who realize that the military has developed new forms of "directed energy" weaponry based on science that some scientists believe could produce limitless amounts of cheap energy. But the civilian leadership either has been kept in the dark about this potential -- or purposely misled so that these technologies can be restricted to weapons of war and mass destruction instead of the betterment of mankind.

Example of the destructive application of one of these technologies -- being used to conduct a literal purge of American society:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 16, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why the word "danger" instead of "peril"


Everyone know when one predicts the future, one can be wrong.


I will tell you what is "danger" - electing a person with so little experience that a year later it is apparent they have NO IDEA what they are doing.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Who is surprised a left wing communist agenda failed?


The loons and the dinosaur media.

Hannity et al knew this long ago. Open your eyes.

Why is Fox up 50 percent and the liars are down ? The voters seek the truth. Peloony obimbo Reid and wapo nyslimes won't provide. The market adjusts.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler

You had me at "swine"

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Who would ever have expected that the guy who ran such a disciplined campaign would turn out to be so starry-eyed.  Obama seems unable to recognize that Republicans are willing to let the nation fall into disarray, that they are hoping for economic calamity or “another” terrorist attack, that no, they aren’t good people at heart who will come around eventually.  He’s dangerously naïve about them.  Republicans are swine, Mr. President, and they don’t care if half the nation ends up on the streets or dead if it helps them get back to power, where they can finish off the rest of us not lucky enough to have  been born into ten-figure wealth.
 
The real danger is the Americans will vote themselves out of the frying pan and into the fire by allowing the lying war-mongering pigs who got us into this hole to dig it deeper.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 16, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama lost 47% of the vote last November. Any early blip would prove as ephemeral as that of Reagan in '81 or Clinton in '93. Not to mention the 90% ratings of either of the Bushes following their respective Iraq wars.

Given a full year of the economy being in the dumper, a 49% approval rating is surprisingly high.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 16, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Chris writes:


In that year, Obama has gone from a transformational figure leading large majorities in the House and Senate to pass a progressive agenda

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Amazing what Illusion and Delusion can do.

Are you still convinced it was there - or was it never there to begin with ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 16, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

No president in recent memory came into office with such high expectations and ended with such opposition, all due to being stubborn and dimwitted. Somehow people thought that a problem caused by conservative ideals of deregulation, tax cuts, and war were going to get fixed somehow other than regulation, taxes, and engagement. Somehow they thought that a fundamentally broken health care system could be fixed without changing the fundamental structure. Somehow they thought that jobs could be made without federal funding for new projects in a time when the private industry is scared to spend. Big problems require big solutions. Conservative problems require liberal solutions. Americans are idiots who turned a lie like "death panels" into a serious debate and suddenly talked about deficits when we were already ten trillion dollars in the hole.

Posted by: thecorinthian | February 16, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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