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The White House, the House and the impact of a majority in the balance

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When White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory on Sunday that "there is no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control", he was, to many people, stating the obvious.

After all, political prognosticators -- from Charlie Cook to Stu Rothenberg and every talking head in between -- have noted (with varying degrees of certainty) that the House majority is clearly at risk for Democrats this fall.

Cook wrote late last month that the House was "teetering on the edge" of a control switch, adding: "There is a wave out there."

That's not to say, however, that Gibbs' words don't have an impact on things. They do. And here's a look at where (and how):

* Messaging: House Democrats were riding high from a messaging perspective over the last month thanks to impolitic comments by Reps. Joe Barton (apologized to BP) and John Boehner (the "ant" imbroglio) as well as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (Afghanistan as a war of President Barack Obama's "choosing").

Now, Democrats are being forced into a process conversation about whether or not their majority is in jeopardy -- a conversation that the House leadership did their damnedest to avoid by adopting a concerted strategy not to mention publicly the idea that control was at stake in the fall.

The counter-argument -- and, yes, this is politics so there is always a counter argument -- is that in acknowledging that the House could switch control effectively set the stakes for voters this fall.

Democratic consultant James Carville called the Gibbs' comments "brilliant" on "Good Morning America" this, um, morning, adding: "This is a time to say...you're not just casting a protest vote here."

A White House official, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said that Gibbs' remark was an attempt to turn the midterms from a referendum on Obama -- not a good thing if today's Post/ABC poll numbers continue through the fall -- into a choice between Democrats and Republicans.

"Unless you put this choice in front of people, this election will be a referendum on him," promised the source. "You have to compare and you have to dramatize the stakes."

* Money: Despite a national political environment that is slanted badly against them, House Democrats have managed to retain financial dominance. At the end of May, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had $28.6 million in the bank while the National Republican Congressional Committee had just $12 million on hand.

Republicans -- privately and, increasingly, publicly -- have made clear that their fundraising deficit is the biggest impediment to maximizing seat gains this fall. "We are going to be in a position to lose seats that we could win," one Republican House member told the Fix last week.

In the wake of Gibbs' comments, Republicans moved quickly to capitalize, using what the press secretary said as a validation that what they have been trying to sell to donors for months -- "give to us because we may be in the majority comes January" -- could actually come true.

(Make sure to read Politico's Jmart on how Republicans are making that case to the affluent lobbying community that populates K Street in Washington.)

One senior House strategist said that the timing of the comments could not have been worse as the third fundraising quarter, which spans from July 1 to Sept. 30, is the most critical of the year since media buys -- typically the costliest part of any campaign -- are made during this time. "The NRCC was struggling to raise enough money," said the source. "This is not a mistake we needed now."

The White House push back on this front is simple: anyone paying any attention at all -- and donors pay very close to attention -- already knew that House control was up for grabs this fall and, therefore, wouldn't be surprised to hear it from Gibbs. "I have a hard time subscribing to the the notion that saying a well-known fact is going to free up a lot of money," said a White House official.

One House Democrat, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said that while "Republicans will use the comment to their advantage with fundraising" it could also send a message to the Democratic base that "this is a high stakes election and they need get involved."

* Members: Members of Congress are a skittish lot. (You would be too if your job depended on the whims of roughly 500,000 people most of whom you have never -- and will never -- meet.) Comments like these from Gibbs add to the agita factor of Democratic Members who are already quite nervous about facing a volatile and, in pockets, angry electorate in the fall.

"The White House waving the white flag creates panic," said a senior House Democratic aide.

That said, the actual impact on these Members -- beyond the expected hand-wringing and carping -- is somewhat difficult to see. Filing deadlines have passed in all but four states (Wisconsin, New York, Hawaii and Delaware) and, after today, Wisconsin's deadline will pass.

That means that any House Democrat edgy about whether or not to seek re-election -- with VERY few exceptions -- can't back out now even if he or she wanted to.

And, it's also worth noting that Democratic Members have had ample evidence prior to Gibbs' comments that things in 2010 are not going to be as rosy as they were for the party in 2006 and 2008. Retirements by longtime stalwarts like Rep. David Obey (Wisc.) and Vic Snyder (Ark.) were a not-so-subtle acknowledgment of the difficulties any incumbent -- particularly a Democratic one -- faces this fall.

The broadest impact of Gibbs' comments is to make public the long simmering tensions between House Democrats and the White House. Some of this tension is, of course, inevitable since Obama is, ultimately, on a 2012 electoral calendar while House Democrats have only this November in mind.

But incidents like this one with Gibbs further widen the rift between the two sides and create suspicion about each side's motives. (One thing that might help defuse the situation: The $2 million that the Democratic National Committee transferred to a series of other party committees today.) That is not the sort of thing you want to be dealing with only 112 days before the November election.


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Comments

Guess that will teach Gibbs to tell the truth!!!!!! This Administration will have none of that!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | July 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

This is indeed a post racial America. Thanks to Obama and the NAACP everyone knows racism in America is now an utterly phony charge. Now we can all move on and deal with real issues.

Posted by: jy151310 | July 14, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Obaminator picked the wrong term to give up smoking...

Posted by: Apostrophe | July 14, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

July 14, 2010
Generic Congressional Vote Bloomberg
Republicans 48, Democrats 40 Republicans +8

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

This is not Rocket Science. It's STILL the Economy Stupid. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican or Independent, the people in Congress as well as the guy in the White House are responsible for fixing the economy and creating jobs. Not some guy in Crawford, TX or some former Gov from Alaska. As long as the party in power would rather play the blame game than do what's expected of them they will have a rough go of it come election time... as they should!

The Anti Obama SuperStore:
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Posted by: FRedStatescom | July 14, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"There is a wave out there."

Yes, and here it is, the U.S. government's Income tax scam (courtesy of bankers).

How many of you noticed the legal definition for "Exempt income" that is written into tax law?

Funny that it takes a computer scientist just two minutes to find something that thousands of tax "experts" won't even bother.

WHAT IS TAXED . COM

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The Sheeple say baaaaaahhhhhh
and sometimes, Moooooooooooooooooooooo.

Posted by: fullspeedaheadman | July 14, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Four legs good, two legs bad" has become, "Four legs good, two legs better."

Posted by: fallenstar2005 | July 14, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/07/12/4661276-first-thoughts-house-play
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Why Republicans Might Not Takeover the House
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While White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the biggest political news over the weekend suggesting that Republicans could win back the House in the fall, First Read list another four reasons why the GOP won't win back the House:

1. Unlike in 1994, Republicans have a favorability rating that's no better -- and sometimes even worse -- than the Democrats

2. Unlike in 1994, the GOP isn't necessarily running on new ideas or even with many new faces.

3. The NRCC has a HUGE financial disadvantage compared with the DCCC and the RNC's political/fundraising troubles won't be able to make up the difference.

4. Winning 39 House seats is a tall order. After all, when Democrats won back the House in 2006 -- during the height of violence in Iraq and after Hurricane Katrina -- they picked up 30 House seats. The GOP will need almost 10 more than that.

Posted by: omaarsblade | July 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Pelousi has her boobs in a lather over Gibbs comments but wasn't she the one just a month or so ago begging for money to defend law suits she feels will come if repugnantcans take over? Wasn't that an admission the same as Gibbs? She lies so much she can't even tell the truth when she sees it.

Posted by: rangerrebew | July 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

If Obama did nothing else, his performance in saving America and the world's economy from collapse should be honored. You have no idea what you are talking about.

Get your information from someone other than Rush, Glen Beck and tent preachers and you MAY begin to understand. Until then, you remain ignorant and manipulated by those who make a living running America into the ground.

He was also the first President to make a major corporation pay to clean up a mess it made - in the past corps (including BP) have paid a pittance of the damage they caused, while President Obama is making sure that BP pays for it's mess. The Righties would handle the situation by apologizing to BP for letting our beaches get in the way of their oil, and then bending over and saying "drill baaaaaby drill!".

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton says that the only thing which can rescue Barack Obama’s increasingly tenuous grip on power as his approval figures continue to plunge is a terror attack on the scale of Oklahoma City or 9/11, another startling reminder that such events only ever serve to benefit those in authority.
Buried in a Financial Times article about Obama’s “growing credibility crisis” and fears on behalf of Democrats that they could lose not only the White House but also the Senate to Republicans, Robert Shapiro makes it clear that Obama is relying on an October surprise in the form of a terror attack to rescue his presidency.
“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” said Shapiro, adding, “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”
Shapiro’s veiled warning should not be dismissed lightly. He was undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs dung Clinton’s tenure in the Oval Office and also acted as principal economic adviser to Clinton in his 1991-1992 campaign. Shapiro is now Director of the Globalization Initiative of NDN and also Chair of the Climate Task Force. He is a prominent globalist who has attended numerous Bilderberg Group meetings over the past decade.
Shapiro is clearly communicating the necessity for a terror attack to be launched in order to give Obama the opportunity to unite the country around his agenda in the name of fighting terrorists, just as President Bush did in the aftermath of 9/11 when his approval ratings shot up from around 50% to well above 80%.

Full eye opening Article at: http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-clinton-official-only-a-terror-attack-can-save-obama.html

Be on the look out for more large PSYOPS to try and push through the Elitist North American Union -NAFTA plan! Tell PM Harper no NAU!

Tell Jim Prentice, no Carbon Tax!

Do not give in, the Globalists are going to tighten the screws in order to scare the public and acclimate them to accept higher tax and carbon tax! This is how they have taken over all third world countries!

Now they think it will work on North Americans!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | July 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This is like the BP oil spill.

Everyone knew it was going to be a disaster 2 months before the Obama administration.

Posted by: leafs43 | July 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The demos have over twice as much money as repubs, $28.6 million to $12M. In some manner, they are representing(for sale?) 'rich' people. This has nothing to do with anything. Demos use money(mostly taxes) on demo special interest groups to buy votes.

Posted by: 1uncle | July 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

ecs33
We've been 33rd in infant mortality _since_ 2000 - Figures are from the 2006 revision of the United Nations World Population Prospects report, for 2005-2010[2], and the CIA World Factbook, last updated on 2 April 2009.

Medical tourism is quite common, but many more people leave the US for procedures than come here for them - only the very wealthy do that. The cost of surgery in India, Thailand or South Africa can be one-tenth of what it is in the United States or Western Europe, and sometimes even less. A heart-valve replacement that would cost $200,000 or more in the US, for example, goes for $10,000 in India--and that includes round-trip airfare and a brief vacation package. Similarly, a metal-free dental bridge worth $5,500 in the US costs $500 in India, a knee replacement in Thailand with six days of physical therapy costs about one-fifth of what it would in the States, and Lasik eye surgery worth $3,700 in the US is available in many other countries for only $730.

Much of the lower cost is due to Govt support of medical schools, so docs don't come out of school owing 100,000s and so they don't have to charge so much - smart idea, that.

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"ecs33 Liberal policies are the reason why we are becoming less competitive in the world.

Hmm, nearly everyone we are becoming less competitive against is much more liberal than us - Europe, Japan, China, all nations our righties call "commies" and "socialists" - (definitely correct in the case of China where the Politburo tightly controls their economy and information) what right wing led nation are we competing against?

What right wing led nation is competitive in the world market?
"

That WHO report (from the year 2000 LOL) is nothing but propaganda crafted by people who are partial towards leftist government. The "infant mortality" rate is defined differently in our country than ours (the measured interval from birth to death is longer).I saw this one coming, seeing as how you lefties always use that single report to bash our healthcare system.

You CANNOT explain why people from other countries come here when they need serious procedures done. I have friends from leftist countries who are making fun of us for socializing medicine. It ALWAYS leads to rationing and partiality towards who deserves what treatment and when.

You only have to look at a Candian's or Chinese persons teeth to realize that "universal healthcare" emphasizes quantity over quality. Lefties are not intelligent enough to understand the zero sum game of their politicss.

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Trying to set the mid-term election agenda as a choice between Democratics and Republicans presents voters with a false choice. All voters know what the country was like 18 months ago and understand the tough menu of issues President Obama would have to deal with. But after 18 months the President and the Democratic-controlled houses of Congress must be held accountable for their actions. Instead of focusing on the economy, as promised, Obama substituted his own liberal healthcare agenda while bailing out big money losers like GM, Chrysler, and mortgage banks. And until it has now become politically useful, he ignored the campaign pledge to fix our immigration problem. His apologetic foreign policy has resulted in Brazil, China, Iran, Russia, and Turkey (not to mention our erstwhile European allies) treating us with disrespect and, clearly from their viewpoint, him as a lame duck. "Hope" and "Change" were useful mantras to get him elected (ostensibly as a moderate); but since the inauguration he's proven to be a radical leftist with typical big goveernment control and big spending agendas designed for massive wealth transfer regardless how it affects our society and economy. His and his administration's persistent playing of the blame game, citing former President Bush for all their problems is frankly embarrassing. The President and his team are now on the spot to perform and, most especially given the big issues facing our country today and for the forseeable future, this mid-term election should rightly be a referendum on their performance and whether or not Americans want another 2 or 6 years of radical statist-liberal leadership.

Posted by: MadJack1 | July 14, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans don't have to do anything to "repress the economy". The Democrats have a supermajority, and the Republicans are irrelevant. Barack The Magnificent, Queen Bee Nancy, and Dingy Harry are doing plenty to destroy the economy all by themselves. And they are probably not done yet. Just wait till the Lame Duck Session.

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"Interesting graph showing a relationship between change in income and Presidential vote share. It's amazing, it's almost perfectly linear. That is why Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail to repress the economy. They know damn well the deficit has nothing to do with anything. It's about jobs and they are doing their darndest to keep people out of work.

Posted by: DDAWD"

Posted by: andrewp111 | July 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

As he ran for office, I kept hearing Obama promise, "I have a plan" for the economy.

Now all I hear him say is that it was his predecessor and the republicans fault.

Was that his plan?

Posted by: jbarnet1 | July 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Well..you know we tried to tell you what we wanted. We weren't for the TARP deal..which Obama voted for along with McCain...we were not for the stimulus pkg(S)...we were not for healthcare..we are not for the stupid financial package. You disregarded a judge's ruling..not once...but twice and have caused the Gulf States irreparable damage; You have nominated YET ANOTHER RADICAL TO THE BENCH. You are pro-union...anti Capitalists; you do not believe in small business...OR ANY BUSINESS...YOU BELIEVE IN TOTAL AND COMPLETE CONTROL. You have taken God out of our schools and our society. You have not united anything...in fact, this administration is the MOST divisive in HISTORY. Our allies wonder what has happened to us...and our enemies either working with the administration or waiting for it to crash.
You have taken our dignity; our earning power; our freedom and some of our liberties.

YOU NOW SEE THE LIGHT? We, the American people, DON'T WANT YOU ANYMORE. For those Democrats that could not see WHO they were working with and aiding the advancement of a Marxist regime..well..you are too dumb to be in office. The rest of this administration WILL BE VOTED OUT. We want our Constitution and our Country back...IN GOD WE TRUST.

Posted by: Carolyn22 | July 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The panic has set in, because they know the sheeple are waking up to their scams.

For example, the U.S. government's Income tax scam (courtesy of bankers).

How many of you noticed the legal definition for "Exempt income" that is written into tax law?

Funny that it takes a computer scientist just two minutes to find something that thousands of tax "experts" won't even bother.

WHAT IS TAXED . COM

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The Sheeple say baaaaaahhhhhh
and sometimes, Moooooooooooooooooooooo.

Posted by: fullspeedaheadman | July 14, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd take a close look at the direction the govenments of certain European countries are moving before saying we should be more like them. The UK is BROKE, and their "univesal healthcare" is taking bigger and bigger bites of personal income every day. In case you haven't noticed, the libbies got hammered in the UK, and the government of SWEDEN has shifted conservative as well. So, more like WHO, there, libbies?

Posted by: DickTuck | July 14, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I have not seen such a group of blame the other guy losers in office in my lifetime. Apparently though, it happens in Chicago all the time. I find it interesting that, according to the basement dwelling libbies, "FOX NEWS" is behind all of this, while the entire weight of the MSM, (with members thereof like Zuckerman WRITING SPEECHES for the community organizer) fawning at Obo's feet are unable to counteract Fox.

Get this, libbies, down the road from here, the "Patches Kennedy royal congressional seat" is looking like it will go to the GOP. You libbies HAVE NO IDEA how bleeped off your own party members are at you.

Posted by: DickTuck | July 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

ecs33 - by imitating all these great countries, our problems are actually going to IMPROVE?

Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, all have higher income per capita than the US - but righties call their health and education policies "socialistical".

Our current health care system puts our life expectancy at 38th, behind Cost Rica, Sout Korea, Chile, and socialisticalcommiefragilistic Cuba! Our infant mortality is at 33rd, we die sooner and can't keep our babies alive as well as the Cubans - this is one of the broken systems Obama was elected to fix, and is doing a great job at, though it will take time.

When the US was young we used to look at other countries were doing and take their best ideas and make them happen here - now we still try but the righties are so caught up in name calling that they can't look at a "socialist" country and see that universal health care dramatically reduces the cost to start a business, and free or low cost education makes it easy to find smart workers to staff your operations.

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Keep this "anger" until November when the time comes to neuter the Halfrican Wonderboy and his regime, which has stolen our life savings with 'so far' no repercussions, (no one from congress is in jail, no one's going there obviously besides Bernie Maffoff YET)....in order to give it ALL to people who won't or don't work and can't compete in a free market environment!

We should only be helping the disabled, the rest on the Obama payrolls, find real jobs, no more Gman subsidies. If an illegal alien, cabbage picker can find work, so can Americans. The easy money days are gone.

The left and right HAVE TO come together to clean house from one side to the other. ALL INCUMBENTS GONE AND TERM LIMITS will end this pillaging of the treasury by special interests and high rollers.

Posted by: chicagoray451 | July 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Man-o-man, it's like the media has fallen flat on its face and can't see the destruction they are allowing to happen. By allowing Obama and the Democrats to go unchallenged only has made them bolder to do more and has created an undertone that will be felt for years to come. If you look at everything, or should I say every crisis, from TARP through the Gulf, every thing this administration has done is a disaster. Who's going to buy the papaers or listen to the news if people aren't working, more importantly why would anyone belive the media forward. Where's the outrage at the Black Panther intimidation, or the NAACP remarks, the Arizona debacle, no jobs, spending money we don't have, the corruption, bribes and outright lies, what about all the backroom deals, or what about all the non action in the Gulf. Our foriegn policy is in a shambles just because of the media not doing their jobs and allowing the government to subvert the Constitution. We can only hope everybodies memories stay focused in November.

Posted by: jimtoledo | July 14, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Man-o-man, it's like the media has fallen flat on its face and can't see the destruction they are allowing to happen. By allowing Obama and the Democrats to go unchallenged only has made them bolder to do more and has created an undertone that will be felt for years to come. If you look at everything, or should I say every crisis, from TARP through the Gulf, every thing this administration has done is a disaster. Who's going to buy the papaers or listen to the news if people aren't working, more importantly why would anyone belive the media forward. Where's the outrage at the Black Panther intimidation, or the NAACP remarks, the Arizona debacle, no jobs, spending money we don't have, the corruption, bribes and outright lies, what about all the backroom deals, or what about all the non action in the Gulf. Our foriegn policy is in a shambles just because of the media not doing their jobs and allowing the government to subvert the Constitution. We can only hope everybodies memories stay focused in November.

Posted by: jimtoledo | July 14, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Man-o-man, it's like the media has fallen flat on its face and can't see the destruction they are allowing to happen. By allowing Obama and the Democrats to go unchallenged only has made them bolder to do more and has created an undertone that will be felt for years to come. If you look at everything, or should I say every crisis, from TARP through the Gulf, every thing this administration has done is a disaster. Who's going to buy the papaers or listen to the news if people aren't working, more importantly why would anyone belive the media forward. Where's the outrage at the Black Panther intimidation, or the NAACP remarks, the Arizona debacle, no jobs, spending money we don't have, the corruption, bribes and outright lies, what about all the backroom deals, or what about all the non action in the Gulf. Our foriegn policy is in a shambles just because of the media not doing their jobs and allowing the government to subvert the Constitution. We can only hope everybodies memories say focus in November.

Posted by: jimtoledo | July 14, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The average income in America is in the top tier of world income. 85% of the world makes less than 20k a year, which is considered the bottom limit of the top tier. And you are trying to tell me that by imitating all these great countries, our problems are actually going to IMPROVE?

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Japan a liberal society? Bwahahahah! You obviously have never been there. Their society is like 1920's America..and you think we are racist and sexist?!@

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Japan a liberal society? Bwahahahah! You obviously have never been there. Their society is like 1920's America.

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse


I can't wait to see Pelosi cry when she gives up her gavel.

Posted by: pick1side | July 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 I am a rancher.

How do you feel about cutting out all ranch subsidies - that is about 20 billion a year.

But brutal freemarket ideas don’t apply to members of Manhattan’s genteel farmer class, even billionaires like Norman B. Champ III, who received nearly a half-million dollars in welfare payments for poor farmers, despite the fact he lives in a multimillion dollar co-op at 828 Park Avenue. From 1995 to 2006, he raked in a total of $405,807 in dairy, corn and soy subsidies via his stake in the Champ family’s dairy farm in Missouri, his home state. Handout-for-handout, even Reagan’s mythic Cadillac-driving Chicago welfare queen and her $150,000 welfare scam got nothing on Champ, who could buy a Lamborghini and still have money left over to reupholster his private jet.

http://www.nypress.com/article-21342-the-making-of-manhattans-elite-welfare-farmers.html

You this kind of rancher?


Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

" ecs33 Liberal policies are the reason why we are becoming less competitive in the world.

Hmm, nearly everyone we are becoming less competitive against is much more liberal than us - Europe, Japan, China, all nations our righties call "commies" and "socialists" - (definitely correct in the case of China where the Politburo tightly controls their economy and information) what right wing led nation are we competing against?

What right wing led nation is competitive in the world market?
"

Competitive? Let's compare GDP's, shall we?

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"* Members: Members of Congress are a skittish lot. (You would be too if your job depended on the whims of roughly 500,000 people most of whom you have never -- and will never -- meet.)"

I don't think I'd be too fussed if I lost my job as a member of Congress. Especially considering that they get retirement pay for life that is almost equal to their very, very nice salary. Public servants indeed! What piffle!

Posted by: me208 | July 14, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

" ecs33 Liberal policies are the reason why we are becoming less competitive in the world.

Hmm, nearly everyone we are becoming less competitive against is much more liberal than us - Europe, Japan, China, all nations our righties call "commies" and "socialists" - (definitely correct in the case of China where the Politburo tightly controls their economy and information) what right wing led nation are we competing against?

What right wing led nation is competitive in the world market?
"

Competitive? Let's compare GDP's, shall we?

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is not an actual Political Party, but rather a loosly organized band of Special Interest Groups, many with conflicting agendas. Each of these Special interest Groups must be told a specific lie in order to garner their support. Aligning these Special Interest Groups can best be compared to the practice of Herding Cats. You can be successful at it only as long as the supply of Ground Tuna and Tabby Treats holds out. As long as the supply of Ground Tuna and Tabby Treats lasts, the Cats become complacent and reliant on their benefactor, losing all interest in catching mice, or in any other way providing for their own sustinence. When the Ground Tuna and Tabby Treats eventually run out, the cats turn on their master, and each other, or escape their bounds in search of a NEW Benefactor.

Posted by: HarryDupa | July 14, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is not an actual Political Party, but rather a loosly organized band of Special Interest Groups, many with conflicting agendas. Each of these Special interest Groups must be told a specific lie in order to garner their support. Aligning these Special Interest Groups can best be compared to the practice of Herding Cats. You can be successful at it only as long as the supply of Ground Tuna and Tabby Treats holds out. As long as the supply of Ground Tuna and Tabby Treats lasts, the Cats become complacent and reliant on their benefactor, losing all interest in catching mice, or in any other way providing for their own sustinence. When the Ground Tuna and Tabby Treats eventually run out, the cats turn on their master, and each other, or escape their bounds in search of a NEW Benefactor.

Posted by: HarryDupa | July 14, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

mbcnewspaper:

He took my healthcare and gave me a broken, bloated government system.

He is bound and determined to pass cap and trade. I am a rancher. I can't drive a Smartfor2.

His department of Homeland Security called me a terror threat and a loon because I don't agree with Dear Leader.

He is destroying a way of life that I and millions of Americans hold dear. We are not going to forget.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 14, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

ecs33 Liberal policies are the reason why we are becoming less competitive in the world.

Hmm, nearly everyone we are becoming less competitive against is much more liberal than us - Europe, Japan, China, all nations our righties call "commies" and "socialists" - (definitely correct in the case of China where the Politburo tightly controls their economy and information) what right wing led nation are we competing against?

What right wing led nation is competitive in the world market?

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The biggest issue in all this is the narrative that could develop that voters will go Republican in congressional races to rein in Obama. If that's really where most of the electorate is in November, there's absolutely nothing congressional Dems can do to change that sentiment, because it's not up to them. Their fortunes depend on Obama's policies working at street level and in the psyche of the electorate. That train has left the station. Either it reaches its destination or it doesn't. This is why House Dems, particularly the leadership and committee chairs, are scared to death. Their futures are pretty tightly tied to stuff that's already happened, and they fear there's not much they can do between now and November to substantially move the negative vibes that are trending against them and seem to be hardening.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | July 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

What I'm happy about is that, for once, Democrat, Keynesian economics have been demonstrated to be claptrap, faculty lounge bunk. Obama's policies are based largely on this failed ideology which is anti-capitalist, anti-growth and anti-American. Everytime and everywhere it's been tried it's failed. Now, we're reaping the whirlwind of it and the smell is awful...

Posted by: sladenyv1 | July 14, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Time to get rid of this half-black clown and Reid, Pelosi, and every other lib in the system.

Posted by: fgmorley | July 14, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse


As of today, Barry the inept bungler has sent 543 American soldiers to their deaths in Afghanistan. That is more than were lost during the first 7 years of the war, 2001 through 2007.

Nary a peep about this horrific death toll from Chris Cillizza the Obama toady who is more interested in censoring commenters and then bragging about it.

Has Cillizza the Obama pecksniff ever written an article about how Barry the inept bungler only needs to get 98 more American soldiers killed in Afghganistan (a six week task at this rate), and he will have gotten more of our guys killed in Afghanistan in the past 18 months in office than Bush did in 8 years? Hmm?

Miserable failure Obama


Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

@OTTomPaine:

Oh, please. The reason why so many kids in our country do poorly is because we are becoming tolerant of failure, thanks to liberal thinking. Trust me, I only went to high school about 4 years ago. The curriculum is dumbed down and easy thanks to affirmative action and whiners who want "fairness" in schools. Is it any wonder why the average Japanese 15 year old is lightyears ahead of the typical American student when it comes to Math? Now there is a culture that has little tolerance for failure and goofing off.

You are all for unemployment and free healthcare, but ultimately people will begin to freeload off the backs of people paying that. Why should I have to pay for the healthcare of unemployment and healthcare of the idiots who slacked off and tried to cheat off of me in highschool? It isn't my responsibility.

Liberal policies are the reason why we are becoming less competitive in the world. Liberal policies try to prop up the weak, who in most cases have little intention of bettering themselves, at the expense of impeding the progress of natural entrepreneurs.

Posted by: ecs33 | July 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I don't know which is worse, this corrupt, commie, racist white house or the disgusting media such as the WAPO that covers the administrations butt. Example: when Bush was president everytime a soldier died the nightly news led with it and the papers made it front page news. Five soldiers died yesterday and reading the WAPO, you'd never know it.

Posted by: theBozyn | July 14, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This is not a post racial America, we the christian middle class are the SLAVES here.

Posted by: mickrussom | July 14, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

If you support Obama and his Regime, you support a Statist authoritarian who is an empty suit who speaks in platitudes who is beholden to the oligarchical collectivists and banking cabals. You are against freedom, liberty and our constitutional republic and the notion that all of our rights are inborn and are given by our creator. Some autocrat in Washington does not grant rights - the constitution simply enumerates them for added protection. The constitution also limits the Powers of the Federal Government yet an expansionist authoritarian view is used in modern times contrary to what Madison had intended. If you support Obama you support the biggest threat to our free will in our history, and when the last bastion of freedom in the USA falls, there is nowhere else to go.

Posted by: mickrussom | July 14, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"To lay taxes to provide for the general welfare of the United States, that is to say, "to lay taxes for the purpose of providing for the general welfare." For the laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union." --Thomas Jefferson: Opinion on National Bank, 1791. ME 3:147

Healthcare, unemployment, that's providing for the welfare of the union - keep we the people from starvation and healthy so we can enjoy liberty and pursue happiness, thank you US Constitution!

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

This is a socialist coup d'etat in slow motion. This regime is unconstitutional, states are revolting in courts against Obaumistic Obama-death-panel-care (Krugman just jagged off at denying care the other day after the passed bill)

This is a dangerous time, if we don't box this treasonous rat vermin baby dictator Obama by sending him a strong message in November the last bastion of freedom my end in the hands of Chairman Maobama and his communist/socialist/progressive vile traitor lackey hyenas.

I have never been so sickened in my life, I fear for the debt my children will have to pay for this traitor's profligacy.

What an utter shame and disappointment Obama is. Its shocking how bad this empty suit ideologue progressive communist is. What a hollow shell filled with meaningless platitudes.

Posted by: mickrussom | July 14, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't the democrats have more money? Obama has at least two thirds of the tarp money left in his slush fund. He's destroyed private business and stolen from personal bank accounts where Republican donations come from. Oh! And Obama has the Islamic countries, unions and John sorrows giving them money. It still doesn't make a bit of difference because the American people...I mean real Americans will vote. Even the acorn corruption and lies put out though their lap dog media won't work. Obama and the democrats have been exposed for who they are. I know I use to be a Democrat.

Posted by: tri5 | July 14, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

frankly most of the elected officials in DC are out for themselves we have very few that are there for the love of the country it seems. and even fewer that understand and know the constitution. most are panderers. the fact is there are gonna be a lot of incumbants on both sides out of a job in November. hopefully those that replace them do not get drunk with the power bestowed to them by the American people and end up like those we boot out! this is why we really need term limits on congress its not meant to be a career and the longer they are there the more corrupt and out of touch they get!

Posted by: sim_672 | July 14, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Please. After Obamacare, after the SEIU clubbing of the little old bluehaired ladies at the Town Hall Meetings (little reported), after the attacks on Tea Party Parades(also little Reported), After the denial of people their right to vote by members of the Black Panther Party and then those who participated given their release denying plantifs their rights.., after After the straight up "redistribution of Wealth " Speeches, and so many others that I'm just recalling from memory.
Obama has tha gall to publically worry about h=what shall happen to the Democratc Socialist Party (formerly the Democrat Party) in this land. The Money system and the government control of every bit of the money only selected areas show a profit. Medical and government (that figures) and that's about all.
Obama what do you think you are doing. You know well the Marxist line and seem to be going for it.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | July 14, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Please. After Obamacare, after the SEIU clubbing of the little old bluehaired ladies at the Town Hall Meetings (little reported), after the attacks on Tea Party Parades(also little Reported), After the denial of people their right to vote by members of the Black Panther Party and then those who participated given their release denying plantifs their rights.., after After the straight up "redistribution of Wealth " Speeches, and so many others that I'm just recalling from memory.
Obama has tha gall to publically worry about h=what shall happen to the Democratc Socialist Party (formerly the Democrat Party) in this land. The Money system and the government control of every bit of the money only selected areas show a profit. Medical and government (that figures) and that's about all.
Obama what do you think you are doing. You know well the Marxist line and seem to be going for it.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | July 14, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

So,for once White House Comrade Press Secretary Baghdad Bob Gibbs tells the obivious truth about Der Leader Comrade Kenyan Dictator Barack Hussein Obama,Madame
Speaker Botox Nancy Pelosi,Sleazy Steny Hoyer,Dingy Harry Ried and all the rest of
the Marixst/Socialist/Liberal/Democrat Party being in deep,deep trouble come 2010
and 2012 Election Days and the looney toon,
out of touch with reality Dimwit Democrats
freak out and are mad at Comrade Baghdad
Bob Gibbs you say?...Oh how funny!

So,since after we are already seeing huge
billboards effectively comparing Der Leader
Comrade from Kenya Barack Hussein Obama to
WW2 Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler and Communist Lenin starting to pop up here in
the USA and that I think very accurately
describes Der Furhrer Comrade Chairman His
Royal Arrogance Barack Hussein Obama to a
tee and clear show how dangerous this power
mad egomaniac from Kenya really is and must
definitely serves a shocking warning of
what happens when we see a one political
party rule country as well.

Since,after all wasn't Nazi Germany under
Adolf Hitler run by the National Socialist
Party and the USSR under Josef Stalin by
the Communist Party too? So,face it now
we have another insane out of touch with reality mad man Barack Hussein Obama and his band of Marxist/Nazi Comrades Eric Holder,Janet Napolitano,Nancy Pelosi,Steny
Hoyer and Harry Reid etal trying to turn
the USA into Dictator Obama's Third World
Crime Ridden,Illegal Alien Criminal,Mexican
Drug Cartel and Chicago Thugs Impoverished
Slum Country today now,don't we now folks?
Seig Heil! Heil Hitler! Heil Obama!

Posted by: carleen09 | July 14, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ctw46 The need to cut taxes on major corporations...
Dr. Alan Phillips

Major corps already pay almost nothing to less than nothing, for instance in 2009 General Electric generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing in taxes. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.

Meanwhile the righties claim that US business can't compete with socialist countries in the EU or Communist China because of the taxes - which (in civilized nations) help businesses keep costs down by providing free education to the workforce and free or almost no cost healthcare. Here our horribly expensive health care and education make it tough for our businesses to compete.

Somehow the righties think that we will be able to compete with these folks overseas that are kicking our butt by cutting education and continuing to have the most expensive healthcare in the developed world - amazing, sad, but amazing.

But we do have "drill baaaanby drill", maybe with the one BIG idea of our new rightwing overlords we'll be able to sell cheap oil to the (still communist) Chinese to run all their new SUVs...

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bcamp55 That's odd. Why would a party of despicable miscreants who get their way via dishonest, backroom manipulation, coercion, bribery, and when all else fails, the rightwing activist judiciary, be upset with someone who tells the truth. Go figure.

Hmm, call the judiciary what it really is and that sounds exactly like the 2000 election....

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

You know its almost comical how the left keeps telling everyone as the economy tanks that its the rights fault
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When you think of the democrat party, you think of a socialists, but you must take away reason and accountability!
(loosly from "As good as it gets")

Posted by: erodrik | July 14, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: BHUN1 "There was NO budget surplus. The surplus was only on paper...it was a projected surplus based on cutting our national defense, CIA, etc., and military base closures."

We had a 230 billion surplus in 2000 - started to pay down the debt with it, in fact. It was projected to grow if Clinton's policies/plans were continued - but when W lost it he had Snow claim it was all on paper -the projected_ surplus for 2001->, that is, the one that disappeared when Bush took over - that is the one Snow claimed was all "on paper".

The Clinton surplusses of the previous years were money in the bank by then (though probably if W could have lost them retroactively he would have tried his best ;-)).

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

There was NO budget surplus. The surplus was only on paper...
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O' c'mon! We all know that if a democrat said it, it MUST be true.....ask our President, would he lie? He'll even put his response on C-Span so that there will be no mistake.

Posted by: erodrik | July 14, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

You know its almost comical how the left keeps telling everyone as the economy tanks that its the rights fault even though logic would dictate otherwise. They want to go against clear logic and implement their agenda thinking it is going to benefit them in some way. Which couldnt be further from the truth. All of these policies are simply going to make us ALL welfare and sec 8 recipients and we will look back at todays welfare rolls and think how good they had it.

Posted by: ra44_mr2 | July 14, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

You have democrats, in the news, verbally assaulting anyone who questions their words or authority, indicating that they've lost touch with their constituency. Their lease to the Ivory Tower that we've given them is about to expire and they don't like it. Their place at the tax payer supplied buffet is about to be taken away so they greedily attack those who will vote them out because they're starting to realize that they've finally gone too far. And so it should be, but WE are ultimatly responsible for allowing such hogs to foul their wallow.

Posted by: erodrik | July 14, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse


Matt Drudge 1
Dave Weigel 0

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

That's odd. Why would a party of despicable miscreants who get their way via dishonest, backroom manipulation, coercion, bribery, and when all else fails, the liberal judiciary, be upset with someone who tells the truth. Go figure.

Maybe they'll feel better after a beer summit or when Obozzo's send his lapdog, JockHolder, and the justice department after Gibbs.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | July 14, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

cathyjs You must be confused - the war in Iraq was a collossal mistake that distracted us from the mission of catching Bin Ladin, bringing him to justice, and removing his Taliban allies who gave Al Qaeda shelter. We didn't do any of that with the war in Iraq - now that that mistake is behind us it's time to finish the job we started, but the right wants to cut and run.

Seems that Steele and his ilk want you to forget whole 9/11 thing, and go back to your American Idol...

The righties want to put the people back in who didn't finish the job in Afghanistan, didn't get the towers back up, accidently declared victory in Iraq in 2003, didn't rebuild New Orleans, etc. But they do promise to give you a few grand so you can go buy some chinese junk at the dollar store.

Woohoo -- Drill baaaaby drill!

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs is very much like his boss: arrogant, a uses mockery in an attempt to intimidate his foes.

Also, like his boss, groups of all persuasions are now tired of his sophomoric performances; his demonstrated ego is not a show the American people desire to see on a daily basis -- if fact, would love to see the show cancelled!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 14, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

As a former Democrat voter I am disgusted at what has happened to the party of my father and grandfather.Its been hijacked by the extreme radical left. In the 60s these are the Abby Hoffmans and Bill Ayers types. Now they control House, Senate and the White House.

Posted by: dencal26 | July 14, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Love it when Drudge upsets WaPo regulars. They don't want to hear or acknowledge any other opinion than their own. They consider themselves so intellectually superior... what a laugh...know this Libtards, we are coming for you...we are coming for you soon.

Posted by: rabiddog9 | July 14, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Barry ....Words of advice ... if you want to keep a Dem controlled congress AND win re-election in 2012 you MUST STOP all of the legislation you're proposing - they are economy killers.

And you MUST fire Rohm, David, Gibbs, Holder and the rest of the clowns hunkering around you in the White House. And stop hiring all of the black communities' Communist scum!

Posted by: Hazmat77 | July 14, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

To quote TFRW: "And the chickens...are coming home...to roost!"

Posted by: kevintheelder | July 14, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

You must be confused. it was Biden that said the war in Iraq was "lost" and obama that said that the surge that turned the war around was a failure.

So obviously it's the Democrats who wanted to turn their yellow backs and run. get your facts straight and stop believing what the wapo and administration tell you to believe.

Posted by: cathyjs | July 14, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

TruthWins "Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Republicans"

are led in their pantswetting retreat by their fearfull leader old Michael Steele...

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse
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You must be confused. it was Biden that said the war in Iraq was "lost" and obama that said that the surge that turned the war around was a failure.

So obviously it's the Democrats who wanted to turn their yellow backs and run. get your facts straight and stop believing what the wapo and administration tell you to believe.

Posted by: cathyjs | July 14, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

TruthWins "Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Republicans"

are led in their pantswetting retreat by their fearfull leader old Michael Steele...

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse
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You must be confused. it was Biden that said the war in Iraq was "lost" and obama that said that the surge that turned the war around was a failure.

So obviously it's the Democrats who wanted to turn their yellow backs and run. get your facts straight and stop believing what the wapo and administration tell you to believe.

Posted by: cathyjs | July 14, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: OlTomPaine "When Bill Clinton was in office we had a budget surplus, best economy in 50 years, then came Bush."

There was NO budget surplus. The surplus was only on paper...it was a projected surplus based on cutting our national defense, CIA, etc., and military base closures.

While America burns, Obama plays golf. Seriously, isn't there a liberal out there who is man or woman enough to admit that Obama was a mistake...a knee-jerk reaction to your hatred of Bush?

Why Obama? Compare the resume of Obama and Hillary Clinton...but take their names off it. Would you nominate someone who had been on the job for 18 months, no executive experience or someone...well...I don't really need to finish this.

Posted by: BHUN1 | July 14, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: OlTomPaine "When Bill Clinton was in office we had a budget surplus, best economy in 50 years, then came Bush."

There was NO budget surplus. The surplus was only on paper...it was a projected surplus based on cutting our national defense, CIA, etc., and military base closures.

While America burns, Obama plays golf. Seriously, isn't there a liberal out there who is man or woman enough to admit that Obama was a mistake...a knee-jerk reaction to your hatred of Bush?

Why Obama? Compare the resume of Obama and Hillary Clinton...but take their names off it. Would you nominate someone who had been on the job for 18 months, no executive experience or someone...well...I don't really need to finish this.

Posted by: BHUN1 | July 14, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

As far as Gibbs comment about Dems losing majority, anything that can make Pelosi hopping mad, I'm all for! Way to go Gibbs!

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | July 14, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey, hey, hey, wait a minute, not so fast. The question is how does Aunt Zetuni fit into all this...she should be living in the WH with Michelle's mother doing visionary stuff.

Posted by: usarownow | July 14, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

We realize WaPo staff is completely in the bag for Barry the incompetent boob Obama and has been carrying his water since Day One -- that much goes without saying.

However for Cillizza to admit here, like half a Nazi, that he is "banning" the expression of non-leftist opinion while at the same time allowing left wingers on these pages to drop F-bomb laden tirades and insult the voters with impunity, speaks volumes about the fortress mentality of WaPo, who are now circling the wagons to Barry the inept bungler and his three-ring circus of blunders.

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 6:13 AM
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True.......the Washington POST is probably the most corrupt liberal/progressive propaganda outlet of all the MSM wolfpack press memebers. They passed the NYTimes a few years ago.

The POST cooks their polls and have yet to show our Great Divider-in-Chief below 50% approval. CBS released their poll yesterday with Obama at 44%, even CBS is cleaner then the POST

Chris Cillizza is just as corrupt as the olde so-called reporters at the POST.... this guy was still pushing that olde "Republcan Brand" nonsense just a couple of months ago even though everyone in America KNOWS its the "Democrat Brand" that's in trouble today...

POST = dirty dishonest political paper...period.

Posted by: allenridge | July 14, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

"This is media hype because they were given their operating orders a few months ago by Israelis and Zionists here in the US. The main order was to diminish Obama's popularity in the eyes of the public.
T. West
CART/AfriSynergy"


Rev. Wright..is that you?

Nice... Lets blame the Jews... YA...

I take it you are a "minority" and its sad YOUR hate speach above makes you no better than a white sheet wearing, neo-nazi, skinhead.

The reason the idiot demokrats are going to loose is they have forgotten one thing. Its "WE the PEOPLE"...not "WE the people who are in eternal power and you will do as I say".

Also note that incumbent Repubs are not safe either...there are A LOT of folks NOT happy with thier pandering and elitest attitude as well.


Posted by: faamecanic | July 14, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Employment, creating jobs and restoring an economic picture to life is not being attempted by either the Congress or the White House. Paul Krugman writing recently on the Feckless Fed castigated Ben Bernanke and the Governors for their do nothing stance with the nation teetering on the financial brink.

The need to cut taxes on major corporations like countries currently exhibiting planning and foresight (Ireland limiting their levies to 12.5 percent on companies) is crucial. Whether playing more golf like the President or historically indulging the violin like Nero of Roman days, we desperately need something else. Let's elect leadership and dynamic direction which restate and exhibit our belief in the private sector.

Time is fleeting and with it those economic steps that can make a difference in the nation's recovery are being lost. I am inclined to agree with Rush Limbaugh, this lethargy and denigration of the private sector has to be by design. If not, we are dealing with a level of ignorance in the Presidency that even Hoover could not match.

Dr. Alan Phillips

Posted by: ctw46 | July 14, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

We realize WaPo staff is completely in the bag for Barry the incompetent boob Obama and has been carrying his water since Day One -- that much goes without saying.

However for Cillizza to admit here, like half a Nazi, that he is "banning" the expression of non-leftist opinion while at the same time allowing left wingers on these pages to drop F-bomb laden tirades and insult the voters with impunity, speaks volumes about the fortress mentality of WaPo, who are now circling the wagons to Barry the inept bungler and his three-ring circus of blunders.

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse


We realize WaPo staff is completely in the bag for Barry the incompetent boob Obama, that much goes without saying.

However for Cillizza to admit here, like half a Nazi, that he is "banning" expression of non-leftist opinion while allowing left wingers on these pages to drop theor F-bomb laden insult the voters with impunity, speaks volumes about the fortress mentality of WaPo who are now circling the wagons to whitewash Barry the inept bungler and his three-ring circus of blunders.


Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Then Obama is elected, next Republicans blame every problem that the U.S. faces on him.

OlTomPaine

Uhh OhTomPaine, The presidential blame game was not played until Obama came to town. Obama has blamed Bush since he has been in office...

Posted by: oildad | July 14, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

oltompaine,
I said that Bush began the war in Afghanistan. But now it is Maobama's. Kennedy started Viet Nam but it became LBJ's war. I am not sure how saying this is Maobama's war will lower our taxes. I don't see any way in heaven that he would lower our taxes. Which is why we don't have any manufacturing here anymore. It was taxed out of the country. Businesses are taxed more than everywhere in the world except Japan. And the government regulates how much we have to pay our workers so other countries can produce cheaper than us.

Welfare is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. If it were then the government would have started providing it in the 1700s. The General Welfare clause does not mean giving people money. Franklin said you get people out of poverty by making them uncomfortable in their poverty.

Posted by: Tarmangani | July 14, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Pretty soon wapo will wise up. Providing storage space for looney tunes to vent/pretend to represent public opinion is NOT a good business decision.

Posts that say 'I hate Obama' don't make the statement true. Instead, they reek of desperation and the crudest attempts at manipulating public opinion.


Posted by: smartgirl312 | July 14, 2010 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Obamas is no communist. YOU NEED TO GET THIS RIGHT, OUR SURVIVAL AS A NATION DEPENDS ON IT!

Obama is a NATIONALIST ( black power /ethnic minority nation dedicated to seizing power on behalf of the racial and ethnic minorities of America based on the idea that America's greatness is fatally flawed because it owes its success to the colonial exploitation of black /ethnic minorities , and historic justice is required as a remedy, pretty much the same as Adolf Hitler's ideology for the German people prior to WWII which dictated historic justice for Germany. This has been candied up and sold to the American people, who have bought it, lock, stock and barrel, and the MSM hides it's dirty underside..)

OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST:

The economic aspect of racial historic justice requires
a redistribution of wealth
through subverting the present government system from within and using taxation, double dealings with Unions and industry, black mailing of traditional allies like Britain and Israel, and the abuse of other executive powers to redistribute wealth to racial and ethnic minorities rather than provide government services to ALL of the people). Obama plans to do this internationally, and he therefore abjures diplomacy with Britain ( colonial power) and others who were so called exploiters of the "black man."

Obama is a Nationalist Socialist, THATS RIGHT, A FASCIST.

His method of fascism is born of the Chicago thug school.
HE IS NOT A COMMUNIST.This is important to know, for Obama cannot be defeated if we think he is a mere communist. His idea of black elitists who are racially and biologically superior to the white man in every way, a hatred of America ,goes much deeper than that of a mere communist.This is revealed by his association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obamas conduct in office on racial and ethnic issues such as the New Black Panther party prosecution, and his refusal to secure our Southern Border, and his conflict with Arizonas illegal alien enforcement.GET IT RIGHT, OBMAMA IS MUCH WORSE THAN A COMMUNIST!


I find it disconcerting that people do not examine what Obama's politics are,because that means we cannot defeat him because we cannot define him. THINK ON IT!. Obama is a fascist, a thug, a man who has no love for America and seeks to willfully destroy her if she does not do his bidding to become his twisted Utopia. He is not a Communist.Get it right. Our survival as a nation depends on it.

Read This

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html

Posted by: Candor7 | July 14, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

oltompaine - obviously, sucks to be you.........the defending of obama and his brigade of America haters is beginning to get you down as your LIBERAL VITRIOL AND HATE toward the real Americans is getting very weak

Posted by: M_Algore | July 14, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

@OiTom Payne

"Welfare is one of the things the Constitution specifically charges Congress with providing -...

No. Your Welfare State agenda is showing.

Read the Constitution. It is specific. Where it says "PROVIDE for the common defense"...it only says "PROMOTE the general welfare".

It NEVER says to "provide" the general welfare.

Posted by: hardmanb | July 14, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

When Bill Clinton was in office we had a budget surplus, best economy in 50 years, then came Bush. After Bush, budget deficit, two wars worse economy since the great Depression. Then Obama is elected, next Republicans blame every problem that the U.S. faces on him.

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Umm, dryden01, Welfare is one of the
things the Constitution specifically charges Congress with providing -
which is a good thing as the pace of automation and robotization is
increasing rapidly, in a few decades nearly all jobs won't require
human labor much if at all. Not just burger flippers, farm workers,
landscapers, and coffee pourers, but also doctors, truck drivers,
pilots, cabbies, etc. There won't be much point in calling people lazy
as there just won't be jobs. As we approach this point, what are the
right wingers plans for all the soon to be unneeded labor?

Smart folks, those founders, funny how the righties who crow about getting back to the Constitution never seem to have read it, much less the extensive writing of Hamilton, Jefferson, etc. explaining clearly what it meant...

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

When will the Bolshevik wing of the Democratic Party realize that Cinderella's slipper won't fit the socialist feet of her overweight sisters? The Alinsky play book won't work on Middle America! We love the prospects of freedom for our children and grandchildren too much to enslave them to pay for a socialist welfare plantation, trickle down taxation, and trickle up middle class poverty. The NAACP trying to play the administration's race card from the bottom of the deck is not going to stop the tea party people from seeking freedom. We love the promises of our founding fathers too much!

Posted by: dryden01 | July 14, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious how much screeching there is about "the rich" when most Democrat Senators are millionaires and the Democrat Party has $28 million while the Republican Party has $12 million. And not one of you liberals sees the irony (excuse me, the LIE) in this?
Look, girls, Democrats are the Party of The Rich, the Party of Hollywood, The Party of Chicago. Get over it and get to work!

Posted by: panastos | July 14, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Tarmangani
"Since September 11, an entire generation of young Americans has gained new understanding of the value of freedom and its cost and duty and its sacrifice.

The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail."

...until a democrat is elected an it becomes expedient for us call this his war so we can maybe pay a few grand less on our taxes and buy some shiny cool stuff from the godless socialisticsmartypantsical europeans and comunisticalicious chinese with it...*

*because here in the land of the holy free market we hardly make anything anymore and somehow only them socialists and commies can actually build and staff a factory, despite their being swamped in the mire of free education and (katybarthedoor!) universal health care....

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone here say that free market doesn't work when we haven't had one in decades. The government has their hands in everything. Libs/progs keep chanting about how Bush deregulated but can't come up with an example. Same as his "tax cuts for the rich". I would love someone to explain to me how a tax cut from 39.5% to 35% is a larger percentage of taxes cut than 15% to 10%.

Also, Michael Steele is completely correct. Afghanistan IS Maobama's war. It is the one he has continually said that we should be in. He has ramped it up since taking office. Anyone that thinks that Steele thought that the war was started by Maobama has been paying too much attention to the Daily Kook or Media Manipulators.

Posted by: Tarmangani | July 14, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

I can assure all of you that the Republicans are not going to be winning seat majorities in the House in November. This is media hype because they were given their operating orders a few months ago by Israelis and Zionists here in the US. The main order was to diminish Obama's popularity in the eyes of the public. Obama, like Bush's father, insisted that the Israelis stop all of the illegal settlements. George H. Bush was then called a Nazi by the Israelis and the campaign convened to assure he was not re-elected as president, making Bill Clinton the president.

So the perception of huge democratic losses in November...... How do you produce this perception, and I accent PERCEPTION? The media repeat their polls over and over, each subsequent day showing Obama as falling in the polls. This isn't the first time they played their bush game. They did it with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright situation when Obama was running for president and then took their polls, indicating Obama was in the low 30 percentile in the, I mean, THEIR polls. They indicated he could not recover from that. I said he would and he did. At that time, I indicated Obama would win the presidency by a wide margin and that you should not listen to what the talking heads in the media were saying. I'm telling you the same now.

When the Tea Party and the Republican Party lose in November, let's talk about it. How shall they lose? Events from this day forward shall assure huge setbacks for them.

T. West
CART/AfriSynergy

Posted by: westthea | July 14, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

What I find most interesting is the incessant use of un-named sources for comment. These people are cowards. They won't go on the record with their analyses and opinions.

"A White House official, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said that Gibbs' remark was..."

"One senior House strategist said..."

"...said a White House official."

"One House Democrat, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said..."

"...said a senior House Democratic aide."

Posted by: ebystrom | July 14, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

TruthWins "Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Republicans"

are led in their pantswetting retreat by their fearfull leader old Michael Steele...

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

shearwatersoil
"Free market capitalism works as China is finding out to their delight!"

That is funny, as Communist China is exploiting our free market to kick our butts economically - selling us cheap junk they make for micro-pennies in the dollar stores.

Meanwhile the Chinese state is firmly in control of their economy, and is waging economic war with that junk, and they are run by a politburo of old communists who would much rather smoke a stoggie with Fidel than chug a Pabst with Rush and Beck.

But they shore got us fooled, don't they!

Woohoo, ruin the land of the US drill and sell the oil to the Chinese for some more of them dollar store shinies, jest like we did to the injuns!---DONT THINK, just smile and drill baaaby drill!! Go freemarketcapitaliticalismallthewaytothedustbinofhistory!

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Dems campaign in the same maner they fight wars. Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Dems are declaring the midterm elections lost before the first vote is cast? To paraphrase; a gutless coward loser in uno, a gutless coward loser in omnibus.

Posted by: TruthWins | July 14, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Dems campaign in the same maner they fight wars. Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Dems are declaring the midterm elections lost before the first vote is cast? To paraphrase; a gutless coward loser in uno, a gutless coward loser in omnibus.

Posted by: TruthWins | July 14, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Dems campaign in the same maner they fight wars. Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Dems are declaring the midterm elections lost before the first vote is cast? To paraphrase; a gutless coward loser in uno, a gutless coward loser in omnibus.

Posted by: TruthWins | July 14, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Dems campaign in the same maner they fight wars. Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Dems are declaring the midterm elections lost before the first vote is cast? To paraphrase; a gutless coward loser in uno, a gutless coward loser in omnibus.

Posted by: TruthWins | July 14, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Dems campaign in the same maner they fight wars. Is it any wonder that the Cut-and-Run, The-War-Is-Lost Dems are declaring the midterm elections lost before the first vote is cast? To paraphrase; a gutless coward loser in uno, a gutless coward loser in omnibus.

Posted by: TruthWins | July 14, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

So Markangelo (Posted by: Markangelo | July 13, 2010 11:47 PM) wants civil war? Be careful what you wish for boy. Who do you think has all the guns in this country? It sure isn't the hippies and homos on the left. The country is filled with former military guys and they aren't liberals. We are armed to the teeth. Don't push it.

Posted by: GWash2 | July 14, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

ecs33 - plenty of bright young 20 somethings pulling themselves up in Europe, Canada, and millions of them in communist China - these countries are right now kicking our butt competitively because they do smart things like making sure their bright young kids get educated (with the kind of free schooling we used to provide here - yknow back when we were the leaders of the ol'free world) and make sure that their workforce is healthy via single payer health care.

That lets business compete without worrying about where the smart young kids with the bright ideas will come from, or how to pay for health care (or deal with large numbers of sick staff).

The righties appeal to your short term self interest right now, so maybe you can get a beemer instead of a chevy, but the country they want to have won't provide you with the smart, healthy workforce you'll need to execute on the big bright ideas you've got for your next million...this country could do alot better by avoiding repeating the tragedy of the commons all over again...and hear we are getting our collective butt kicked economically by countries we call socialists and communists and at the same time claiming that the only way out is libertarianism (a system that has never worked for any country, anywhere, ever).

Woohoo! Drill baaaaby drill!

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 14, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

obama is not waving a white flag. he hates that color. ask rev wright his spiritual daddy.

Posted by: richardhyytinen | July 14, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

@Markangelo: Bring on the civil war. I would gladly die to help preserve a system that allows DESERVING people to excel. Giving up my life would make it worth it for millions of other future souls to live free and pursue their dreams.

I'm doing it, and so can everyone else! People are full of excuses and are so quick to point the finger at anyone other than themselves, and that is the problem with America. The funny thing is, it may take a civil war to establish such a simple fact.

Posted by: ecs33 | July 13, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

@OTTomPaine

Cut the BS. I'm very happy that I am in my young 20's and making a great salary thanks to my hard work and ambitions. The right wing may not be perfect, but they seem to be much in tune with preserving the system that allowed me to go for my dreams.

In the liberal wet dream reality that you want implemented, there is NO WAY I would be able to go after my dreams, because all the capital that is left for people legitimately competing will subjectively be reallocated to people who, honestly, probably did not try as hard as me to get a good life. I would be forced to curb my own dreams in the name of humanitarianism, and if I objected, I would be called a racist biggot.

I'm not going to lie. I fell for the Obama hype for a little bit. This administration and congress has opened my eyes and made me believe that my freedoms and opportunites are not guaranteed. There are people out there who wish to subvert the system to implement their vision of "social justice," at my expense.

THe right wing may not be perfect, but they are FAR more in line with preserving the system which allows me to strive for the best. I do not want to live in a reality where my limit is subjectively defined by some divine right.

I'm voting all Republican this time and will NEVER vote Democrat again.

Posted by: ecs33 | July 13, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

WHY HAS AMERIKA MADE THE WORKING MAN ILLEGAL

Talking out of two sides of their mouth USA
cant afford to pay labor a living wage.

Posted by: Markangelo | July 13, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

PREPARE FOR CIVIL WAR
If Obama loses that is the end of the USA.
Blacks ain't coming back to the fold neither are the hippies.
Tasted freedom & aren,t going to be locked up again by
some self righteous republican.

Posted by: Markangelo | July 13, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Concerning Obama's metaphor about the Republican's running the economy into the ditch and then wanting the keys back, I'd like to point out two inconvenient facts. This election coming up is for Congress, and Congress was controlled by Democrats when the economy ran into the ditch. Therefore, we will simply be taking the keys back from the responsible parties. Surprised no one else has noticed this huge gap in Obama's logic.

Posted by: sorry_no_email | July 13, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Yah great successes from the last right wing regime we had - still haven't rebuilt the towers, didn't catch Bin Ladin, spent trillions they borrowed invading the wrong country and getting Al Qaeda started there, didn't rebuild New Orleans, and led us into the teeth of the worst economic crisis since Hoover (that great conservative Republican).

Woo Hoo, but at least we can get all the awl we could ever need - scrape it right off the beach!

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 13, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

NYRUNNER101-What an elitist POS! I once again live in the Northeast being born and raised in PA. I went to college in Ok and lived there 25 years and I will take the midwesterns and southerners any day. The country can't afford to let zero's "change" take effect since we can't fund a damn thing with anything but deficit spending. Secondly, most of America is not of the "spread it around" ilk. His Socialistic agenda is sickening and come November, America will grade the libs on both said agenda and the job they have done as a Congress and as POTUS....lol! The problem with you libs is you can't admit what a mistake you made casting our vote and putting this poser in the WH. The GOP has learned and will not betray the trust again. We will see the nation move very far to the right starting after the Nov. mids and we shall see fiscally sound policies and deficit reduction plans immediately. We can start by trimming the federal workers in the US by at least 40% and cutting all federal salaries to match the private sector average wages. The only thing I agree with you regarding your post is that I also think it's time to bring our military home. We have no clear cut plan to win and PC still rules the day in the land of the cult of death....islam. This gets our men and woman killed and I say bring them home. All other defense of our nation should be increased....not decreased! What is it about you libs that you want to weaken us in the eyes of the world?????

Liberalism is a disease!

Posted by: steelers01 | July 13, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Sadly nothing but name calling and hate from the right - no great new ideas, no reasonable solutions, just yell yell yell.

Meanwhile the US has the lowest tax rate of any developed country, and righties claim that US business can't compete with socialist countries in the EU or Communist China because of the taxes - which help businesses keep costs down by providing free education to the workforce and free or almost no cost healthcare. Heck in the US most business losses are can be deducted - but still our horribly expensive health care and education make it tough for our businesses to compete.

Somehow the righties think that we will be able to compete with these folks overseas that are kicking our butt by cutting education and continuing to have the most expensive healthcare in the developed world - amazing, sad, but amazing.

But we do have "drill baaaanby drill", maybe with the one BIG idea of our new rightwing overlords we'll be able to sell cheap oil to the (still communist) Chinese to run all their new SUVs...

Posted by: OlTomPaine | July 13, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me the whining from the libs. Another bad bill, this time supposed financial reform (total misnomer). How can one claim reform when Fannie and Freddie are not even addressed?

Liberalism is a disease!

Posted by: steelers01 | July 13, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama is inexperienced, incompetent, in over his head, corrupt, arrogant, thin skinned, petulant...it is astonishing just how far Obama and the Democrats have fallen in 18 months. Bad President, bad liberal ideology.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | July 13, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Eradicating socialism will require far more than simply getting rid of Democrats and replacing then with slightly less strident socialist Republicans. There is only one way to resolve the fundamental divisions between liberal fascism and freedom - split the country. Just as revolutionary America had to separate from the British monarchy, the restoration of freedom and Constitutionally-limited government will require separation from the liberal fascist oligarchy. There can be no compromise or negotiation with tyrants. I believe the separation can be done peacefully, but that decision is up to the liberal fascists. Thus far they have chosen violence and fraud, and they cannot be trusted to act in good faith.

Posted by: doctorfixit | July 13, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

to 'nyrunner 101'-PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE- start the ball rolling on seceding from the rest of the country-then WE will show YOU what freedom is-we will send all the ILLEGAL to you,anyone on welfare,the homosexuals and pedophiles(they go hand in hand with each other),any progressive liberal we find you can have---you can spend all your time,money and energy trying to fix the %^%$$ messes you have created with your bleeding hearts-we will take all God-loving,decent,hard-working capitalists who have real ideas of moving civilization forward and making peoples lives easier -not blow-hards like algore and his phoney global warming along with their environuts!! all i can say is bye bye!

Posted by: jstan442 | July 13, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Barry OilBama= Epic fail. Oh how the mighty have fallen,unfortunately he's taking the country he and Mrs.junk-In-The Trunk hold in such low regard down with him.

Posted by: fe59 | July 13, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Has there ever been a bigger gap between what a president says and what a president does? This video shows it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6mfmuuxY4o

Posted by: bgf1001 | July 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama--worst one-term president in history--impeach him now.

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Flowers of Peace got it right - Once trust is given and then betrayed, it is difficult to get it back - Obama has destroyed the chances for other black candidates - for a long, long time.

Posted by: rvenema | July 13, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

So the Republicans win the House, then what? I have not heard of one idea that they have to improve the economy. They talk the talk about reducing the deficit but when they had their chance they did nothing. If they were serious about saving money why not form a respectable opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? These two quagmires cost taxpayers 169 billion dollars a year. Yet this waste is virtually the only issue that Republicans support Obama on, And how about Missile Defense? Get rid of that and save 8.3 billion this year. Republicans offer no ideas, no solutions. Any policy change such as the one Obama has pushed, takes time to take hold. Unfortunately, an electorate that actually watches Fox News and thinks it is seeing real news, may vote for the people that got us into this mess in the first place. I think the real solution is for the two coasts - California, New York, Massachusettes, etc. should join together and seceed. It is fairly obvious that all the brains are in those areas of the country while the south and most of the midwest wallows in ignorance and mediocrity.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

So the Republicans win the House, then what? I have not heard of one idea that they have to improve the economy. They talk the talk about reducing the deficit but when they had their chance they did nothing. If they were serious about saving money why not form a respectable opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? These two quagmires cost taxpayers 169 billion dollars a year. Yet this waste is virtually the only issue that Republicans support Obama on, And how about Missile Defense? Get rid of that and save 8.3 billion this year. Republicans offer no ideas, no solutions. Any policy change such as the one Obama has pushed, takes time to take hold. Unfortunately, an electorate that actually watches Fox News and thinks it is seeing real news, may vote for the people that got us into this mess in the first place. I think the real solution is for the two coasts - California, New York, Massachusettes, etc. should join together and seceed. It is fairly obvious that all the brains are in those areas of the country while the south and most of the midwest wallows in ignorance and mediocrity.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

So the Republicans win the House, then what? I have not heard of one idea that they have to improve the economy. They talk the talk about reducing the deficit but when they had their chance they did nothing. If they were serious about saving money why not form a respectable opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? These two quagmires cost taxpayers 169 billion dollars a year. Yet this waste is virtually the only issue that Republicans support Obama on, And how about Missile Defense? Get rid of that and save 8.3 billion this year. Republicans offer no ideas, no solutions. Any policy change such as the one Obama has pushed, takes time to take hold. Unfortunately, an electorate that actually watches Fox News and thinks it is seeing real news, may vote for the people that got us into this mess in the first place. I think the real solution is for the two coasts - California, New York, Massachusettes, etc. should join together and seceed. It is fairly obvious that all the brains are in those areas of the country while the south and most of the midwest wallows in ignorance and mediocrity.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dems - November 2010 is coming and there is NOTHING you can do about it.

When all is said and done Barry and Michelle can go hang out with ACORN, the NAACP and Rev Wright and continue within your rascist echo chamber.

Obama had the opportunity to do great things for this country but he's proven to be an empty suit with a big ego - he's just a dumb MF'er.

Posted by: rvenema | July 13, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Idiots.. on both sides.. put the citizens of this country back in charge...not rep or dem.

Posted by: tony51 | July 13, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Idiots.. on both sides.. put the citizens of this country back in charge...not rep or dem.

Posted by: tony51 | July 13, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Idiots.. on both sides.. put the citizens of this country back in charge...not rep or dem.

Posted by: tony51 | July 13, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

What has to be taken into account is that The Messiah went from being perhaps the most popular person of all time - in all of history, on any planet in the galaxy - to being on the skids with Independents (don't care about the opinions of partisans). And The Messiah in the glorious infinite wisdom of his, along with the Wicked Witches of the West and the Mortician from Nevada - all of them told we Independents that we were Nazis, that we were uncivil (when the truth is that the Left has been far more uncivil and the intellectual dishonesty was on full display for anyone with more than two neurons to see), and that we should sit down, shut up, and get out of the way. Funny that. Because that's exactly what we've been saying to the Democrats as they destroy this country bit by bit. My point is this: The Rs need 1/100th of the money of the Ds this cycle because so many Independents haven't forgotten the health care boondoggle, the cap and tax till you die fiasco, the global warming climategate hoax, and on and on - all foisted on us by The Messiah and his cronies. Add to this the Cowardly AG who couldn't see intimidation perpetrated by Black Panther members but who imagines racial profiling in a yet-to-go-into-effect Arizona law, who calls people like me a coward on matters of race when he hides behind his own race - and more and more people realize that the Putz-in-Chief has to go - along with his evil minions. November can't come soon enough.

Posted by: harrygett | July 13, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Throwing out Democrats in November will force parties to share the power, much like Clinton's term. Yes, that's right: Balanced budget with Republicans controlling congress and a Democrat president. It's really our only hope (pardon my choice of words) at this point. Seriously.

Posted by: go_figure77221 | July 13, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Wondered about the Post count and checked. Yup. Top of the Drudge Report. And the herd rumbles through…

Should be a bet as to how many posts there will be by morning. My guess is 649. Moooooo….. mooooooooo….. moooooooo…

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 13, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

What the democrats will never tell you is that Obama is trying to collapse the economy and start over as a purely socialist system that will reduce everyone to mediocrity and share the wealth of those who toiled for it to those who would rather not toil at all. Thank goodness for our constitution which was designed to thwart thugs and political hacks who would with a few strategic strokes destroy our democracy. The party of the big tent is our enemy because it embraces extremists and racists like Barak Obama and celebrates their accomplishments which ring hollow when compared with traditional systems that have proven themselves wherever they are tried. Free market capitalism works as China is finding out to their delight!

Posted by: shearwatersoil | July 13, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

What the democrats will never tell you is that Obama is trying to collapse the economy and start over as a purely socialist system that will reduce everyone to mediocrity and share the wealth of those who toiled for it to those who would rather not toil at all. Thank goodness for our constitution which was designed to thwart thugs and political hacks who would with a few strategic strokes destroy our democracy. The party of the big tent is our enemy because it embraces extremists and racists like Barak Obama and celebrates their accomplishments which ring hollow when compared with traditional systems that have proven themselves wherever they are tried. Free market capitalism works as China is finding out to their delight!

Posted by: shearwatersoil | July 13, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

the only real difference between the democrats and alQaeda, is the democrats are ALL HERE. As to evil, and the extremity of the threat, they are equals. If the dems were not evil anti-American pigs, they would have long since CLOSED THE BORDER< EXPELLED OR KILLED THE INVADERS.

Posted by: starvingactor | July 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

To Quailblaster: never forget the democrats have run education in the USA since the 1960's! (from commie manifesto: get the education in your control and own the country in a generation, peacefully!)

Posted by: starvingactor | July 13, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republican Party has good reason for optimism this autumn, But . . .overconfidence is one of the biggest causes of electoral defeat, and I think many people who predict big democrtric losses are more than a little bit overconfident.

And I also think the Karl Rove-Ralph Reed strategy since the 1990s to try to lure minority demographics which will never vote republican into the party, and taking white blue collar voters for granted--or wosrse yet, ignoring them--has harmed the Republican party badly. Some of that vote which had wandered away or lost interest in voting is now looking favorably on Republicans, because the party is opposing illegal immigration and its effect on employment for american citizens. Obama is championing illegal immigrants, the economy is terrible, and Obama supported the wall street bailouts.

Republicans need to do more to attract blue collar americans to vote republican: a clarion call to bring jobs back to america from Obama's third world constituency would definitely be a plus.

Republicans also need to remember the 2008 Obama Campaign is still rolling: the legions of Children of Hamlin and ACORN will still be creating votes out there this fall for "the messiah" of "change".

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 13, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republican Party has good reason for optimism this autumn, But . . .overconfidence is one of the biggest causes of electoral defeat, and I think many people who predict big democrtric losses are more than a little bit overconfident.

And I also think the Karl Rove-Ralph Reed strategy since the 1990s to try to lure minority demographics which will never vote republican into the party, and taking white blue collar voters for granted--or wosrse yet, ignoring them--has harmed the Republican party badly. Some of that vote which had wandered away or lost interest in voting is now looking favorably on Republicans, because the party is opposing illegal immigration and its effect on employment for american citizens. Obama is championing illegal immigrants, the economy is terrible, and Obama supported the wall street bailouts.

Republicans need to do more to attract blue collar americans to vote republican: a clarion call to bring jobs back to america from Obama's third world constituency would definitely be a plus.

Republicans also need to remember the 2008 Obama Campaign is still rolling: the legions of Children of Hamlin and ACORN will still be creating votes out there this fall for "the messiah" of "change".

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 13, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republican Party has good reason for optimism this autumn, But . . .overconfidence is one of the biggest causes of electoral defeat, and I think many people who predict big democrtric losses are more than a little bit overconfident.

And I also think the Karl Rove-Ralph Reed strategy since the 1990s to try to lure minority demographics which will never vote republican into the party, and taking white blue collar voters for granted--or wosrse yet, ignoring them--has harmed the Republican party badly. Some of that vote which had wandered away or lost interest in voting is now looking favorably on Republicans, because the party is opposing illegal immigration and its effect on employment for american citizens. Obama is championing illegal immigrants, the economy is terrible, and Obama supported the wall street bailouts.

Republicans need to do more to attract blue collar americans to vote republican: a clarion call to bring jobs back to america from Obama's third world constituency would definitely be a plus.

Republicans also need to remember the 2008 Obama Campaign is still rolling: the legions of Children of Hamlin and ACORN will still be creating votes out there this fall for "the messiah" of "change".

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 13, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republican Party has good reason for optimism this autumn, But . . .overconfidence is one of the biggest causes of electoral defeat, and I think many people who predict big democrtric losses are more than a little bit overconfident.

And I also think the Karl Rove-Ralph Reed strategy since the 1990s to try to lure minority demographics which will never vote republican into the party, and taking white blue collar voters for granted--or wosrse yet, ignoring them--has harmed the Republican party badly. Some of that vote which had wandered away or lost interest in voting is now looking favorably on Republicans, because the party is opposing illegal immigration and its effect on employment for american citizens. Obama is championing illegal immigrants, the economy is terrible, and Obama supported the wall street bailouts.

Republicans need to do more to attract blue collar americans to vote republican: a clarion call to bring jobs back to america from Obama's third world constituency would definitely be a plus.

Republicans also need to remember the 2008 Obama Campaign is still rolling: the legions of Children of Hamlin and ACORN will still be creating votes out there this fall for "the messiah" of "change".

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 13, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

WHo would you rather have in charge: tea party patriots who founded this country and rid us of King George or NAACP ACLU Black Panthers who are trying to make us all slaves to the Federal teet. Make your choice clear Nov 2.

Posted by: espnfan | July 13, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

presumably you noticed that I blamed
Clinton for signing the Gramm/Leach/Bliley
bill. When I read Gramm's annoucement at the signing ceremony it indicated that he was proud of the bill and had votes lined up to override a veto. I blame both, but it was obvious from reading Gramm's articles that he and his wife Wendy were both intent on derregulating as many economic institutions as possible.

I will stick with what I posted a month ago: all polling is irrelevant until 1. after Labor Day 2. After the candidates' first debate 3. After the most effective commercial is run (I point to Sestak's commercial as being a game changer).

But you got admit that since ALL pundits had pretty much written off Reid barely a month ago, his prospects are looking 100% better than just a short time ago.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I read the comments and see how stupid the American people 'come off' when applying spelling and grammar.The improper use of 'your'&'you're','then'&'than' tells me most of these folks should just keep their mouths shut about politics.

Posted by: quailblaster | July 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

What languages do you code in, Brigade? At what component level? UI? Middle tier? Database?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 9:23 PM
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Assembler. And when I'm bored, I switch to machine code.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Bush became a RINO and forgot to watch the spending and failed to catch Fannie and Freddie before they sunk the economy. (OK, he had help from Dems, Dodd, Frank and all other Pols that accepted campaign money from them.) Obama took over and said to Bush, "You can't out do me, I will screw this country up better than you did, and quicker too, you just wait and see!!!" And, he did it in a year and a half, which is really a stroke of genius, to be able to destroy our nation that fast...

Posted by: DL13 | July 13, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

well we know why you feel inadequate without your gun, tyke, and it isn't because you may have to defend yourself someday. That isn't the reason at all, now, is it.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

remember- victim disarming schemes disguised as "gun control" results in rampant crime and murders. Ergo, all who supported gun control traitor schemes, are guilty of murders. Hang murderers- save the USA.

Posted by: starvingactor | July 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs is very serious and professional and seems effective in doing the job.

Posted by: peachpie | July 13, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who's fault it is (Democrats) Obama said he would fix the problem, was elected to fix the problem and was given billions of dollars to fix the problem... only problem... he hasn't fixed the problem... things have just got worse. All he's done is BLAME BUSH. This bumper sticker says it all!
http://www.zazzle.com/obama_scorecard_blame_bush_bumper_sticker-128681360049118221

Posted by: FRedStatescom | July 13, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

What languages do you code in, Brigade? At what component level? UI? Middle tier? Database?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

If a Rasmussen poll has Whitman 7 points over Briwn when Whitman has spent ABOUT A HUNDRED BUCKS FOR EACH VOTE while Brown hasn't even started yet, then yeah it's great news.

Think she can win, Brigade?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 9:02 PM
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She CAN win, but that doesn't mean she WILL win. If I KNEW who would win all these races, I would be placing bets instead of babbling to you. Since I don't live in California, I don't have a big stake in who they elect as Governor. I actually like Jerry Brown, but I'm not sending him any money.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This whole administration is in trouble because they've never had real jobs. Academia, government jobs, community organizing are not the kind of jobs that require real problem-solving skills.
There's a big difference when you're making decisions using taxpayer dollars, and when you're using your own money.

Posted by: ohioan | July 13, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

And now you're the lord of the break room.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 8:58 PM
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No, I'm in I.T., as you claim to be, but my code is much more reliable than yours. Fewer bombs. Better finish your tube steak before it gets cold, genius.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The real question is this: will their widespread campaign of lies and disinformation be sufficient people to let the Democrats lie their way back into office in 2010?

Ironically, given all their blather about transparency, the only real transparency they have achieved is that they've made it clear they are quite comfortable dictating to rather than representing their constituents.

Posted by: kflb | July 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse


leichtman1 wrote,
"Sorry but Bush left this country in a horrible once in a 100 year economic mess when he left office."

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Yes, and that will be part of his legacy. But we all know he didn't do it alone. That's my point.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

If a Rasmussen poll has Whitman 7 points over Briwn when Whitman has spent ABOUT A HUNDRED BUCKS FOR EACH VOTE while Brown hasn't even started yet, then yeah it's great news.

Think she can win, Brigade?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

and the three point spread was from
Rasmussen so you know that must mean that Angel is falling like a rock.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:02 PM

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I see. Rubio down three; good for Christ. Reid down three; good for Reid.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote
"Another poll that is more disturbing:

SurveyUSA has Whitman leading Brown by about 7 points, but this poll does not confirm the trendline (i.e. is an outlier)."

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What's disturbing about it? Some would call it good news.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Who gave the marching orders to send
these R trolls here?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 6:54 PM
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I did. But I expected a better turnout.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

"* Messaging: House Democrats were riding high from a messaging perspective over the last month thanks to impolitic comments by Reps. Joe Barton (apologized to BP) and John Boehner (the "ant" imbroglio) as well as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (Afghanistan as a war of President Barack Obama's "choosing")."

In total these three things do not add up to ONE small potato.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

a better anaolgy would be one of my riminal clients facing life imprisonment, a 1929 crash looked imminent in Dec 2008, and instead received a Ten Year Deferred Adjudication Sentence and 18 months wearing an ankel monitor. Precisely like my clients brigade they complain and you complain. Sorry but Bush left this country in a horrible once in a 100 year economic mess when he left office.Some of us won't forget Sept 15 and Dec 21 2008 when GM, Lehman and Bear Sterns collapsed and placed the worl economy on the verge of a 1929 like collapse. Rs are in complete denial if they act like that never happened(16 months ago is not that very long ago ro ignore that kind of economic catastrophe) You are too intelligent to not fully understand or appreciate those events and to keep posting cynically that it is Midnight in America. Intel and Alcoa showed us otherwise today. That good news certainly won't sit well with the GOP, many, certainly not you, praying for economic failure.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

a disgusting gutter drudgestorm... these people always make me sick.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 6:38 PM

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Has this blog been drudged again? Lotta unfamiliar monikers posting a lot of immature right wing junk, that usually means drudge

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 6:36 PM

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At least it's a change of pace from the usual immature left wing junk you and your cronies post.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote
"Absolutely right. The market has been signaling better times for months and months. There are bullish indicators from technology, the energy sector and now raw materials."

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Funny way of signaling. Don't look at the employment numbers that came out today; it'll just depress you. Nice to know the Wall Street titans we bailed out are making a few bucks in the market.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I can see November from my house. Chris Cillizza is a macacca.

Posted by: beesknees | July 13, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

precisely why 72% of those polled recently
do not approve of Rs in Congress.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 4:32 PM
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They don't approve of them, but they're going to vote for them. Silly polls.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1 wrote,
"actually that hopey/changey thing you disparage
since Bush has left is workin out jest fine; thanks for askin."

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Let's see, despite the massive stimulus/tax cut legislation, the unemployment rate went to 10% and holding, even though we were assured it wouldn't rise above 8%. What exactly are you standards for success? "Well, it WOULD and COULD have been a whole lot worse!" is really not something sane people want to hear.

You're an attorney. When one of your criminal defendants, having been found guilty, is told he can expect anything from probation to 3 years, but the judge sentences him to 10 years, is he comforted if you tell him, "Well, Joe, it could have been worse! If it hadn't been for me, you would have gotten 20 years." That's the logic you're using with Obama.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

WHy, no, Brigade, I've said so many times, I've expressed disappointment in him many times. if you could learn to read what people write instead of thinking in cartoonish caricatures you would stop with this Obama-as-Messiah to liberals BS.

It's you guys who continue to revere a sadist and make a god out of a doddering old actor.

I'm very disappointed in Obama, and I despise Israel.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

you are aware that the repeal of Glass
Stegal was called the Gramm/Leach/Bliley bill right brigade? Clinton knew it would have gotten overridden if vetoed but still never should have signed it. I point at that as the target of our current economic problems.
Fannie and Freddy according to Geitner are on the radar for legislation but would have destroyed any chance of fin reg passage if debate were imbroiled over that. With the TeaPart opposing everything, debating the future of Fannie and Freddy will certainly not be pleasant.
Its pretty sad when 3 out of 41 R votes constitues bipartisanship. I pine for the days when we had rational Rs like Alan Simpson, Jack Kemp and Robert Dole in the US Senate who would never survive R electoral politics today. They would be called R socialist sellouts in today's toxic R environment.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote
"Has President Barack Obama ever looked more ineffectual than he did last week, sitting almost wordlessly next to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. . .?"

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LOL. He ALWAYS looks ineffectual. He IS ineffectual. And you're just now noticing?

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks the house is "in the balance" isn't paying attention. 2010 will make 1994 look like a Democratic year. There is an electoral tsunami coming that will sweep away the Washington that the Post knows.

Posted by: jy151310 | July 13, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

So much for that solid B+, Barry.

Posted by: JOERICH741 | July 13, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

When are these schmucks going to get it? MONEY DOES NOT WIN ELECTIONS, VOTES WIN ELECTIONS!!! Jesse Ventura won his governorship on less than $500,000. That was less than 20% of what his closest competitor spent on his campaign! Proof that if you have the right message, and actually live by the talking points you espouse, that AMERICANS WILL VOTE FOR YOU!!! I think that we need to show all of these clowns that we can use the internet as an assistant in helping us determine who we want to vote for this time. Look up all the candidates for federal and state seats that will be in play this election cycle. Use the web to find out what they really think, who they really are, and after you've determined who you will vote for, get involved in the campaigns to get them elected! You don't need to give them money, you only need to give them your time and effort!

-Oz

Posted by: Ozlanthos | July 13, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cilizza -- did you not notice that kingofzouk was banned several times and has come back under at least 10 different names, verbally assualting other posters, even repeatedly calling one a pedophile?

Why do you allow this? And he also spams almost as much as 37, lately under the names 'moonbat' and 'present and unaccounted for.'

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 3:41 PM
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And have you noticed that no one whines more about your blog and your topics, spends more time cutting and pasting HuffPo info for your bloggers to read, and delivers more insults to other posters than... yep, Drindl?

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD wrote,
"and leapin, Hill Republicans are liars and unpatriotic"

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My, my. And the Dems were SOOOOOO outraged during the Bush years when anyone questioned their patriotism. Back then dissent was the HIGHEST FORM of patriotism.
Or so they said.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

After their fall in November, there should be a lock-down, all of their lockers should be investigated to find out how deep the corruption really is!!!! Prosecute and incarcerate them, just as common Citizens would be treated!!!

Posted by: American08 | July 13, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Is the financial reform bipartisan since it will carry 3 Republican votes?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:17 PM
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Yes.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama has screwed up while screwing our nation. The end for him is near. The question is what to do next.

My thought is that once the profligate Democrats are gone after the next election cycle, we find a way of rescinding the dreadful legislation on healthcare, financial care, and various other areas ready for implementation through the czars.

Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reed should be tried on charges of malfeasance and misfeasance. Plenty of material exists to flesh out the charges.

Posted by: sagereader | July 13, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama has screwed up while screwing our nation. The end for him is near. The question is what to do next.

My thought is that once the profligate Democrats are gone after the next election cycle, we find a way of rescinding the dreadful legislation on healthcare, financial care, and various other areas ready for implementation through the czars.

Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reed should be tried on charges of malfeasance and misfeasance. Plenty of material exists to flesh out the charges.

Posted by: sagereader | July 13, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you are right when you say members of Congress are worried about their "jobs". It is not a job - it is not a career. They are in Congress to serve us - "The people of the United States" as described in the Constitution. Maybe when they get this in their heads, they will do what they were sent to Congress to do.

Posted by: geohami | July 13, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This Marxist idealogue along with his sheep in the Senate and the House will fail the country and the people miserably by incompetence. Michelle - keep those kids out of jail through GOOD PARENTING !!! We are all not as fortunate as you - while you demand the poor in Chicago to stay out of the first class hospitals.

Posted by: OJ32141 | July 13, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

For zook, brigade, 37th, etc. the actual intellectual honesty of the positions don't matter. They get to say "hey, I'm a conservative!" and then flip on Hannity to determine what so called conservatives should do.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 3:10 PM
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Follow this: some of you have a twisted, biased, and not very accurate view of what got the country into the current economic mess. The Clinton administration nobly decided that it would be nice if everyone could own their own home, and a process was set in motion that continued through the Bush43 years and culminated in the "Great Recession." The government put big time pressure on banks to write risky mortgage loans, and a means was developed whereby banks could comply, make a lot of money, and avoid the associated risk. These toxic mortgages were bundled into exotic financial instruments which received high ratings from agencies that should have known better and probably did---but they were in on the action, too.

Thus, free from the risk associated with these loans, lenders went hog wild and everyone got rich except the poor sap investors who wound up holding the bag. I bought my current home when Bush41 was president and, trust me, I had to QUALIFY for the mortgage, just like everyone else at the time. By 2008, it wasn't even necessary to verify a buyer's income, employment status, or anything else that might have effected his/her ability to repay the loan.

And Obama has compounded the problem by wasting taxpayer money keeping people in homes they can't afford another year or two before they're finally kicked out.

Fannie and Freddie were in the eye of the storm and any attempts to regulate them were stonewalled in Congress. Other businesses had to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley, but not Fannie and Freddie.

I won't pretend that Republican's shouldn't share the blame for this debacle but if you think this was "Bush's fault" or that loaning money to people who can't repay it is a "conservative" thing or that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd and other Democrats were interested in changing course, even AFTER they took control of Congress in 2006, then you haven't been paying attention.

Oh, and how much regulation are Fannie and Freddie getting in the new bill?
The moral? Housing policy caused meltdown.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Have you people ever seen this administration tell the truth on anything? That tells me that they have something up their sleeve. Don't trust them.

Posted by: donna426 | July 13, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"scum traitor pig democrats"

looks like the mentals got out

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

100% of Americans want all scum traitor pig democrats dead. The democrats are thinking- we need to fix this and that election to look like we won again...

Posted by: starvingactor | July 13, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

100% of Americans want all scum traitor pig democrats dead. The democrats are thinking- we need to fix this and that election to look like we won again...

Posted by: starvingactor | July 13, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The fact is once you drop in approval below 50 percent you no longer can control the message.

Obama is sinking. He is in over his head. He has no idea how to fix the economy. Americans know all this. It is too bad. Obama had such support when he started. He wasted it all. He could never to this day see how bad the unemployment issue is to everyday people. Everybody Obama knows has a job with the federal government. I bet he really does not know anyone personally who is unemployed.

Most everyone else in America does.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | July 13, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

apparently you are alone brigade tonight as the last remaining rational conservative voice. I don't have time to waste responding to these potty mouth, unintelligent conservative children. Good luck with them.
hope you got in on some intel today and will let us know when HCA and GM go public. David Faber thinks HCA might be a real gold mind.
Vitter's Birther comments today were really dumb for someone who likely should have a cakewalk race.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

This country has been dragged around be the scruff of the neck by a self-admitted youthful drug abuser who suffers from arrested maturity because of the youthful indiscretions. This country has had enough of a dreadful juvenile delinquent who is playing president. Thank you America for electing this socialist dog who is one because of his total lack of information about the founding principles of this great country. In addition to arrested maturity, Barack Obama is totally brainwashed by leftist ideology. He is literally an alien in this country. When a country can elect such a dog to be its president, I truly fear for our future.

Posted by: RightStuff | July 13, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

There is No forgiveness in this distruction of the American people and our country...Obama has passed billions of dollars off to special interest groups to support his black agenda...who pays for the NAACP....the tax payer..who pays for Acorn..and all the hundreds of hate white American groups...Enough of this trash. We are above all this hate and phoney need for Restitution for what.....get off your tuffs now and make your way in this America, no government will ever give you what you can go out and do yourself. No one can say that they cannot make a life in America, if they want to.
Get off this racist...empty mud slinging at whites...its a dead subject beat to death and no longer applies to anyone. Blacks still carry a candle for whites...give me a break, you raised your children to hate...that is your problem..we did not.
Everyday I read the news across this country...black are in jail for murder...robbery..drugs..rape by the dozens..tell me One thing..Black have been held down by democrates all their lives, they have been taught to hate and blame Everyone for their problems..Time for the black man to grow up and help one another..you people have alot to learn about being human, and a part of the whole. This will not work, this hate and blame...directed at the white man, you have a president who uses your misslead hate...you will always be full of hate as long as you choose to go against the fellow American, you will always go back to your problems...always.

Posted by: welovetheUSA | July 13, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Lee Iococca, in a recent article, wrote that the only way to fix this mess (federal government malfunction) is to throw all the bums out. Clean house and start over.

Posted by: aceswild1 | July 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It is clear the radical socialist Obama administration is in way over their head. Obama really needs to consider resignation at this point or risk ongoing humiliation for all Democrats.

Posted by: dmarshall1 | July 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

There is No forgiveness in this distruction of the American people and our country...Obama has passed billions of dollars off to special interest groups to support his black agenda...who pays for the NAACP....the tax payer..who pays for Acorn..and all the hundreds of hate white American groups...Enough of this trash. We are above all this hate and phoney need for Restitution for what.....get off your tuffs now and make your way in this America, no government will ever give you what you can go out and do yourself. No one can say that they cannot make a life in America, if they want to.
Get off this racist...empty mud slinging at whites...its a dead subject beat to death and no longer applies to anyone. Blacks still carry a candle for whites...give me a break, you raised your children to hate...that is your problem..we did not.
Everyday I read the news across this country...black are in jail for murder...robbery..drugs..rape by the dozens..tell me One thing..Black have been held down by democrates all their lives, they have been taught to hate and blame Everyone for their problems..Time for the black man to grow up and help one another..you people have alot to learn about being human, and a part of the whole. This will not work, this hate and blame...directed at the white man, you have a president who uses your misslead hate...you will always be full of hate as long as you choose to go against the fellow American, you will always go back to your problems...always.

Posted by: welovetheUSA | July 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

zook, it takes 60 votes to pass a bill.

It's just astounding that someone could claim to know politics and yet not understand this.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:22 PM
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Actually, it takes 60 votes to end debate and bring a bill to the floor. And if you can't find 60 votes when you've got 59 in the bank, you don't have much of a case to take to the voters; better go back to community organizing and intimidating Democratic primary voters---they're a lot "easier" than Reps and Senators to push around.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

apparently you are alone brigade tonight as the last remaining rational conservative voice. I don't have time to waste responding to these potty mouth, unintelligent conservative children. Good luck with them.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The funniest thing about the Dem's is that they think they are funny. LMBFAO at Biden on Leno the other day. He once again made a complete azz out of himself. He is so dumb he is dumb enough for all of the administration and then they all add their own dumbness! They are freaking hilarious. Obama could not govern a group of 75-year-old titutes!

Posted by: hindsight2040 | July 13, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The stupidity is a perfect fit but the volume doesn't match a drudge bomb.

Hey. GOP cretins: what sends you here today?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat Party has allowed these radical leftists to get control and they have destroyed the party. The heart of the party are leaving in droves since the healthcare takeover no one wanted. Gibbs just stated the truth. The Dems are about to get their clocks cleaned and they deserved.
I think it will take years to clean up the mess these liberals have done to this nation. Frankly, I would vote for Fluff the pink pony over these inept nuts.

Posted by: greatgran1 | July 13, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

That is why Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail to repress the economy. They know damn well the deficit has nothing to do with anything. It's about jobs and they are doing their darndest to keep people out of work.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:13 PM
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What utter tosh. Yeh, Republicans won't be satisfied until everyone in the country is out of work.

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

oh yes I left out scum traitor pigs
as the latest in conservative intellect postings.

before wasting our time and getting kicked off of here, you might want to familiarize yourself with our rules at The Fix:

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site."

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

One look at the shirt Michelle Obama was allowed to wear to the gulf today should be enough evidence for ANYone to see that there is a SERIOUS disconnect on behalf of the Obamas and the people who should be advising them, to let something like that out of the west wing. Why couldn't Michelle figure it out on her own? It's stupefying. Maybe she had on a dead pelican wrap, and they were so focused on that, they overlooked the Rorschach shirt.. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90852/7064006.html#liuyan

Posted by: fraccle | July 13, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

First of all Obama is not considered a legal President as he hides his real (long version) birth certificate and has sealed all of his records. And got away with it since the media is in his (or Soros) pocket.

Also the Eric Holder situation by not going after the panthers, but will only go after whites is not right. He should resign or be fired.

Another thing Obama gave how many millions to Hamas? What? Unbelievable.

Posted by: timberperson | July 13, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

lets see: retards,democraps,bozos,libtards,
obambuts, spit on, racists, criminals.. sounds like we have the usual conservative intellectual suspects visiting us tonight.
May I please introduce you to jake and 37th?
They too brought their gutter language here for a while.
Is this perhaps 37th's revenge for finally being banned today?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

the scum traitor pigs have far far more than their majority in danger. The USA is in extreme danger too, and that danger is democrats.

Posted by: starvingactor | July 13, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats spent the last two years caving into special interest and passing bills that do no good for the average American. Now they can't even extend unemployment benefits in the biggest downturn since the depression! With a clear majority in congress. How lame are Democrats? They really think people are going to vote for more of this double crossing, promise breaking, excuse making weak "leadership". All they had to do was pass a health care bill that would have lowered peoples costs. But nooooooo, their signature issue only helps make insurers and drug makers richer. Good riddance Democrats, you are a bunch of a-holes.

Posted by: motodude | July 13, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

One of the unfortunate truths of campaigning is that ads drive entirely to much electorate response. While I can say that I read the issues and then try to read between the lines of rhetoric the candidates spout, so many Americans take their info about candidates from campaign ads. What a shame. Perhaps this year will be different.

Posted by: TStewart2 | July 13, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I am sick to death of this corrupt bunch of Amateur Hour Bozo' and their utter contempt for the American people they are supposed to be serving. Their incompetence and cluelessness increases on a daily basis. Counting the days until January 13, 2013, Obama's last day!!!!

Posted by: priley8104 | July 13, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead, vote Republican then they will actually have to do something. At least they won't be deadbeats anymore.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 13, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

You have taken our trust for granted as if it were a Carte' Blanche ticket to do what you want with out country and our money, not to mention our freedoms. I now believe that you have tried to destroy this nation in order to build it in your own image - HELL! You should be tried for treason and put in jail. Term limits now and away with PROFESSIONAL POLITICIANS!!!

Posted by: jackspratt1 | July 13, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Just to perk everyone up.

The nastygrams on Scott Brown's facebook page continue.

Here is one from a man who really means business:

"So that's all the conservative you're able to be?

Well, you got $10 of my money from PA.

Men and women like Col. Alan West will get $25 from me now so it can be a little more clear for you."

Lou Holena

Then, Lou offers his recommendation:

"At this point, the only worthwhile pursuit of government is to dissassemble itself."

Bwahahaha!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Buck Ofama and all you libtards. We're taking our country back from you children. Ben Dover.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 13, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

the american voter no matter how many lese and money democrats will spend they are going down in nov. the house for sure and even maybe the senate. in the last 2 yrs of total control. the middle and middle conservative has been spit on, lied to , called thugs criminals and the key democrat strategy racist. i will tell you this now. there will be a tsunami in nov. now when republicans take over they better produce not fall into the trap of becoming center left to keep the media happy. we dont listen to the media you better listen to the voters they put you in there! america is waiting for 2012 to change the mistake that was made in 2008, nov will slow the take over down and we can erase it! i was a voter during the carter years of malaise this guy out shines carter for being inept by a factor of 20!

Posted by: carl6352 | July 13, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

In the 2008 election, Obama and his cronies claimed they would be different for Bush and his gang. They would bring us together. They would bring us change we can believe in.
"We will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth."
With control of both Congress and the White House, the Democrats have not been transparent, nor bipartisan, nor post racial, have an appeasement mindset and have bungled economic recovery, creating permanent jobs. The Obama Justice department allows voter intimidation, sues Arizona for doing the government's job on the border. It wants to hold the trial of 9-11 terrorists in civilian courts in New York City. Obama's plans for health care and cap and trade will bankrupt the US. If you disagree with this administration, you must be a racist. If the Democrats do get blown away in the fall, they can look to Obama, their leader, for squandering their majority with his excuses, his outright lies, his SEIU, Acorn connections, his apologies, his weakness in the face of our enemies.

Posted by: Wes69 | July 13, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Buck Ofama and all you libtards. We're taking our country back from you children. Bend over.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 13, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

the american voter no matter how many lese and money democrats will spend they are going down in nov. the house for sure and even maybe the senate. in the last 2 yrs of total control. the middle and middle conservative has been spit on, lied to , called thugs criminals and the key democrat strategy racist. i will tell you this now. there will be a tsunami in nov. now when republicans take over they better produce not fall into the trap of becoming center left to keep the media happy. we dont listen to the media you better listen to the voters they put you in there! america is waiting for 2012 to change the mistake that was made in 2008, nov will slow the take over down and we can erase it! i was a voter during the carter years of malaise this guy out shines carter for being inept by a factor of 20!

Posted by: carl6352 | July 13, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse


So... Mr. Gibbs finally said something that makes sense. I'd say that it's about time... but it's long overdue. He is just so pathetic - he tarnishes any remaining bit of majesty the office still holds every time he speaks.

Posted by: poplab | July 13, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Who gave the marching orders to send
these R trolls here?
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It's like an algae bloom--unpleasant but you know it won't last more than a couple of hours.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

where did all of these new idiots come from? Were they sent as a replacement for 37th? Yea its Palin/Bachman in a landslide. Grow up.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow bedspotter you didn't just take the bait, you swallowed the hook, the sinker, and line, and the whole fishing pole.

Equal treatment under the law isn't exactly something the GOP is famous for, and free enterprise is NOTHING to wish for. Holy crap dude, grow a brain.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I can see Sarah Palin in the White House in 2013 from my house....

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 13, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I can see Sarah Palin in the White House in 2013 from my house....

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 13, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

and the three point spread was from
Rasmussen so you know that must mean that Angel is falling like a rock.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Trust me, the GOP will go too far and it will swing back later. ALWAYS.
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I breathe easier now. I WAS worried about being incarcerated for being depraved for voting Democratic.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

It won't be long before the "party of no" will be the party of Yahoooo! Then the business of returning this country to the Constitution, free enterprise, equal treatment under the law, open and honest legislation and deficit sanity will begin. Dems don't have enough dead and felony convicted voters to win this time. It will be a tidal wave of NO to Obama and his posse.

Posted by: betspotter | July 13, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Another poll that is more disturbing:

SurveyUSA has Whitman leading Brown by about 7 points, but this poll does not confirm the trendline (i.e. is an outlier).

See the trendlines at http://www.pollster.com/polls/ca/10-ca-gov-ge-wvb.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This old dog has seen a lot. I witness the 1994 election and the voter anger and angst of that time pales in comparison to now. Liberals, (OOPS, PROGRESSIVES) that are IGNORING this are in a big world of hurt and tears the day after election day.

Reminds me of a story by Bernie Goldberg. He was in the CBS newsroom when Nixon won his landslide in 1972. The other news people were aghast and SHOCKED that Nixon had won. When Bernie asked them WHY they were shocked, they responded, "I don't know of ANYBODY that voted for Nixon!"

And that's your problems, liberals, (OOPS, PROGRESSIVES). You hang around your other liberal friends. This country is NOT center left. It's center right and always has been. After eight years of Bush and prolonged war, this country was willing to give the gifted tongued one a chance.

Now it's buyer remorse. Remember when the Democrats were bemoaning Bush in 2006 and 2008 as the WORST economic depression? I would LOVE to have those numbers back! All we had to do was get rid of the phony baloney Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, (BTW, see that Dodd and Franks RE-INTRODUCED those types of loans, FORCING companies to give to minorities??! Didn't we just LEARN from that mistake? Giving loans to people that can NOT afford them?)

Nope, I see a Tsunami coming in November. If you are Democrat, be prepared. And just know that the pendulum ALWAYS swings back. ALWAYS.

Trust me, the GOP will go too far and it will swing back later. ALWAYS.

Posted by: Glubber | July 13, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Who gave the marching orders to send
these R trolls here?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Did y'all see the latest polls.

Florida Senate, Ipsos, confirms Crist still ahead of Rubio by about 4 points.

Nevade Senate, Rasmussen now has Angle ahead of Reid by 3 points (that pretty well confirms the basic trendline), in a poll taken 2 days ago. Take a look at the trendlines here: http://www.pollster.com/polls/nv/10-nv-sen-ge-avr.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The panic has set in, because they know the sheeple are waking up to their scams.

For example, the U.S. government's Income tax scam (courtesy of bankers).

How many of you noticed the legal definition for "Exempt income" that is written into tax law?

Funny that it takes a computer scientist just two minutes to find something that thousands of tax "experts" won't even bother.

WHAT IS TAXED . COM

__)-)
--(0 0)-
__\~/
\\ `
The Sheeple say baaaaaahhhhhh
and sometimes, Moooooooooooooooooooooo.

Posted by: fullspeedaheadman | July 13, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

It appears there is a 2 pronged strategy here - the second prong being the push put out over the past 2 days by M Obama and the NAACP to brand anyone who does not agree with Obama a "racist." They played the card last time more carefully , now they are attempting to trump whole classes of people with it.

Posted by: kitkat3 | July 13, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The panic has set in, because they know the sheeple are waking up to their scams.

For example, the U.S. government's Income tax scam (courtesy of bankers).

How many of you noticed the legal definition for "Exempt income" that is written into tax law?

Funny that it takes a computer scientist just two minutes to find something that thousands of tax "experts" won't even bother.

WHAT IS TAXED . COM

__)-)
--(0 0)-
__\~/
\\ `
The Sheeple say baaaaaahhhhhh
and sometimes, Moooooooooooooooooooooo.

Posted by: fullspeedaheadman | July 13, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

WE VOTED FOR YOUR HUSBAND AND WE AREN'T RACISTS
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Sure, Catherine, and we REALLY believe you, you non-racist you.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

the observer4 doesn't want to read about impeachments....cuz he is an Obama sycophant. yeah, R's are fire breathing idiots and Obama is god incarnate. My arse... sadly, neither party represents us, the taxpayers. We can play stupid partisan games, the world if full of Karl Roves and Rahm Emanuel's,but the fact remains neither party is worth diddley squat. Until we ALL realize that, we are just wasting our time pretending to have superior representation. Not saying the tea party folks are replete with answers, but the people, fer chrissakes, must take back the govt. from the monied interests who control Obama, Bush, etc. Big business rules. And, we little worker bees take it up the dirt road. Get smart, America. Forget the two party system, get a one party system that represents US....now....forever. Obama, Bush, whatever. They both damaged the country hugely. WE just cannot afford those freakshows. Now or ever.

Posted by: bahmi | July 13, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

This Obama will go down in history as the mosted hated President we have ever had, yes, even more than your Tricky Dick.
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YOUR Tricky Dick?

I wonder if the writer even knows who Tricky Dick was?

Is this a Freudian slip, or what.

Bwahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Now that both the GOP and DNC have discredited themselves...Who will make war, loot, rob, misled us?

Posted by: x32792 | July 13, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, wake up. Time to die.

Posted by: linuxlund | July 13, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! The Republicans are coming, the Republicans are coming! Hide your children, WAPO!!!

Posted by: AnnieP1 | July 13, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

While skirting the sillysass, did y'all see the latest polls.

Florida Senate, Ipsos, confirms Crist still ahead of Rubio by about 4 points.

Nevade Senate, Rasmussen now has Angle ahead of Reid by 3 points (that pretty well confirms the basic trendline), in a poll taken 2 days ago. Take a look at the trendlines here: http://www.pollster.com/polls/nv/10-nv-sen-ge-avr.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

OILYBAMA HAS WIPED THE DEMOCRAT PARTY OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH,

ABD, ANYONE BUT DEMOCRATS IS THE MANTRA AND MONEY WON'T MEAN A THING.

LEFTWINGERS - YOU IGNORE 1.7 MILLION IN THE STREETS AND 20 TIMES THAT BEHIND THEM AT YOUR OWN PERIL.........

111 DAYS AND 3 ELECTIONS AND WE DRAIN THE SWAMP, THE ENTIRE SWAMP........YOU DUMBOCRATS HAVE NO IDEA HOW PISSED WE ARE WITH HOW BAD YOU HAVE MADE THINGS...........

YOU WON'T SEE POWER AGAIN AND MICHELLE YOU GIN UP HATRED WITH THE BLACKS ----IT IS FUNNY AND WON'T WORK, WE VOTED FOR YOUR HUSBAND AND WE AREN'T RACISTS - YOU GUYS ARE AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING...........

Posted by: CATHERINE10000 | July 13, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

My God, when is the Post going to see the truth? The vast majority of those citizens, not illegals, that work and pay taxes loathe and despise this Obama and his minions. This Obama will go down in history as the mosted hated President we have ever had, yes, even more than your Tricky Dick. The truth hurts Post, but for anyone to take you guys serious, you need to open your eyes and now.

Posted by: walterndebby | July 13, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Target sighted...missile launched.

Dems have to try some strategic tricks to stop the skid. Obama, the oafsome presidunce, has to stay out of the consciousness of voters so alternate topics can be used to defuse some voter anger. However, since Obama is such a fool, he simply cannot keep his mouth shut until November, so unless he puts a gag order on his mouth, he will keep messing up. Americans without jobs won't take to his glib balderdash much longer. His defenders suffer from the worst types of mental illness. It's called wishful thinking when all is lost. They can smartmouth all they want, suck up to Chris Mathews, but the jig is up. Job hungry Americans won't take to the tomfoolery planned. Lock and load, Americans. Soon, the target will be in view.

Posted by: bahmi | July 13, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

a disgusting gutter drudgestorm... these people always make me sick.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Has this blog been drudged again? Lotta unfamiliar monikers posting a lot of immature right wing junk, that usually means drudge

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The "libertarian" claims that Americans *prefer* taking it up the dirt road from the insurance companies.

I just live it when everything lines up all at once.

Yeah, libertarian. Long word for jerk.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The best hope democrats have in November is voter fraud! And republicans had better be ready for it.

Posted by: Taxpayer550 | July 13, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

We have turned a corner liberals. We turned the corner and are now racing down hill as fast as we can go. Are you not proud? You have put so many people out of work!

Posted by: blkwido | July 13, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's play by Alinsky's rules. Pick a target and destroy it - as long as that target is Obama! Push Back!

Posted by: GoFigure5 | July 13, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats only have themselves to blame for their political peril.

The American people were (and still are) trying to tell them -- loudly -- that we didn't want that stupid healthcare bill. But they rammed it through anyway...replete with kickbacks, payoffs, and all manner of other shenanigans.

Good riddance. I just hope the 2011 Republicans are better than the 2006 ones were.

Posted by: ContrarianLibertarian | July 13, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats would have passed the bankruptcy provision against the big banks--to save our homes, then passed the Jobs bill, followed with health care bill--we the people would not be so upset at the house and senate. They should have listened to us, the people. And it should have happened in that order. But alas, we the people know nothing. Well we the people know who votes these senators and house memebers in don't we?

Congress, including both the house and senate, thank you for costing us millions upon millions if not trillions.

Eric.

Posted by: erwi31 | July 13, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The arrogance of the Democratic Party has finally caught up to them and even the liberal media can't save the train wreck this administration has put us under. Obama's lack of experience has showed and made many of us OBAMICANS (I was a Republican and voted for Obama) realize what a con Obama is. Hey..where has Pelosi been the past two months? They shut her trap as well. And Reid...poor old Reid. Looks like he is toast!

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | July 13, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

yea zouk he's planning on a 20% capital gains rate. Pure socialism.
Conservatives are going apoplectic tonight seeing corporate earnings improve. They worry that just might be contrary to their grand scheme to take us back to 1937.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Never fear Libs about the earnings report. Obungler and his minions are already preparing a special tax to eliminate any profit anyone makes this year.

It is the 'boot on the throat' bill. these corporations have made enough money already.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

its been 45 minutes since those earnings
were released. Its surprising that Michael Steele and the GOP have not jumped to take credit for this apparent turnaround in corporate earnings. To be fair, lets give them a few more minutes.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

for what its worth 12Bar, Alcoa and Intel earnings may be indicators that the economy is finally starting to turn a corner.
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Absolutely right. The market has been signaling better times for months and months. There are bullish indicators from technology, the energy sector and now raw materials. I've been acquiring Oracle, certain semiconductor companies, and lots of oil service companies. The later took a big hit when BP did the gusher dive, but we're seeing the sunlight even on the energy companies.

One thing to remember in the stock market, nothing goes down forever. Buy into despair if one has no other strategy.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

for what its worth 12Bar, Alcoa and Intel earnings may be indicators that the economy is finally starting to turn a corner. Intel is projecting 16% growth in the pc market through 2014 and intel along with AMD are forecasting "better than expected earnings" going forward and "healthy inventories" in the chip market.
The GOP is likely very disappointed to hear that news, since they are the 24/7 gloom and doom party. Sorry to disappoint them.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

New poll of massage therapist likely voters: A majority of respondents now think it is safer to go hunting with Dick Cheney than to be in a hotel room with Al Gore.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Where do these new posters get the idea that democrats are upset over Gibbs' comments?

There must be a link to another site.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Gibbs the propaganda minister said something kinda truthful... and the democraps are all upset!

Posted by: Nico7 | July 13, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

We're looking to clean sweep all the dead wood out of The Congress in November - all 435 non performers in the House Chamber and 1/3 in the Senate.

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what childish nihilism.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

For God's sakes, Democrats, at least Robert Gibbs is being realistic instead of the typical spinster you'd like him to be. It's something he and the White House have to acknowledge now so they know what they're up against.

Posted by: cags777 | July 13, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

and you delusionally think that Rs have
any interest at all in immigration reform
other than bus fare for 12 million?
alternative energy, aid to the states?
you do understand that Rs have consistantly filibustered ALL of those policy positions you
now want so desperately to put them in charge of. Can you spell Joe Barton House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

that was the beginning of the downfall of our system
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I don't know what you mean by "our system". But, if you mean the financial collapse which is largely responsible for the sorry state of our economy, the cracks started showing up in 2004-5 in the subprime market.

The collapse in "our system" is a long term problem, decades long, while we deregulated and set up a house of cards.

Just like any house of cards, you can take out a few cards, and it'll hold up. But sooner or later, you pull one card and the whole thing comes down. But that isn't WHEN the system broke down. That's just when we KNEW the system is broken.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Ah, so the meltdown was the Democrats' fault and if Republicans had kept Congress in 2006 the economy would be in fantastic shape and President McCain would be presiding over 2.5% unemployment, the DOW would passing 20,000, and blah blah blah.

Guess we know what the Phrase Of the Day emails are saying lately.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Time for the Dems to wake up!

Posted by: PostOpinion | July 13, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It's fun watching the Dems in complete melt-down.

Posted by: Ruperb | July 13, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Time for then Dems to wake up!

Posted by: PostOpinion | July 13, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. Gibbs has been reading some of the 40 million blogs that clearly show We the People are pretty tired of the petty politics and the lack of inaction by the ObaMao administration on such basics as Immigration Reform (including H1B), Alternate Energy, addressing the fact that 45 states are going bankrupt from loss of revenue due to loss of jobs (taxpayers) and the myriad of other meat & potato issues the Congress and Administration can't seem to solve.

We're looking to clean sweep all the dead wood out of The Congress in November - all 435 non performers in the House Chamber and 1/3 in the Senate.

Listen to the people, Robert. The time is long past to clean up your act and address the real issues that confront us all.

Posted by: krodrich | July 13, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

No 12bar, actually Nasty Pelousy took the keys and the wheel in 2006. that was the beginning of the downfall of our system. you can look at just about any graph indicating prosperity to see the knee in the curve. Of course it took over slowly at first with some braking by Bush.

they wanted housing for all, we get housing for none. They wanted mandatory minimum wage for all, we got no wages for anyone. In short, everything government and Libs tried to do backfired. Still is. always has.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The election cycle in America is way too long and mired in too much money. We'd do well for our Democracy to look at the election process in Europe. They adopted our system from long ago after all and we're looking a lot more like old Europe before they had their Revolutions. What I'm saying is their current system is more in line with what our founding fathers established. Before we began to embrace fascism/corporatism with a straight face.

I took Gibbs comment as a direct shot across the bow that says "these are the consequences of apathy". After working so hard to build sizable majorities and actually seeing legislation pass that addresses the domestic issues which have been ignored for 50 years are we really willing to sit down on the couch and let the maniacs come back into power?

I for one don't want to waste the next 2 years reading about endless investigations, impeachment proceedings, and other wastes of tax payer money because the Repubs are sore losers. If Bush didn't get impeached while torturing, starting unfunded wars, and collapsing our economy then we shouldn't be impeaching Obama for trying to pull us out of the ditch. You all might not like the fact that we're moving towards health care as a human rights issue, but the blatant fear mongering is over the top.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

zouk wrote: Consider the laughable notion that in only 12 years in the Congressional majority, then Repubs drove us into a ditch.
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So 12 years isn't long enough for the Republicans to drive us into a ditch, but 18 months is more than long enough for the Obama administration to drive us into a ditch.

Is that your premise?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

And speaking of McCain"

"In the last few months, McCain has flipped his position on dropping the military's anti-gay "don't ask, don't tell" policy, soft-pedaled his support for climate-change legislation, and dropped his support for humane, comprehensive immigration reform. In just the past week, he has come out against Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination on the lamest of grounds and defended Arizona's ugly anti-immigrant law against challenge by the Justice Department.

It's hard to believe that this is the same guy who, a decade ago, was denouncing Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as "agents of intolerance," who reduced Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a sputtering rage with his efforts to ban soft money, who opposed Bush's tax cuts, and who stood up to Dick Cheney on the treatment of accused terrorists. When McCain told Newsweek earlier this year that he has never considered himself a "maverick," it sounded like another confession under duress, with the Tea Party standing in for the Viet Cong. "

...

"To some extent, this is a matter of physical decline. As the inside account of his campaign in Game Change makes clear, fatigue brought out McCain's cranky side. With his stiffness from war injuries and scars from cancer surgeries, McCain looks older than a lot of 73-year-olds—and apparently feels older, too. The other factor may be the reactivation of McCain's powerful sense of dishonor. Bear with me here, because what follows is surmise based on long observation rather than hard evidence. But McCain looks to me these days like someone who bears an unacknowledged weight. If I had to guess, I'd say that weight is his shame over a barely competent presidential campaign and his awful choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate."

http://www.slate.com/id/2259936/

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The election cycle in America is way too long and mired in too much money. We'd do well for our Democracy to look at the election process in Europe. They've adopted our system after all and we're looking a lot more like old Europe before they had their Revolutions.

I took Gibbs comment as a direct shot across the bow that says "these are the consequences of apathy". After working so hard to build sizable majorities and actually seeing legislation pass that addresses the domestic issues which have been ignored for 50 years are we really willing to sit down on the couch and let the maniacs come back into power?

I for one don't want to waste the next 2 years reading about endless investigations, impeachment proceedings, and other wastes of tax payer money because the Repubs are sore losers. If Bush didn't get impeached while torturing, starting unfunded wars, and collapsing our economy then we shouldn't be impeaching Obama for trying to pull us out of the ditch. You all might not like the fact that we're moving towards health care as a human rights issue, but the blatant fear mongering is over the top.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 13, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Deadbeat Millionaires Walk from their Homes"
Are these the dirtbags you refer to leapin?
just wonderin.

http://dailybail.com/home/deadbeat-millionaires-biggest-defaulters-on-mortgages-are-th.html

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

At the end of his term, when Obama has ruined the US and created ghettos the size of small states, he can always blame it on that his prompter broke just a few days in.

Posted by: linuxlund | July 13, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

That leaves the "free lunching" Dbagger wing of the D Party". They found out that their mortages, rent, and gasoline are not, and are not going to be, paid by O.

I presume you read the story yesterday on CNBC that more millionaires are walking from their mtgs than the middle class dirtbags as you call them realizing they made a bad investment in their multimillion dollar homes.

So I guess you might want to revise your once again juvenile ranting post and call the millionaires walking from their homes nothing more than D parasites on the government dole.

I

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Just to reduce the snarky quotient:

If the Republicans want to dump Michael Steele, I'm sure the Democratic party would welcome him.

Yes, I suspect that Gibbs comments were strategically targeted to generate Democratic enthusiasm. So what's wrong with that? Strategy is generally good. Shooting from the lip is generally bad.

I like hope and change, and I still like it. It sure beats armageddon.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Consider the laughable notion that in only 12 years in the Congressional majority, then Repubs drove us into a ditch. the rest of the century everything went just fine. Please forget that the balanced budget only materialized after the Repubs finally took congress over after 40 years.

No finance Whiz, just back to 1994, that's all. The last time we had to drastically intervene to save the country from liberal rule, balance the budget and get the country right again.

I must admit that I am surprised at the virulence of this current socialist. He has somehow managed, in his utter ineptitude, to mangle everything he goes near in just a short 18 months. that has to be a record in efficiency somehow. Make that deficiency.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not looking forward to Obama jiving on TV this fall in support of his armada of dead beat politicians running like chickens without heads. 2012 will be sweet though. Let's see how the Democrats break the news to Obama that he is not wanted.

Posted by: linuxlund | July 13, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Gibb's message will now change that dynamic and those conversations at local D campaign offices.
Posted by: leichtman1
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The mods and indies are disgusted by O’s lies and broken promises. That leaves the free lunching Dbagger wing of the D Party. They found out that their mortages, rent, and gasoline are not, and are not going to be, paid by O. I guess calling tp’s racists and causing racial divide will be all that talk at the D campaign office in an attempt to boost the skin pigment one issue voter turnout.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

We have Michael Steele and the Dems have Biden and Gibbs. I for one am happy with the situation.

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Love the "we." Do you feel like you "belong?" Like you have membership in a movement? Have you finally found your place in the world? How nice for you.

The rest of us, those not milling around waiting to be told what words to use today, are also happy with the situation.

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"How's that hopey/changey thing workin' out for you guys?"

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you left off the "kerHUCK kerHUCK kerHUCK!"

Not working out as well as we had hoped but still lightyears better than what we would have had if McCain was in office trying to fix the economy with tax cuts and invading Iran, thanks for your concern.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"the majority of Americans do NOT like what has been happening the last 18 months and the dems will pay for it"


precisely why 72% of those polled recently
do not approve of Rs in Congress.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

actually that hopey/changey thing you disparage
since Bush has left is workin out jest fine; thanks for askin.

its that lets take us back to the McCarthy era
1950s GOP thingy or if that doesn't work out
lets see if we can revisit that wonderful time in 1929 or at least in 1937 that the GOP promises us that scare the heck out of any thinkin American.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Give us a break. We know that smarmy Gibbs' comment was a careful beforehand calcuation, but it isn't going to help the dems in November. the majority of Americans do NOT like what has been happening the last 18 months and the dems will pay for it.

Posted by: elby | July 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Poor Bobby Gibbs.

If anyone should know that you can get in trouble for telling the truth it is him.

Damn it's tough when your words come back to bite you in the behind.

Posted by: joelinpdx | July 13, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

A man with God is always in the majority.
Un homme avec Dieu est toujours dans la majorite.
'Inscription on Reformation Monuments, Geneva, Switzerland'
John Knox c. 1513-1572
http://tinkys1941.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DCD7544ECCB8065F!313.entry

Posted by: edtroyhampton | July 13, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Give us a break! That smarmy Gibbs didn't say anything that Obama didn't already knew what he was going to say. It was calculated beforehand pure and simply. That said, voters are fed up with what's been going on in this country for the past 18 months and Obama has brought it on himself!

Posted by: elby | July 13, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse


We have Michael Steele and the Dems have Biden and Gibbs. I for one am happy with the situation.

How's that hopey/changey thing workin' out for you guys? Polls say not too good.

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 13, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Noa, I said Hill Republicans.

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Yeah I saw that and I didn't chop it to hijack your sentence but rather because I don't see it as casting and distinction. If anything the Hill Republicans are the stupidest of all. They're even more disconnected from reality than their Senate counterparts.

If you have something to back that up, I'll listen, but sorry I don't see it. I find the whole lot of them to be pretty much indistinguishable and lockstep, the Hill guys even more hot-eyed in their fervor.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

leapin' - here is more misinformation on the second coming of Abe Lincoln:

Obama coerced congress into passing his stimulus bill by promising that if it were passed unemployment could go no higher then 8%; but unemployment is now at 10%, and he could not possibly have had good reason to exclude that possibility.

Candidate Obama promised that Guantanamo would be closed by January 1, 2010; but it is still open.

To gain traction for his attempt to return a would-be socialist dictator in Honduras to power, Obama claimed that he had been overthrown in an illegal coup; but the congressional research service pointed out correctly that ex-President Zelaya had been removed for constitutionally sufficient cause by legal and constitutional means

Obama assured us that his stimulus bill would create or save a million jobs; but he was claiming as fact what could never have been more than a wild (and highly improbable) guess, and his more recent attempts to justify that guess have been fraudulent.

Candidate Obama promised us that CIA personnel involved in the interrogation of terrorists would not be prosecuted; but his administration is now doing exactly that.

Obama criticized the size of George Bush’s deficit and promised to stop deficit spending if elected; but he has already quadrupled the size of the deficit he objected to and recklessly continues new federal spending in the trillions.


there must be some reporters with an evil agenda to attempt to mischaracterize the goodwill of this messiah.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The political strategy of Robert Gibb's comment on Meet The Press was obvious and
Carville understood it perfectly. It was more than just framing the election as a Choice Election, it was a clarion call to all Ds.
Wake up, get off your butts and start voulunteering your time at your local D
campaign headqtrs, and give generoulsy to
the national party and/or your local D candidate or this will happen. The timing was brilliant. Polling shows that Rs are more energized and more intense about this election, as usually happens in an off year out of power election cycle. There is nothing better to juice up the intensity of D voters, than to encourage D phone banking volunteers, and to raise D funds, than FEAR. Hearing it from Obama's press secretary is exactly what the D Party needed to hear. Laziness and complacency is the bane of every losing political campaign.
Even thinking that the R whackjobs MAY take over Congress and drive the economy back into the ditch is precisely what D supporters need to hear, now, not in October. I hear supporters, volunteers and contributors tell me all the time, no need to worry that will never happen. Hopefully Gibb's message will now change that dynamic and those conversations at local D campaign offices.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Noa,
I really think you are on shaky ground.
Having read a fair number of your posts over the months, you have engaged in the same sort of personal attacks that you cast on others.
Banning 37th made sense. As did banning you. Both were consistent with the rules of fair play on the blog. You both chose to ignore them.

Chris
Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | June 29, 2010 6:52 PM

3. ChrisFox/Noa: The comparison between you and 37th is based on your desire to return repeatedly under other names despite being banned. I continue to be baffled as to why you spend so much time getting back to a blog you disdain so much but that's another conversation.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I personally think Obama wants a Republican House majority. He's basically a moderate Republican from 15 years ago, and he finds the Democratic House difficult, not to mention the Democratic base. Besides losing the House gives him something to run "against" in two years time. A little bit of blame-shifting. Then again the Administration has been so awful at messaging and PR that maybe I'm giving Obama and Gibbs too much credit.
Posted by: dblissmn
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Yes, at this time Obama is only limited by his physical body and by the presence of radicals, Marxists, and anarchists populating the halls of congress. Yes, a Republican takeover will let him release his conservative essence and also allow Ms. Kagan to release her inner “coulter”.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"if the Republicans take the House in November, I promise you that the first thing they will do in January is pass a massive stimulus bill."


That is my point: their strategy is setting up the situation that Klein's graph describes. Unless the economy drops back to the bottom & stays there for two more years, it is likely that 2012 income will be significantly higher than 2011 income. That, according to Klein's piece, strongly correlates to a big victory by the president. Can you say 1984?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Libs are not liars and are very patriotic... this is why the president’s recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick, a self-proclaimed rationing enthusiast, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confuses me. The triumvirate of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, along with numerous WaPo bloggers, have clearly stated that there will be no healthcare rationing. What gives?

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This blog would be a mucn better place without zouk's constant blast of hate sewage. Every last single one of his posts under each and every one of his many monikers expressed his loathing of other posters here, of Barack Obama, and of liberals in general, or more accurately of his cartoonish caricatures of liberals.

The wordplay on others' names is infantile, the sort of thing one expects of kids in early grade school. What kind of adult does stuff like that? The guy is clearly mentally ill, very ill, and his abundant free time correlates most cleanly with the obvious conclusion that he could not possibly hold a job. So, CC, you're hosting a Class One character disorder mental patient and letting him cast all the insults he wants, including the MOST personal attacks of all the attacking going on here. Yeah yeah I know, you won't answer, but it's pretty goddamn glaring that you're playing favorites.

Why does he get an ongoing exemption from those rules posted at the bottom of every comment section? He can't afford to tender bribes.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Noa, I said Hill Republicans.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I personally think Obama wants a Republican House majority. He's basically a moderate Republican from 15 years ago, and he finds the Democratic House difficult, not to mention the Democratic base. Besides losing the House gives him something to run "against" in two years time. A little bit of blame-shifting. Then again the Administration has been so awful at messaging and PR that maybe I'm giving Obama and Gibbs too much credit.

Posted by: dblissmn | July 13, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

At this point, the Democrats in power in the U.S. have committed to the strategy that gave Japan a decade of weak growth, serial recessions, and exploding debt, while failing to adopt the strategy that actually dealt with the underlying problems in Japan’s banking sector and kicked off six years of real economic growth. To make matters worse, their legislative overreach, as seen in the avalanche of 2,000-page bills, has created a climate of uncertainty in which it is hard for businesses to thrive. The resulting low-growth, high-unemployment economy has made continuing rounds of stimulus almost a matter of political necessity. The latest round, Stimulus V, is mostly another extension of unemployment benefits and a disbursement of aid to broke state governments. We’re past the pretense that these “jobs bills” are actually creating jobs. Now we’re just doing repeated end-runs around the limits of our welfare apparatus.

For its part, the Republican party appears dangerously close to accepting this state of affairs. Most Republicans laudably opposed Stimulus II, a.k.a. the Big One, but Stimuli I, III, and IV all passed with large bipartisan majorities, and the only objection Republicans have raised against Stimulus V is that it should be paid for by canceling some of the unspent funds from Stimulus II. Most Democrats are unwilling to agree to this, and instead have tried to bring down the bill’s price tag by shortening the duration of the unemployment-benefit extensions. Our recent history demonstrates that this is a limitation without meaning: It will only reduce the time that passes between Stimulus V and Stimulus VI.

Not all Republicans are equally complicit, and at times over the past two and a half years various GOP members of Congress have put forward alternative solutions that make sense, such as House minority whip Eric Cantor’s 2008 proposal to enact a broad-based corporate-income-tax cut instead of the hodgepodge of temporary rebates and carry-backs that eventually passed. Republicans have been forced to work within the confines of what is politically feasible given their limited numbers. But it is not enough to say that “the stimulus failed.” It is necessary also to connect the dots from Stimulus I to Stimulus V — to argue that “temporary stimulus” is an oxymoron, one contributor among many to the destabilizing uncertainty that has made it impossible for businesses to make long-term plans. The stimulus machine will not run forever, because our creditors will eventually get tired of shoveling dollars into its furnace. But a vastly better outcome would be for the party ostensibly committed to limited government to find the political will to turn it off.

— Stephen Spruiell

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are liars and unpatriotic, but they aren't stupid.

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I bet to differ. They are stupid. Intelligent people wouldn't believe the junk they do.

Republicans make gains not through intelligence but through lack of scruples. Lying isn't off limits, appealing to the ugliest angels of our nature is A-OK, riling up peope with hate and resentment is their stock in trade.

And since losing in 2008 they've abandoned all pretense of caring about America and are openly hoping for calamity and catastrophe to give them more resentment to work with.

Calling them smart is like calling a bacteriophage more advanced than its host.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

zouk,

Why are you so hung up on the arbitrary number of 8%. People make predictions, like the stock market. It will go up. It will go down. If it goes up, it will go to 12,000. Whoops. It only goes to 11,500. So what? The prediction was substantially true.

The economy IS better than it would have been and unemployment is better than it would have been.

You are just stomping on ants while elephants rush by. You are missing the bigger picture.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Liberals have clearly come to the conclusion that the stimulus, part 1-5 have saved us from certain disaster and kept unemployment under 8% and led to growth and provided millions of public sector jobs as promised.

what planet do liberals inhabit?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman,

In business there's an old adage: You can be a hero at budget or you can be a hero at actual.

In other words, you can budget low and be a hero. Or you can budget high, come in low, and be a hero. Your choice.

It's always wise to manage expectations so you can beat them (be a hero at actual). Is it manipulation, yes, but it is wise. And, in this case, of course, it gens-up the faithful, which is all that is really needed to keep Democrats in control.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

In one of the msot outrageous abuses of American tax policy, contributions to the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank receive and exemption. Application of that money is technically illegal under Israeli law, but with Israeli policy largely dictated by the settler movement, that law is unenforced.

"Has President Barack Obama ever looked more ineffectual than he did last week, sitting almost wordlessly next to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while the latter, on what seems like his 10th trip to Washington this year, lectured us all yet again on the importance of leaving Israel unmolested and even uncriticized? Even as the press conference dragged on, with the words "peace process" coming to sound more hollow and mocking by the moment, bulldozers and settlers were continuing their apparently uninterruptable creation of facts on the ground, all designed to forestall or pre-empt the availability of a geographic space in which even a vestigial Palestinian state could be created. Barely reported was the blatantly expressed view of Netanyahu's thuggish foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman—a man so hostile to diplomacy that he barely travels—that no such state could be expected from the current negotiations in any case. Apparently forgotten is the humiliation of Vice President Joe Biden, whose visit to Jerusalem last March was made laughable when the Israeli housing ministry—currently under the control of the religious Orthodox Shas Party—insisted on pressing ahead with new construction in a hotly disputed neighborhood."

Compared to US support of this nasty little apartheid state, Bush family support for the Nazis seems positively benign.

http://www.slate.com/id/2260231

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cilizza -- did you not notice that kingofzouk was banned several times and has come back under at least 10 different names, verbally assualting other posters, even repeatedly calling one a pedophile?

Why do you allow this? And he also spams almost as much as 37, lately under the names 'moonbat' and 'present and unaccounted for.'

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP release on the tea party as racist is going to have him holding up a liquor store to get enough cash for a week's worth of crystal to he can post around the clock about matters of race.

Posted by: Noacoler
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Good thing that the New Black Panthers understand , as dear leader has indicated, that this is the post-racial era, ushered in by himself. Use of the word black is for nostalgic purposes only. Many wanted a name change to the New Post-Racial Panthers.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The political strategy of Robert Gibb's comment on Meet The Press was obvious and
Carville understood it perfectly. It was more than just framing the election as a Choice Election, it was a clarion call to all Ds.
Wake up, get off your butts and start voulunteering your time at your local D
campaign headqtrs, and give generoulsy to
the national party and/or your local D candidate or this will happen. The timing was brilliant. Polling shows that Rs are more energized and more intense about this election, as usually happens in an off year out of power election cycle. There is nothing better to juice up the intensity of D voters, than to encourage D phone banking volunteers, and to raise D funds, than FEAR. Hearing it from Obama's press secretary is exactly what the D Party needed to hear. Laziness and complacency is the bane of every losing political campaign.
Even thinking that the R whackjobs MAY take over Congress and drive the economy back into the ditch is precisely what D supporters need to hear, now, not in October. I hear supporters, volunteers and contributors tell me all the time, no need to worry that will never happen. Hopefully Gibb's message will now change that dynamic and those conversations at local D campaign offices.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 13, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

12bar.

it's not my prediction, it is the WaPo.
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You talk like a lawyer.

The QUESTION is whether you BELIEVE it. You talk big, but you walk little.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It is the first honet thing out of his mouth.

Say, did he also authorize the Photo that makes Obama look like he is hanging from the ceiling like a bling chandalier, with a criminal's monitor under his left pant leg, running on the front page all day?

Change is here.

Posted by: dottydo | July 13, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

12bar.

it's not my prediction, it is the WaPo.

Curious that Libs first reaction to any bad news is to try any means possible to discredit it before even considering the message.

In this case, you will have to take up your "shoot the messenger" reply with the bastion of liberal propoganda, not me.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

and leapin, Hill Republicans are liars and unpatriotic, but they aren't stupid. They will absolutely pass a stimulus. It's what will get the economy out of the cellar. The idiots are people like you who will eat up whatever lame rationale they give for why their stimulus is better than the Obama stimulus and why the resulting deficits they create are better than Obama's deficits.

It's like how you people ate up that there are significant differences between the health care law passed this year and what Republicans were proposing back in 1994.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@zouk,

If 2/3 of the country is against the present administration, why are we talking on this blog?

The Republicans will take both houses of Congress, impeach and incarcerate the President, round up and incarcerate all the liberals who were depraved enough to vote Democratic, and put Mrs. Palin in as President with Newt Gingrich as puller-of-the-strings.

If I was HALF as convinced of this outcome as you claim, I wouldn't be wasting my time talking to the likes of us, because liberals will soon be in the wilderness. Why aren't you out feathering your own nest? That's what I'd be doing--making sure that I had a prominent position in the new power structure.

I don't think you believe in your own prediction at all.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Folks,
As predicted, "37th and 0" has re-appeared under a series of other names (several of which I have banned) since we initially banned him/her on Sunday.
This is nothing new: "ChrisFox" aka "noacoler" has done the same thing repeatedly as well.
Chris
Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | June 29, 2010 6:04 PM


Noa,
I really think you are on shaky ground.
Having read a fair number of your posts over the months, you have engaged in the same sort of personal attacks that you cast on others.
Banning 37th made sense. As did banning you. Both were consistent with the rules of fair play on the blog. You both chose to ignore them.

Chris
Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | June 29, 2010 6:52 PM

2. 37th/Heatwave has been banned AGAIN. Not sure what else I can do other than keep banning him. And he will continue to return under other names.
3. ChrisFox/Noa: The comparison between you and 37th is based on your desire to return repeatedly under other names despite being banned. I continue to be baffled as to why you spend so much time getting back to a blog you disdain so much but that's another conversation.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Some things never change.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

is as obvious as Bawney's wisp.

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Barney Frank doesn't have a lisp. But he's gay and it's part of your hate-addled outlook that gay men lisp and molest children.

It's nice to know that being zouk is so obviously its own very cruel punishment.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Or how about, hmm, it's supposed to be chilly. Let me put on a windbreaker. Oh, wow, it's a whole lot colder than I thought, let me grab a parka, gloves, and a cap?

Unless you are Republican, then I guess the thought process is, "hmm, wearing a windbreaker isn't keeping me warm. Logically, the solution is to strip down to speedos."

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Uh, leapin, barely over half that $877 extra-large was spending, the rest was tax cuts, and tax cuts don't stimulate the economy, despite the steadfast determination of uh people like you to believe they do.

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

done being fooled. the truth is coming out:

Asked how much confidence they have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country's future, 58 percent of respondents said "just some" or "none."

Two thirds of the country have lost the magic. the utter disparity between words and action is as obvious as Bawney's wisp.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

They get to say "hey, I'm a conservative!" and then flip on Hannity to determine what so called conservatives should do.

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And then they hop from one foot to the other doing that aboriginal taunting dance, crowing about conservatives have ... better TV ratings, entirely failing to see the irony.

Don't expect 37th to be gone long. The NAACP release on the tea party as racist is going to have him holding up a liquor store to get enough cash for a week's worth of crystal to he can post around the clock about matters of race.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting question as to which is better for the Republicans. The obvious strategy is pick off a number of seats, gum up the works, and then blame the Democrats for doing nothing. Alternately, take over the House (the Senate is NOT in play) and spend 2 year harrassing Obama with subpeonas. My guess is they'd rather lie in the grass. Mind you, the Tories thought they'd be back in after one election cycle. They spent 13 years in the wilderness.

@CC - Do you remember the credit scroll at the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Sounds like the comments section has a few dancing llamas.

@drindl - Money goes to incumbents. As it was, as it ever shall be.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The administration claims that (A) the stimulus was a success and (B) more stimulus is required. How are these two propositions reconcilable?
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Here's the analogy:

(A) This soup needs more salt and

(B) That's better, but it still needs more salt.

Not exactly rocket surgery.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Is the financial reform bipartisan since it will carry 3 Republican votes?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

But if the Republicans take the House in November, I promise you that the first thing they will do in January is pass a massive stimulus bill.

Posted by: DDAWD
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The stimulus program was sold to the American people partially on the promise that it would keep the national unemployment rate below 8%. Yet in each of the 17 months since the bill was passed, unemployment has been over 8%. If such basic empirical claims are repeatedly disproved, how can they provide a basis for national economic policy?

At $877 billion, the stimulus was the largest spending bill in U.S. history. The administration claims that the package was a success because every dollar the federal government pumps into the economy generates more than a dollar of economic activity. If that is true, why place any limit on government spending? Why not appropriate 50% of GDP if the net result is always a return greater than 100%?

The administration claims that (A) the stimulus was a success and (B) more stimulus is required. How are these two propositions reconcilable?

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Those most likely to vote in the midterms prefer the GOP over continued Democratic rule by a sizable margin of 56 percent to 41 percent.
-WaPo begrudgingly finds


Just to cut through all the Lib lies about what everyone actually thinks.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid has scheduled the financial reform vote because they have the 60 votes.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 13, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Actually humming boy, voters like socialist policies as long as they're not called that.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Kind of weird to be Republicans in this day and age. Where every policy position has been discredited by anyone with an ounce of expertise. Furthermore, there's the need to be dishonest. Which is why zook has to use vaguries like "overwhelming majorities" without noting that it takes 60 Senate votes to pass anything. And other lies such as Obama not being bipartisan while not noting that the passed health care law is pretty similar to what the Republicans proposed back in 1994.

You have to wonder what drives them to take these positions despite the fact that they need to constantly lie to defend them.

I think Noa actually hit it on the head when he said it's more about the club mentality than anything. First and foremost is to identify with the Republican club. That's why you hear conservatives always talking about how conservative they are. You never hear liberals do that. That's why they feel the need to have a conservative news network, a conservative version of wikipedia, conservative book clubs, conservative youtube, etc. etc. For zook, brigade, 37th, etc. the actual intellectual honesty of the positions don't matter. They get to say "hey, I'm a conservative!" and then flip on Hannity to determine what so called conservatives should do.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/07/12/for_some_job_loss_leads_to_fulfillment/?comments=all#readerComm

The Boston Globe, lying at the feet of Obama, spins unemployment as something romantic. Sure there are some cases of people finding better or more enjoyable employment now as in the past. But for the great majority it is a depressing, stressful event. Of course if it was the Bush years the Globe would be scouring the gutters to take pictures of starving women and children hurt by the president’s policies.

Posted by: leapin | July 13, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

But can they continue that strategy for two more years? If the Repubs win seats this year, they have to start legislating. Even if they take over either house, they likely won't have significant majorities, which will mean co-co-compromising. If they start taking an interest in doing the people's business & the economy does start coming around by 2012, they're setting up the Obama administration with a new data point on that graph, confirming that year-over-year income growth is highly correlated with the strength of victory for the president's party.

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The problem with this formulation, and with every one like it, is that it's predicated on the presumptions that (a) voters act rationally (b) voters note data and (c) voters are capable of recognizing their own self-interest. The latter is a routine Republican token of emotional appeal .. we'll let you keep more of Your Money because you know how to manage it better'n any damn' bureaucrat.

If any of these presumptions were true there wouldn't be a single Republican surviving his next election, or his previous one. And it's nto true, voters react far more to imagery and emotion than to logic and they're not terribly detail-oriented. Elitist newsflash: people of average intelligence are astonishingly dull, and half the country is dumber than they are.

Remember the basis of the two Bush the Lesser elections .. who would you rather up a cold one with? That big-word-usin' elEEtiss lib'ral with all the edjucation or the plain-talkin' G-droppin' sadist who sends your kids to wars?

Anybody with a functioning brain and the ability to remember two years ago is going to pull the lever for anyone but the Republican. Alas that's a subset, which is why there are blogs like this one and polls like Rasmussen and a hate industry all designed to manipulate perceptions with imagery and lies, and it works, because information is like complicated an' stuff.

Oh look a flag, I'm all choked up.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 13, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Reagan, The Bushes, Clinton, Nixon, Ford and many others actually ever managed to pass anything with a congress held by the other majority, considering Ddunce's view.

Perhaps it is that wispy characteristic known as "leadership", "compromise", negotiation, moderation, common sense, the good of the nation, etc.

Naaahhh. We have tons of that available right now to no effect whatsoever. Must be something else.

Consider the laughable notion that in only 12 years in the Congressional majority, then Repubs drove us into a ditch. the rest of the century everything went just fine. Please forget that the balanced budget only materialized after the Repubs finally took congress over after 40 years.

Or if you are a liberal loon, chant with me instead:

Mmmmmm Mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ddunce proclaims the Obungler message:

If you liked the way we messed up everything so far, just give us a few more seats in the Senate and we will finish off the country.....errrrrr...I mean the job.
for all those without a job, we can make it more. For all those who lost a house, we can make it more. for all those who can't pay their bills, it will be more. for all thos huge deficits going to union and crony pay offs, it will be more. And remember, it's someone else's fault until it goes the way we want, even if it never does. Vote D.

Voters and polls tend toward a particular response: No f...ing way socialists!

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Bsimon, Democrats have never had the whole "run the country into the ground to win seats" mentality. Who knows? They might pick it up.

But if the Republicans take the House in November, I promise you that the first thing they will do in January is pass a massive stimulus bill.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Actually a simple majority in both House and Senate passes a bill. It takes 60 to override a filibuster in the Senate.

DDAWD, your ignorance is indeed astounding.

Posted by: Azarkhan"

Jesus christ, do they not teach civics.

You gotta override the filibuster to pass a bill.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs statement was pre-programmed to mobilize the Progressive base.

Which is much larger and more organized on the WWW than Media Inc. continues to think it is, even after it saw it's muscle in 2008.

Here is your narrative as a Dem running this year:

"The economy was losing 500,000 jobs per month in 2008. 500,000 PER MONTH, under Bush and the GOP. Go back? Really?"

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | July 13, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

DDunce. I see. so in other words, Obunglers policies are so bipartisan that they can't squeeze one single Repub vote out of the Senate in an election year?

Interesting quandry.

Alternate hypothesis: Obunglers policies are so utterly foreign to americans that even with an overwhelming majority in both houses, he can't even get all the Democrats to sign on, much less a single Repub.

Occam's razor, you know.
so much for the myth about Mr transparency, budget cutting, post racial, bi partisan, moderate, competent, yes we can.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

*sigh*
zook, it takes 60 votes to pass a bill.
It's just astounding that someone could claim to know politics and yet not understand this.
DDAWD

Actually a simple majority in both House and Senate passes a bill. It takes 60 to override a filibuster in the Senate.

DDAWD, your ignorance is indeed astounding.

Posted by: Azarkhan | July 13, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"Interesting graph showing a relationship between change in income and Presidential vote share. It's amazing, it's almost perfectly linear. That is why Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail to repress the economy."


But can they continue that strategy for two more years? If the Repubs win seats this year, they have to start legislating. Even if they take over either house, they likely won't have significant majorities, which will mean co-co-compromising. If they start taking an interest in doing the people's business & the economy does start coming around by 2012, they're setting up the Obama administration with a new data point on that graph, confirming that year-over-year income growth is highly correlated with the strength of victory for the president's party.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

*sigh*

zook, it takes 60 votes to pass a bill.

It's just astounding that someone could claim to know politics and yet not understand this.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Unless you put this choice in front of people, this election will be a referendum on [Obama]" promised the source.

Stunning how far the Messiah has fallen.

Posted by: Azarkhan | July 13, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"Unless you put this choice in front of people, this election will be a referendum on [Obama]" promised the source.

Stunning how far the Messiah has fallen.

Posted by: Azarkhan | July 13, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

DDunce, please explain who has the majorities in both houses and the executive branch.

Perhaps you missed the news that Bush is retired and not on any ticket?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It's funny. The claim that NASA was going to reach out to the Muslim world was lifted directly from Reagan's want to use NASA to reach out to the USSR.

I think Lindsey Graham was right. Reagan would be considered a RINO today.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I can just imagine what Comrade Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties poll numbers today would be like, if guys like Chris here, the Washington Post, and the rest of the Democrap Socialist Party--controlled Main Stream Media had been doing their job of being the "Watchdogs for the People", and had not been covering up for them as they've done.
Had all these Democrap Socialist Party advocates--who laughably still call themselves 'journalists'--done their job and had not censored all the news that was politically damaging to Comrade Obama and the Democrap Socialists for the last 2 years, the Comrade Obama and Democrap Socialist's poll numbers today would probably be in the 20% approval area.

Posted by: armpeg | July 13, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chris

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/07/its_aways_the_economy_stupid.html

Interesting graph showing a relationship between change in income and Presidential vote share. It's amazing, it's almost perfectly linear. That is why Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail to repress the economy. They know damn well the deficit has nothing to do with anything. It's about jobs and they are doing their darndest to keep people out of work.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"Robert Gibbs told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory on Sunday that "there is no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control", he was, to many people, stating the obvious."

Inside the beltway, such a statement will drive the news cycle for 48 hours or more.

Out here in flyover country, nobody cares.

2010 results preview:
MN-1 goes to the incumbent
MN-2 goes to the incumbent
MN-3 goes to the incumbent
MN-4 goes to the incumbent
MN-5 goes to the incumbent
MN-6 goes to the incumbent
MN-7 goes to the incumbent
MN-8 goes to the incumbent

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs stated the obvious, although I would have said, "The majority is always up every cycle, that is what makes America great. Do I think it will happen? No."

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Who do you think is lying?

White House denies NASA chief's claim that he was told his mission was to make Muslims feel good.


Bolden or Obama? One of them is lying.

I put my money on Obama any day. If Bolden misspoke on Al Jezeera, one would think the administration would have corrected him in a timely fashion.


What a bunch of loons. Can you imagine someone with Bolden's credentials accepting such a directive from the President?

the lies continue to stack up. Can you imagine if the press were honest about this charlatan. Consider if they shovelled it like they did for Bush.

Remember the drumbeat about the jobless recovery? what happened to that term? Now we have a jobless non recovery.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Vitter humors the unhinged birther nuts:

'At a town hall meeting in Louisiana last Sunday, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) appeared to join the ranks of the widely discredited far-right birther movement when he expressed support for conservative organizations challenging President Obama’s natural born citizenship in court. “I think it’s bothered us for a long time,” a town hall attendee told Vitter and asked, “I’d like to ask you Senator Vitter, what you personally know about this and what you personally will do about it — if anything — and that is Mr. Obama’s refusal to produce a valid birth certificate.” Vitter responded that taking the issue to court is a “valid” course of action:

VITTER: I know all the information I’ve been able to get my hands on through the media. But obviously with the mainstream media as a filter, that’s not a whole lot. I personally don’t have standing to bring litigation in court. But I support conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court. I think that is the valid and most possibly effective grounds to do it."

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"* Money: Despite a national political environment that is slanted badly against them, House Democrats have managed to retain financial dominance."

If the political environment is so 'slanted against them,' why is this so then?

Don't you people get tired of insulting your own intelligence every day with this rightwing tripe and wh*ring?

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"After all, political prognosticators -- from Charlie Cook to Stu Rothenberg"

which is like an acress who once said about a competitor -- 'she can display the whole range of emotion, from A to B."

There is not a dime's worth of difference between these two republilclans.

Posted by: drindl | July 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

We are entering the phase of the election cycle when the gloves are off and the knock down, drag out phase begins. Up until the financial bill is passed the Republicans have the edge in the battle as Obama is still trying to be able to claim a bipartisan effort in his legislative efforts. The Party of No has shown no restraint in twisting (lying sometimes) the facts to their favor. Look for the game to change as the election draws closer.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | July 13, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

fine. now how about this guy (again):
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As for the childishness, I'll stop using diacritics and extended characters to get obscenities past the filter at the same time the far greater obscenity of racism and pedohilia name calling is moderated away. Have a nice day.

And fụck thé trôlls

Posted by: Noacoler | July 12, 2010 10:20 PM

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

A note to commenters:

"FlowersofPeace" aka "37th&O" has been banned (again).

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | July 13, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

If the NAACP insists on sterotyping the Tea Party - and insists on making false charges of racism - then the NAACP has lost all its credibility on race relations.


This is not a post-racial America.


It is time to start talking about what racial progress really means - Obama is really hurting race relations in this country.


It is a question of trust -


Once trust is given and then betrayed, it is difficult to get it back - Obama has destroyed the chances for other black candidates - for a long, long time.

Obama - with his radical tendencies from Rev Wright's church - was the wrong black to put in there.


If the media didn't give Obama a pass on his far-left tendencies even on black issues, then perhaps the first black would have been much more moderate, and all this damage would not have happened.


The liberals and the media are pretending that massive damage has not been done.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 13, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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