|The second most underappreciated politician|
Yesterday Obama pronounced that we have a pretty good president so if you disagree, you obviously don't appreciate all he has done.
But of course. Here Obama has spent two years bestowing upon the peasantry the “New Foundation” of a more regulated, socially engineered and therefore more humane society, and they repay him with recalcitrance and outright opposition. Here he gave them Obamacare, the stimulus, financial regulation and a shot at cap-and-trade -- and the electorate remains not just unmoved but ungrateful.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/21/AR2010102104856.html
Faced with this truly puzzling conundrum, Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: ANXIETY-INDUCED OBAMA UNDERAPPRECIATION SYNDROME, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the "facts and science" undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high.
President Obama: 'I take some responsibility' for distortions of record
This is the equivalent of telling an interviewer when s/he asks you about your biggest fault, “I tend to be so engrossed in my work, I will forget about my personal life and work to all hours of the evening.” Well with all the golfing he does we know that isn’t the case here, but that doesn’t mean he can’t spin it anyway.
Asked about media “distortions” of his record, President Barack Obama told voters in a small backyard gathering here that HE’S PARTLY TO BLAME FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS DILEMMA he faces ahead of the Nov. 2 midterm elections.
When he took office in January 2009, the president said, his ADMINISTRATION WAS SO CONSUMED BY THE ECONOMIC CRISIS THAT IT WAS HARD TO TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT THEIR SUCCESSES — and claim the credit. Obama added that he could have done a better job of publicly selling his accomplishments and protecting them against unfounded attacks.
“I think that one of the challenges we had two years ago is that we had to move so fast,” Obama said. “We were in such emergency mode that it was very difficult for us to spend a lot of time doing victory laps and advertising what we were doing because we were moving on to the next thing.”
RCP and the HOUSE
Latest change at RCP and the battle for the House of Representatives include FIVE DISTRICTS THAT HAVE ALL CHANGED FOR THE BETTER FOR REPUBLICANS.
KS3 has gone from Leans GOP to likely GOP. SDAL has gone from Toss Up to Leans GOP. NM2 and TN4 have gone from leans Dem to Toss up, and MN8 has gone from likely Dem to leans Dem. (note: the abbreviation KS3 means the third congressional district Kansas). For the Democrats the only good news is PA17 has gone from Leans Dem to Likely Dem.
Overall the RCP has 216 Republican seats that are safe, likely or leaning to the GOP, 178 Democrat seats in those categories and 41 toss ups. If these stay as they are now, the GOP needs to win 2 of the 41 toss ups to take control of the House while the Democrats must win 40 of the 41 seats to maintain control
Politics has changed
Here’s a fun BARNEY FRANK VIRAL VIDEO by his opponent for Congress. Could BF be in trouble. I think the answer is yes.
Here’s another funny video. Spoof on Senator Boxer’s run in with the military.
And I just wanted to say "I worked so hard to bring these to you."
Campaign's Big Spender
Public-Employees Union Now Leads All Groups in Independent Election OutlaysIn never ceases to amaze me that money for politics is bad if it is from conservative sources, but is somehow washed cleaned if it comes from liberal sources. Hence the KOCH BROTHERS ARE MANIPULATING THE SYSTEM WHILE GEORGE SOROS IS A PARTICIPATING IN DEMOCRACY. Go figure.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections, thanks to an 11th-hour effort to boost Democrats that has vaulted the public-sector union ahead of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and a flock of new Republican groups in campaign spending.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339504575566481761790288.html
The 1.6 million-member AFSCME is spending a total of $87.5 million on the elections after tapping into a $16 million emergency account to help fortify the Democrats' hold on Congress. Last week, AFSCME dug deeper, taking out a $2 million loan to fund its push. The group is spending money on television advertisements, phone calls, campaign mailings and other political efforts, helped by a Supreme Court decision that loosened restrictions on campaign spending
Kind of makes you wonder when Obama is going to check out to see if any foreign money is involved.
Did the Republicans peak too early?
Republicans are looking for a wave election while the Democrats claim they are getting some momentum.
A new survey out Friday finds that they’re both right. The national survey of 2,251 adults (1,797 of them registered voters and 1,354 of them likely voters) from Oct. 13-18 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press confirms much of what has been speculated for months now about the election: More voters favor Republican candidates and conservative voters are far more energized and likely to vote than liberal voters.
But in the current environment, 10 days out from election day, each side is trying to project confidence, trying to shake the other party’s confidence, and races are naturally getting closer as more voters engage — a poll confirming the conventional wisdom is news.
That is especially true in that the survey shows that Democrats are indeed gaining momentum, but puts that fact in context. In essence, the poll says, the efforts of President Obama and Democrats to energize their own base have served to erect a modest undertow that will mitigate the size of the Republican wave that is in the process of crashing on shore.
But the wave is still coming.