That’s what a pro-Obama friend told me he feared the incoming president had created with his impossible-to-live-up-to 2008 presidential campaign. Now this:
About six in 10 young adults view politics more cynically than they did two years ago. More voters under age 30 say it does not matter which party controls Congress than support
Paul Krugman’s column yesterday offered an important reality check on political cant about the economic stimulus plan Barack Obama signed last year: more than 40 percent of the stimulus, Krugman reminds us, consisted of tax cuts. (It’s a little surprising that Obama doesn’t hit this point more often. According to PolitiFact, after all, …
It seems that President Obama’s car-in-a-ditch metaphor is more clever than it is effective. Check out these results from recent message-testing by Democracy Corps, the polling firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg:
For some, going back to four years ago does not look so uninviting right now: “I was doing a heckavah lot better
Jonathan Bernstein sketches his view of the likeliest scenario for Congressional Republicans after November:
The third strategy would be to forget about their agenda, and basically pretend they’re still in opposition — that is, to continue rejectionism. Don’t think 1995, or 1997-2000, but think more of 1993-1994.
As long rumored, Jim Jones will be leaving this month as Barack Obama’s national security advisor. This was never a snug fit; Jones complained that he had less access to and sway over Obama than some more junior staffers, notably NSC chief of staff Denis McDonough, one of the most quietly influential figures in the White House, and Jones …
Per my last item, Republicans aren’t the only ones hyping the other side’s sinister plans for granny. This DCCC ad comes in defense of longtime South Carolina Rep. John Spratt:
And you thought the death panels debate had subsided:
The National Republican Congressional Committee is circulating a video of state Rep. Gary McDowell, the Democratic nominee in the race to replace retiring Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak (D), showing McDowell discussing the cost of health care in the last three months of
Thomas Friedman’s Sunday Times column about the prospects for a third-party candidate has drawn a good deal of blogospheric scoffing, but Nate Silver says not so fast–that the scenario is more viable than many people think:
So will Mr. Friedman see his dream candidate? Probably not. But if Mr. Friedman’s prediction is expressed too
The Hill reports that the Washington rumor mill and a reported warning from John Boehner are causing Republican Congressmen to avoid private meetings with female lobbyists, leading said lobbyists to complain about a competitive disadvantage.
Rape, brutality and the failure of the international community in Congo:
“Congo is the U.N.’s crowning failure,” said Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” whose advocacy group, V-Day, has been working with Congolese women for years….
Within peacekeeping circles, Congo is becoming known as “the African
I’m a day late on this, but if you haven’t seen it yet this attack ad–from a group about which almost nothing is known–on West Virginia Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall is quite remarkable.
The DSCC responds to Christine O’Donnell’s amazing new ad. (Just kidding. Still priceless.):
A damning video from ThinkProgress featuring the words of Republicans who want to cut the budget…. in theory: