This latest news has the Kennedy senate seat race as too close to call. Will it be a game changer? If so, then how will this play into a possible (and probable) Mitt Romney presidential bid?
Alot more than health care rides on this election – IMHO.
Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 18:26 EST – Salon website
New poll shows Obama losing to unnamed challenger in 2012, but outlook may not be quite as bleak as it seems
By Emily Holleman
Depending on what side of the aisle you’re on, you may have woken up to some dispiriting – or validating – news this morning: A National Journal poll
in which 50 percent of respondents said they’d vote for “someone else” other than President Obama if the presidential election of 2012 were held today. Just 39 percent of those polled said they would “probably” or “definitely” vote to reelect the president.
The results broke fairly predictably along party lines with 86 percent of Republicans saying they would vote for someone else and 77 percent of Democrats reporting they’d vote to keep Obama in office. Among independents, the story’s a bit more troubling for Obama — just 33 percent in that group said they would vote to reelect him, while 54 percent said they’d opt for the alternative to-be-named.
Now, this clearly isn’t great news for the Obama camp, but the outcome isn’t nearly as damning as it appears at first glance.
The results may have been as dim as they are in large part because the question pitted Obama against an unnamed opponent from an unspecified party. Although pollsters often use this type of generic question, it tends to yield the worst imaginable outcome for incumbents, since respondents are free to picture the anonymous opponent any way they like.
“It’s going to tend to be a worst case scenario, because it allows you to imagine whoever you want,” Pollster.com’s Mark Blumenthal says. “If you’re an unhappy progressive, you may be imagining a primary challenger, even though you might be voting for a Democrat in a general election. If you’re a Republican, you may be thinking of your ideal candidate. It may be different if the Republican candidate is Sarah Palin or someone else you’re less happy with.” Continue reading
This article goes into key dates and key races to watch for the 2010 elections. Will the pollsters be correct or will there be a surprise or two in the final count?
November 22nd is the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was in Mrs. Boyd’s 4th grade class when our Principal shared the news that day. I recall distinctly thinking, “What is going to happen, now?”
The day of the week in 1963 was a Friday. Jackie devoted herself to orchastrating the funernal – she was 33 years old at the time.
My parents wanted me to stay in and watch the funeral. I did, but was happy to get outside to play when I was permitted. I remember we were playing outside climbing trees when a friend came outside and said, “Someone has shot Oswald.”
We replied “no, you dumb ass, Oswald shot, Kennedy!” We were profane in the 4th grade. Little did we know, how crazy things were. I think the killing of Oswald, did much to promote the conspiracy theories advanced afterward.
Deaths of parents can be profound (I have not had one yet), but the death of JFK was the death of the future and hope. It still saddens me greatly. I hope our country never goes through anything like it again.
I recently finished the biography An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917 -1963 by Robert Dallek. I would highly recommend it to those who haven’t read it.
Hey, you bloggers, have memories, thoughts, conspiracy theories, hopes, on this subject?
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” — Barack Obama
I know not everyone here — not even those who post and participate regularly — voted for Barack Obama last November. Further, I know many have expressed disappointments in most or at least part of ‘how things are going’ since he won that election.
Another thing I know for sure is that you are all reasonable, well informed, educated Americans who love your country. So let’s look at this time line I’m borrowing from a series of articles in the November 2, 2009, issue of Newsweek. They call this series “YES HE CAN (but he sure hasn’t yet) A LIBERAL’S SURVIVAL GUIDE,” and publish several articles worth reading and pondering. Here’s that time line: Continue reading
Only three of the president’s 23 nominations for federal judgeships have been confirmed. Not only are his nominations not being confirmed, but he is slacking on making nominations. In the same period that Obama has named 23 nominees, President George W. Bush forwarded 95. Caseloads are beginning to clog the federal judicial system, with 10 percent of judicial seats remaining vacant in appeals and district courts.
Read more here.
I will not go back there. I am referring to the WE Blog. I got into a flaming response with Anti (the only poster who posted there in oposition to another poster). I am done with those folk. I will not read there and will definitely not post there.
Please join me in this drive toward sanity…
USA Today has completed an analysis of today’s Democratic Party and found it looks different today.
The Democratic-controlled House is now an unusual combination of the richest and poorest districts, the best and least educated, and the best and the worst insured. The analysis found that Democrats have attracted educated, affluent whites who had tended previously to vote Republican.
Democrats now represent 57% of the 4.8 million households that had incomes of $200,000 or more in 2008. In 2005, Republicans represented 55% of those affluent households.
This new data indicates that when talk turns to raising taxes on the most affluent to pay for initiatives like health-care reform, there are very influential constituents inside the party that would effect.