President Bush's job approval rating has sunk to 28 percent, the lowest rating of his administration and one of the lowest in American history according to Gallup. Only Nixon and Truman registered lower approval ratings than Bush. Just 66 percent of Republicans, 24 percent of Independents and 6 percent of Democrats support the President.
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I normally have great respect for the opinions of Steve Clemons, but he’s quite a bit off the mark here. Obama can’t transcend political reality to the point of campaign suicide. He’s already demonstrated a willingness to go further than any politician in at least three decades. So it’s silly to require that he put [...]
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Is it possible to raise a million dollars in 60 seconds?
According to Business Week, Manahattan-based photographer Scott Cohen created AnObamaMinute.com and hopes to have 10,000 people giving $100 each at exactly 1pm EST on April 21st - the day before the Pennsylvania primary. The website says:
1) You register now to donate $100 at 1 pm on April 21st.They're also reaching out on Facebook and LinkedIn. It looks like the effort got a little positive attention earlier in the week over at kos, but New York Magazine's got a different slant on the stunt:
2) We will send you email updates as we get closer to the event.
3) On April 21st, we will send you an email with a direct link to the "An Obama Minute" page on the Barack Obama campaign website. You will be making your donation directly to the campaign at 1PM EST.
But while it would be an impressive show of grassroots force, you have to wonder whether the working-class, blue-collar voter ? which we understand from story after story is every person in Pennsylvania ? won?t simply be turned off by the Obama campaign?s fund-raising muscle-flexing. It?s not really inspiring to be reminded that Obama can raise more in one minute with his legs resting atop his desk than you?ll earn in 30 years at the steel mill. And it might be the only thing that makes the $109 million Clintons look poor.I don't see how you can discourage creative fundraising for fear you might alienate the less tech-savvy. And even though a million isn't what it used to be in this bazillion dollar election, I'm all for reinforcing - once again - the power of online collaboration.
bumped -- jOut for the evening to celebrate the end of my day job. Chit chat away amongst yourselves. Oh and thanks to everyone who made a point of saying hi at the event last night. It was great to meet up with some readers. And thanks, of course, to[...]
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It's Chad. I know it's American Idol. But if you didn't watch it, we'll give you the highlights (and lowlights) here.
It was a short simple speech: each candidate had 30 seconds to ask Americans to give to needy children. It was all part of "Idol Gives Back" as part of FOX's "American Idol." Could they do it simply without making it out to be a political stump speech?
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1932 feels like only yesterday around the McCain campaign
On the way to Dulles Airport yesterday, I stopped by a press conference Howard Dean had at the DNC. There was some analysis of polling data by a couple of Clinton and Obama pollsters. There were plenty of interesting bits but what caught my attention most strongly was the wide chasm between what the public feels about McCain-- basically, "who the hell is this guy who wants to embody a third Bush term?"-- and the attitude from the Washington-based Insider media which can be best summed up in a phrase the Ramones appropriated from Tod Browning's 1932 classic film Freaks:
We accept you, we accept you,
One of us, one of us.
However, just days later, McCain gave the answer that many South Carolina conservatives wanted to hear: "Personally I see the flag as a symbol of heritage." McCain said that the decision over whether the flag should fly over the state's capitol should be left to South Carolina's voters, a position no different from George W. Bush's-- and one universally seen as a way of dodging the issue.
After the primaries, when the need to curry favor with conservatives had passed, McCain sang a different tune again [this one aimed at his real base: the DC media ass-lickers]. Angling himself back toward the center, he admitted that he had pandered and that his statements on leaving the issue of the flag up to the voters had been motivated by politics rather than principle, even calling it "an act of political cowardice."
Just one week before the invasion, [one of McCain's most consistent fluffers,] Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball "Do you believe that the people in Iraq or at least a large number of them will treat us as liberators?" McCain replied, Absolutely. Absolutely." Yet four years later when the war had become seemingly intractable, McCain rewrote his own history and that of the Congress. "When I voted to support the war, I knew it was probably going to be long and hard and tough," McCain said, "and those that voted for it and thought that somehow it was going to be some kind of an easy task, then I'm sorry they were mistaken. Maybe they didn't know what they were voting for."
[T]here is nothing the Democrats would like to do more than portray McCain as a rank hypocrite, someone who has sidled up to George W. Bush and flip-flopped on torture, all for political gain-- which is exactly what Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean claimed in March. "It is shameful that George Bush and John McCain lack the courage to ban torture," Dean said in a statement. "And it is reprehensible that McCain changed his position on torture just to win an election."
Dean's statement, distributed in a press release, was a political attack meant to raise questions among independent voters. And as with most political attacks, it turned a grain of truth into a misleading landslide of overheated accusation. A review of the record shows that McCain has neither changed his position on torture nor taken sides with President Bush on the substance of the issue. But at a time when new details are emerging of the Administration's intimate involvement with formulating specific detainee interrogation practices, the Arizona Senator does now find himself in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with President Bush on a key election-year vote about those very same controversial policies.
Sometimes wonderful guitar players aren’t merely underappreciated, they’re largely unknown. Here’s one small attempt to correct that.Mention ’steel guitar’ and most people think syrupy country music. More hip listeners will know that steel guitar, in country and elsewhere, is practiced by some bad-ass players, and the instrument can do far more than accompany [...]
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We've been hammering on Pat Roberts lackluster polling data (see here and here) and his inability/unwillingness to protect American jobs (see here, here, here, here, here and here) and people are finally starting to realize that this race is going to be one worth watching. In a story released today by CQ Politics, the Roberts vs. Slattery/Jones race was downgraded (or upgraded, depending on your perspective) from "Safe Republican" to "Republican Favored."
The story had some interesting quotes from Kansas politicos, and even a GOP employee.
The GOP of course brought out their tired line about Slattery having worked in Washington, D.C. after getting caught up in the Republican Tidal Wave of 1994 and losing his gubernatorial election to Bill Graves.
?He abandoned the state 14 years ago for Washington?s special interests,? charged Corrie Kangas, political director at the Kansas Republican Party. ?He?s a poster child for everything gone wrong in Washington.? She added her opinion that Roberts ?has a strong record of achievements standing up for Kansans.?Once you get over the initial shock of realizing the someone besides Christian Morgan works for the KS GOP, you can see the stupidity of this statement. Pat Roberts left Kansas in 1962 and has never looked back.
?He?s been carrying the Bush administration?s water for seven years now,? Mike Gaughan, the executive director of the Kansas Democrats, said of Roberts. ?He turned his back on middle-class Kansans. Kansans are tired of politicians who pledge allegiance to the Bush party. They?re looking for a uniting candidate.?Finally, the piece highlights the most recent abysmal failure of Roberts' tenure in
Some observers also think Democrats may be able raise an issue about Roberts? effectiveness in the wake of the awarding of a $40 billion contract for refueling tanker planes to a European company instead of Boeing Corporation. Boeing has factories that are major employers in Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.
?The tanker deal was a shocker, with Wichita so tied into aviation,? said Bob Beatty, an associate professor of political science at Washburn University in the state capital of Topeka. ?There could be a lot of ads on this issue, not from Slattery but probably from issue groups. Especially in the Wichita area, they could come in and hammer hard and negative.?
But even that prospect left Beatty sanguine about Slattery?s chances for an upset of Roberts. ?Certainly, the Republican is favored at this point. A lot of things have to happen for Slattery,? Beatty said.
It's time for a Senator who has the guts to stand up to the likes of John McCain when they want to ship Kansas jobs to France, and not do what George W. Bush tells them to.
I'm jetlagging, Joe is sleeping in. What a messed up world. I suspect Joe will have more to add when he gets up.