"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat." - Will Rogers
Congress overwhelmingly voted to keep those earmarks in the current appropriations bill, decidedly giving John McCain a slap. Even though President Obama also ran against earmarks, for some reason he is going to let these all slide by. In today's White House press conference it was mentioned that this bill pretty much was dealed out during last year, and in the future the President will have more control over limiting earmarks. Maybe members of Congress should be taxed on the amount of campaign contributions they receive from lobbying groups...
Political Animal reports and comments on the results of an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll: "Congressional Republicans are apparently under the impression that they're doing everything right. They're sticking to their far-right principles, refusing to cooperate with President Obama, embracing message discipline, and taking orders from right-wing radio hosts. They are, as Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) recently put it, "Back in the saddle."
As it turns out, they've impressed themselves far more than they've impressed the country.
After Barack Obama's first six weeks as president, the American public's attitudes about the two political parties couldn't be more different, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.
Despite the country's struggling economy and vocal opposition to some of his policies, President Obama's favorability rating is at an all-time high.... By comparison, the Republican Party -- which resisted Obama's recently passed stimulus plan and has criticized the spending in his budget -- finds its favorability at an all-time low.
But those reservations notwithstanding, the NBC/WSJ poll is bound to bring a smile to the faces of White House staffers. Obama enjoys a 68% favorable rating and a 60% approval rating, while 67% feel more hopeful about his leadership. In one of the more interesting surprises, the number of Americans who believe the U.S. is headed in the right direction has jumped from 26% to 41%, despite the severe economic conditions.
And perhaps most importantly, the overwhelming majority of the public doesn't blame Obama for the state of the economy (sorry, Wall Street Journal editorial page), and two-thirds of the public believe the president has at least a year before he's responsible for it.
As for the minority party:
Just 26 percent view the Republican Party positively, which is an all-time low for the party. That's compared with 49 percent who have a favorable view of the Democratic Party.
In addition, a combined 56 percent say the previous Bush administration deserved "almost all" of the blame or a "major part" of the blame for the partisanship in Washington, and a combined 41 percent say the same of congressional Republicans. [...]
Also, the public overwhelmingly believes the GOP's opposition to Obama's policies and programs is based on politics: 56 percent say they're trying to gain political advantage, versus 30 percent who say they're standing up for their principles.
Finally, Americans don't seem to have confidence in the Republican Party when it comes to the economy. By a 48-20 percent margin, they think the Democratic Party would do a better job of getting the country out of the recession.
Republicans, Hart argues, "have been tone deaf to the results of the 2008 election... They never heard the message. They continue to preach the old-time religion."
I think that yesterday's bumper sticker bothered the editors at the Colorado Springs Gazette, because today they penned this cranky opinion piece: Live Free or Move "It's hard to imagine a ranking that could be more attractive and meaningful than our close second-place finish as the freest state." It's hard to take seriously a study that just lists the opinions of the guys doing the study, there is no scientific protocol followed or even a sampling of the population. If you want, I could do the same thing and list Colorado #1 to make you feel better.