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  •  Politico has a great article today about this (20+ / 0-)

    Public Still Sky-high on Obama Brand

    "You shouldn’t judge his success in reaching out by the vote count in either chamber of Congress — you’ve really got to judge it based more on what people in the country are thinking and saying," said John Del Cecato, a media adviser to Obama’s campaign and former partner of Obama aide David Axelrod.

    There’s another possibility, however: That In opposing en masse a stimulus bill that means instant, massive national spending, the GOP is cast as the Grinch to Obama’s Santa Claus. And outside Washington, Obama’s aides anticipate, the spending will drown out the chatter about recent White House stumbles.

    "Let’s be honest: Will the economic recovery or Judd Gregg be a bigger discussion point a week from now?" Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, asked reporters Thursday.

    In other words, it doesn't matter what the pundits say or the chattering class chatters about, it is what the American people think and believe and that is why Obama goes over Congress' and the punditry's heads and goes DIRECTLY to the people.

    "Because we won...we have to win." Obama - 6/6/08. WELL WE DID IT!!! 11/4/08

    by Drdemocrat on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 10:55:54 AM PST

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