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  •  Who knows what to think? (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, MichaelNY

    Perhaps it's just because in years past I haven't paid as much attention to poll as I do now, but it seems like there's something weird going on. Perhaps there's some sort of bizarre convergence, or maybe it's temporary, and after a certain point the states will snap back to where they usually are. But still, unless this is the sort of polling that you can disregard based on previous history or some very odd quirks (which, of course, I can't tell now, since I can't see the specifics), it is nice to see. It makes you think of what might be accomplished next year if he's not caught in a rip tide. If he makes a play for Tennessee, which I could see happening if the nominee is someone like Bachmann, perhaps we could end up flipping the Senate seat, winning back some House seats, and/or making gains in the state legislature. At the very least, I hope the Obama campaign is quietly thinking about expanding the map in some unusual ways, especially after seeing results like this.

    Two things stuck out from the article, by the way. One is this:

    “He’s done nothing but travel and have fun,” she said. “I’ll vote for anything that is not Obama. … I’m so upset about the United States of America.”

    How could anyone possibly make the statement? It's just not even remotely supported by the facts.

    The other is this:

    But some Tennesseans did say they were frustrated by the animosity between Obama and Congress.

    “It should not just be the president,” said Shalenia Odom, 33, of Hermitage. “Everybody should be on the same team. They should work together to try to fix things.”

    I've often wondered why he hasn't been more of a fighter. In addition to it possibly just not being a good style for him, perhaps he's anticipating the Republicans to really go apeshit and for him to benefit.

    •  I think strong partisans love the political (4+ / 0-)
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      tietack, MichaelNY, drobertson, itskevin

      fighting, but the majority of the voting public doesn't like all the useless squabbling. I truly think that is one of the reasons Obama did so well against Clinton and against McCain. His calm demeanor appealed to a lot of voters.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 08:03:47 PM PDT

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