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New Bloomberg poll shows Obama at 3-yr job approval high, 55%
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Bloomberg:
Obama’s positive standing with the public provides him with political leverage as Americans assess blame for any furloughs, disruption of government services or damage to the economy if the spending cuts aren’t averted. The repercussions also could help shape the battleground for the 2014 midterm congressional elections.

Beyond the fiscal showdown, the poll shows traction for the president on immigration, with 47 percent approval of his handling of the issue compared with 38 percent disapproval. Fifty-three percent of Americans support a path to citizenship while 18 percent back a process toward legal status for illegal residents already in the country if certain conditions are met.

Feelings toward Obama are the most positive since December 2009, with 56 percent of Americans holding a favorable opinion of the president and 40 percent a negative one. The Democratic Party he leads is viewed favorably by 47 percent and unfavorably by 43 percent.

Public views of congressional Republicans’ record places an added burden on them in the standoff over automatic spending cuts. Americans by 43 percent to 34 percent say they are more to blame than Obama and Democrats for “what’s gone wrong” in Washington. Still, another 23 percent aren’t sure which side bears more responsibility.

So Chuck Hagel will be confirmed, the WH will ultimately win on the sequester (goes into effect, to be rescinded later) and the press will still fail to focus on what a disaster the GOP is.

Chris Cillizza:

And that maxim is why Republicans in Congress would do well to avoid a confrontation with President Obama over the sequester.

Here’s why — in 3 very simple steps:

1. Regular people have no idea what the sequester is right now and, even once it kicks in, aren’t likely to pay all that close of attention to it unless they are directly affected by it.
2. Obama is popular with the American public
3. Congress is not.

Maggie Haberman:
After his electoral wipeout in November — and motivated by years of resentment that’s spilling over — Rove’s credibility within his own party is at an all-time low.
More polling and politics below the fold.

Josh Barro:

Unlike many on the right, Gerson, Wehner and Ponnuru have correctly diagnosed the economic challenges that Republicans aren't addressing. (Gerson and Wehner identify "stagnant wages, the loss of blue-collar jobs, exploding health-care and college costs.") And they have even advanced some ideas that would improve matters.
But the key word there is "some": All three writers leave unaddressed major Republican stumbling blocks with the middle class. Particularly, they are far from developing health-care and fiscal policies that can serve middle-class interests.

There are two big middle-class problems with health care. Costs have risen too fast, eating away at wages, and many people can't afford health insurance. Democrats have, in the form of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted policies that mostly fix the second problem and take some steps to deal with the first. Republicans have no plausible agenda on either, and neither of these pieces provides much useful guidance.

and

Josh Barro:

Why would a reformed, reality-based Republican Party be different from the Democrats and therefore useful? I can think of a few important reasons, which are the reasons that I remain, however reluctantly, a Republican.
NY Times magazine has an extraordinary story of "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food":
According to the sources I spoke with, Sanger began by reminding the group that consumers were “fickle.” (Sanger declined to be interviewed.) Sometimes they worried about sugar, other times fat. General Mills, he said, acted responsibly to both the public and shareholders by offering products to satisfy dieters and other concerned shoppers, from low sugar to added whole grains. But most often, he said, people bought what they liked, and they liked what tasted good. “Don’t talk to me about nutrition,” he reportedly said, taking on the voice of the typical consumer. “Talk to me about taste, and if this stuff tastes better, don’t run around trying to sell stuff that doesn’t taste good.”

To react to the critics, Sanger said, would jeopardize the sanctity of the recipes that had made his products so successful. General Mills would not pull back. He would push his people onward, and he urged his peers to do the same. Sanger’s response effectively ended the meeting.

“What can I say?” James Behnke told me years later. “It didn’t work. These guys weren’t as receptive as we thought they would be.” Behnke chose his words deliberately. He wanted to be fair. “Sanger was trying to say, ‘Look, we’re not going to screw around with the company jewels here and change the formulations because a bunch of guys in white coats are worried about obesity.’ ”

The meeting was remarkable, first, for the insider admissions of guilt. But I was also struck by how prescient the organizers of the sit-down had been. Today, one in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million Americans are afflicted by type 2 diabetes, often caused by poor diet, with another 79 million people having pre-diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis once known as “the rich man’s disease” for its associations with gluttony, now afflicts eight million Americans.

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  •  Dear John Barro: (28+ / 0-)
    ...a reformed, reality-based Republican Party...
    Are you expecting this to happen before or after you clean the Augean stables?

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:39:28 AM PST

  •  I disagree with Chris on point #1 (29+ / 0-)

    The CBS evening news, the most conservative of evening news broadcasts, took great pains to explain the sequester last night and pointed out many of the ways it would effect the country including, specifically:

    one day furlough for DoD workers who provide therapy for soliders (yes, they showed pictures of soldiers with no legs getting PT); a cut back to 4 air craft carriers (from 9) and that it would take up 9-12 months to reactivate them once they're shut down. They showed the FDA person saying they'd have to cut food inspections and that might result in more food borne illnesses; they showed some lady in NYC talking about cutting law enforcement and counter-terrorism efforts and it putting more strain on the department and security activities. They showed the TSA and said how they'd be majorly cut making air travel less safe.

    It was, IMO, a conservative argument against the sequester, focused mostly on security and the military but it was fucking scary to think about.

    I find ABC and NBC evening news to be more liberal and I can only imagine what they had on their broadcasts.

    No, I think this week the american public is getting a crash course in "what is a sequester" but moreso, the important things the government is doing everyday.

  •  Wait 'til voters find out Obama... (7+ / 0-)

    ....golfed with an oil guy.

    Then his popularity will nose dive.

    (snark)

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:45:40 AM PST

    •  Because the average voter still has about as (2+ / 0-)
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      much appreciation for the threat of Climate Change -- or what needs to be done about it -- as the average moderate Democrat.

      And this state of affairs is supposedly a good argument for not seeing the disconnect between a President who claims to understand the import of Climate Change yet specifically chose to meet with oil execs -- not known for even acknowledging Climate Change, much less promoting the green technologies that could, you know, save the planet -- rather than meet with those gathered that same day to promote policies that put such understanding into actual, you know, action.

      There's no accounting for taste in judgment, especially among those who identify with the average voter, or think that the understanding of the average voter ought to be a yardstick for determining if we're on the right track regarding Climate Change.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:19:58 AM PST

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  •  Opportunities to the left (2+ / 0-)

    If one looks at our politics like an ecosystem, the unfilled niches are to the left of most incumbent Democrats.  Sooner or later, those niches will attract ambitious politicians, whatever their label.  I am not so wedded to partisanship that I would not welcome the choice.

  •  Karnacki opined yesterday that the rethugs would (7+ / 0-)

    be entrenched in the House for a few cycles because of redistricting and urban vs rural populations, unless they blow it..........It's in their nature to blow it.

    •  And in our best interests to help them blow it. (10+ / 0-)

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:59:41 AM PST

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    •  I saw and heard that opinion (3+ / 0-)
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      And from my perspective, it is highly dependent on people "staying put". And perhaps that is the one strategic bet the GOP is placing: if the economy stays less than dynamic, little changes the demographic nature of the seats they drew after 2010.

      It's a loser bet, and it will unravel faster than their lines are designed to accommodate. People simply don't migrate in predictable and rational ways. And to put it delicately, a critical portion of the GOP base is becoming "no longer eligible for SS benefits" a bit more rapid than "planned". They will hang on to deeply rural districts no matter what. But their districts that have significant suburban components near larger cities will change far less favorably and more rapidly than intended. The combination of demography and a growing if grudging acceptance than all "Gubmint" is neither too big or evil will take its toll on GOP legislative success.

      If I was to place a bet today, we gain another ten seats in the House in 2014 despite the GOP Maginot Lines, and hand the Speaker's Gavel to Pelosi or someone else (hopefully not Steny, who I know well enough because he was my "Critter" when I lived in Maryland) in 2016. My bet may be more ambitious in six months.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:47:27 AM PST

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      •  An interesting strategy would be for Democrats (10+ / 0-)

        to analyze the gerrymandered districts and create mechanisms to assist progressives in relocating to places where there votes would most help. Employment, housing, even moving assistance...

        Many, many red areas just aren't that heavily populated that it would take much of a migration to tilt electoral outcomes.

        Call it a progressive underground railroad.

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:24:52 AM PST

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        •  Red areas or red districts. (0+ / 0-)

          All Congressional Districts in any state have almost the same popultion. With only a few exceptions in very small states, all congressional districts in the country have nearly the same population.

          Red districts have, usually, less density. They have, therefore, greater area. (Until 2004, the IL CD map looked like a red lake with 3 lonely blue islands. The smallest of those islands contained 7 CDs.)

          Moving in Democrats would be a tremendously expensive way to change the balance.

          •  If someone has to move anyway (0+ / 0-)

            for a new job, why not have a progressive support network that says, hey, here's what's available in this purple or red district, and here are some businesses in particular that are somewhat progressive (btw), and we know these people who work there and here's what the housing is like, and oh, if you need a short-term place to stay when you interview or while you're looking for an apartment, we have some people who might do that for you, etc., and so on and so on. And here's a moving company that will give you break on the move...

            Campaigns work this way, why not relocation?

            The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

            by Words In Action on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:11:57 PM PST

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          •  I think this is no longer true. One man one vote (0+ / 0-)

            would have resisted the kind of rural gerrymandering the republicans did.  The cities' population should have been able to carry more clout.  The only explanation is that the so called rural districts are smaller than they should be population-wise.  Or there's something I don't know.

            WE must hang together or we will all hang separately. B.Franklin

            by ruthhmiller on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:42:26 PM PST

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            •  There's something you haven't figured on. (0+ / 0-)

              Not so much something you don't know as something you haven't figurerd on.

              The "red" districts are not so red as the blue districts are blue. What the gerrymandering does is put as many Democrats as possible into either:
              1) Districrs which have almost no Republicans
              OR
              2) Distircts which have a majority of Republicans.

              The rural districts have as much population. It's just that the population has been artfully distributed.

  •  Bookmarked the junk food story. (2+ / 0-)
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    Looks interesting.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:55:21 AM PST

    •  It's not just junk food (15+ / 0-)

      That's part of the problem -- it's ALL processed foods. Spaghetti sauce formulated with more sugar and salt, just to make you want it more. Soups with added sugar, salt, and fat. "Lunchables" kits that look healthy (and are convenient for school lunches) but have way too much salt, fat, calories, and sugar. Lots of items marketed as a healthy "natural" alternative to junk food, but really they're pretty similar.

      Not surprisingly, the same consultants work for food companies that used to work for tobacco companies. In both cases they're advising them how to make the product more attractive and more addictive.

      It makes you want to never go into a supermarket again -- or at least never go down the middle aisles, only the outside perimeter.

    •  I heard about it (0+ / 0-)

      on my local radio station this morning - fully intending to come to work and track it down for later reading.

      And here it is on my first internet stop of the day - DKos. Love this place.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy... the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

      by lcbo on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:39:35 AM PST

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    •  My solution (0+ / 0-)

      is to not eat the crap. I'm not completely an angel in these things though, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've eaten at a fast food restaurant in the last two or three years. All I have to do is look at the calorie count and the amount of food you get for all those calories (not much). Expensive and non-nutritious, no thanks.
      My biggest problem is diet soda, I'll drink 2 or 3 in front of the computer at night.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:56:04 AM PST

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      •  Except 5 Guys (0+ / 0-)

        they taste like the hamburgers my dad used to buy us at a diner next to the store where he had worked.  He knew the owner and they were the best burgers I ever ate.  First time I tasted a 5 Guys burger it was a trip back in time.

        Of course you can't eat them every day, but now and then as a treat.

  •  President Obama has figured it out (13+ / 0-)

    People like him and want more of him out there - the bonus? He's leaving the political press in the dust.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:57:04 AM PST

  •  The League of Conservation Voters just released (10+ / 0-)

    their annual score card for the last Congress.  Overall, the last Congress was rated the worst ever in terms of environmental legislation..  Even so a few states and individual legislators were able to distinguish themselves as being particularly repugnant.  Yes, Sens McCain and Kyl, that would be you.

    The entire report is worth a read:

    http://www.lcv.org/...

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:00:00 AM PST

  •  Use that bully pulpit (11+ / 0-)

    Time for the president to stand for his principles and level with the American people about the destructive, anti-American agenda of the Republican Party. What has "compromise" and attempts to appease the GOP brought us? A roller-coaster of artificial deadlines and legislative guns to the head of the American people that have led to serious damage to our economy. No more hand-holding of the GOP. time to smack them in the face and state the obvious; that the GOP is only interested in obstruction and extremism, not healing our economy and governing America.  -  progressive

  •  Good morning and thanks for the roundup, Greg! (16+ / 0-)

    I'm glad people (columnists) are finally starting to pay attention to the idea that stagnant wages are a major problem in this country.  Financial gurus keep telling us that our "latte habit" is what's keeping us from becoming rich.  Well, what if we make our coffee at home and STILL don't have an extra $5 a day?  These financial gurus are so insulated from reality in their own rich little lives that they have no conception of how the rest of us live.

    I worry about the sequester because the much-maligned civil servants will suffer.  Most people live from paycheck to paycheck.  Here in the Washington, DC area, "those government workers who don't do any work" are our neighbors, friends, and relatives.  They have long commutes and they do work--testing the air quality, directing air traffic, sending us our Social Security payments, processing our tax refunds.

    My husband and I found it almost impossible to save money, other than 401(k) contributions, when our children were growing up.  It was only after they grew up, graduated from college, and went out to work that we were able to save any money at all.  Most people are one paycheck away from disaster and that worries me.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:06:04 AM PST

  •  McCain has to start spending more time in AZ...lol (3+ / 0-)
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  •  For those that are interested the book (10+ / 0-)

    "Fat Chance" by Robert Lustig, M.D. goes into great detail about how the food industry is pulling the same scam with the food we eat that the tobacco industry ran on the dangers of consuming their products.  Sugar content of our food has tripled in the last 30 years mirroring the rise in obesity and diabetis in this country and the whole world.  Sanger and his ilk are only concerned with their bottom line, not public health.

    "A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." Anon from a fortune cookie I got.

    by coloradocomet on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:11:40 AM PST

    •  And we pay out $4.9 billion each year to (4+ / 0-)

      subsidize corn (the source of our explosion in sugar intake and in the diseases it causes), keeping the price down and production high and making the per calorie cost of potato chips far lower than the per calorie cost of carrots, for example.

      Between 1985 and 2010 the price of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup dropped 24 percent, and by 2006 American children consumed an extra 130 calories a day from these beverages. Over the same period the price of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 39 percent. For families on a budget, the price difference can be decisive in their food choices.
      http://www.scientificamerican.com/...

      The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

      by Alice Olson on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:32:33 AM PST

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  •  .... (16+ / 0-)
    Before GOP continues on current path, it really ought to look at the latest nat'l polls http://t.co/... (typo fixed)
    @stevebenen via TweetDeck

    and

    .@ron_fournier Mandate http://t.co/... "President Obama starts his second term with a clear upper hand over GOP leaders"
    @DemFromCT via TweetDeck

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:15:02 AM PST

  •  "Sequester" is a fancy word for secrete, hide (5+ / 0-)

    or ration. The last is a word Republicans definitely don't want to hear because we know ever since Richard Nixon that rationing leads to hoarding and makes scarcity worse.

    But, what's really bad about rationing money is that money is not only man-made, but, in its electronic form, in infinite supply. So, why is the Congress rationing the currency? Because China has too much? Because Wall Street has too much? Because the working class needs to be deprived?  Because they are pissed that they are supposed to work? Because serving the public is the pits?

    Maybe we should do a poll. Why are Republicans rationing dollars? For the same reason they want to ration marriage certificates? Because they want to use the purse strings to strangle the American economy?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:28:56 AM PST

  •  jonathan cohn (3+ / 0-)
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    The GOP's Budget Denialism
    The federal budget is going to increase, whether Republicans like it or not.
    http://www.newrepublic.com/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:54:59 AM PST

  •  Avoid Uncle Fester!!!...uhh, the Sequester (3+ / 0-)
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    Whenever I see Alan Simpson take to his soapbox, I increasingly meld the two.

    I have no idea how that happens ;-)

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:56:36 AM PST

  •  ... (7+ / 0-)
    Paging @MarcoRubio: Hispanics prefer Obama over GOP on immigration by 5-1: http://t.co/... From the 1st USA TODAY/@PewResearch Poll
    @SusanPage via Tweet Button

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:03:53 AM PST

  •  Washington Post today carried a front page (5+ / 0-)

    article about cybersecurity, focusing on attempts (and successes) of the Chinese to gain information on the inner workings of the U.S. government, including interactions with political organizations:

    The list of those hacked in recent years includes law firms, think tanks, news organizations, human rights groups, contractors, congressional offices, embassies and federal agencies.
    China is also suspected of stealing trade secrets and proprietary information from private businesses by hacking into their computer systems.

    In order to put more stringent laws in place to prevent and punish cyberhacking and spying, a bipartisan bill known as Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA (H.R. 624), has been reintroduced in the House by  by Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    The Sunlight Foundation has introduced "Scout," a program that will alert you by email or text message of any official activity and votes on this bill including notices of upcoming hearings and when it's coming to the floor. The CISPA collection also has alerts you can follow about speeches in Congress that use the phrase "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" or "CISPA" and, for those interested in wider coverage, has alerts for any mentions of "Cybersecurity" in federal regulations and state-level bills.

    If you're interested in cybertheft of government data or proprietary information from business, this is a handy little tool to keep track of what congress is trying to do to address the problem.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:13:51 AM PST

    •  The company I work for (4+ / 0-)

      has been the subject of  "spear phishing" attacks the last month or so:

      Generic emails asking employees to open malicious attachments, provide confidential information or follow links to infected websites have been around for a long time. What's new today is that the authors of these emails are now targeting their attacks using specific knowledge about employees and the organizations they work for. The inside knowledge used in these spear phishing attacks gains the trust of recipients.

      "Spear phishing is the most popular way to get into a corporate network these days," said Andrew Howard, a GTRI research scientist who heads up the organization's malware unit. "Because the malware authors now have some information about the people they are sending these to, they are more likely to get a response. When they know something about you, they can dramatically increase their odds."

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/...

      Most get picked up by our spam filter, but as the article says, it only takes one employee to open that attachment to an email that looks like it came from the corporate office.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:27:36 AM PST

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  •  If the Republican Party can find an (2+ / 0-)
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    actual adult to take charge, and that could be insurmountably problematic, he or she should suggest to Mitch McConnell that he needs to consider his office a function of the greater good and nothead-up-the-ass obstruction.  

    I want McConnell talked to, I want this to happen, I want McConnell brought up short, embarrassed, and newly deferential to the notion of what it means to be a public servant.  

    But where will they find an actual adult to begin this dialogue and set an example?  Certainly not among their current Congressional caucus.  Certainly not on FOX News.  Certainly not on the Sunday talking head fests.  

    "We hate almost everybody; vote for us" isn't that persuasive a campaign slogan for the upcoming midterms.  

    •  An actual adult to take charge of the (0+ / 0-)

      Republican party or begin a dialogue among Republicans won't be found in congress.  Republicans elected either to the House or Senate are too caught up in the D.C. bubble and/or too worried about re-election to see beyond obstruction and demonization of Democrats and the president.  Their party is splintering and they know it, but they're powerless - or disinclined - to do anything about it.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:24:03 AM PST

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  •  It's easy to relish some schadenfreude over (4+ / 0-)

    the condition of the Republican Party, let's not forget the propensity of the Democratic Party to fail to capitalize upon it -- as with filibuster reform, or the financial crisis as an opportunity to clean up Wall Street and revitalize the Middle Class, or to set the record straight on Climate Change and the dirty secret of it will actually require to mitigate the worst effects of it.

    Let's not forget that, for that very reason--the Democrats inability to take advantage of a Republican Party in disarray, which is a uninspiring sight indeed--2010 followed 2008.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:37:18 AM PST

  •  Congress rating goes below zero in Mar 13... (1+ / 0-)
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    With this Congress they could make even the mathematically impossible a possibility.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:45:12 AM PST

  •  When I see the sequester.. (2+ / 0-)
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    skillet, SoCalSal

    I see a picture of Sen. McCain... A stubborn, stodgy, self-important, windbag with a long list of vendettas that he wants to get out of the way before he craps out and leaves. His little grandstanding at the Hagel confirmation hearings showed how petty these old gopers are.

    This is what I see when I picture Congress sitting around doing nothing. They just don't get it. No one gives a shit about their little temper tantrums. They just need to do their silly jobs and stop playing games with our lives.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:52:17 AM PST

  •  I Rate Them About Equal (0+ / 0-)

    As long as President Obama is talking about cutting social spending, he's not doing anything radically different from the Republicans. I think we should rate him on the same scale we do them.

    If he made jobs and wages his target and stopped talking about cutting spending and taxes, my approval rating for him would begin to climb. But so far, he hasn't done much except cave in on this and cave in on that.

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