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Old 05-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #991
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Interesting how responsibility for the TARP part of the bailout swings from "passed under George Bush" to "O totally did it" depending on how much profit it made.
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I'm more curious about a re-elected Obama who no longer has to worry about his second term and can take the gloves off a bit.
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I'm more curious about a re-elected Obama who no longer has to worry about his second term and can take the gloves off a bit.
Totally.
But, it freaks me out a bit that the Dems could lose the Senate. That could make things tough.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:13 PM   #994
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Obama would need to tack to the center in order to try and capture a congressional majority in 2014.

In 2015, Obama would need to tack to the center in order to help the Democratic candidates in 2016....lest Jeb Bush becomes President.

he will be running low on tack. luckily, there is a shop that sells tack in the center.
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Obama would need to tack to the center in order to try and capture a congressional majority in 2014.

In 2015, Obama would need to tack to the center in order to help the Democratic candidates in 2016....lest Jeb Bush becomes President.

he will be running low on tack. luckily, there is a shop that sells tack in the center.


Actually, I'm taking sailing lessons this summer, so maybe eventually I can teach Obama about tacking and determining which way the wind is blowing.

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Old 05-03-2011, 04:25 PM   #996
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Less than 48 hours after President Barack Obama announced the death of the man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, one new poll shows the president’s approval rating has jumped up by nine points, with Americans’ opinions of his handling of terrorism reaching the highest point during Obama’s presidency.

The overnight poll, conducted by The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center, found that 56 percent of respondents approve of Obama’s performance as president, up nine points from similar polls last month. That boost includes a substantial bump of 10 points among independents.

The poll, conducted Monday night, offers a first glimpse of the coveted “bounce” that the president could benefit from in the wake of the successful covert operation to hunt down Osama bin Laden, although subsequent multi-evening polls are likely to give a fuller picture of the nation’s reaction to the news.

In the Post-Pew poll, 69 percent of respondents said that they approve of Obama’s handling of the threat of terrorism, the highest rating since he became president in 2009. And more than three-quarters of Americans believe that Obama deserves credit for bin Laden’s death, with 35 percent saying he should get “a great deal” of credit for the terrorist leader’s killing.

(That number falls substantially among GOP respondents. While about six-in-ten self-identified Republicans say the president deserves “some” recognition for the successful operation in Abbottabad, just 17 percent say he is worthy of “a great deal” of credit. Over 80 percent of Republicans say that laurel should go to former President George W. Bush.)

A CNN poll conducted immediately in the wake of bin Laden’s death found only a one point increase in Obama’s approval rating compared to a survey taken over the weekend before the Sunday announcement. In that poll, 52 percent of respondents said they approve of the president’s job performance, while 67 percent gave him a thumbs up for his handling of terrorism.

It’s worth noting that, while the Post-Pew poll’s nine point bounce would represent a healthy surge for a president recently weighed down by high gas prices and persistent unemployment, Americans remain pessimistic about the nation’s economic situation. Monday night’s poll showed that only 40 percent of respondents say they approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, compared to 55 percent who disapprove. That’s almost identical to the same measure last month.

And, as one of us wrote yesterday, even a major poll bump doesn’t ensure a successful re-election race, and pessimism about the economy can be an important factor in the half-life of a bounce.
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Less than 48 hours after President Barack Obama announced the death of the man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, one new poll shows the president’s approval rating has jumped up by nine points, with Americans’ opinions of his handling of terrorism reaching the highest point during Obama’s presidency.
Good !! For two reasons.

1) He deserves the credit.

2) It sends a clear message that the American people want a vigorous and competent WAR on Terror, not the Trial on Terror favored by Bill Clinton and Eric Holder.
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Good !! For two reasons.

1) He deserves the credit.

2) It sends a clear message that the American people want a vigorous and competent WAR on Terror, not the Trial on Terror favored by Bill Clinton and Eric Holder.


thumbs up to the smart, tactical application of military force as opposed to massive land invasions of countries that have nothing to do with terror!
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Gaddafi is worth 4-5 points.
and if he can get gasoline down to $3.50 - that is worth 10 more points.

and if he can land a duet with Lea Michele on Glee he will have 2012 in the bag.
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and if he can get gasoline down to $3.50 - that is worth 10 more points.


this actually is kind of true, isn't it.
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thumbs up to the smart, tactical application of military force as opposed to massive land invasions of countries that have nothing to do with terror!
I'll agree with your general point but it worth remembering that this operation was launched from a base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan so would not have been possible without a large, established military presence.
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I'll agree with your general point but it worth remembering that this operation was launched from a base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan so would not have been possible without a large, established military presence.


many are saying that Obama's build up in Afghanistan last fall might have been tied to the beginning of the end of OBL if they got wind of him late last summer.

the point though was about Iraq. i reluctantly supported the Afghanistan invasion in 2001 because i didn't see what else could possibly have been done.
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