Posted: 29 Jul 2008 12:15 PM CDT
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that Barack Obama's Berlin bounce is gone.
Following up on the news yesterday that in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll John McCain took a 4 percent lead over Barack Obama among likely voters, we see today that Rasmussen is showing the Berlin Bounce is gone and the race is tight as ever, with Obama's two point lead (One point when leaners are added) being within the margin of error.
Obama now attracts 44% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%. When "leaners" are included, it's Obama 47% and McCain 46%.
Heading over to the results from Gallup, we also see that Obama's overseas trip might have actually given Republicans more energy and enthusiasm for John McCain, despite the overwhelming coverage that Obama received.
Could John McCain benefit from Barack Obama's much-publicized foreign trip? Several observations from the just-completed USA Today/Gallup poll suggest that this is a possibility.
While interest in Obama seems to have peaked months ago and the expected bounce after Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign never materialized and now the expected bounce from Obamas trip hasn't materialized for more than three days and is now gone added to the fact that Republicans are just becoming more energized and showing more excitement for John McCain, all suggest that the race that 2 years ago the Democrats considered a slam dunk, is now so tight they cannot even be assured they will win.
Interestingly enough, the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found in their research that while Barack Obama did receive more coverage, the coverage regarding him was more negative than John McCain received.
During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.
Why the disconnect between what Americans are perceiving and what the Center for Media and Public Affairs is reporting?
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 10:53 AM CDT
The other day Wake up America showed poll after poll after poll which all reported that the American people are ready for Congress to join the president, who lifted the presidential ban on offshore drilling, to lift the Congressional ban.
Nancy Pelosi has refused to do so in the House, she has even cut off all discussion.
Harry Reid has tried every parliamentary maneuver possible and has failed to get anything done because the Republicans, backed by the American people want the debate on offshore drilling opened and the ban lifted.
Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic candidate and U.S. Senator also favors obstructing the overwhelming majority of American likely voters by his resistance to offshore drilling.
Even some House and Senate Democrats understand the need for not only short term solutions but to begin long term thinking about lessening Americas dependence on foreign oil.
Gas prices rise, food and all associated areas are seeing a rise in prices because of it and still the Democrats are refusing to acknowledge that in the long term, drilling is one of the options that will help.
Republicans are finally going to do what they should have done long ago.
Show the American public that Barack Obama is one of the Democrats, along with Reid and Pelosi, that is blocking what the majority of Americans want.
Why has it taken the Republicans this long to understand that connecting Reid, Pelosi and Obama is not only important, but it is only pointing out the obvious.
Barack Obama returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to speak with House Democrats, and Republicans will try to spoil the party by linking the Democrats' presidential nominee to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and their reluctance to allow votes on offshore oil drilling.
He is a Democrat. He is being protected by Reid and Pelosi. He is one of the people standing in the way of one of the long term solutions available.
This Democratically controlled Congress has hit the lowest point in public confidence ratings and Obama is undeniably one of the Democrats that are the problem.
In November Americans will still be going to the gas pumps and pumping their gas, looking at the total and cringing as they have to pay and the Republicans need to pound home the message, clearly, that Reid, Pelosi and Obama are all standing in the way of providing a long term solution.
No one believes that gas prices will instantly drop. It will take years, but for every day, every month and every year the Democrats like Reid, Pelosi and Obama stand in the way of lifting the congressional ban and having companies start the process, that is one more day, month and year that Americans will have to wait to get to the point where they can see the results at the pump.
This should be a point that Republicans need to pound home at every given opportunity.
Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, against the American public regarding offshore drilling.
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 08:55 PM CDT
It is one poll but in conjunction with others showing that Obama is ticking down some, right after his week long trek across the world which everyone thought would give him some "bounce", the numbers should start worrying the Democrats.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved from being behind by 6 points among "likely" voters a month ago to a 4-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama among that group in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. McCain still trails slightly among the broader universe of "registered" voters. By both measures, the race is tight.
The new RCP National Average has Obama's lead over McCain dipping to 3.2 percent and Obama has lost a little in both the Rasmussen and Gallup polls.
Snapshots of a particular moment in time and as the days go by, we will see if it will become the trend.
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 08:04 PM CDT
Via an email from a reader, Steven, I was sent a link to this Obama Zombie Parody YouTube video.
Since I made sure to show the hysterical Raining McCain video when it was making the rounds, I have to be fair here and show the parody of Obama supporters.
My favorite part started at the 1 minute 58 second mark where she sings, "he has been a senator for like 30 minutes, he knows nothing about foreign policy. We don't care about experience, being liberal is all he needs to be".
Then the girls, arms outstretched and walking about like they are zombies.
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 04:02 PM CDT
Earmarks are funds provided by the Congress for projects or programs where the congressional direction (in bill or report language) circumvents the merit-based or competitive allocation process, or specifies the location or recipient, or otherwise curtails the ability of the Executive Branch to properly manage funds. Congress includes earmarks in appropriation bills - the annual spending bills that Congress enacts to allocate discretionary spending - and also in authorization bills.
A website was launched today which exposes a large number of litigation expanding provisions that have been slipped into legislation in U.S. Congressional bills.
Anti-protective orders, expansion of consumer related lawsuits, expansion of medical malpractice lawsuits, expansion of environmental lawsuits, tax break lawsuits, broadening maritime lawsuits and the list goes on and on of earmarks hidden away into congressional bills that are in the U.S. House right now.
The website was launched by U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and it is called Trial Lawyer Earmarks. This site exposes dozens of earmarks all geared toward enhancing the ability to sue.
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
When opening the site and clicking on the words "see the earmarks" it automatically shows the trial lawyer earmarks that are in bills that are being considered in the U.S. Congress.
By clicking a specific earmark, it then shows what bill the earmark has been inserted into and what the earmark would accomplish. Those listed on this site all pertain to trial lawyers and their ability to expand litigation.
The site, as of now, shows 48 trial lawyer provisions currently pending in the 110th Congress that they are monitoring.
According to ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, "The plaintiffs' trial bar has found a pastime almost as enjoyable as filing lawsuits: convincing Congress to pass legislation allowing them to file more lawsuits. This legislative session, they have tucked trial lawyer 'earmarks' -- vehicles giving them greater opportunity to sue -- into a large number of bills now before Congress."
According to Rickard, the U.S. lawsuit system already costs the average American family $3,200 every year and she concludes by stating, "The deep pockets of the plaintiffs' trial bar have persuaded some members of Congress that America needs more lawsuits. In addition to fighting back against each individual earmark, we must also uproot the trial bar's stranglehold on this Congress in order to protect American businesses and families from the costs of more lawsuits."
These liability expanding earmarks are hidden in homeland security bills, farm bills, FDA reauthorization and telecom legislation, just to name a few.
Additionally, there are tax breaks that apply only to to trial lawyers inserted into tax and mortgage relief bills.
One specific example from the press release from PRNewswire for Journalists, states "Most notably, this includes a provision in the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 (H.R. 6049), which would grant a $1.6 billion tax break to trial lawyers by changing the rules on how expenses incurred during the representation of a contingency fee client are deducted."
You can find out more about these earmarks at www.triallawyerearmarks.com
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 01:30 PM CDT
Tigereye and the case of the two Idaho Larrys.
Tigereye Design, located in Ohio, creates buttons and they mistakenly created a political button meant to show Barack Obama for president and Larry LaRocco for the U.S. Senate. They got the name right, but they put Larry Craig's photo above the name.
Larry Craig is Republican Senator that made headlines last Summer after he was arrested and plead guilty to disorderly conducted after he was accused of soliciting sex by peering through a crack in a bathroom stall door and made gestures suggesting to the arresting officer he wanted to engage in "lewd conduct."
Larry LaRocco is a Democrat who will be going up against Lt. Governor Jim Risch, in the upcoming Idaho Senate election.
Tigereye Design has stopped selling the button since some collectors that bought them noticed the mistake, but some are getting a little amusement that not only the design company managed to pick the wrong Larry from photo files but that they actually used a Senator not running for reelection as well as using the photo of an Republican party member on the same button as the presumptive Democratic nominee.
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