Archive for February 15th, 2009

Dems Fed Up With McCain: “Angry Old Defeated Candidate”

Huffington Post- Sam Stein

February 15, 2009 12:00 PM

Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated with the brash political attacks Sen. John McCain has launched against Barack Obama in the weeks since the new president took office. No one expected the Arizona Republican to be a legislative ally for this administration. But it was widely assumed that Obama’s overtures to McCain in the weeks after the election would dull some of the hard feelings between the two. Now, they are realizing, it has not.

“He is bitter and really angry,” Bob Shrum said of McCain in an interview on Friday. “He is angry at the press, which he thinks is unfair. He is angry at Obama and angry at the voters. He has gone from being an angry old candidate to being an angry old defeated candidate.”

Indeed, during the debate over the economic stimulus package it was McCain, as often as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spearheaded the opposition. The Arizona Republican denounced the proposal as pure pork on the Senate floor and introduced an alternative measure compromised nearly entirely of tax cuts.

On Sunday, McCain wouldn’t let the fight die, even with the legislation through Congress. Appearing on CNN, he described the $787 billion measure as “generational theft” and said that the bill’s authors should “start over now and sit down together.”


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Memo to the Villagers: People really do hate Republicans in Congress

Duncan makes a great point as usual:

I really do wonder what it would take for the Villagers to realize people don’t like Republicans and their stupid shit anymore.

I almost doubt they ever will. I finally heard Chuck Todd on MSNBC say that Obama should not engage in as much bipartisanship to get his policies passed. I’m paraphrasing but he said that Obama probably learned a lesson this time around. He refused to really get to the truth of what he meant, which was that the Republicans played their usual political games during the stimulus debate and tried to control the messaging, hoping to weaken Obama in the process and have Americans take their side on the old tax cut argument. We had a two year election to decide this and Republicans got hammered, but we know full well how the media operates.

As I’ve written a few times, I was hoping Republicans would do just that so President Obama would get upset with them and step back from his bipartisan approach and move his agenda forward without their approval. Because Obama visited Republicans in Congress before the debate really got started it allowed the Villagers to feel free in giving them unfettered access to the media outlets and they were able to peddle their talking points to the people.

The Democratic Party has a huge advantage in the House and the Senate for a reason, but by the coverage you would never know it. However, it did have an initial affect and Obama had to use his bully pulpit to really shift public opinion, but remember, Republicans were telling the Villagers that Americans didn’t support the stimulus plan at all. If we look at the original polling 52% supported it, but what Villagers never reported is that only 38% were against with 11% undecided. That’s a 14 point swing and not really that close, but the media didn’t inform us of that unless we looked at the polling. In early polls support was much higher, but clearly the American people were behind the plan even if they were given a huge dose of republican stupid talk for two straight weeks.
Once President Obama went on the offensive the polling rose to 59% for and 33% against, a significant jump, but I expected that. It’s not rocket science.


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SNL: Jonas Brothers, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer, Cameron Diaz & More (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |  Katherine Thomson   |   February 15, 2009 08:56 AM

Alec Baldwin hosted SNL this week with musical guest The Jonas Brothers, who also joined Baldwin for a skit and starred in the Digital Short.

The show opening was a deluded Republican strategy session, seen here.

During his monologue, Baldwin took a moment for a message.

“I want to say, thank you Christian Bale, who has replaced me as the person most synonymous with recorded celebrity meltdown. Thank you Christian.”

He then called on fellow “30 Rock” cast member Kenneth the Page player Jack McBrayer, sitting in the audience, who proved to be more popular than Baldwin.


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