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Get the feeling the Dems aren’t that confident about a SCOTUS win for Øbamacare?

If you were watching CBS This Morning, as I was, you know the hot topic is that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has Øbamacare as the topic of the week, and you were “treated” to interviews with Democrats Howard Dean and Sen. Gillibrand.  You also know that the damage control is beginning in anticipation of a loss.

Both were asked if the offending individual mandate provision of Øbamacare would be deemed unconstitutional and if it could survive if that ruling came down.  Both said unhesitatingly that it could survive, mostly because of all the “good” provisions in it.   Dean (and here) did not think the individual mandate provision would survive, and Gillibrand (go to the 3 minute mark) was doubtful as well, but they both seemed to think that the law could survive without it.  They were certainly trying to put a good spin on it, but this sounds like they aren’t too confident.

Others are trying to make the case that ruling Øbamacare would have “grave” and “profound” ramifications for the country (as if its passage wouldn’t!):

David Boies (of Gore v. Bush fame) is of the opinion that this ruling could determine the reach of gov’t well beyond this case extending back to the New Deal, and that this would a bad thing.   He argues that the car insurance mandate comparisons are not relevant as they are state based and the states have the power to do things like this while the fed does not.   Where was this guy two years ago?

Neal Katyal, who, as acting US Solicitor General, defended the constitutionality of Øbamacare in lower courts, warned of “grave” and “profound” consequences if the Supreme Court accepts a challenge to the law.   His argument basically came down to “cut the mandate and you cut all the supposedly good provisions of the law”.

So we appear to have a two pronged spin approach by the Democrat mouthpieces: Øbamacare can withstand the loss of the mandate, and/or it can’t.   They are covering all the bases as much as possible, i.e. make it a political win regardless of the outcome, despite the majority of those recently polled saying they disapprove of the law, and 67% saying it should be repealed all or in part.

On the same topic, Gillibrand went on to call for the televising of the SCOTUS proceedings, saying “this decision fundamentally affects every single American and that they should be part of the discussion, asking the questions and being engaged” and “transparency and accountablilty in this branch of government would also benefit”.  I don’t recall her speaking out for the closed door, partisan planning and writing of this bill two years ago.  Where was the call for transparency then?   Where was the call for us to be engaged in the process?  Where was she when Pelosi said “you will have to pass the bill to see what is in it”??

Hey Senator: we have seen the bill and the majority of people are against it.  In light of the aforementioned polls, all this proves is that the Democrats will ignore you if you go against their grandiose plans and power grabs.

Let the games begin…

Question: 30 days ago, did you think Herman Cain would be poll leader today?

I’ll be honest – hell no. Looking back, I was pretty certain that Herman Cain, even before he announced his 9-9-9 plan, really did not have a chance just because of name recognition, political experience and cash flow. So remember this lesson thirty days from now when someone else is in the lead for the GOP nomination.

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Education and opinion polls

Do you ever hear the results of an opinion poll and think to yourself, how could that possibly be true?  A recent poll conducted about funding for education will answer that question. Read more

Obama: Bloom off the rose … continuuuuuuued

When you lose the left … what’s left? A couple of great bites but also some great insight from the left and right on the continued disenchantment with the young President, from Jack Cafferty and Charles Krauthammer. Read more

Barak Obama, the Titanic edition

Things are looking mighty bad for President Barak Obama.

His signature issue of health-care reform?  SinkingRead more

Gallup: TEA Party demographics represent mainstream America

Of course, many of the mainstream TEA Party members are more conservative than liberal, but we’ve been told by the media there are few “other than white” faces at TEA Party events. Will Gallup’s recent poll put an end to the TEA Party race component question?

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44% strongly disapprove of Obama’s performace – same as Bush at worst time

Rasmussen Reports has President Obama’s approval index rating at -21 today, which is a tie for his worst, but more notably, 44 percent strongly disapprove of how the president is performing in his role. That’s the same as George W. Bush during his last month in office.

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Could the GOP take the House in 2010 elections?

For the last few days, there has been quiet discussions concerning a shift in the U.S. House of Representatives, so significant that Republicans could take back control one year from now. Personally, I think it is a long shot, but I guessed wrong (Jim was correct) on Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts.

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A gathering storm?

Recent events suggest that things may (and I stress may) be looking up.

Despite the endorsement of the Democratic candidate by Scozzafava in NY 23, Conservative candidate Hoffman currently leads in Sienna College polling by 5 percentage points, with undecideds doubling from 9% to 18%.

In Virginia, the Republican candidate Bob McDonnell holds a commanding lead of 12% on his Democratic rival in a poll by the Richmond Times-Dispatch poll, with suggestions that his candidacy has coat-tails.

Even the liberal bastion of New Jersey is in play, with Republican Christie leading Corzine by two points, with independent Daggett holding 12% of the vote, with another 6% undecided.  While Corzine could still pull this one out, the fact that this race is even in question suggests something is going on.

Things could still go south — nothing is certain… well, maybe the race in Virginia, but polling has been wrong before.  Nothing in this world is guaranteed, except death and taxes — perhaps now more than ever.  Hopefully, this, if not the beginning of the end, it may be the end of the beginning.

Interesting times, my friends, interesting times.

Uh Oh

Scott Rasmussen on Fox this afternoon speaks to his poll and Obama’s sinking numbers. Notic Scott’s little laugh at the start as if there’s really some question as to why his numbers are sinking fast. Worse for the Democrats says Scott, are the numbers for Congress. 1994?

I’m not so sure. 15 months is a long time and the vast majority of the electorate  are not crazy about politicians in general and Scott points that out, rightly so. But … given a choice between big spending Dems on steroids and the possibility of Republicans who hopefully have learned their lesson .. well, we’ll see.