Day: December 14, 2010

Washington Post-ABC poll: Public is not yet sold on GOP

The Washington Post

Republicans may have made major gains in the November elections, but they have yet to win the hearts and minds of the American people, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The midterm elections - in which Republicans gained 63 seats to take control of the House and added six seats to their Senate minority – were widely seen as a rebuke to President Obama. Still, the public trusts Obama marginally more than congressional Republicans to deal with the country’s main problems in the coming years, 43 percent to 38 percent.

The poll suggests that the election may have been a vote against the status quo, but that it was not a broad mandate for Republicans and their plans. The survey also underscores the degree to which Americans are conflicted about who they think is setting the agenda in Washington.

The president’s narrow advantage is a striking contrast to the public’s mood at this time in 1994 and 2006, the last two midterm election years when one or both chambers of Congress changed hands.

After Democrats won back the House and the Senate four years ago, they had a large, double-digit lead over President George W. Bush when it came to big issues. Similarly, after the GOP‘s 1994 landslide, people expressed far more confidence in congressional Republicans than they did in President Bill Clinton.

In the new poll, just 41 percent of respondents say the GOP takeover of the House is a “good thing.” About 27 percent say it is a “bad thing,” and 30 percent say it won’t make any difference. Most continue to say that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to compromise with Obama on important issues.

At this time in 1994, six in 10 Americans said the GOP had taken a stronger leadership role in Washington, while just one in four said Clinton was firmly in charge. In the new poll, Americans are about evenly split between Obama and the Republicans in Congress on this question.

The public is also divided down the middle when it comes to the top issue: About 45 percent say they trust the GOP when it comes to the economy; 44 percent side with Obama. In the wake of the 1994 elections, Republicans held a sizable, 23-point advantage over Clinton on the economy. The new poll also has even splits between Obama and the GOP on taxes and dealing with the threat of terrorism.

That may be grounds for the kind of negotiations that resulted in the compromise over taxes and unemployment benefits that is now making its way through the lame-duck session of Congress.

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Wooing Joe Lieberman for 2012

Politico

It got so bad two years ago between Joe Lieberman and Senate Democrats that he started skipping weekly caucus lunches because tensions were at a boil.

Now, Lieberman just might be one of the most popular senators in the lunchroom.

Along with other senior Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is quietly urging the Connecticut lawmaker to run for a fifth Senate term in 2012 — and to stick with the Democratic side of the aisle. (See: Joe Lieberman keeps options open in Connecticut)

But Republicans are trying to get Lieberman to sit at their lunch table instead. (See: Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options)

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he’s engaged in “friendly banter” with Lieberman about joining the Republican Conference and running for the GOP nomination in 2012. Even the conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) — who famously said he’d rather have 30 Senate Republicans with pure conservative values than 60 without — said “we’d love to have him.” (See: DeMint: I won’t stir GOP primary pot )

“We’re all conservative compared to Democrats,” DeMint told POLITICO. “We could use his help on foreign policy and military stuff.”

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Julian Assange Bail GRANTED; WikiLeaks Founder Back In Court

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Update:  Julian Assange remains in jail as Sweden appeals against bail decision

Huffington Post

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is back in court today, and has been granted bail by a British judge. He has been in a British prison for a week after being denied bail last week. Assange is wanted for questioning for alleged sex crimes involving two women in Sweden. It is thought that one of the women, Anna Ardin, may no longer be cooperating with prosecutors.

Assange released a statement from prison via his mother saying that Visa, MasterCard and PayPal are “instruments of U.S. foreign policy.” He also said:

My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have expressed. This circumstance shall not shake them. If anything this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.

‘The King’s Speech’ Leads Golden Globe Film Nominations With 7

As fate would have it, I just saw The Social Network last night and was blown away by the acting and the powerful script about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  After viewing the movie I had no doubt that Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and  screen writer Aaron Sorkin  of The West Wing  fame, would walk away with at least a Golden Globe and/or Academy Award  nomination in their respective categories.

As for The King’s Speech, I haven’t seen it yet, but I have discovered that almost anything Colin Firth plays in is a winner.  I fell in love with the shy yet brilliant barrister, “Mr. Darby” in the Bridget Jones series and was floored by his sensitive yet comedic role in Love Actually.  In my opinion,  A Single Man was perhaps Mr. Firth’s finest role, until I read about his performance in The King’s Speech

If Colin Firth is in a movie, I’d recommend it…

The Hollywood Reporter

“The Social Network” and “The Fighter” were close behind with six nods each, while “Glee” leads the TV pack with five.

With seven nominations, The Kings Speech, the British drama about a regal speech impediment, led the nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Tuesday morning. Facebook-founding drama The Social Network and boxing tale The Fighter followed close behind with six noms each.

In the television categories, Glee led the parade with five nominations. Eight other shows — including 30 Rock, Dexter, Modern Family and Mad Men — scored three noms each.

Johnny Depp scored a double whammy, picking up two nominations in the same category — best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical. He received the noms for playing the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland and as a man who stumbles into an international web of intrigue in The Tourist – a movie that Sony Pictures sold as a romantic thriller. Angelina Jolie, his seductive costar in that movie, earned a nomination as well.

In the race for best motion picture drama, Speech, Network and Fighter will go up against the ballet drama The Black Swan and dream thriller Inception when the Globes are handed out on Jan. 16.

On the best motion picture comedy side, Tourist will be competing for attention with Alice, the musical Burlesque, the alternative family tale The Kids Are All Right and the senior action movie RED.

See the full list, here…

Social Network Trailer

The King’s Speech Trailer

‘Lame-As-F@#K Congress’: Jon Stewart Rips GOP Over 9/11 First Responders Bill

Jon Stewart calls them out once again…

Mediaite

The GOP have notably made the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts the absolute priority for the lame-duck Congress, refusing to pass any other legislation until that gets passed, including health care for 9/11 first responders. Last night Jon Stewart echoed his previous chiding of the GOP for their position, saying “You know what Republicans? You use 9/11 so much, if you don’t owe 9/11 first responders health care, at least you owe them royalties!”

Stewart points out in the following segment how successful the GOP has been in using (some might say exploiting) the events of 9/11 for political gain, and goes so far as to edit Republican rhetoric praising the events of 9/11 with no votes of said congressman.

Link:   http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-13-2010/lame-as-f–k-congress   or see Vod Pod Video on this site.