Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bitter Dregs

Well, the spinmeisters in Washington are working overtime - they've got the pedal to the metal and they're throwing rooster tails of mud sky-high. Trouble is, it's just not sticking.

From Yahoo News:

Obama’s approval rating remains well above 60% in tracking polls. A range of state pollsters said they’d seen no diminution in the president’s sky-high approval ratings, and no improvement in congressional Republicans’ dismal numbers.
Ouch. So all that sound and fury from the wingnut right (including the sad, shrivelled up husk-of-a-man John "Crashypants" McCain) signifies... nothing.

The Yahoo News article continues:
And that’s before the stimulus creates billions of dollars in spending on popular programs, which could, at least temporarily, further boot Obama’s popularity.
Oh dear. So El Rushbo might have to keep up his tirades for another couple of months - I hope his health holds up. Really I do.

But wait! There's more!

“It’s eerie—I read the news from the Beltway, and there’s this disconnect with the polls from the Midwest that I see all around me,” said Ann Seltzer, the authoritative Iowa pollster who works throughout the Midwest.

That’s a perception treasured by Obama’s aides, who spent a two-year presidential campaign safeguarding “the brand,” as they called it, of a new, post-partisan sort of political figure.

With the stimulus safely passed, they say they’re relying on the steady support of a populace that, after a closely watched election, is tuning out the Washington cut and thrust, and views Obama as a high-minded reformer and his Republican rivals as bitter partisans.

Whoops. For once the 'news cycle' just isn't going their way. No matter how hard the GOP tries to marginalize Obama and spit on his efforts at bipartisanship it's boomeranging violently and smacking them right in the teeth.

Couldn't happen to a more-deserving bunch.

And here's the hair-splattering moneyshot:

A CBS News poll released February 5, for instance, found 81% of Americans said Obama is reaching out to congressional Republicans, while just 41 percent said the congressional Republicans were looking for bipartisanship.

So, when the GOP was running the show, we had threats of 'Nuclear Option' by Trent Lott and gloating from Phil Gramm that "We're going to keep building the party until we're hunting Democrats with dogs."

Well, now that the GOP is (metaphorically of course!!) running naked and bleeding through the woods I suspect that crack has come home to them painfully... and it's not likely to get better for them any time soon.

Like my friend Mary Pitt says: They Still Don't Get It.

Hat tip to Drudge Retort and Dependable Renegade!

1 comment:

ToLo said...

I've not forgotten Phil Gramm's comment about "hunting the Democrats with dogs."

Everything the Pugs do is a calculated lie, designed to impugn the truth and tilt all favor toward the wealthy. It's disgusting.

As Adlai Stevenson famously said:

"If the Republicans stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about them."