My Man Barack Is FDR, Not Carter
Image via WikipediaThe 2010 mid-term election is like FDR's mid-term election of 1938.
Wall Street Journal: The Carter-Obama Comparisons Grow: it's time for the president "to get rid of those teleprompters and connect" with voters. Another of Mr. Obama's clear errors has been to turn over the drafting of key legislation to the Democratic Congress: "That doesn't work even when you own Congress," he said. "You have to ride 'em." ..... Mr. Obama, like Mr. Carter in his 1976 campaign, "promised a transformational presidency, a new accommodation with religion, a new centrism, a changed tone." .... Pat Caddell, who was Mr. Carter's pollster while he was in the White House, thinks some comparisons between the two men are overblown. ..... the president's ability to pull himself out of a political tailspin is hampered by his resistance to seek out fresh thinking. ..... Democrats need no reminding that Mr. Carter wound up costing them dearly in 1978 and 1980 as Republicans made major gains in Congress."Walter Mondale himself sees a parallel," starts the Wall Street Journal article. Now I know who to listen to. Mr. Reagan Landslide.
Wall Street Journal: Summers to Step Down:Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appears to be the last of the top "economic principals" who came into the White House with Mr. Obama.
GOP, Tea Party Unity Spells Defeat For Obama: Tea party voters have been incited to political action by the policies of the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress. These include a heretofore unimaginable federal spending spree, a failed package of stimulus programs, a government takeover of our health-care system, and the Democrats' insistence on raising taxes, particularly on job creators, even though job creation is our country's greatest need...... Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost the GOP primary in Alaska to Joe Miller. Now she's launched a write-in campaign to get re-elected.
Top Republican Cites Concerns for GOP's Senate Chances: while Republicans could seize control of the U.S. House, "the chances of a [GOP] majority in the Senate may not be that great .... Bill Clinton said the tea-party's popularity is understandable in this environment. The movement "reflects the feeling of a lot of Americans that they're getting the shaft"
Primary Shows Divide Among City Democrats: Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Queens Democrat, said Ms. Saujani "built a campaign on being pro-Wall Street, and I think the problem was that's not where citizens are. Even New Yorkers understand it's in their best interests to reform Wall Street.''..... According to internal polling data from the Maloney campaign, 20% of residents in the district said the financial industry was their primary source of household income. Yet the same polling found that 75% felt the industry needed more effective regulation.
The Onion: Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Believe Obama Is A Cactus