(Josh puts things as bluntly as possible. Perhaps you disagree? If so, then we can have a spirited discussion. I will tell you that what he writes would have been supported by most attendees at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh. - promoted by teacherken)
The "greed, lies, and gullibility" crowd have had quite a run. They've dominated the headlines and cable shows for nearly a week, and now a deranged micro-minority seems set to undermine the will of the American people thanks to the miserable capitulation of cowardly Senate Democrats.
It ain't gonna happen, but get ready for the fight of your lives. The backlash against right-wing greed, lies, and gullibility is going to cost the conservative movement much more than they'd hoped to win. Payback is a bitch.
History rightly removed Tom Davis from office in 2008. In his years leading the Government Reform Committee, he was an abysmal failure in reigning in the radical excesses of the Bush Administration. He was the first to call those of us who opposed the war in Iraq "Traitors". He is not missed.
After wasting his entire war chest in a failed effort to save his wife's State Senate seat (defeated by Virginia progressive hero Chap Petersen), Tom Davis walked away from Congress calling the GOP brand something tarnished worse than tainted dog food, and leaving his rapidly Dem-trending district to our energetic Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly.
Still, you've got to leave it to Tom Davis. He really does know how to turn a phrase, and may well be the best GOP critic on record today.
Here are a few comments from this weekend's Log Cabin Republicans conference as reported by Huffpo's Sam Stein:
The forces of the future of Marriage Equality have had a fabulous week.
In Vermont, the legislature made history by overriding a Gubernatorial veto. In Iowa, the State Supreme Court unanimously recognized marriage equality and eviscerated the unconstitutional basis which made it illegal. In Washington DC, the city council voted to recognize same-sex unions ratified in other states.
In the midst of all of this fantastic news, the progressive blogsphere's best statistician, Nate Silver, runs a demographic regression and projects that Virginia will overturn the 2006 hate amendment as soon as 2015.
(I guess we're still not real up here in NoVA... - promoted by kindler)
Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, and since the Republicans are predisposed never to learn any lessons whatsoever, it's no surprise they're up to their same old failed tactics.
We all remember the pitiful divisive attacks used by Republicans in the 2008 elections. But of course, here in the Real Virginia, a.k.a Virginia, we remember all too well when George Allen started this line of attack, and how that turned out.
A new NYT/CBS poll shows growing support for President Barack Obama, while Republicans are less trusted and less supported by all measures.
* President Obama has been immensely successful in the critical task of restoring confidence in the American people. 39% now say the country is on the right track, up from 15% when Obama took office. "The percentage of people who feel the country is going in the right direction is back to levels not seen since the beginning of George W. Bush's second term."
* President Obama is viewed favorably by fully two thirds of the American people.
* The "Just Say No" strategy employed by Congressional Republicans to oppose anything and everything coming from the White House has been a miserable failure. Not only has the President succeeded in passing his landmark stimulus and budget packages, but now only 31% say they view the Republican party itself positively, that's the lowest favorability rating ever for the GOP.
* By contrast, 56% view the Democratic party favorably.
* On the issue of which party is more concerned with the "needs and problems of people like yourself", Democrats DESTROY Republicans 57% to 22%.
* America trusts President Barack Obama over Congressional Republicans by large margins. Obama beats Republicans 63% to 20% on the economy, and 61% to 27% on national security.
The overall takeaway from this poll is twofold.
First, Barack Obama is golden. He is riding a popular mandate that transcends any kind of post-election holiday, and shows that his agenda is deeply resonating with the American people. There are also signs that his message is getting through and that there is additional room for these numbers to increase.
Secondly, the President and the Democratic Party are America's party. Again, Democrats are preferred on the economy by three to one, and on national security by more than two to one. Congressional Republicans are not trusted by the American people. If they continue their ongoing campaign of idea-free obstruction through the mid-term elections, they can only hope to see their numbers dwindle and their time in the powerless minority expand without end.
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