Poll: majority of Americans want taxes raised on the wealthy, Republicans continue to stall

Reuters: “Negotiators warned the showdown could drag on past Christmas. A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released late on Wednesday …held the potential to shake up the stalemate. Three-quarters of those surveyed, including 61 percent of Republicans, said they would accept raising taxes on the wealthy to avoid the so-called cliff, as Democratic President Barack Obama is demanding.

“With Republicans in Congress already divided, that rejection by their own supporters of the core demand of Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner could further weaken his position.

“Both sides refused to give any ground in public, one day after what Boehner described as a “frank” conversation with President Barack Obama about the remaining hurdles to a deal.”


I’m quite sure the Republicans in Congress don’t give a damn what their base wants if it interferes with the happiness of their wealthy benefactors.

Also why isn’t there more discussion about cuts to defense spending — why are we now only discussing cuts to the safety net? And that goes for both Republicans and Democrats.

How stupid are modern Republicans?

VERY! according to Dan Froomkin at the Huffington Post, who reports that a recent poll… found that fully 63 percent of Republican respondents still believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded in 2003. By contrast, 27 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats shared that view. [...] this latest poll result seems to indicate a refusal — unique to the modern Republican Party — to acknowledge facts. According to this poll, an even larger proportion of Republican respondents who said Iraq had WMD — 64 percent — said they have either always believed (or have come to believe) that Barack Obama was born in another country, which he was not.

REMINDER: You’ll want to vote in November, because these people are definitely planning to. 

What’s the worst thing you can call a candidate?


Considered a positive political label by 29%, 43% now think Tea Party is a negative description for a candidate. That’s a net rating of negative 14, making it the worst thing you can call a candidate.

CNN Poll: Approval for GOP, Boehner, McConnell plummet after S&P downgrade

WARNING: PDF document — CNN Poll results:

The fact that the sample took 808 interviews among landline respondents and 200 interviews among cell phone respondents tells me all I need to know about Pelosi’s unfavorable rating. But how funny is it (to those who are not of the rightwingnut persuasion) that Nancy Pelosi and the Teaparty are neck and neck for favorable and unfavorable? And no one knows who the hell Mitch McConnell is.

Keep going Republican-Teaparty! You’re doing great!! But, seriously, when will everyone stop splitting the Teaparty from the GOP as if they have different beliefs, agendas or benefactors? They’re one and the same. It’s time to acknowledge that fact — and I’m as guilty of doing this as anyone.

Disapproval numbers and flying the coop

Obama’s disapproval is lowest of everyone while Teaparty Republicans have the highest disapproval. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

4th of July poll (or how to spot Tea Party Patriots)

Via CNN:

Only a SLIGHT majority of Americans know what year the U.S. declared independence –

  • 58% knew it was 1776
  • 26% didn’t know
  • 16% named another date

One in four didn’t know from which country the U.S. declared its independence –

  • 76% named Great Britain
  • 19% were unsure
  • 5% named another country (What other country… KENYA?)

Bachmann, Romney lead in Iowa poll. You know what, Iowa Republicans…?

THIS is all we, “The [rest of the] People,” need to know about your intellectual capacity / mental ability to choose a presidential candidate — forget an actual president.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new Iowa Poll shows national Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann leading among the state’s likely GOP caucus-goers.

The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register shows Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with support from 23 percent in Iowa. Bachmann, the Minnesota representative who plans to launch her campaign in Iowa on Monday, has support from 22 percent.

From Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone piece: Michele Bachmann’s Holy War:

“… Bachmann is exactly the right kind of completely batshit crazy. Not medically crazy, not talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy — crazy in the sense that she’s living completely inside her own mind, frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she’s built in there, unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies.”

How can people actually support her? (in Iowa, for example):

“Snickering readers in New York or Los Angeles might be tempted by all of this to conclude that Bachmann is uniquely crazy. But in fact, such tales by Bachmann work precisely because there are a great many people in America just like Bachmann, people who believe that God tells them what condiments to put on their hamburgers, who can’t tell the difference between Soviet Communism and a Stafford loan, but can certainly tell the difference between being mocked and being taken seriously. When you laugh at Michele Bachmann for going on MSNBC and blurting out that the moon is made of red communist cheese, these people don’t learn that she is wrong. What they learn is that you’re a dick, that they hate you more than ever, and that they’re even more determined now to support anyone who promises not to laugh at their own visions and fantasies.”

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New poll: Americans still can’t stand Sarah Palin

Despite Anthony’s Weiner and Palin’s creative fiction story of Paul Revere, Americans still don’t want the former half-term governor anywhere near the White House.

That won’t stop the media from hoping, though.

Huffington Post reports:

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Tuesday finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans “definitely would not” vote for Sarah Palin for president of the United States.

According to the survey, 42 percent of Republicans say they would not support a hypothetical Palin 2012 campaign. Overall, 64 percent indicate they would not back the former Alaska governor should she mount a campaign for the White House. 63 percent regard Palin as unqualified for the role.

The fact of the matter is that Griswolds were more presidential on their vacation to Wally World than the Palins could ever be, even with their tricked out “One Braincell Nation Patriot Swag Bus.” The more we see of Palin, the more horrible McCain’s choices in 2008 become. As always, thanks, John McCain.



President Obama has a 60% approval rating

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President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected

In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.

It’s a relief to finally hear from the silent majority — the independents. The teabaggers are loud and funded by the Koch brothers — they’ve got that going for them. But they always have been and will continue to be the minority.

Class War, Corporate-style


Where are the jobs in America? In the pockets of corporate CEOs:

As most American families continue to struggle with high unemployment and stagnant wages, CEOs at the country’s 350 biggest companies saw their pay jump 11% last year to a median of $9.3 million, according to a study conducted for the Wall Street Journal

For the surveyed CEOs, the sharpest pay gains came via bonuses, which soared 19.7% as profits recovered, especially in some hard-hit industries. … Net income rose by a median of 17%; shareholders at those companies enjoyed a median return, including dividends, of 18%.

Of course to be fair, we can’t generalize and say these corporations are creating ZERO jobs. There are probably tons of new jobs in China and India. Just not here.

I wonder when the teabaggers will wake up from the spell of their corporate masters and quit voting for the party that wants to annihilate the middle-class?

The collapse of the Birthers

Citing a recent WaPo poll, Charles Johnson attributes the numbers to the release of Obama’s long form birth certificate, which he says “actually did have a big impact on the Birther delusion:”

  1. 70% now say he was born in Hawaii,
  2. And only 10% say he was born abroad.*

Teaparty Turtle says:

* And 1% claim “solid evidence” that the president was born elsewhere. That must be the Donald Trump / Orly Taitz segment of America. I don’t know what they mean by ‘solid‘ evidence, but I wouldn’t ask to see it. 

Americans who are not teabaggers (most Americans) dislike the Tea Party

Nate Silver: “if the Tea Party ain’t over yet, the point in time at which it was an electoral asset for Republicans soon may be.”

Who Republican-Teaparty voters would like to see as the GOP candidate for 2012


Andrew Sullivan: Yglesias believes Romney’s religion will hamper his campaign:

I think Romney has less of a “Mormon problem” than he does a “Christian problem.” Specifically, it’s very important to a lot of American Christians that other people be Christian. The media is dominated by secular people who aren’t invested in this sort of thing, and tend to accept at face-value the idea that Mormonism is one of several Christian denominations, but a great many Christians disagree with this diagnosis.

And Glenn Beck is a Mormon… but what caught my eye is that among Catholics, Romney and Gingrich are neck and neck. So to conservative Catholics, being Mormon is on par with being a serial adulterer? And some would still consider the serial adulterer a good choice for president?!

But we’re all still hopeful

Only 37% of self-identified Republicans have gained a firm grasp on reality.

Democrats will thank you one day, Gov. Walker

Via Andrew Sullivan: the latest poll, analyzed by Mark Blumenthal, shows the GOP’s problem: