Daily Archives: January 8, 2010

Poll: Lieberman Hated By Everyone In Connecticut After Health Care Debates

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com

The new poll of Connecticut by Public Policy Polling (D) finds that independent Sen. Joe Lieberman’s approval rating is absolutely in the dumps after his actions in the health care debate, with him having antagonized every group imaginable by both weakening progressive efforts and then voting for the actual bill.
Lieberman’s overall approval rating is only 25%, with 67% disapproval. Democrats disapprove of him by 14%-81%, Republicans by 39%-48%, and independents by 32%-61%. Only 19% approve of his actions on the health care bill, with Democrats at 8%-80%, Republicans at 26%-55%, and independents at 30%-59%. Among those who support the bill, 84% disapprove of his handling of the issue, and in addition 52% of the people who don’t support the bill also disapprove of Lieberman’s actions.
“Joe Lieberman isn’t popular enough with the Democrats or the Republicans to receive their nomination for the Senate in 2012,” said PPP president Dean Debnam, in the polling memo.
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And the Independents don’t like him, either.

So what’s happening with Health Care?

It’s all happening behind closed doors…more’s the pity. But Taegan Goddard has revealed this about the Ben Nelson deal which is now apparently on the rocks:
clipped from politicalwire.com

Nelson Backs Off Nebraska-Only Deal

Addressing mounting criticism of a last-minute provision in the health care reform bill which has been called a “sweetheart deal” and the “Cornhusker kickback,” Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said in a statement that the item was merely a placeholder for conference negotiations to address unfunded Medicaid mandates.
Said Nelson: “My intent has been and remains absolutely clear. Every state should be, and will be, treated the same. I’ve been in serious discussions with Senate leaders and others to secure changes in the bill to treat all states equally. At the end of the day, whatever Nebraska gets will apply to all states.”
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A Mark Fiore animation for a Friday Afternoon:

Learn to Speak Teabag:

Now you’re ready to join the right.

Cartoon of the Week

From Ed Stein, National Editorial Association:

So let’s try harder…

1 in 5 Working-Age American Men Don’t Have A Job

Well, I’m in that 20% pool right now and it is very scary. Read this clip from today’s HuffPo… and go HERE to get the rest of it.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
One in five working-age American men does not have a job, according to the latest federal employment numbers, an all-time high that illustrates the extraordinary toll this recession has taken on male-dominated professions in particular.
Men are more likely to work in sectors like manufacturing and construction that are more sensitive to economic downturns. But this downturn has been particularly brutal on those industries, leading some observers to call it a “mancession.”
Only 80.3 percent of men age 25-54 had jobs in December — the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started collecting that data in 1948 — at which point the figure was 94.4 percent. When the recession began in December 2007, less than 13 percent of men in this age bracket were out of work.
The percentage of women age 25-54 who have work is also down, but not as dramatically.
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Quote of the Day (and perhaps the decade)…

“We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.”

– Rudy Giuliani

How easily they forget… especially when they have spent eight years mentioning 9/11 20 or 30 times in every speech. Thanks to Talking Point Memo.