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Prophetic…….Hillary got it right……The Conciliator-in-Chief……..Barack Obama……

This from Charles Lemos over @ MyDD.com…..it is right on the mark……

Barack Obama by his nature is not a knock down , drag out fighter…..he’s a ‘let’s talk this thing out’ person…..now the juries still out on his adminstration but the Dog agrees with Hillary’s campaign point that Obama seems like he might be having problems accepting the fact that in his job…you gotta be tough……

…….and by the way…Why did he mention the ‘Public Option ‘ a few days ago?…..Congress just ain’t doing it…didin’t he get the message?

PLEASE check the video link…….

“Now I could stand up here and say, let’s get everybody together, let’s get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing. And everyone will know we should do the right thing, and the world will be perfect. But I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and make the special interests disappear.” – Hillary Clinton in Providence, Rhode Island on February 24, 2008

The Dog may like the guy...but Hillary nailed it!

This from the Mydd.com piece……..

Thirteen months into the Obama Presidency, Clinton’s assessment is as valid as ever and of increasing concern. The President has spent a year courting the Republicans with precious little to show for his efforts. The Republicans, meanwhile, have largely achieved their aims of grinding government to a halt and seem poised to make substantial electoral gains come November’s mid-term elections. Obstructionism may make for ugly governance but it sure seems likely to pay handsome political dividends.

What compromise has been achieved in the halls of government has largely come at our expense, not theirs. The public option is off the table, while tort reform seems forever on it. It is not just healthcare reform, if it can be called that at this point, that is stalled; it is just about every major part of the Democratic agenda. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the American Clean Energy and Security Act and the US Postal Service Financial Relief Act – all passed by the House – languish in the Senate. In total, 290 bills sit gridlocked in the Senate’s docket stalled by the partisan tactics of Mitch McConnell and Company.

It is increasingly evident that the President’s style as the conciliator-in-chief is not working. The strategy is unlikely to peel away a single Republican vote even as it jettisons wholesale the progressive agenda. More tragically, the probability of the President modifying his consensual approach to governing is nil. He is who he is. In his soul, he remains the community organizer who just wants to bridge differences and forge compromises. But the back halls of Washington are a far cry from the streets of south side Chicago.

It is not that I bemoan the President’s good-heartedness, his level-headedness or his even-handedness but there comes a point when one has to ask where are the results of this reaching out to the other side? It is as if the cause of Obama’s Presidency is bipartisanship simply for the sake of bipartisanship. The policy be damned, but get me Olympia Snowe’s vote seems to be his mantra.

While the President did campaign on the necessity of changing the tone in Washington, the GOP remains tone-deaf. What is there to say when Minority Leader John Boehner rails that  the President “basically crippled the summit expected on Thursday by coming in with a rerun of the same failed bill that couldn’t pass the House or Senate.” For a President who is hailed as a being attentive, he tunes out the vitriol that emanates from the GOP to his own detriment. He simply refuses to take the GOP at their word. Furthermore the White House seems blind to the reality that their approach is alienating the fickle to start Democratic base. It is as if our support isn’t wanted. It’s a rare progressive who is going to get excited over mandated insurance that ensures the bloated profitability of the insurance industry.

and this……

Let me be brief and blunt: the President’s belief is predicated on the assumption that he is dealing with rational actors. His premise is that the GOP can be reasoned with yet the evidence for such a belief is scant. This is not the party of Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt or even Gerald Ford or Jacob Javits. This is the party of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, James DeMint and James Inhofe. For every Lindsey Graham, there are ten Joe Wilsons. For every Olympia Snowe, there are ten Virginia Foxxes.

The Dog said this during the campaign, and has said it for the last month….’the guy has  gotta get a back bone’…….really…..

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February 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 15 Comments

From Daniel G….New Mexico Governor: Bad News for Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D-NM)….

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in New Mexico shows Democrats may have trouble holding the Governorship there. Presumptive Democratic Nominee, Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D-NM) leads her Main Republican Rival Pete Domenici Jr. (R-NM) who is the Son of former Senator Pete Domenici (R-MN) by a mere 5 Points.

Public Policy Polling Survey

New Mexico Governor 2010

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Lieutnant Governor Diane Denish (D)  45 %
Pete Domenici Jr. (R)  40 %
Undecided  15 %

Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D)  47 %
Janice Arnold-Jones (R)  33 %
Undecided  19 %

Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D)  46 %
Susana Martinez (R)  32 %
Undecided  21 %

Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D)  46 %
Doug Turner (R)  32 %
Undecided  22 %

Lt. Governor Diane Denish (D)  48 %
Allan Weh (R)  30 %
Undecided  22 %

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  45 %
Disapprove  48 %
Not Sure  7 %

Governor Bill Richardson (D)

Approve  28 %
Disaprove  63 %
Not Sure  9 %

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D)

Approve  48 %
Disapprove  36 %
Not Sure  17 %

Senator Tom Udall (D)

Approve  48 %
Disapprove  36 %
Not Sure  16 %

Full Results at http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com

I don’t have to tell you that these are ominous signs for Denish. Not only is she under 50 % but she also trails every Republican Challenger among Independent Voters AND against Domenici Jr. she trails by 15 Points!!! among Indies. Governor Bill Richardson whopping 63 % Disapproval Rating won’t help either. The Democrats as a Party having really MAJOR PROBLEMS in the Mountain West. Denish is no Hickenlooper who probably can even win in a tough Political Climate.

Daniel G.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 6 Comments

The Obama White House is running for 2012…….

The story breatakingly runs at Politco!….and Exculsive!

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama and David Axelrod are shown in a composite image.

Give me a break!

The Dog told you about this a month ago when President Obama, stung by the ‘Scott Brown ‘effect, scheduled campaign stops in Ohio and Florida in the same week…..get it?

Remember Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Presidential Primary race?

Yea…..Now that’s the ticket!……

Here’s some from the Politico wake up story……(can you believe these people?….like they discovered the new world  or something?)


President Barack Obama’s top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for the 2012 reelection campaign, which is likely to be run out of Chicago and managed by White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, according to Democrats familiar with the discussions.

The planning for now consists entirely of private conversations, with Obama aides at all levels indulging occasionally in closed-door 2012 discussions while focusing ferociously on the midterm elections and health care reform, the Democratic sources said. “The gathering storm is the 2010 elections,” one top official said.

But the sources said Obama has given every sign of planning to run again and wants the next campaign to resemble the highly successful 2008 effort.

David Axelrod, White House senior adviser, may leave the West Wing to rejoin his family in Chicago and reprise his role as Obama’s muse, overseeing the campaign’s tone, themes, messages and advertising, the sources said.

David Plouffe, the Obama for America campaign manager, described by one friend as “the father of all this,” will be a central player in the reelect, perhaps as an outside adviser.

“The conversations are beginning, but decisions haven’t been made,” a top official said. “If you look at David Plouffe’s stepped-up level of activity with the political organization [as an outside adviser on the 2010 races], that is obviously the beginning of the process.”

Anita Dunn, former White House communications director, will be intimately involved, too. Brad Woodhouse, the Democratic National Committee’s communications director, has rising stock and is a logical choice to be communications director for the reelection campaign, the sources said.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are likely to remain at the president’s side in Washington, while exercising major influence over the campaign. Pfeiffer, communications director of the last campaign and always a trusted insider, has a higher public profile every day.

More……

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 26 Comments

Parallels in History?……Sarah Palin as Jesse Jackson?

This from Peter Brown @ The Wall Street Journal.……

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Fascinating…huh?

Sarah Palin would probably blanch at the comparison, given their widely divergent world views, but these days her political profile looks quite similar to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s just over two decades ago.

Simply put, the two emerged as political and media celebrities backed by exceptionally strong support within the most ideological wing of their respective political parties. But both also carry substantial political baggage with the much larger numbers of American voters who decide November elections.

That profile made the idea that Mr. Jackson had a serious chance to win the presidency unrealistic. Ms. Palin’s poll ratings are actually lower than Mr. Jackson’s were then. And doubts about her ability to broaden her support past the true-believers, as numerous as they may be, raise the same questions about her chances in 2012.

To be fair to the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, her base within the Republican Party is larger and more influential in primaries than Mr. Jackson’s was a generation ago in the Democratic Party.

Nonetheless, the electorate today sees Ms. Palin much like it once viewed Mr. Jackson.

Click on the WSJ link for the rest of the post…….

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 4 Comments

'Slumdog Millionaire kids…..One Year later……….

The child stars of last year's Oscar Best Picture winner, 'Slumdog Millionaire," from l.: Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, in June 2009.

[The child stars of last year’s Oscar Best Picture winner, ‘Slumdog Millionaire,” from l.: Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, in June 2009.]

The Dog hopes the best for the little stars……My wife loves the film…….

A mere 12 months since taking the Academy Awards by storm, two of the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire” are growing up. But in many ways, their lives remain unchanged.

“Slumdog Millionaire,” the story of a young slum dweller who becomes a contestant on an Indian game show, won eight Oscars in 2009, including Best Film. It thrust child stars Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali into the spotlight.

In the film, Ismail plays the hero’s brother, Salim, while Ali is the young Latika, who grows up to become the hero’s lover.

Much like the characters they played in the movie, the actors, now 10, both hailed from the gritty Mumbai slums. As young performers from an impoverished neighborhood, there was concern that they may have been exploited, and it led to controversy over their treatment when the film opened and later during its Oscar campaign.

Following the picture’s financial success — it has grossed over $287 million worldwide — allegations arose that Ismail and Ali were underpaid for their work.

To quell these concerns, “Slumdog” director Danny Boyle created the Jai Ho trust, a $700,000 fund for both young actors that supports their education and living expenses and reportedly will pay them $30,000 each when they graduate from high school.

But 12 months after their dramatic appearance at the 81st Academy Awards, these rising stars aren’t exactly living the high life.

Ismail was chased out of the Garib Nagar slum when the Railway Authority bulldozed his house. He moved with his family to an apartment in the middle-class neighborhood of Santa Cruz. His father died in September of tuberculosis.

Although Ismail enjoys the amenities of his new place, like electricity and running water, he misses his pals. “I will miss my old friends back in Bandra,” he said. “Maybe I will go and visit them once in a while.”

He can pop in on his “Slumdog” co-star Ali when he goes.

Despite her fame, the doe-eyed cutie still resides with her family in a makeshift shack in a shantytown next to the Bandra train station. In the last year alone, authorities have leveled her home three times, but Ali’s family refuses to move.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/02/24/2010-02-24_slumdog_millionaire_kids_one_year_after_the_oscars_lives_are_not_as_different_as.html#ixzz0gTGeYpPI

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

‘Slumdog Millionaire kids…..One Year later……….

The child stars of last year's Oscar Best Picture winner, 'Slumdog Millionaire," from l.: Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, in June 2009.

[The child stars of last year’s Oscar Best Picture winner, ‘Slumdog Millionaire,” from l.: Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, in June 2009.]

The Dog hopes the best for the little stars……My wife loves the film…….

A mere 12 months since taking the Academy Awards by storm, two of the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire” are growing up. But in many ways, their lives remain unchanged.

“Slumdog Millionaire,” the story of a young slum dweller who becomes a contestant on an Indian game show, won eight Oscars in 2009, including Best Film. It thrust child stars Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali into the spotlight.

In the film, Ismail plays the hero’s brother, Salim, while Ali is the young Latika, who grows up to become the hero’s lover.

Much like the characters they played in the movie, the actors, now 10, both hailed from the gritty Mumbai slums. As young performers from an impoverished neighborhood, there was concern that they may have been exploited, and it led to controversy over their treatment when the film opened and later during its Oscar campaign.

Following the picture’s financial success — it has grossed over $287 million worldwide — allegations arose that Ismail and Ali were underpaid for their work.

To quell these concerns, “Slumdog” director Danny Boyle created the Jai Ho trust, a $700,000 fund for both young actors that supports their education and living expenses and reportedly will pay them $30,000 each when they graduate from high school.

But 12 months after their dramatic appearance at the 81st Academy Awards, these rising stars aren’t exactly living the high life.

Ismail was chased out of the Garib Nagar slum when the Railway Authority bulldozed his house. He moved with his family to an apartment in the middle-class neighborhood of Santa Cruz. His father died in September of tuberculosis.

Although Ismail enjoys the amenities of his new place, like electricity and running water, he misses his pals. “I will miss my old friends back in Bandra,” he said. “Maybe I will go and visit them once in a while.”

He can pop in on his “Slumdog” co-star Ali when he goes.

Despite her fame, the doe-eyed cutie still resides with her family in a makeshift shack in a shantytown next to the Bandra train station. In the last year alone, authorities have leveled her home three times, but Ali’s family refuses to move.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/02/24/2010-02-24_slumdog_millionaire_kids_one_year_after_the_oscars_lives_are_not_as_different_as.html#ixzz0gTGeYpPI

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

From Daniel G……Rhode Island Governor: Independent Candidate Chafee leads…..

Hello Dog!

A new Poll in the Ocean State shows Former Senator & Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) ahead with two potential Democratic Rivals.

Brown University / Taubman Center Public Opinion Survey

Rhode Island Governor 2010

Democratic Primary

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State Treasurer Frank Caprio Jr.  32 %
Attorney General Patrick Lynch  22 %
Undecided  48 %

General Election

Former Senator Lincoln Chafee (I)  34 %
State Treasurer Frank Caprio Jr. (D)  28 %
John Robitaille (R)  12 %
Undecided  26 %

Former Senator Lincoln Chafee (I)  33 %
Attorney General Patrick Lynch (D)  18 %
John Robitaille (R)  14 %

Todd Gioux*

Undecided  38 %

Well, it’s not surprising seeing Chafee leading as Voters become more dissatisfied with the two Major Parties.

Daniel G.
*Update……PolitcalDog101 has been notified that Indepedant Candiadate for Governor, Todd Gioux has been left out of this post…….We have no polling numbers for him…..but ….yes he’s listed…..so the Dog updates the post with his name…….

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 12 Comments

From Daniel G……Pennsylvania Governor & Senate: Corbett, Specter lead Primaries; Specter, Sestak trailing Republican Toomey by double digits

Hi Dog!

A new Franklin & Marshall Pennsylvania Poll shows Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Attorney General Tom Corbett (R-PA) leading their respective Primaries for Senate & Governor. The Democratic Primary for Governor is a Toss-Up.

However Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) as well as U. S. Rep. Joseph A. Sestak (D-PA) trailing their Republican Counterpart former U. S. Rep. Patrick J. “Pat” Toomey (R-PA) by double digits in General Election Head-to-Heads.

Franklin & Marshall College Survey

Pennsylvania Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

[Spector and Sestek ]
Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter  33 %
U. S. Rep. Joseph A. Sestak  16 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  44 %

General Election

Former U. S. Rep. Patrick J. “Pat” Toomey (R)  44 %
Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D)  34 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  16 %

Former U. S. Rep. Patrick J. “Pat” Toomey (R)  38 %
U. S. Rep. Joseph A. Sestak (D)  20 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  39 %

Pennsylvania Governor 2010

Democratic Primary

[Wagner]
Jack Wagner  6 %
Dan Onorato  6 %
Joe Hoeffel  6 %
Chris Doherty 4 % (Doherty dropped out last week)
Anthony Williams 1 %
Others 5 %
Undecided  72 %

Republican Primary

[Corbett]
Tom Corbett 26 %
Sam Rohrer  4 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  65 %

Specter’s showing (although he still trails) is a slight Improvement from a F & M Survey a month ago when he trailed Toomey by 14 Points.

Daniel G.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

From Daniel G…..Texas Governor GOP Primary & General Election: Perry with slight chance of avoiding a Run-Off; Gap with Democrat White narrows….

Hello Dog!

The promised Rasmussen Poll for the Texas Republican Gubernatorial Primary was released this morning instead of yesterday evening and now shows Incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) may have a slight chance to avoid a April 13th Run-Off Election. However the gap with his Main Democratic Rival, former Houston Mayor Bill White (D-TX) narrowed to a mere 6 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

Texas Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry  48 %
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison  27 %
Tea Party Activist Debra Medina  16 %
Undecided  9 %

General Election

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R)  47 %
Former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  41 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  7 %

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)  47 %
Former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  38 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  7 %

Former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  47 %
Tea Party Activist Debra Medina (R)  37 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  9 %

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  41 %
Disapprove  57 %

Governor Rick Perry (R)

Approve  52 %
Disapprove  46 %

White is within striking Distance of Perry. It’s the closest a Democrat has polled since 2002 this early in the Election year.

Daniel G.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment

From Daniel G……Ohio Senate: Fisher opens up Primary lead over Brunner; General Election is a Toss-Up

Morning Dog!

Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher has opened up a 9-Point Primary lead over his Democratic Rival, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Presumptive Republican Nominee Rob Portman (R-OH) leads Fisher by 3 Points and Brunner by 5 Points according to the latest Quinnipiac University Survey.

Quinnipiac University Survey

Ohio Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

Lieutnant Governor Lee Irwin Fisher  29 %
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner  20 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  48 %

General Election

[Portman]
Former U. S. Rep. & OMB Director Robert “Rob” Portman (R)  40 %
Ohio Lieutnant Governor Lee Irwin Fisher (D)  37 %
Undecided  21 %

Former U. S. Rep. & OMB Director Robert “Rob” Portman (R)  40 %
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D)  35 %
Undecided  23 %

Job Approvals

Senator Sherrod Brown (D)

Approve  43 %
Disapprove  30 %
Not Sure  26 %

Senator George Voinovich (R)

Approve  51 %
Disapprove  32 %
Not Sure  16 %

Today’s Q-Pac Poll seems to be in line with the latest Rasmussen Poll from earlier this month which had Portman ahead of Fisher (43-39) and Brunner (42-38). Needless to say at this Point the Ohio Senate Race is a Toss-Up.

Daniel G.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments