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Some PoliticalWire Quickies……( Congress, 2012 Campaign, McCain, The Recession, Bayh and Reid )

From the people over @ PoliticalWire……

Americans Very Unhappy with Congress

A new Gallup Poll finds a record-low 28% of American voters say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. The previous low was 29% in October 1992.

“The same poll finds 49% of voters, a near-record low, saying their own member of Congress deserves to be re-elected. This marks only the second time since Gallup began asking this question in 1992 that the figure has dipped below 50%, and the first on the doorstep of a midterm election.”

The 2012 Campaign Begins

The early jockeying for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination steps up a notch tomorrow when the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference gets underway in New Orleans.

Featured speakers include Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty and Michael Steele.

C-SPAN will provide complete coverage of the event.

The Fall of John McCain

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart absolutely took apart Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on his show last night. Just brutal.

Read more…

Lawmakers Uninformed About Financial Crisis

In a very interesting interview with Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis talks about his new book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and a meeting he had with 40 or 50 House Republicans late last year.

Said Lewis: “I was supposed to be there for an hour. I was there for almost three. And nobody left. And their questions were increasingly: ‘Oh my God, Goldman Sachs did what? A.I.G. did what?’ They didn’t understand it… The minute they started to understand, they were outraged. And I think the more things are explained, the more outraged people will get.”

Bayh for Governor?

When Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) announced his retirement from the Senate earlier this year, he gave few hints as to what he’d do next.

But a knowledgeable Washington, D.C. source tells TPM that Bayh’s intentions “are clear to national Democrats: in 2012, he’s planning to leverage the independent, outsider cred he’s accrued in the wake of his retirement to run for his old job as Indiana’s Governor.”

In fact, Bayh may have hinted at his plans in his Senate retirement speech when he said, “I am an executive at heart.”

Quote of the Day

“If the election were held today, I’d win.”

— Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), in an interview with the Nevada Appeal, rejecting the polls that show him running behind every potential Republican challenger.

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April 8, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , ,

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