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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.

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

The Chair of the Federal Reserve is fighting Congress on oversight…..

Ben Bernanke, is firing back at members of Congress that want to sponsor a bill to put congressional oversight of the agency that is this countries central bank. The Fed also sets policy and rates for the this country, and its banking system……It has been independent, and in the background, until financial problem come up……In my opinion, congress has  turned to its operation as a scapegoat for the mistakes made by the past White House……The bill put forth to the members of the House has 313 sponsors…which I think has that strong backing because, the members of the House know there is NO CHANCE that the Senate would vote to accept a similar bill…….

November 28, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congress balks at an addition 700 miles of border fence between Mexico and the United States……

By voting down an amendment by Senator Jim DeMint (R.SC), whose state doesn’t even sit on the border….to construct an additional 700 miles of high fencing in place of 300 miles of low rise fencing, and barriers…Congress has come to it senses, and backed away from the fierce right wing rhetoric,  and threats of action, that flowed last year about illegal immigration……seven border state congressmen asked, and received their wish, to have the amendment (and additional fencing) dropped from consideration by Congress.

In addition to other issues……the governments move to take land from private citizen’s (over 200) to construct  fencing and barrier’s has been a huge headache for the border states………Congress has asked the Homeland Security Department to consider other means of patrolling and securing the border……

October 11, 2009 Posted by | Law, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment