I'm somewhat of a Blue Dog, but when it comes to reforming America's broken health care system, a system that is failing one third of this country's population:
Senator Chuck Grassley is a two-faced charlatan.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele is a pandering buffoon.
Rep. Virginia Foxx and lobbyist Rudy Giuliani are dishonest fear-mongers.
Media clowns Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Betsy McCaughey are ruthless liars.
Facebook user Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are at best flip-floppers, and at worst, world-class hypocrites.
I do not use these words because these men and women are Republicans; my desire is not to be partisan. There have been good Republicans in the past and there will be good Republicans in the future, just as there have been bad Democrats in the past and there will be bad Democrats in the future. No, I use these charged words because all of these politicians know the facts about the House health care bill and yet have decided to pander to an uneducated public and then write serious legislation based on their own lies.
I'm shocked -- shocked -- that this finding doesn't make it into the Fox News write up of its own polling, but the latest survey commissioned by the conservative news outlet finds that the Republican Party is at an all-time low in terms of popularity.
Per the poll (.pdf), the GOP's favorability rating has slid noticeably from the spring, from 41 percent in early April to just 36 percent today. At the same time, the party's unfavorable rating increased from 50 percent to 53 percent. Both of the current numbers represent new lows for the Republican Party in Fox News polling.
At the same time, the Fox News survey finds that Americans view the Democratic Party significantly better, with 50 percent viewing it favorably and just 41 percent viewing it unfavorably. Barack Obama's favorable ratings are even better -- still close to a 2-to-1 positive-to-negative ratio -- with 62 percent viewing him favorably and 33 percent viewing him unfavorably.
If this were the first time -- or anywhere close to it -- we might be able to chalk this one up as an inadvertent mistake. But this isn't the first time Fox News has tried to label a Republican facing a tremendous scandal a Democrat. Back in 2006, during the heat of the Mark Foley scandal, Fox labeled the embattled Republican "D-FL" -- the same type of "mistake" they made with regards to Sanford today. No, Mark Sanford is not a Democrat. Get it right.
by Josh Orton, Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 09:28:06 AM EDT
From an interview with CNBC yesterday:
In another interview yesterday, Harwood told the president that "media critics would say not only has it not come, but that you have gotten such favorable press -- either because of bias or because you're good box office -- that it's hurting the country, because you're not being sufficiently held accountable for your policies."
The president said "it's very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."
"I assume you're talking about Fox," Harwood said.
"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," the president said."And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front."
Fox News is, of course, not news. We know it, and the president knows it.
This video is getting a lot of well-deserved buzz this morning. Like good writing, good video CAN crystallize a moment, and make a compelling argument. Then again, the argument that the modern conservative movement has come completely unhinged is a fairly easy one to make. Never mind. Just watch the video:
And if you're in Washington, DC today, please consider joining The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, the InterFairth Conference of Metropolitan Washington, various faith groups, friends, and me for a vigil for peace and solidarity in front of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024 (just off 14th and Independence SW - closest Metro stop: Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue lines)
2:00pm today (Thursday, June 11, 2009)
We'll be there to express our support, unity, love, respect and to reflect in the aftermath of yesterday's tragic shooting of Stephen T. Johns, who gave his life defending our commitment to fight injustice and hatred.
I'd also like to put in a quick pitch for The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Southern Poverty Law Center. Two organizations that do indispensable work and need our support.