The Gore Effect in the Netroots

The Gore effect is something we all have been wondering.  If Gore were to jump in would he be the netroots favorite?  Who would be draw the most support from.  I wanted to do this poll and see just what MyDD is thinking on Al Gore... I am also curious to see predicitions on Gore's effect on the race.

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DeLay On CNN

Just caught the tail end of a CNN segment with Tom DeLay. Some pretty funny stuff. My favorite part by far was when he blamed John McCain for the current plight of the republican party. Stating that the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform was a slight against The Constitution... something a little bit ironic about that I think.

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Clinton ahead in Florida poll - 49%, Obama 13%, Edwards 7%

Quinnipiac poll, February 7, 2007

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1297.xml?Rele aseID=1012

(If registered Democrat) If the 2008 Democratic primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Al Gore, Tom Vilsack, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Wesley Clark and Dennis Kucinich for whom would you vote?

                       REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                        Tot     Men     Wom

Gore                     7%      9%      6%
Vilsack                  -       -       -  
Biden                    2       1       3  
Edwards                  7      12       4  
Richardson               3       3       3  
Clinton                 49      40      55  
Obama                   13       8      15  
Dodd                     -       1       -  
Clark                    1       3       -  
Kucinich                 -       -       -  
SMONE ELSE(VOL)          1       1       1  
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)         3       4       1  
DK/NA                   13      16      11

Other poll results:

Bush's approval rating is at 35%, the lowest ever in this particular poll.

In hypothetical matchups between GOP and Democratic candidates, HRC beats McCain by 4 points while Obama and Edwards lose to McCain (by 2 and 1 point, respectively)

More below the fold  

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Confused about Edward's Healthcare Plan

I wanted the Edward's supporters to please explain his healthcare plan to me:

From the Washington Post:

During the interview, Edwards also gave new details of his plan for universal health care, which he said would require new taxes.

He said he would propose spending $90 billion to $120 billion a year to expand Medicaid, provide subsidies for people who lack coverage, ask employers to take on additional coverage needs and create what he called "health markets" around the country to create some efficiencies.

"Yes, we will have to raise taxes," he said. That would start, he added, by repealing the tax cuts introduced by Bush during his first term.

Now all I have heard Edward's supporters on here say is how he is supporting a single payer Universal Healthcare System.  Yet, this sure doesn't sound like one to me... Am I misunderstanding something here?  It sounds like he wants to increase medicaid/medicare funding, help those who can't afford it pay for it, and have employers take on additional coverage... which I am thinking is similiar to  the MASS. plan.  I guess this is a start, but it doesn't sound all that great to me at this point, and frankly businesses are going to balk if forced to pay more (being a business owner, the costs of Healthcare are freakin ridiculous... most people don't understand JUST how much of the healthcare costs their employer is picking up.)

So I am asking the Edward's supporters... Please convince me why this is a good plan... DOn't compare it to others... no, HRC or OBAMA or CLARK haven't shown us anything posts... just rate the merits of the plan and tell those of us who aren't supporting Edwards but are open minded, why this is a good plan.

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Edwards blames Clinton for Iraq War

Is Edwards a stalking horse for McCain?

In an attempt to blame others for Edward's vote on Iraq, Edwards now claims it was bad intelligence from Clinton administration that  lead to Iraq war.

That certainly sounds like the same line of attack that McCain will use. As you can see from the link, the Republicans are already using Edward's attacks on other Democrats.

Edwards: "[I] went back to former Clinton administration officials who gave me sort of independent information about what they believed about what was happening with Saddam's weapons programs. They were also wrong. And based on that, I made the wrong judgment." (Fmr. Sen. John Edwards, "Meet The Press," 2/4/07)

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