in reference to: FOXNews.com - L.A.: $111M in Stimulus Saved Just 55 Jobs (view on Google Sidewiki)
This article about the upcoming mid-term election reads like a thousand other articles on the subject, with the exception of one darkly disturbing line in the first paragraph.
"...the biggest fear of some of those close to him is that he may not really want to go on in 2012, that he might not really care."
This quote is attributed to a "big-time Democrat" who has "hardly ever been wrong" by Roger Simon, a very well respected journalist from Obama's hometown of Chicago.
When I read it, something clicked for me. There has been something bothersome to me about President Obama, and I think maybe the "big-time Democrat" nailed it.
The thing that seems a bit "off" about the President - the bothersome thing that I've been unable to put my finger on - is not something obvious like partisanship or shiftiness -- it's that he just doesn't seem to care.
He seems disconnected, unconcerned, and unmoved by the plight of millions who suffer the brunt of the worst economy of their lives. He is so disconnected, in fact, that he sees nothing wrong with taking 6 luxurious vacations in the last year alone - while most Americans had no hope of even a weekend off from their second or third jobs to make ends meet.
To me, its almost as if Obama reached his goal on election night. It seem that, for him, his work ended there rather than began.
He became a historic figure on election night.He's in the history books now. He won the Nobel Prize. He'll write books, be a statesman. His family is set for life.
Maybe that's already enough for Barack Obama.
Maybe he really doesn't care about the rest of us.
Says The Fix:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will spend four days stumping for Republican candidates in the Midwest later this month, the latest sign that the 2008 presidential candidate is working to broaden his geographic appeal in advance of a potential 2012 bid.
On Sept. 11, Huckabee will be in Indiana to raise cash for state Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) who is running against 2nd district Rep. Joe Donnelly (D).
Two days later Huckabee will do events for former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, who is running to replace retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R), and former Rep. Steve Chabot, who is trying to reclaim the Cincinnati-area seat he lost in 2008.
Huckabee will wind up the trip on Sept. 14 in Illinois where he will lend his help to state Sen. Bill Brady, the Republican nominee against Gov. Pat Quinn (D).
Huckabee's Midwestern swing comes on the heels of recent victories in Alaska (Huckabee, like Palin, had endorsed Joe Miller) and Georgia (Huckabee was behind former Rep. Nathan Deal's gubernatorial candidacy) for the former Arkansas governor.
Huckabee has openly speculated about whether he will run again in 2012 and polling in Iowa, where he won the caucuses in 2008, suggests he would start as the frontrunner in that critical state if he decided to make a bid.
It appears as though Huckabee's travel this month is aimed at the perception within the political chattering class that his appeal is generally limited to the south and to social conservatives. The more Huckabee can show his effectiveness as a surrogate in races across the country, the easier it is for him to make the case that he could be the party's standard-bearer against President Obama in 2012.
"Huckabee will spend four days stumping for Republican candidates in the Midwest later this month, the latest sign that the 2008 presidential candidate is working to broaden his geographic appeal in advance of a potential 2012 bid."
- The Fix - Lisa Murkowski loses, do Democrats sense opportunity? (view on Google Sidewiki)
New Public Policy Polling poll: The basic findings of this poll are the same we see everywhere- Republicans like Sarah Palin. They just don't want her to be President. And that holds true even in her home state.in reference to:
"The basic findings of this poll are the same we see everywhere- Republicans like Sarah Palin. They just don't want her to be President. And that holds true even in her home state."
- Public Policy Polling: Palin 2012 in Alaska (view on Google Sidewiki)