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The Dark Horse of the 2012 GOP Primary

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The man who can end traffic stop slavery and heal a divided nation.

Somebody finally got around to polling (PDF) the all-important matchup between President Barack Obama and Tennessee’s very own son, Basil Marceaux, and by God, it looks like he’s actually got a shot at the White House.

As it turns out, despite low favorables and most people having never heard of him, Basil Marceaux is presently polling a larger share of the vote than Ross Perot was able to muster in 1992.

Down the line Obama is doing better in this month’s 2012 poll, leading every match up after trailing in most of them a month ago. Romney and Mike Huckabee come the closest, both down by three points. It’s a 47-44 contest against Huckabee. Obama leads Sarah Palin 49-43, Newt Gingrich 49-42, and Chris Christie 47-31.

Even though Obama has negative approval numbers with independents he leads every potential GOP foe with them.

Finally the gold fringed flag and traffic stops may live to die another day in American society. Voters nationwide aren’t any more inclined to let Basil Marceaux do his issues than the ones in Tennessee were last week- Obama leads the youtube sensation 46-21 in a hypothetical contest.

[Public Policy Polling blog]

This even though his favorability rating is in the single digits:

Q7 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Basil Marceaux?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 3%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 16%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 81%

The good news, however, is that if he can get all the undecideds to break his way, he wins!

Q14 If the candidates for President in 2012 were Basil Marceaux and Barack Obama, who would you vote for?
Basil Marceaux ……………………………………….. 21%
Barack Obama………………………………………… 46%
Undecided………………………………………………. 33%

If we assume that the 46% for Obama are all Democrats, then if this poll is to be believed, Basil Marceaux enjoys the support of two fifths of Republicans. That’s more than John McCain had going for him right before the Iowa Caucus.

And just in case you were wondering, no, these people aren’t high. The pollsters are already one step ahead of you.

Q23 Have you ever smoked Marijuana? If yes, press 1. If no, press 2. If you don’t care to say, press 3.
Yes ……………………………………………………….. 27%
No …………………………………………………………. 63%
N/A………………………………………………………… 11%

This poll shows that Basil Marceaux is a credible candidate for president, and has just as much right to seek the nomination as Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, or Rudy Giuliani did in 2008, none of whom could match these numbers.

Do it, Mr. Marceaux. Make Tennessee proud.

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Obama: “I didn’t campaign on the public option.”

December 22, 2009 1 comment

Obama said the public option “has become a source of ideological contention between the left and right.” But, he added, “I didn’t campaign on the public option.”

[Washington Post]

Actually, Mr. President, you most certainly did.

UPDATE: Think Progress has more.

Categories: Barack Obama, Health Care

Pitiful or Powerful?

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

The whole piece deserves a read.

Those historical figures which proved effective in facilitating real change and engendering hope in those who followed them did so by operating outside the status quo. They did so by throwing caution to the wind and putting themselves and their aspirations in the back seat and doing that which needed to be done for the good of those they served.

It is time for President Obama to stand fully erect and go blow for blow. The time has passed for issuing passes to those who have seemingly been disloyal and disingenuous in their actions; those persons seemingly have begun to see this as not a political favor but a weakness. All attempts at negotiation and compromise have appeared to those looking on, to include me, as complete and utter capitulation; the goal of negotiation and compromise is to reach an acceptable middle ground and not give, give, give until there is nothing left to give and then call it a victory.

President Obama has secured his place in history as the first African American president; however, the question then becomes what will history say about his performance as president? He will either be seen as being a complete failure or great; the epilogue will be either very pitiful or powerful, but it cannot be both. He has allowed the opposition and members of his own party to set the terms and formulate the rules in such a way that there is no middle ground.

[soulbrother v.2]

Categories: Barack Obama

The Most Important Fifteen Minutes of Your Weekend

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

If you somehow missed Bill Moyers’ Journal last night, you need to take some time out of your weekend to watch this segment with Matt Taibbi and Robert Kuttner for a critical yet sober review of the Obama administration’s handling of the bailout and the health care bill.

An excerpt:

BILL MOYERS: If you were Barack Obama in a city that’s overrun by money, how would you try to fix it?

ROBERT KUTTNER: I would go over the heads of the special interests to the people. I think there’s a lot of sullen apprehension, frustration out in the country. And I think the people are hungry for leadership. He’s not doing that sufficiently.

MATT TAIBBI: It’s absolutely a political winner for the president to hit Wall Street very hard and do all the things that he’s supposed to be doing right now. You know, that all the things that FDR did. If he did those things, if he remade Wall Street in the way that it needs to be remade, he would do nothing but gain popularity. And I think that’s the strategy he should have pursued.

BILL MOYERS: But what if by nature, that’s not what he wants to do? What if, by nature, he prefers to head the establishment, than to change it?

ROBERT KUTTNER: Then he runs the risk of being a failed president. And I do have the audacity to hope that he’s a smart enough, principled enough guy, that some time in his second year in office, he’s going to realize that he’s at a crossroads.

MATT TAIBBI: This isn’t a purely political problem. This isn’t just a question of how does Barack Obama get reelected. This is a serious problem. He has to put aside maybe his inclinations to think about what he can do to actually fix the country. And it’s, you know, desperately in need of fixing. And so, if he’s not that guy, he has to become that guy.

BILL MOYERS: You say it’s a serious problem. But isn’t from your own experiences, your long experience, your recent experience, isn’t this the fundamental question issue of why it’s not working, that there’s too much money canceling out other imperatives, other needs, other possibilities?

MATT TAIBBI: This is the fundamental question. Is there a way that we can have a politician get elected without the sponsorship of special interests? Can we get somebody in the White House who’s independent of the special interests that are in the way of real reform? And that’s the problem. We haven’t been able to have that happen. And we need to find a way to have that happen.

ROBERT KUTTNER: Right. And I think it’s not accidental that the last three Democratic presidents have been at best, corporate Democrats. And one hoped because of the depth of the crisis and the disgrace of deregulation and ideology, and the practical failure of the Bush presidency, this was a moment for a clean break. The fact that even at such a moment, even with an outsider president campaigning on change we can believe in, that Barack Obama turned out to be who he has been so far, is just so revealing in terms of the structural undertow that big money represents in this country. The question is: Is he capable of making a change — he’s only been in office less than a year — in time to redeem the moment, redeem his own promise?

Categories: Barack Obama, Health Care