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Ouch! Obama's Numbers in Free Fall 56% Approval
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 7 Mar 09 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on 03/07/2009 6:42:53 AM PST by lt.america

Obama Approval Index History Date Presidential Approval Index Strongly Approve Strongly Disapprove Total Approve Total Disapprove

03/07/2009 +8 39% 31% 56% 43%

03/06/2009 +15 42% 27% 58% 40%

03/05/2009 +14 41% 27% 59% 40%

03/04/2009 +16 42% 26% 60% 38%

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; bho2009; bho44; democrats; numbers; obama; obamas
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I have been following the numbers closely the last month. Hot off the press, Obama is in a free fall. 56% approve 43% disapprove. Good will is gone. Now he has to show some leadership because for all the talk about the Republicans wondering in the wilderness, well that tide can turn quick.
1 posted on 03/07/2009 6:42:53 AM PST by lt.america
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To: lt.america

When the DOW breaks through 5,000 in June he’ll be hiding out in the White House and avoiding any interaction with the press.


2 posted on 03/07/2009 6:44:53 AM PST by kjam22 (see me play the guitar here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noHy7Cuoucc)
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To: lt.america

“Good will is gone” I dont think so yet, but the trend is on our side. People are still stuck on stupid.


3 posted on 03/07/2009 6:45:08 AM PST by GoCards
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To: lt.america

His numbers will match the Dow. Betting on 40%approval by June.


4 posted on 03/07/2009 6:45:17 AM PST by madison10
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To: kjam22

I have heard that 53% is the magic number for a sitting president for reelection. Obviously 2012 is a long way out, but it does look like the bloom is off and now he must show he is a leader. The jury will be out on that one...


5 posted on 03/07/2009 6:46:16 AM PST by lt.america (Looking for a bailout)
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To: lt.america

Obama is overpromising and underdelivering.

He isn’t in free fall yet. The interesting detail is that his negatives are sharply increasing — Obama only had 20% of the country disapproving of him when he took office. Now the average of all of the polls is around 30%, and Rasmussen shows it going even higher.


6 posted on 03/07/2009 6:46:32 AM PST by JHBowden (Keep the Change!)
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To: lt.america

It would be ‘nice’ for the GOP to go on the attack. We have a message. Let’s use it.

Thanks for this. I saw a WSJ/NBC earlier in the week that showed much stronger support.


7 posted on 03/07/2009 6:46:34 AM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: lt.america

The MSM in the meantime, said this poll is junk and maintain Obama’s approval rating is still in the 87-88% range, with information being collected on those who disagree to be used at some point in the future so they can be properly re-educated.” /s


8 posted on 03/07/2009 6:46:36 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: lt.america

He has been on vaction for almost 50 days with a teleprompter. I guess some of Zero’s opened up their statements and then said he wants me to pay more even though I lost 25% since he was sworn in.


9 posted on 03/07/2009 6:46:43 AM PST by scooby321
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To: lt.america

Rasmussen is the only polling agency I’ve seen that has him below 60% approval.


10 posted on 03/07/2009 6:47:05 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: lt.america

I have to say that lately I’ve noticed a dearth of Obama bumper stickers on cars - I’ve actually witnessed a man pull up to an Obama car, ask him to roll his window down and then ask the driver how his 401K was doing...


11 posted on 03/07/2009 6:48:09 AM PST by AJMCQ (Who is Khalid al-Mansour? You mean Obama didn't get into Harvard on his grades?)
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To: lt.america

Obama is in trouble
The DC Examiner ^ | March 6, 2009
http://www.dcexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/TapscottsCopyDesk/Obama-is-in-trouble-40864502.html

Did you feel it? The political ground shifting beneath President Barack Obama since his speech last week to Congress? It’s been downhill since and I’m not referring mainly to the Dow Jones record-setting dive. The pivot point of the shift was the speech, or rather what the speech did to the evolving public narrative of Obama.

Let’s review:

* Since the first of the year, Rush Limbaugh’s audience has exploded , according to Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post, even as his daily assaults on Obama have intensified. The conservative Talk Radio maestro has become the most listened-to radio personality in America since before Paul Harvey.

Demand for his air time hs suddenly become so intense, Limbaugh told The Examiner’s Byron York earlier today, that his network sold 80 percent as much advertising in January 2009 as it did in all of 2008, and expects to sell-out the year by the end of March. That was before Obama and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel launched an explicit counter-attack against Limbaugh that seems only to be making him bigger.

* Glenn Beck’s imminently forgettable presence on CNN has been transformed, according to The Los Angeles Times, by his move to Fox News where his main theme has been variations on this question - What in Heaven’s name does Barack Obama think he is doing to America? Beck has a tough time slot to win big ratings because he’s in the middle of evening drive-time, but in a very short time at Fox his audience is now exceeded only by Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.

* Obama remains personally popular with the public, but worries and even outright opposition to some of his cornerstone proposals is growing. Democrats in Congress are even beginning to express in public print their worries that Obama has reached too far with the $787 billion economic stimulus package, the $410 billion omnibus spending bill and the $3.6 trillion budget proposal (and the trillions more in additional bailouts, loan guarantees, “tax cuts” that are really just grants, and other spending accountrements of Leviathan Unleashed.

* A devastatng conservative case against Obama is coming together rapidly. Two influential columns this week tell the tale: On Thursday, Daniel Henninger offers this crucial observation in a WSJ piece otherwise devoted to asking why Republicans aren’t more eagerly and quickly taking advantage of the fact the Obama Democrats have all but declared war on the 75 percent of the U.S. economy that is private:

“Beyond the stock market, there is a reason why, despite much goodwill toward his presidency, the Obama response to the faltering economy has left many feeling undone. There isn’t much in his plan to stir the national soul. It’s about “sacrifice” now so that we can live for a future of small electric cars and windmills. This may move the Democratic Party’s faith communities, but it cannot revive a great nation. If the Democrats want to embrace market failure as a basis for their ideology, let them have it. As politics, it’s a downer.”

The second column appeared today in The Washington Post and was written by Charles Krauthammer. Obama’s mastery of public speaking has served to deflect attention away from the details of what he is actually proposing, which is based, according to Krauthammer, on a fundamental deception: Obama summons vision of catastrophe that are the result of too little government regulation of the financial markets and he offers as a solution vastly more government regulation of .... health care, energy and education.

“The ‘day of reckoning’ has now arrived. And because ‘it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament,’ Obama has come to redeem us with his far-seeing program of universal, heavily nationalized health care; a cap-and-trade tax on energy; and a major federalization of education with universal access to college as the goal.

“Amazing. As an explanation of our current economic difficulties, this is total fantasy. As a cure for rapidly growing joblessness, a massive destruction of wealth, a deepening worldwide recession, this is perhaps the greatest non sequitur ever foisted upon the American people,” Krauthammer said.

Worse, Krauthammer says, is that Obama tries to have it both ways, with the alleged errors of deregulation being compounded into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression by America’s failure to nationalize health care, shift our economy to alternative energy sources and give everybody a free pass to college.

In other words, Obama is trying to make the cause and the cure synonymous. “Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core,” Krauthammer said.

I would only disagree that the Obama deception represents a clever political strategy. The deception represents the fundamental flaw in the Obama strategy and indeed that of the Washington liberals who are racing to enact as much of their agenda as possible before the 2010 election.

The speech to Congress was the pivot point. Before the speech, Obama was protected by a kind of political equivalent of the Star Trek Shield. His symbolizing of an historic milestone, which alone moved millions of white voters to his column, combined with his soaring rhetoric, which negated any criticism from John McCain and other Republicans of the substance of Obama’s proposals.

But the magnetism of the historicity of his moment began fading once the economic stimulus, the omnibus and the budget were on the table. As people focused more on the details and how they didn’t square with what they thought he had promised during the campaign, the soaring rhetoric lost much of its power. It may even now be approaching a net negative because it throws so much more light on the inaequacies of the policies.

And so the ground has shifted and the essential narrative is changing. Before, supporting Obama was an act of personal and national affirmation made all the more attractive by the seeming reasonableness of his policy proposals. In short, Obama made himself a comfortable and reassuring choice because he made it “safe” to vote for him.

But now the mask is off and the disconnect between rhetoric and reality is emerging as the dominant driver of the Obama narrative. The contrast is no longer between the young, personable, historic candidate Obama and a creaky, cranky old Republican White Guy, it’s between what America thought it was getting in a President Obama (cool, reasonable and above partisanship) and what it now sees as the reality of a President Obama (government spending out of control, broken promises, more bureaucrats, etc. etc.).

Put another way - not what we were promised.

bttt


12 posted on 03/07/2009 6:48:38 AM PST by Matchett-PI (The brush fire's lit - the revolution has begun! Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the way!)
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To: lt.america

Interesting-I conclude that 53% of Americans have rocks in their heads.


13 posted on 03/07/2009 6:48:43 AM PST by NoobRep
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To: KansasGirl

Question is can the MSM cover for him as well as congress for another 3+ years?

What we have to do is discredit the media. And the only way to do that is to stop buying advertisers products and let them know why.


14 posted on 03/07/2009 6:49:53 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (“Are you better off than you were a month ago?”)
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To: KansasGirl

and Rasmussen was most accurate during last pres election.


15 posted on 03/07/2009 6:50:09 AM PST by jla
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To: kjam22

kjam, he doesn’t have any interaction with the press now.


16 posted on 03/07/2009 6:50:22 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: lt.america

approval way too high for this POS faker Kenyan.


17 posted on 03/07/2009 6:50:46 AM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: NoobRep

And Katie Couric is their spokesmodel.


18 posted on 03/07/2009 6:51:12 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: madameguinot
It would be ‘nice’ for the GOP to go on the attack. We have a message. Let’s use it.

They are waiting for his numbers to drop below 50% so they won't have to take a stand. The questioning and the counter-proposals should have begun by now.

Congress GOP caucus is acting like the barn is on fire and they're expecting the arsonist to put it out for them. It is as if they are afraid to tell the truth about the turd-world socialist's emerging agenda. I wonder why.

19 posted on 03/07/2009 6:51:38 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: lt.america

As Ann Coulter just told the Friends on Fox, just wait until people look at their 401(k)s.


20 posted on 03/07/2009 6:51:39 AM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: KansasGirl

They only poll likely voters, which would account for the differences.

However, this isn’t the only poll that is below 60%.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2201022/posts


21 posted on 03/07/2009 6:52:01 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: lt.america

Did congress ever ger out of single digits?


22 posted on 03/07/2009 6:53:50 AM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: lt.america
I have heard that 53% is the magic number for a sitting president for reelection.

1. What is the "magic" number for the SCOTUS to do their duty under the Constitution and force 0bama to prove he is a Natural Born Citizen?

2. I know this is wishful thinking, but at what point might Congress impeach and remove him for sedition, as well as incompetence?

23 posted on 03/07/2009 6:54:03 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO Kenyan Usurper - "Don't Tread On Me!!!")
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To: KansasGirl
NewsWEAK also has him sub-60%, so you know it must be getting bad.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2201022/posts

24 posted on 03/07/2009 6:54:08 AM PST by Shady Ray
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To: lt.america

Just the day to day gyrations of a silly tracking poll. LOL.


25 posted on 03/07/2009 6:54:36 AM PST by Honeybunch ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." ~Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Miss Didi
I received my securities account statement yesterday and from the looks of this graph, I wasn't the only one...


26 posted on 03/07/2009 6:54:40 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: coloradan
"And Katie Couric is their spokesmodel"

I have a better word: Spokeshole.

27 posted on 03/07/2009 6:54:43 AM PST by Matchett-PI (The brush fire's lit - the revolution has begun! Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the way!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Ha! Beat me to it!


28 posted on 03/07/2009 6:54:46 AM PST by Shady Ray
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To: AJMCQ
I’ve actually witnessed a man pull up to an Obama car, ask him to roll his window down and then ask the driver how his 401K was doing...

And pray tell us, what was the polite reply of the Obama fan?

29 posted on 03/07/2009 6:55:52 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: AJMCQ
I agree!

Kansas was never really Obama country, but in Wichita, we have plenty of Union types and college and govt worker types, and they defiantly put on those Obama bumper stickers and smirked.

I see fewer and fewer of them, anymore!

30 posted on 03/07/2009 6:56:17 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: lt.america

MSM has managed to hide the Congressional approval Numbers... ARE THERE ANY.. or are they just as good as they were before the election???


31 posted on 03/07/2009 6:56:31 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (WE THE PEOPLE Demand TALK RADIO to be our 1st Amendment MEDIA WATCHDOG!!!)
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To: JHBowden

Mr. Hope & Change is morphing into Mr. No-Hope & Chump Change right before the eyes of the fools who voted for him.

The recent mass demonstrations in NYC prefigure larger, more widespread, and more violent demonstrations and riots as the fools who voted for him realize that the piggie trough he promised to keep full and over-brimming is not filled with anything but hot air and promissory notes.


32 posted on 03/07/2009 6:56:32 AM PST by behzinlea
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To: lt.america

Obama is a leader.

He is the leading pro-abortionist, pro-terrorist, anti-family, anti-Christian, anti-Conservative president.

Won’t talk with all-American Rush Limbaugh, but willing to talk with America-hating, embassy-hostage-taking Amadi-jihad.


33 posted on 03/07/2009 6:56:42 AM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
kjam, he doesn’t have any interaction with the press now.

It is possible that this jerk is so arrogant, he doesn't think he needs the press anymore. He believes his own press clippings, and forgets where they came from.

The MSM made this a**hole and they can unmake him if they want to. Some of them are getting a bit restive with being expected to swallow the incompetence, deceptiveness and corruption thrown in their faces.

34 posted on 03/07/2009 6:57:11 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: kjam22

Should the DOW hit 5000—and I believe it will, before going to 4000—Hussein will be doing everything in his power to make certain that the blame falls on Bush and the “do-nothing”, “interfering” republicans. The MSM will naturally back him to the hilt. He is deliberately working to create disaster and panic.


35 posted on 03/07/2009 6:57:50 AM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: JHBowden
Obama WILL tank. And America will wake up to ralize that it has elected a fascist who in all truth, hates America so much that he is willinng to destroy it and impose a socilaist " community" Utopia. He has the money allocated for that now in the billions of dollars, and has succeeded, getting all he needs in a quick scam on America.

Now we will fight him, tooth and nail.


36 posted on 03/07/2009 6:57:51 AM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say n,othing, ( member NRA)
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To: lt.america; ROTB

Rasmussen ping!

Side note: Does anyone notice that his approval ratings go down like clockwork at the end of the week in this poll?

I wonder if the weekend sample skews things badly during the week.. It is a 3 day rolling avg. But the trend is good anyway.


37 posted on 03/07/2009 6:58:29 AM PST by rom (Obama '12 slogan: Let's keep on hopin'!)
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To: Miss Didi
As Ann Coulter just told the Friends on Fox, just wait until people look at their 401(k)s.

I refuse to look at mine.

I will keep it in their for the long haul or till its gone.

38 posted on 03/07/2009 6:58:30 AM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Miss Didi

Oh, they are looking and they are moving them...out. It’s only a trickle now, but if Obama, that bunch of goons in congress and Obama’s administration, mess with people’s money much more it will become a tsunami.


39 posted on 03/07/2009 6:59:10 AM PST by madison10
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To: lt.america
Not sure if our great candidate in Chicago, Pullido, can win, but even if she comes very close, that will shake the Obama bots to the core!
We should use that race to highlight the Chicago corruption.
One good commercial might break through for national publicity!

I do think Tedisco can and will win in New York. That will make the MSM and the public start to take notice, too.

Polls are usually not accurate. A couple of actual elections? Things will start to change quick, Dems in Congress will quit protecting Obama so much and start worrying about their OWN hides!

40 posted on 03/07/2009 6:59:38 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: Vaquero

**just wait until people look at their 401(k)s.
I refuse to look at mine.**

you don’t have to ... I’ll tell you ..
My 401K is now a 199K

my IRA is an IOU...

THANK YOU FUHRER OBAMA.. SIEG HEIL!!


41 posted on 03/07/2009 7:00:32 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (WE THE PEOPLE Demand TALK RADIO to be our 1st Amendment MEDIA WATCHDOG!!!)
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To: lt.america

I do hope that people wake up to this incompetent fraud quickly. However, watch for more media stories like the one I just heard on LA radio KNX - an interview at a medical clinic where the stimulus money had supposedly arrived already. The clinic worker was saying how unexpectedly fast the money arrived! All that was lacking was an “All praise to the Great Leader for his generosity!” at the end of the interview.


42 posted on 03/07/2009 7:00:37 AM PST by Moonmad27 (Simplify, simplify, simplify. H.D. Thoreau)
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To: AJMCQ

LOL


43 posted on 03/07/2009 7:00:52 AM PST by GoLightly
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To: lt.america

I have to feel for all those retired Dems voted for him only to watch their life savings disappear.

Pray for America, Our Troops and obama’s continued Failure


44 posted on 03/07/2009 7:00:55 AM PST by bray (Welcome to the USSA!)
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To: KansasGirl

Yes, but it is my experience that the “negative” number is the most important in these things.

Often, the “positive” number is simply an uninformed person who wants to sound positive.

To be “negative” especially during the “honeymoon period” means that person KNOWS something that might be hard to forget.


45 posted on 03/07/2009 7:01:16 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: lt.america

Obama is incompetent.

Biden is incompetent.

Hillary is incompetent.

The whole damn staff is incompetent.


46 posted on 03/07/2009 7:02:28 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Westbrook

Interesting...I hear a constant theme of, “Wait till people look at their 401ks”....let me take it further. What happens to those older folks who cannot retire and/or cannot afford their later years anymore. What becomes of them?


47 posted on 03/07/2009 7:02:55 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: GoCards
People are still trying to recover from the shocks the economy is undergoing; they haven't made the connection that the policies of this Administration are making things worse. It didn't all start with Obama, but he's the wrong man to have in the White House at this time.
48 posted on 03/07/2009 7:03:09 AM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: eCSMaster

Actually ...

Incompetent would be an .... IMPROVEMENT!!


49 posted on 03/07/2009 7:03:21 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (WE THE PEOPLE Demand TALK RADIO to be our 1st Amendment MEDIA WATCHDOG!!!)
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To: lt.america

His numbers are going down faster than Monica Lewinsky.


50 posted on 03/07/2009 7:04:26 AM PST by Piquaboy
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