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Rasmussen Poll: Honeymoon ending quickly
Data from Rasmussen, historical polling ^ | 03-07-09 | Dangus

Posted on 03/07/2009 2:57:19 PM PST by dangus

RasmussenReports' new daily tracking poll has President Barrack Obama receiving his lowest approval rating since immediately after the election, 56%. 43% of Americans generally disapprove of his performance, 31% strongly do.

Obama's approval rating was immediately after the election was 52%. As is typical after an election (according to longer-standing polls, such as Gallup), America put aside its partisan feelings, giving the newly elected the benefit of the doubt: his approvals rose to 67% over the course of the next month, peaking at 69%. They stayed in that range, which was high even for a newly elected president, until inauguration day.

Since his inauguration, Obama's presidential approval index (Rasmussen's measure of strong approval minus strong disapproval) plunged by nearly three quarters. Within a week, his approval rating reached 60%; It;s fluctuated slightly within each week, bouncing as high as 63%, but his weekly approval rating average has declined each week.

Each new low has occurred over a weekend; each midweek sees his approval ratings bounce slightly, so he may be slightly better off then 56%. A week ago, he polled at 58%, and Newsweek's most recent poll matches that. Fox News, on the other hand is closer to 63%.

Other presidents' approval ratings have surged in this time. President George W. Bush was inaugurated with approval ratings barely cracking 50%, but they surged to the mid-60s. Reagan's moved from the mid-50s to nearly 70%. George H.W. Bush's reached the high 70s. Clinton moved to the mid-60s; Kennedy and Carter also reached the 70s. Only the unelected Gerald Ford saw his approval ratings decline so soon after inauguration.


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Incidentally, for some who believe that Roosevelt's popularity despite failing to get us out of the great depression suggests that Obama could politically benefit from his economic failing: Within the first 100 days of the Roosevelt administration, the stock market had soared nearly 50%; it nearly doubled in the first year.
1 posted on 03/07/2009 2:57:19 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus
Sign these 4 petitions against Sebelius & Contact the Senators:

-- Contact your Senator here  and Call your U.S. Senators & Sen. Brownback today at 202-224-3121.

-- Catholics Against Sebelius petition

-- Susan B. Anthony List petition

-- American Life League petition

-- Liberty Action petition

-- More SBA action alerts

-- Operation Rescue Page

-- Fact Check

-- e-mail 0bama

Call Sen. Brownback the Traitor

-- ALL's Judie Brown on Sen. Brownback: "I'll never use 'pro-life' to describe him again"

-- Brownback waffles but will vote to confirm Sebelius

-- Sam Brownback - the latest GOP traitor?

Read and pass around these two articles about Sebelius:

-- InsideCatholic.com: Obama's Choice of Sebelius Heats Up the Pro-life Battle

-- USA Today: Kansas Gov. Sebelius told not to take Communion

Call the RNC and ask Chairman Steele (who is Catholic and pro-life) to officially mobilize the party against the Sebelius nomination and to expose her radical pro-abortion views: 202.863.8500

Hat-tip to Coleus for assembling this data, THANK YOU!

2 posted on 03/07/2009 2:58:13 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: dangus

already posted


3 posted on 03/07/2009 2:58:26 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Destruction of the US Economy: Obama's Global War on Prosperity!!!)
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To: dangus

“Honey,I shrunk the honeymoon.”


4 posted on 03/07/2009 2:59:46 PM PST by Enterprise (I went to America and all I got were some DVDs and little helicopters.)
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To: dangus
Only the unelected Gerald Ford saw his approval ratings decline so soon after inauguration.

Reflecting his controversial "pre-emptive" pardon of Richard Nixon.

5 posted on 03/07/2009 3:03:24 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: RetiredArmy

I’m sure it wasn’t because I just finished writing the analyses. I would have written it as a comment to any existing news piece about the Rasmussen poll, but I searched and there are no news stories with Rasmussen in the titles since March 3. The most recent poll from Rasmussen’s site is about Limbaugh.


6 posted on 03/07/2009 3:03:56 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

>> The most recent poll from Rasmussen’s site is about Limbaugh. <<

By this I mean that the most recent FR article sourced from Rasmussen’s site is about Limbaugh.


7 posted on 03/07/2009 3:05:11 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

I also think he will suffer from our culture’s impatience. Folks won’t keep ‘giving him a chance’ as their 401ks are devalued, for example.


8 posted on 03/07/2009 3:07:17 PM PST by Ted Grant
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To: narses

I support your cause, but it sorta as if you’ve spammed this thread. Yours is the first response, and it goes on for more than a screen. That kinda kills other responses. And it has very little to do with my post.


9 posted on 03/07/2009 3:08:50 PM PST by dangus
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To: Ted Grant

I agree. What’s more, I believe that the very fact that people did suspend judgment initially will only heighten the sense of betrayal and make it harder for him to turn his poll numbers around.


10 posted on 03/07/2009 3:10:27 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

***Incidentally, for some who believe that Roosevelt’s popularity despite failing to get us out of the great depression suggests that Obama could politically benefit from his economic failing: Within the first 100 days of the Roosevelt administration, the stock market had soared nearly 50%; it nearly doubled in the first year. ***

Roosevelt campaigned against Hoover, a Republican who had started to tank the economy. Roosevelt said he’d correct all Hoover’s mistakes, but instead made them even bigger. I would think his campaign promises kept his popularity up for a while. However, when we got into WWII, it was PATRIOTISM only which got him re-elected. And, even then, there were people who knew he was a socialist and voted against him.


11 posted on 03/07/2009 3:10:58 PM PST by kitkat
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To: Ted Grant

Good point, that middle class voters who keep watching their wealth evaporate will lose patience with Obama.

But his core supporters among lefties, ACORN people, etc. may stay high. These ACORN dudes don’t have 401ks, so they look at things from that point of view. They think middle class people live too well and have enough money and wealth as it is. Ditto for the truly wealthy.


12 posted on 03/07/2009 3:11:08 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dangus

Not my intent, sorry - it was based on my belief that this thread will gets lots of hits. I meant to ping my list for that purpose.


13 posted on 03/07/2009 3:11:21 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: dangus

Roosevelt was sworn in at almost the exact moment that the economy was bottoming. Obama’s timing wasn’t so good. Also, Roosevelt actually did something. Roosevelt declared a bank holiday and reinvented the financial system. Obama’s claim to fame is that he established Wednesday night as party night.

The main difference between Roosevelt and Obama, though, is that Roosevelt was trying to fix the economy. Obama is trying to break it so that he can introduce socialism.


14 posted on 03/07/2009 3:11:26 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Ted Grant

agreed, but his hard-core backers and the MSM will ride the “inherited” train all the way to the end of the line..

however, the amount of track left is growing shorter by the day..IMO, within 60-90 days his core constituents will begin to feel some remorse as their checks haven’t arrived AND a LOT of them find they don’t qualify for mortgage assistance etc...

he’ll begin to fall under serious fire in 3 months..IMO


15 posted on 03/07/2009 3:11:46 PM 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: dangus; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...

FYI, more good news.


16 posted on 03/07/2009 3:12:09 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: dangus; Dilbert San Diego; GeorgiaDawg32

Our culture likes immediate gratification. People want results and they want them quickly. Folks quickly step into and out of fads and fashions.

Obama was supposed to make thins better, but we know his policies won’t do that. Not in the short term, certainly. Probably not in the medium and long term either.

The downside of being a messiah is that sooner or later, you have to deliver a miracle or two. Barry can’t do miracles. The apostles will notice soon, and get restless.

That’s the problem with being a shepherd - the sheep can just as soon take to you as grow alienated.


17 posted on 03/07/2009 3:19:18 PM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Ted Grant

Um, now they are 301ks thanks to zero, soon to be 201ks. /joke


18 posted on 03/07/2009 3:19:27 PM PST by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: dangus

He scared people to death to get the stimulus passed. It’s been, what, a month since it was passed. And things have gotten worse. People’s patience is wearing thin and they’re starting to realize they were sold a bill of goods.


19 posted on 03/07/2009 3:22:06 PM PST by randita (Starve the beast - earn as little as you can get by on and spend even less.)
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To: Ted Grant

I cant believe anyone that had a 401K would vote for him.What complete morons.


20 posted on 03/07/2009 3:24:19 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: kitkat

Actually, I’ve been reading a lot about Roosevelt. I’ve previously regarded him a little conspiratorial, but I think by 1937, he recognized the threat Hitler was, and he knew that America needed to be fiscally strong to counter him.

The 1933-1937 growth was fairly anemic, especially given the enormity of the 1929-1933 recession. And I think it’s fair to say that Roosevelt sacrificed growth for big-government solutions to the intense human suffering. But it seems that the 1937-1939 recession was caused not by further fiscal irresponsibility, but by undoing his Keynesian spending. Compare it in some ways to the 1982 recession under Reagan’s watch.

In the case of Reagan, however, most conservatives give him credit for the astoundingly robust growth that occurred after the recession. Roosevelt’s gets lost in the 1940 military escalation. But I think that might be a shame because it seems to be also partly in response to some newly adopted fiscal conservativism.

This doesn’t mean Roosevelt didn’t have a Keynesian economic policy that retarded growth. The recession of 1937 was plainly caused by a fiscally necessary reversal of the Keynesian spending; Even Keynes himself would have to agree that if you increase spending to halt a downward cycle, you have to decrease it again afterward. And the growth during 1933-1937 was exceptionally meager, certainly not an ideal demonstration of Keynes’ economic theories.


21 posted on 03/07/2009 3:27:07 PM PST by dangus
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To: Brilliant

I listen to a couple of broker shows each week just to see what THEY are saying. Last week one broker said (paraphrasing) that he thought Obama was sincere but making the wrong moves. This week he said (NOT paraphrasing) that he thinks Obama IS trying to tank this country.


22 posted on 03/07/2009 3:28:03 PM PST by kitkat
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To: dangus

I hate it when people do that on FR, and I NEVER read their crap.


23 posted on 03/07/2009 3:31:27 PM PST by bigbob (-)
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To: kitkat

It’s a little more subtle than that. He’s trying to even out the distribution of wealth. If that means destroying the middle and upper classes that produce (and own) the wealth, then so be it. Causing a depression might do what he wants so long as it’s the wealthy who lose the most, and he’s determined to make it so.


24 posted on 03/07/2009 3:31:32 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The left is thrilled by his job performace. Amazing and very telling is that as the financial crisis continues to exponentially worsen, a sizeable and growing minority is convinced that the country is now headed in the right direction. But they are clearly a minority, and their ideology is being discredited.

They will NEVER come around. The Dow Jones could fall to 600 and unemployment could rise to 30%, and it would be all Bush’s fault in their minds.


25 posted on 03/07/2009 3:32:32 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

201ks are in the mail today that approval rate is going to dive


26 posted on 03/07/2009 3:34:07 PM PST by italianquaker ( Something stinks in DC, oh it is just B.O)
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To: narses
Brownback is NOT a “traitor” -— you might disagree with his tactics and strategy, but as a Kansan, I know that Brownback’s heart is in the right place on this.
27 posted on 03/07/2009 3:35:36 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58
but as a Kansan, I know that Brownback’s heart is in the right place on this.

Please explain..........

Love to here how you know this.......

28 posted on 03/07/2009 3:37:46 PM PST by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: dangus

FDR didn’t have Rush limbaugh to contend with.


29 posted on 03/07/2009 3:38:58 PM PST by techno
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To: Kansas58; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
Kansas58 says: "I know that Brownback’s heart is in the right place on this."
Kansas58, please explain how that is possible. Voting for any pro-abort appointment is bad, for this job it is tantamount to putting the ovens on HIGH and bringing the Zyklon-B in via railcars.
30 posted on 03/07/2009 3:41:02 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: RetiredArmy
already posted752+ views. 752 people must have missed the first one, including me.
31 posted on 03/07/2009 3:42:00 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Ted Grant
Folks won’t keep ‘giving him a chance’ as their 401ks are devalued, for example.

My liberal relatives, all of whom are employed by large companies, have become eerily quiet with their Obozo cheer leading emails recently. Heck, they're not even sending the occasional joke anymore.

Methinks they're quaking in their boots over their 401Ks, and know all too well "who" is causing them to plummet.

I've even "poked" them with some mild anti-Obama stuff recently, but I haven't seen a single head explode. Must be some serious shell shock.

32 posted on 03/07/2009 3:44:00 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dangus

Frankly, this is not really about Bush. Bush is a straw man. This is all about Stalin, Marx, Alinsky, Castro and Chavez. As Rush puts it this is a deliberate attempt, again a DELIBERATE ATTEMPT by the Marxists to send the economcy into the tank and destroy the capitalist system once and for all, to orchestrate and exacerbate a crisis, and then seize the opportunity to foist a totalitarian state on to America while they are watching the Yankees beat the Red Sox, who will win the edition of American Idol or who will be eliminated in the next Survivor episode.


33 posted on 03/07/2009 3:44:12 PM PST by techno
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To: Right Wing Assault; RetiredArmy

Sometimes I feel like there are people on FR who feel their main mission in life is to piss on other people’s work. (I’m not sure that’s fair to say of RetiredArmy since it’s my first encounter with him; I mean this generally, and am only mentioning him by name because it’s unfair to talk about people behind their backs.)


34 posted on 03/07/2009 3:46:15 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

True. Roosevelt appeared to be having some success at first. The economy was “poised for a beautiful recovery” in 1933, according to those guys at UCLA. But FDR strangled it.


35 posted on 03/07/2009 3:46:51 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: kitkat
“However, when we got into WWII, it was PATRIOTISM only which got him re-elected. “

Maybe we should start a pool on which country, and when, will Obama start a war to get out of his current mess.

36 posted on 03/07/2009 3:47:08 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: techno

I think you’ve gone a little before Rush’s own statements. Not that you’re wrong, though.


37 posted on 03/07/2009 3:47:36 PM PST by dangus
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To: Osage Orange
We have watched Tiller grow in power, we have watched Tiller, through that power, pack our Kansas Supreme Court with proaborts and stoodges.
We now have a chance, more than ever before, to have a conservative, prolife Republican Governor.

Getting Kathleen Sebelius out of Kansas will help us take down Tiller, and will help deplete the resources of the proaborts richest and most notorious abortionist and campaign contributor.

Yes, it is horrible to see Sebelius promoted like this, however, this way, the country knows what it is in for. NOBODY who would take the place of Sebelius, at HHS, would be any better.

Just because a general does not attack the enemy on ALL FRONTS at the same time, does not mean that the general is a “traitor” -— there is such a thing as tactical war and such a thing as strategic war, there are choices to be made.

You seem far to intent on “eating our own” or forming circular firing squads.

You need to calm down, take a deep breath, and ask yourself one question:

“Who has done more for the prolife cause, me or Sam Brownback”

And, even after that question, and this decision, your honest answer should be:

“Sam Brownback”

Our conservative leaders should not have to worry about stoking the egos and affirming the jugment and fragile identies of the prolife movement.

You don't like Sebelius? Guess what, we agree!

You don't want Sebelius to be HHS Secretary? Well, great, then Sebelius stays in Kansas, protects Tiller for another 2 years, and then Sebelius moves to the United States Senate.

And, all the while, the “stealth” proabort, who might run HHS, instead of Sebelius, does EXACTLY the same things in that job, as Sebelius would have done!

WHAT, exactly, does your “plan” accomplish?????

And, I agree to a point that you really did kinda hijack this thread.

However, part of Obama’s decline IS because of Obama’s radical social views, which were hidden by the media, until now.

38 posted on 03/07/2009 3:48:18 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: dangus
The left contains a lot of people in education who got into that field during Viet Nam. Of course the left tends to gravitate to teaching anyway. But many of these people are nearing retirement now. They face twin horrors. First, their 401ks are tanking. Second, even with a pension plan, they are starting to realize that it could still fail. Now, a healthy economy could alleviate those concerns, but their guy is working against a good economy. And coincidentally, he is working against a huge constituency. My view is that while these people like Obama, it won't take much longer for them to throw him overboard. Politics is personal. And so are dollars.
39 posted on 03/07/2009 3:48:28 PM PST by Enterprise (I went to America and all I got were some DVDs and little helicopters.)
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To: dangus

Have you read The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes?


40 posted on 03/07/2009 3:49:30 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Kansas58

How selfish of you*. You’re not getting rid of Sebelius, you’re foisting her on the rest of the nation!

(* I hope you realize that’s a little tongue in cheek.)


41 posted on 03/07/2009 3:49:55 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

30 days, at best. Then he’ll have to crack open a fresh contrived crisis to keep the scam going.


42 posted on 03/07/2009 3:50:30 PM PST by TADSLOS ( Join the Conservative Revolution! http://falconparty.com/)
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To: techno
“FDR didn’t have Rush limbaugh to contend with.”

And relative newbie, what are you saying? Please explain so we all can see the direction your comment came from.

43 posted on 03/07/2009 3:51:00 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: dangus
Other presidents' approval ratings have surged in this time. President George W. Bush was inaugurated with approval ratings barely cracking 50%, but they surged to the mid-60s. Reagan's moved from the mid-50s to nearly 70%. George H.W. Bush's reached the high 70s. Clinton moved to the mid-60s; Kennedy and Carter also reached the 70s. Only the unelected Gerald Ford saw his approval ratings decline so soon after inauguration.

In other words, the polls don't mean much.

44 posted on 03/07/2009 3:51:42 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: dangus

Take our Governor -—

PLEASE!


45 posted on 03/07/2009 3:53:16 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: dangus

Rush has been explicit: Obama wants the ecomony to collapse. Rush has not been pulling his punches on this.

It seems to be forgotten: the lying ad Obama ran with the audio of Rush.


46 posted on 03/07/2009 3:53:40 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Enterprise

*Honey,I shrunk the honeymoon.*

LOL!


47 posted on 03/07/2009 3:55:13 PM PST by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: Moonman62

Yeah, I’ve been hearing some conservatives being freaked out that Obama still has pretty good approval ratings. I think this puts that in context a little.


48 posted on 03/07/2009 3:55:45 PM PST by dangus
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To: Kansas58
You seem far to intent on “eating our own” or forming circular firing squads.

I've NEVER commented to you ever...that I am aware of....And you know nothing about me.

You need to calm down, take a deep breath, and ask yourself one question:

Calm down....??! LOL!! I have no problems at all....I asked you a question. That up to now you have not answered..Maybe you answer it down below??

“Who has done more for the prolife cause, me or Sam Brownback”

Once again...you have no idea who I am or what I have done.

And, even after that question, and this decision, your honest answer should be:

“Sam Brownback”

Our conservative leaders should not have to worry about stoking the egos and affirming the jugment and fragile identies of the prolife movement.

You don't like Sebelius? Guess what, we agree!

You don't want Sebelius to be HHS Secretary? Well, great, then Sebelius stays in Kansas, protects Tiller for another 2 years, and then Sebelius moves to the United States Senate.

And, all the while, the “stealth” proabort, who might run HHS, instead of Sebelius, does EXACTLY the same things in that job, as Sebelius would have done!

WHAT, exactly, does your “plan” accomplish?????

I never said I had a plan...I asked you ONE question. LOL!!!

And, I agree to a point that you really did kinda hijack this thread.

What are you talking about?????? Once again....I asked you one question!! ROFLOL!!!

However, part of Obama’s decline IS because of Obama’s radical social views, which were hidden by the media, until now.

Well...okay. Thanks for the non-answer.......

49 posted on 03/07/2009 4:00:10 PM PST by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: kitkat

And those were very different times with more faith in our elected leaders and more unity in the nation, and a media that was more respectful of the president. My mother is a fairly staunch lifelong Democrat. (However, I did persuade her to vote against Obama.) I attribute her almost religious fervor about the Democratic party to when she was a little girl and the war was going on and she was scared. As my grandfather tucked her into bed one night, she asked him, “Is it true the Nazis might come across the ocean and attack us?” My grandfather, and I’m sure he fully believed this, replied with absolute confidence, “Don’t you worry, President Roosevelt won’t let them!”


50 posted on 03/07/2009 4:01:32 PM PST by baa39
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