Once a hack, always a hack. Via Washington Times: A top Democrat on Thursday said that as long as the unfolding Internal Revenue Service scandal doesn’t implicate President Obama, there’s no reason for the administration to panic. “As long as it doesn’t get to the White House, it’s not going to be a problem,” said
Okay, fine, NBC News/Marist poll , you can lead with the news that you find Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli, 43 percent to 41 percent, among registered voters. Yes, it’s probably early to apply a likely-voter screen, as we just don’t know how well each campaign will energize its base voters. When Marist does apply the likely-voter screen, Cuccinelli leads, 45 percent to 42 percent. But we probably ought to spotlight that 19 percent of registered-voter respondents say they have never voted in a gubernatorial election before. Cuccinelli’s got a 51 percent approval rating for his performance as state attorney general, with 24 percent disapproval, among registered voters. Asked about the impact of the sequester on themselves, the poll finds that 54 percent of registered voters say the sequester has had “not much at all” and 21 percent say “just some.”
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The Fine Print of Today’s New Poll in Virginia
The House hearings are going to be very, very interesting…well, not in most news outlets, which have decided that the deaths of 4 Americans, including an Ambassador, in an attack on September 11th, is no big deal, nothing to see here, not even worthy of front page coverage, at least not under a Democrat Administration (Fox
The editorial board of the Hilton Head, S.C., Island Packet asked Elizabeth Colbert Busch why she ran as a Democrat . She answered for several minutes, beginning with seeing an “incredible-looking” John Kennedy drive by in a black Lincoln Continental with the top down in 1960 when she was six years old, and how Jackie Kennedy was “such a fierce mother, protecting her children.” “I’ve always just felt that I was a Democrat — although a fiscally conservative Democrat.” Her answer didn’t mention President Obama, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, assistant House minority leader and South Carolina representative Jim Clyburn, or any other modern Democratic leader. Some might argue that today’s Democratic party has a quite different worldview and agenda than the 1960-era John F. Kennedy version. Asked whether she would vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker, Colbert Busch responds, ”I wouldn’t even be able to vote until 2015. I don’t know who’s going to be on that ballot. Nobody knows who’s going to be on that ballot. But who I will vote for is the person who will be on the ballot. It’s not until 2015 anyway, so it’s kind of a hypothetical question.”
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Colbert Busch: My Vote for Next Speaker Is ‘A Hypothetical’
**Written by Doug Powers I’ll go out on a limb and guess that a majority of these 40-plus percent voted for Obama (if they voted at all): A new poll finds that many Americans are confused about the health care overhaul legislation commonly called “Obamacare.” The Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a non-partisan study today finding more than 40 percent did not even know the law was in place. “Four in ten Americans (42%) are unaware that the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is still the law of the land,” the report says, “including 12 percent who believe the law has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent who believe it has been overturned by the Supreme Court and 23 percent who say they don’t know enough to say what the status of the law is.” The survey showed public opinion on Obamacare is at its second-lowest rating in the past two years. Will Democrats from Obama on down immediately call for an all-out public awareness campaign reminding this 42 percent that the inexpensive and high quality health care that was promised them in 2008 is finally available by law — and millions will soon face a health care penalty “tax”? There’s a better chance Joe Biden will finish the rest of the year without saying anything stupid. Heading into 2014, the above polling data is good news for the Democrats. Four out of ten people don’t know Obamacare is the law, and therefore aren’t expecting anything yet, which could translate to less angry backlash for the botched implementation : Anxious Democrats fear a botched implementation of ObamaCare could dash their hopes of controlling the House and Senate for President Obama’s last two years in office. At his press conference Tuesday, Obama acknowledged “glitches and bumps” in the law’s rollout, but some congressional Democrats fear much worse. One high-ranking Democrat told The Hill that it is his leading concern. The Dems number one focus will be to delay the inevitable train wreck until after 2014 while figuring out a way to blame it on Republicans. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
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Poll: 4 out of 10 Americans living in state of blissful ignorance about Obamacare law
-By Warner Todd Huston Typical of when a Democrat is president, during a keynote monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), the President is spared from too many mean spirited barbs. In keeping with that tradition, TBS’ Conan O’Brien poked a lot of fun at Republicans and conservatives with a bit sharper stick than he
Also in today’s Morning Jolt : Another Anti-Voucher Democrat, Sending His Children to the Best Private School Surprise, surprise, the Virginia chapter of the NEA teachers’ union endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor. Their endorsement is strangely quiet on the issue of vouchers . McAuliffe is pretty quiet on the issue of vouchers; here are his policy views on K-12 education, in their entirety, from his campaign web site : Education is the single most important thing our kids need to build successful lives. Whether they’re going to invent a product, start a business, or get the job of their dreams, it all starts with the basic skills and confidence that only a good education can provide, and right now we’re not doing enough. Total funding per student is down even as we’ve got more and more students entering our system. Only 87% of our kids are graduating high school on time. As Governor, I will support our kids and our schools. We’re going to take the best ideas from around the country and give teachers and administrators the resources and freedom they need to make Virginia a global leader in education. If this were any shorter, it would be a haiku. He makes Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s policy-related sentence fragments look like Mandate for Leadership . At least when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee , McAuliffe listed “vouchers” as part of the policies that made Republicans so terrible. From the 2009 race : It was a bit of creative omission, reminiscent of his answer when someone at the Richmond town meeting asked where his kids — aged 17, 16, 14, 9, and 6 — go to school. He said one attends Gonzaga, a Catholic high school in Washington, and four go to the Potomac School in McLean. He didn’t mention that Potomac is a private school. Current tuition rates for the Potomac School : Kindergarten – Grade 3: $29,055 Grades 4-6: $31,185 Grades 7-8: $33,440* Grades 9-12: $33,345 So Terry McAuliffe, who has had four kids going to a roughly $30,000-per-student tuition private school (perhaps there’s a sibling discount), opposes the use of vouchers to send poorer kids to private schools.
Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat who declared Obamacare a “train wreck” and voted against the Toomey-Manchin background-check proposal, will retire instead of running for reelection in 2014. I suppose some Democrats will insist Baucus did this because he feared the consequences of opposing gun control and standing with the NRA . . . in Montana. I’m hearing some GOP pessimism, as they fear Governor Brian Schweitzer will run instead. But Schweitzer will face the same questions as any red-state Democrat: Does he think Obamacare is a “train wreck”? Would he have opposed Toomey-Manchin? And Schweitzer’s colorful personality may create other complications, with past comments like , “I am not goofy enough to be in the House, and I’m not senile enough to be in the Senate.” “Schweitzer for Senate 2014: Because senility has finally kicked in.” Two Republicans have already announced Senate bids: state representative Richard Champion “Champ” Edmunds Jr . and former state senator Corey C. Stapleton .
Exit Baucus, Enter Schweitzer?
Down in South Carolina’s first congressional district, Republican nominee and former governor Mark Sanford is relaunching his campaign with a furiously busy schedule, eager to refocus the race about any topic besides his former marriage, his current fiancée, Jenny Sanford’s accusation of trespassing, or other personal issues. This weekend his campaign announced “15 in 5” — a series of 15 campaign stops across the district, where he has invited Elizabeth Colbert Busch to “join him and discuss issues jointly with Lowcountry voters.” In news that will surely shock you, Colbert Busch is not expected to appear at this week’s events. Today’s Sanford events will be at Hay Tire Pros in Mount Pleasant at 11 a.m., Page’s Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant at noon, and Holt Transmission Service in Charleston at 1:30 p.m. The Charleston Post & Courier notices : So far, the 1st Congressional District race has featured a little bit of everything — except Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch meeting face to face to talk issues. Only one forum has been set: an April 29 appearance at The Citadel. Other groups, such as the Goose Creek NAACP, are trying to arrange more but with no success to date. Colbert Busch has not committed to the NAACP’s April 30 forum and was unable to make a South Carolina AARP debate that was to be held April 17. That event was going to be televised, but the April 29 forum is not scheduled to be on TV. For all her advantages, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch doesn’t seem to want to get up on stage with Mark Sanford.