Archive for May 21st, 2009
Village People: In the Navy
Contradicting a Pentagon release earlier in the week that there were no plans to end the DNDT policy of homosexuals in the military, now according to Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs there are “active conversations.
Check out the wee glimmer of a change in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” saga, buried in Thursday’s press conference by Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs. The last we heard, the Obama Administration was moving quietly to limit enforcement of the policy — but it wasn’t in any rush to change the policy. And, as Comrade Lochhead told us earlier this month, it looked like momentum to change DNDT was waning. Now? Judging what was said Thursday, sounds like plans are moving along faster than previously disclosed, albeit on the down low.
Whatever that means?
Why doesn’t Obama keep his promises to the homosexual community and OK gays in the military? Why is there reluctance?
Could it be that it might hurt recruitment of soldiers?
Or is he just a typical POL and hopes a court somewhere gives him a political out to a policy change that will alienate some voters?
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Check out the Pew Research Center interactive graph
An interesting study
that heralds the rise of the independent voter in the era of Barack Obama.
The proportion of independents now equals its highest level in 70 years. Owing to defections from the Republican Party, independents are more conservative on several key issues than in the past. While they like and approve of Barack Obama, as a group independents are more skittish than they were two years ago about expanding the social safety net and are reluctant backers of greater government involvement in the private sector. Yet at the same time, they continue to more closely parallel the views of Democrats rather than Republicans on the most divisive core beliefs on social values, religion and national security.
While the Democrats gained a sizable advantage in partisan affiliation during George Bushâ€™s presidency, their numbers slipped between December 2008 and April 2009, from 39% to 33%. Republican losses have been a little more modest, from 26% to 22%, but this represents the lowest level of professed affiliation with the GOP in at least a quarter century. Moreover, on nearly every dimension the Republican Party is at a low ebb â€“ from image, to morale, to demographic vitality.
By contrast, the percentage of self-described political independents has steadily climbed, on a monthly basis, from 30% last December to 39% in April. Taking an average of surveys conducted this year, 36% say they are independents, 35% are Democrats, while 23% are Republicans. On an annual basis, the only previous year when independent identification has been this high was in 1992 when Ross Perot ran a popular independent candidacy.
As has been the case in recent years, more independents â€œleanâ€ Democratic than Republican (17% vs. 12%). Yet an increasing share of independents describe their views as conservative; in surveys conducted this year, 33% of independents say they are conservatives, up from 28% in 2007 and 26% in 2005. Again, this ideological change is at least in part a consequence of former Republicans moving into the ranks of independents.
The latest values survey, conducted March 31-April 21 among 3,013 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds that there has been no consistent movement away from conservatism, nor a shift toward liberalism â€“ despite the decline in Republican identification. In fact, fewer Americans say the government has a fundamental responsibility to provide a safety net than did so two years ago, and the share supporting increased help for the needy, even if the debt increases, has declined.
How does this trend affect the future of the two party system? Will independent voters gradually assimilate back into the two majoer parties or will there arise a new third party?
Will independent candidates first start at the state level and contest districts that normally are dominated by either the Democrats or GOP?
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Posted by Flap in Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Polling, Sarah Palin, tags: Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin
The latest PPP Presidential 2012 poll is out and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is narrowly leading the GOP field against Barack Obama.
Looking toward 2012, none of the most mentioned potential Republican contenders are finding a lot of momentum. In hypothetical contests Obama leads
- Mike Huckabee 52-39
- Newt Gingrich 53-36
- Mitt Romney 53-35
- Sarah Palin 56-37
PPP conducted a national survey of 1,000 voters from May 14th to 18th. The surveyâ€™s margin of error is +/-3.1%.
In addition to coming closest to Obama in the horse race, Huckabee also has the best favorability rating among the quartet of potential GOP hopefuls. 44% have a positive opinion of him, followed by 42% for Sarah Palin, 40% for Mitt Romney, and 30% for Newt Gingrich.
It is way early, but don’t think that the GOP candidates are not realizing what an uphill climb it will be to unseat an incumbent and so far popular President.
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