A further increase could be politically difficult for Obama, with members of his Democratic Party increasingly uneasy about the war and congressional elections due next year.
The White House sought on Monday to pin the blame for the grave state of the war in Afghanistan on the Bush administration, which made Iraq its top military priority.
"This was underresourced, underfunded, undermanned and ignored for years," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
"The president is focused on ensuring that we meet measurable benchmarks. … It's going to take some doing."
After an August recess marked by raucous town halls, troubling polling data and widespread anecdotal evidence of a volatile electorate, the small universe of political analysts who closely follow House races is predicting moderate to heavy Democratic losses in 2010.
Some of the most prominent and respected handicappers can now envision an election in which Democrats suffer double-digit losses in the House â€” not enough to provide the 40 seats necessary to return the GOP to power but enough to put them within striking distance.
Top political analyst Charlie Cook, in a special August 20 update to subscribers, wrote that â€œthe situation this summer has slipped completely out of control for President Obama and congressional Democrats.â€
â€œYou need to back these congressmen and let them know youâ€™re not going to let them be steamrollered by a bunch of people who have been frightened,â€ Clinton said, in reference to the town hall tumult of the last few weeks. â€œDonâ€™t let anybody tell you that President Obama wants to ration health care. We are rationing health care in America.â€
â€œIâ€™m not a very good politician any more; I just say what I think,â€ Clinton said. â€œBut I have been waiting for this for 40 years … to recreate the American dream.â€
Gore, in a much shorter set of remarks, was loose-limbed and noticeably thinner than in recent years â€” and he seemed to elicit the nightâ€™s most emotional moment.
The Tucson area Tea Party Coalition held a meeting at Rincon High School in Tucson this weekend. Over 1,000 people showed up at the event… including one violent counter-protester.
The pro-Obama thug disrupted the meeting screaming– marched to the front of the room holding a sign——
And, then SLAMMED AN ATTENDEE IN THE FACE with his elbow!
On the very day Ted Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery near his two brothers, a Boston Globe editorial argued to undo part of his legacy.
The pertinent portion of Mr. Kennedy's legacy has to do with his strident opposition, despite a career of enthusiastically imposing environmental initiatives and costs on others, to the building of a wind farm on Cape Cod (the graphic at top right is from a 2006 post at a Greenpeace web site).
The ever-opportunistic Globe wrote a 450-word editorial virtually demanding that President Barack Obama get work started on Nantucket Sound right now, this very instant
Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Thatâ€™s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats approve while 83% of Republicans disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 66% disapprove. See other recent demographic highlights from the tracking polls.
Obama is sinking like a stone in the polls.
Will his failing Presidency drag down Congressional Democrats in 2010?
Too early to tell but the GOP is licking their chops.
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Keith Lewis, co-executive director of Miss California USA pageant, speaks, as Shanna Moakler, executive director of Miss California USA pageant watches, at a news conference in Beverly Hills, California May 11, 2009. Reuters photo
And, remember that she was later fired because of contractual issues?
Well, Carrie Prejean says NYET and is suing Miss California USA officials.
Carrie Prejeanâ€™s attorney, Charles S. LiMandri announced today that the former Miss California USA is filing a complaint in the Superior Court of California against Miss California USA officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, and publicist Roger Neal. The complaint cites damages to Miss Prejean including libel, public disclosure of private facts, religious discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Miss Prejean was fired from her role as Miss California USA in June of this year, following several months of controversy over her answer at the Miss USA pageant regarding same-sex marriage. Lewis claimed Miss Prejeanâ€™s termination was due to a violation of contract. Miss Prejeanâ€™s complaint will refute that allegation, and demonstrate that both the chronology and factual evidence clearly show she lived up to all her contractual obligations, but was fired, harassed and publicly attacked solely due to her religious beliefs.
After Carrie receives that fat settlement check from the Trump folks and NBC, watch for her to get a gig at Fox News.
Bet the house on it.
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I doubt most Congressman or Senators have read the entire 1,000 plus pages and NEVER will. They will allow their staffers to summarize it for them with reassurances from Rahm that everything will be alright.
Again, any Blue Dog Democrat who accepts this at face value will do so at their own 2010 political peril.
They better start reading and questioning their legislative leadership.
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