Archive for the ‘Democrats’ Tag

Obama’s speech on Iraq. Think Bush will get any credit?

Later today, President Obama will be speaking to nation from the Oval Office on the end of combat in Iraq. While watching this speech, we should note where Obama, Biden, and the rest of the Democrats stood when the successful surge was implemented by President George W. Bush.

I originally saw this video on the Third Base Politics blog, but I am posting it again so it can get even more notoriety (not saying that it couldn’t on TBP, but still).

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Things are looking good for Boehner and Co.

According to a recent Gallup poll,  Republicans are ahead by 51-41 margin-the largest margin GOP has ever had in 68 years of generic polling. Compare that to September of 2006 when Gallup polled the Dems at a 52-41 margin, John Boehner and the House GOP have a lot to smile about.

These generic polls are a good way to gage the overall mood of the electorate, and right now folks are not happy with the Democrats. Their message of blaming former President George W. Bush is not resonating, and it shows.

Democrat advantage a little overrated

Quinnipiac University released a poll yesterday that has incumbent Ted Strickland leading 43-38 over GOP challenger John Kasich in the gubernatorial race and has both Lee Fisher and Jennifer Brunner leading Rob Portman in the Senate race to succeed George Voinovichby 4 and 1 point(s), respectively.

Of course this news makes Democrats excited, but Republicans shouldn’t be too disappointed. In both races, there are a ¬†very high number of undecideds, so there is a lot of room for Kasich and Portman to make up ground. In the race for governor, Strickland has been under 50% support for a long time and has not been moving, which is “typically worrisome signs for an incumbent” according to the pollster.

The race for the Senate is not much different. There is also a high number of undecideds in the race, but the plus for Portman is that by a 46-44 margin, Ohioans do not want a Senator that supports Obama’s policies.

So there is a long time from now to November,and that means a long time for mud to be thrown on the challengers. To get an idea of the hack-etry that Kasich and Portman will be up against, look here and here.

Columbus will be receiving a tax increase

Mayor Coleman during his State of the City Address

Mayor Coleman during his State of the City Address

Mayor Coleman may not have come out and said it, but it was definately implied in his State of the City address according to the Dispatch.

I wonder what are the costs that make the city budget potentially $50 million over budget?

I cannot, and I am sure that many Columbusites feel the same way, have my taxes increased. Now is not the time. If Mayor Coleman and City Council are the true “fiscal stewards” that they consider themselves, then they must find other ways to get money and trim this budget.