A portrait of a deeply divided nation

The above chart, a composite of polls on President Obama’s job approval, paints a picture of nation equally divided in its response to the president’s performance. But of course, Obama won’t be listed on the 2010 ballot; members of Congress will.

And as a new Washington Post poll reports, Democrats have cause to be worried:

Members of Congress face the most anti-incumbent electorate since 1994, with less than a third of all voters saying they are inclined to support their representatives in November, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and virtually all groups of voters. Less than a quarter of independents and just three in 10 Republicans say they’re leaning toward backing an incumbent this fall. Even among Democrats, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, opinion is evenly divided on the question.

The Post/ABC poll puts Obama’s job approval/disapproval rating at 54/44, about where they’ve had it since last fall. Surprisingly, given high unemployment, the public appears to be divided right down the middle on Obama’s economic policies, with 49 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving. The percentage of Americans worried about the economy has dropped since the fall, from 88 percent in October to 73 percent today. That’s still a high number, but the direction is important.

In addition, just 22 percent blame Obama for the deficit, while 60 percent blame President Bush. Bush also gets more blame for the current state of the economy (59 percent) than Obama (25 percent.)

And interestingly, when asked which party they trust most to handle the major problems ahead, 46 percent still chose the Democrats while only 32 percent chose the Republicans. In other words, Congress as a brand has a poor reputation, but within that disreputable institution, the Democrats still hold an advantage.

Nonetheless, GOP strategist Patrick Ruffini predicts very big things for his party come November:

I might be setting myself for a healthy serving of crow on November 3rd, but I get a distinct feeling that the GOP may be headed toward to a seat gain in the House of epic proportions — somewhere over 50 seats and well above the historical high point for recent wave elections (the 50-55 seats we experienced in elections like 1946 and 1994).

All in all, I don’t think a 70-seat gain is out of the question.

Why the optimism? Ruffini’s entire post is worth reading, but the short explanation is enthusiasm. In an off-year election, enthusiasm can matter a lot, and the GOP undoubtedly has that advantage. Like the Post, Ruffini also cites the strong anti-incumbent fervor out there (only 32 percent told the Post they would re-elect their congressman, about the same re-elect number the Post poll found in ‘94.)

Personally, I’m sticking with the prediction I made back in January: “Democratic losses of 25-30 House seats and four or five Senate seats.”

344 comments Add your comment

Union

April 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

Wonder if that has to do with the number of times Pres O refers back to things inherited from the previous administration?

joe matarotz

April 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

Vote out EVERY incumbent, regardless of party. None of them deserve to be there. None of them represent US. All of them are out for themselves.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
3:07 pm

Of course the problem is, everyone seems to like their representatives, but hate who the rest of the country send to Congress.

I differ on this slightly, as I wish my two Senators would slink back into the primordial ooze in which they came from…I would like to keep my Representative though.

Bosch

April 28th, 2010
3:11 pm

jewcowboy,

That’s exactly it. Just like all those of the Earl Grey persuasion want less government spending, except those programs they like or the ones that effect them. Like I wrote the other day, one man’s earmark is another one’s economic development.

A Lumpkin resident.

April 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Yes, we are now deeply divided… between those who pay for Federal government (52%) and those who do not (48%)… between those who receive a stipend from the Federal government in the form of refundable tax credits (40%), and those who do not (60%).

Then net-TAKERS are angry because they can’t get even more. The net-GIVERS are angry because they see the writing on the wall… that they will soon be outnumbered by the TAKERS, and more will be taken from them than ever before.

The only solution is for the net-TAKERS to become net-GIVERS.

TnGelding

April 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

But who do you replace them with? Average citizens have to be willing to run and given a chance by the media to present their platforms without being written off. I suspect by November things will be headed more in the right direction and the Dems will maintain their majority.

mm

April 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

I believe the republicans will go down in flames this fall.It’s bad enough to block every bill that comes along. But siding with Wall St. and now bragging about the nazi immigration bill in Arizona. Wow, they have a political death wish. But hey, it makes their base of loons happy. If you keep turning right, you eventually end up where you started (lost elections). The so called leftwing media keeps perpetuating the myth that November will mean destruction for the Dems. The media just hopes they can convince Dem and Indie voters to stay home because their vote won’t help anyway. Good luck with that one.

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
3:22 pm

jc, if I could afford it I would buy Saxby, Sonny, Price, Deal, Broun, Linder and Westmoreland all a one way ticket to Iraq.

(You go to war with the dipsticks you have…)

This polarization hullabaloo is all contrived. The districts are gerrymandered over and over again.

The Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum parties have a stranglehold on you and will never allow a competitive democracy.

We the people work for them. Not the other way around. (Just the way some of you like it.)

So have fun come November!

And elect the “other” guys who once elected, will ignore you and lie to you, just as quick as these guys…

Bosch

April 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

I really do wish the GOP bot that throws out the memes to it’s minions would hurry up with another one besides the “48% of people don’t pay taxes!!!!! BLAHHAHAHAHAHHA”

Logical Dude

April 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Jay,
You follow polls wayyyyy too much. You should just ask 10 people what they think.(try for 100 if you have the time!

Paul

April 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Amazes me how evenly divided the split so often is.

Dems are already trying to shift focus from the anger with them over health care to immigration. Nov’s a long way off with a short attention span electorate.

Bosch – it’s ‘income’ taxes. ’bout all pay taxes in one form or another but the 48% refers to taxes of the income type.

Thank Bush.

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

OK, drill baby drillers.

Get ready to buy some cheap ocean front property along the Gulf Coast.

What smelly black oozing stuff and dead animals all over the place?

Oh that? It’s nothing…

Bosch

April 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

Paul,

Yes, I don’t get the memes from the GOP bot so I know that, but others proclaim it like without giving any regard as to WHY they don’t. It’s also about the amount of money they make too, right? Not acting like I know all the details here, but the ones who throw out that soundbite act like half of the people lay around, sleeping til noon, lay on their couches the rest of the day, only to get up to run down to the guvmint office to pick up their checks during a commercial break. It’s a little more complicated.

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

JB, wondered if Arizona might pass up good old Georgia in terms of lunacy.

Serious consideration now also needs to go to Oklahoma – the Coathanger State.

(You ain’t gonna make us Okies move out of the 1950s.)

Bosch

April 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

Paul,

Make that half the people in this country.

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

News headline – China wants telecoms to inform on clients.

Looks like Walmart’s commie bosses are following the lead of the last two American administrations.

Bosch

April 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

OK, well, I’m off to earn money so I can pay some taxes, so I’ll blog at you guys later.

Hey Paul, did ya’ hear? Jay made a whole thread on a comment I made – I just KNOW you are super duper jealous. Hehehehehe. I rule!!

Paul

April 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

Bosch

It’s a LOT more complicated and a societal recognition that some deductions and credits ought to apply to households depending on the circumstances

You really want to light a stink bomb in the room? Point out that the ONE demographic that, based solely on household size and income, do NOT deserve a bunch of extra exemptions and credits, are the elderly. Group has about the highest disposable income of any group out there.

But it’s a bit of an emotional topic. So you just might want to steer clear.

(Like I’d really believe you’d steer clear…)

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

And here some unjustly accuse the Party of No of never having any counter proposals on the myriad of nightmares they helped create.

Not so.

Turns out on “financial reform” they want to weaken proposed consumer protections.

What a shocker…

Union

April 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

AmVet
April 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

lmao.. we used to sit in the ******* and listen to people talk on the phone.. govt has been doing it for years.. personally.. my life is boring .. they can listen in all they want.

Paul

April 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Bosch

Yes, I saw that. Congratulations!

And no, I’m not jealous. In fact, I’m happy for your success!

Twerp…….

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

(You ain’t gonna make us Okies move out of the 1950s.)

Thought you were a Jayhawk?

@@

April 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

The first U.S. offshore wind farm, a giant project 5 miles/8 km off the Massachusetts coast, was approved on Wednesday after years of opposition involving everyone from local Indian tribes to the Kennedy family.

Teddy is rolling over in his grave she said with a smile.

Union

April 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

AmVet
April 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

be careful what we wish for.. you know the cc reform that was passed to help the consumers.. the cost of a cc has gone up 10 fold in most cases.. new rates.. new fees.. sort of an oops.. no one wants to talk about.. sigh

Scout

April 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

THE BACKLASH BEGINS ………………..

Curious Observer

April 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

I’ll go along with Bookman’s predictions, which pretty closely track those of Silver at fivethirtyeight.com. All the anger we’re seeing is the last gasp of the old conservative crowd that’s about to be overwhelmed in a few more years by the growth in Hispanics, blacks, and the youth vote. The desperation in that anger grows as the year wears on and the lapse of the Bush tax cuts approaches.

You can pretty well write off any further efforts in Congress this year. A Congress that can’t even agree on financial regulation reform isn’t going to touch immigration reform and other thorny issues. The big fight in the next Congress will be over appropriations to fund the healthcare law.

I would project a 54-46 Democratic advantage in the Senate, including the two independents, and maybe the loss of 22 seats in the House. In the end, it’s campaign funding, not enthusiasm, that decides elections. I keep thinking of that farm family that lived across the road from us during my boyhood when I consider the power of advertising. Saran Wrap had just come out, and it was being pushed heavily on TV and radio. Every time I would go over there to visit, yet another box of Saran Wrap would be added to the stack on the refrigerator. Things haven’t changed much, especially when it comes to the power of campaign advertising.

@@

April 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

Oops! forgot to address the topic. Well of course we’re divided. Obama is calling on young people, African Americans, Latinos and women to help. White men won’t jump.

retired early

April 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Obama is trying to get this country on the right track. He is looking at long term solutions even as it cost him short term, politically. This is probably our one shot at getting real solutions in place.
If we lose this majority and the Republicans are again in charge, God help this country. The perfect America in the eyes of the GOP is one without Social Security. Medicare, Medicaid, equal rights for all. They prefer to allow industries to self regulate, no OSHA or EPA and now no regulations to control Wall Streeet.
In fact, this country would look remarkedly like it did from 1890 to 1910. The Guilded Age. 1% of the Population owns most of the wealth and we did not have “any” of those now refered to as “socialist” safety net programs.
The thing that scares me the most is how the GOP has brainwashed their members into voting AGAINST-THEIR- OWN-BEST-INTEREST!!!!
I see a guy driving a 1979 beat up truck and he’s got an old Bush/Chaney bumper sticker.
Now this is a remarkable transformatiom of priorities in that man’s life.
A word of caution, if you keep buying into this BS from the GOP and your last name is not something like Rockefeller, Y_O_U L_O_S_E !!!!

jefferson

April 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Nothing much will change, nor has much changed. Its just kids raising kids.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

I wonder if the fact that the majority of the Orange Pekoe Brigade is comprised of Republicans will make a difference. Split their ticket and slit their own throats, so to speak.

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Obama is calling on young people, African Americans, Latinos and women to help.

the b@stard! how dare he!

Matilda

April 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

We’re divided because so many Americans use their religious beliefs and policy preferences as a weapon with which to bash their fellow Americans while claiming anyone who doesn’t conform to their narrow little definition is not a “Real American.” While they’re not the majority by any means, they are the most obnoxiously vocal, and frankly, I don’t care about getting along with them anymore. It’s pointless.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

Bosch,

From the post below,

“I think we should have then tattooed on our upper lips right under our noses, just to complete the look.”

someone is already ahead of you:

http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/04/this-is-real-dude-in-world.html

Scout

April 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Liberal and Conservative Americans have less in common today than those who fought for each side during the War Between the United (oxymoron) States of America and the Confederate States of American. This does not bode well for our future.

Matilda

April 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

Scout, I agree. Any suggestions?

Pogo

April 28th, 2010
4:05 pm

“All the anger we’re seeing is the last gasp of the old conservative crowd that’s about to be overwhelmed in a few more years by the growth in Hispanics, blacks, and the youth vote.”

So you really think that if this country is only made up of a constituency comprised of only these groups it is going to last very long? I mean, for Godsake, the money to pay for all the liberal spending has got to come from somewhere! If this did happen, which it never will, I predict that eventually these groups would eat each other. Somebody has to pay the bill.

Curious Observer

April 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

The thing that scares me the most is how the GOP has brainwashed their members into voting AGAINST-THEIR- OWN-BEST-INTEREST!!!!
I see a guy driving a 1979 beat up truck and he’s got an old Bush/Chaney bumper sticker.

Strange indeed! I was having a conversation about this issue at lunch today. My conclusion? The power of hatred and self-interest is much greater than the power of love and inclusiveness.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

Maybe the GOP can whip their loyal fans into a frenzy over my civil rights again…that got them united in 2004…well almost united.

From Laura Bush’s memoir:

“In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

Matilda,

“While they’re not the majority by any means, they are the most obnoxiously vocal, and frankly, I don’t care about getting along with them anymore. It’s pointless.”

I began thinking that way in 2004.

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

Union, I know most on the right talk a great deal about less government, yet inexplicably care not a whit about wiretapping without warrants and the fascistic suspension of habeus corpus among numerous other BIG government intrusions. To hell with that pesky Fourth Amendment…

Strange.

There was also a great program on NPR recently about how credit card companies have morphed over the past ten years or so into great rip off machines. MUCH secrecy and MUCH fleecing of customers.

But, of course, in our “free market” they simply need to police themselves…

Rafe Hollister

April 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

We are divided into those who believe the US Constitution got us this far and that we should continue to abide by its principles and those who think we should do what “WE” feel is right, regardkess of whether it is constitutional. If the second group wins out, as Barry hopes, America will be fundamentally changed and this is the struggle that divides us.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Maybe Michael Steele can buy some more fried chicken to get younger and minority voters into the GOP tent:

“Asked by a blogger how he would reach out to “diverse populations,” Steele said: “My plan is to say ‘Y’all come,’ because a lot of you are already here.”

After someone in the audience said, “I’ll bring the collard greens,” Steele added, “I got the fried chicken and potato salad.”

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

BTW, I sure am sad for those Buckhead farmers driving around I-75 in their pickup trucks that now need to buckle their seat belts.

Damn Nazi lawmakers…

Matilda

April 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

jewcowboy, does Mrs. Bush not realize that the issue did not take that path, but rather, was dragged down that path specifically to re-elect her husband? Q: How do you get Georgia Republicans to come out and vote in record numbers? A: Put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that prevents gays from marrying, forever and ever amen, and have the preachers explain that their vote is essential to prevent the state from sinking immediately into the depths of hell as a well-deserved punishment for letting y’all live amongst us in the first place. Hallelujah, electoral college majority achieved. They make me sick, too.

retired early

April 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

Pogo

Give up that “liberal spending” bs. It’s George Bush’s debt or did you forget ?
The truth can really be a pain in the a… butt, can’t it?

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:18 pm

The United States is divided because the traditional WASP power structure in American is being threatened by a more diverse one (racially, economically, socially and religiously), who believe Congress should represent them as well, and not just WASP’s.

Paul

April 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

jewcowboy

[[I wonder if the fact that the majority of the Orange Pekoe Brigade is comprised of Republicans will make a difference.]]

My concern is that otherwise moderate Republicans will tack right to appease this group. Even though they say they’re mad at Reps AND Dems, who’re they gonna vote for? Blue Dogs are waaaay too liberal for them. Dems are fortunate organizations like if MoveOn don’t have significant power over local elections.

jewcowboy 4:07

[[We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay.]]

And I’m sure plenty of people will discount that, just like they won’t believe that Bush was more widely-read during his Presidency than is Obama.

We just love meaningless comparisons to ‘prove’ ‘our guy’ is better than the other guy, eh?

Big Mac

April 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

jewbrokeback, you forgot the watermelon

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

Paul,

“My concern is that otherwise moderate Republicans will tack right to appease this group.”

Valid point.

“And I’m sure plenty of people will discount that”

I don’t discount, just as I don’t discount Reagan had many friends that were gay. But because of that Bush’s actions and Reagan’s inaction’s are all the more vile.

“We just love meaningless comparisons to ‘prove’ ‘our guy’ is better than the other guy, eh?”

We certainly do…politics, sports, religion, entertainment…you name it.

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

So white men didn’t vote for the Uppity Muslim?

Wowzers.

I guess that 41% who did were actually black women…

Scout

April 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

Matilda:

No suggestions. Unfortunately, events will drive the equation. Rough days ahead.

mikey

April 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

you mean the same WASP’s that built this nation?

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

mikey,

“you mean the same WASP’s that built this nation?”

Here is the correct statement, “you mean the same WASP’s that ran this nation?”

Big Mac

April 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

“So white men didn’t vote for the Uppity Muslim?

I guess that 41% who did were actually black women…”

no that was the gay men, union thugs and Goldman Sachs employees

Union

April 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRgB2eeHZEw

Send this to all the uptight white people you know.. :) (if you know any)

Jackie

April 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

Power and control have been a hallmark of the rich in this country, for years!
Now, when those power-positions are being challenged, the challengers are being labeled unamerican.

What a surprise!

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

Halif_ckinlullah and pass the ammo!

The Einsteins in the Georgia House gave final passage yesterday to a bill that would expand wackos the right to pack at Hartsfield et al…

Great. Public Idiot number one, who is young, dumb and has a gun, can go postal when his flight is delayed…

@@

April 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

stands:

Do you remember Obama’s inaugural address? I’ll refresh:

“Those who take on this office always say that they want to be president for all Americans. And that is something I say to you today with all my heart. But I want to call on each and every one of you to make the same pledge that you are a fellow citizen to all Americans. Not just to those who belong to your party, or your church, or your neighborhood, but to all your compatriots.

So what’s with all the leftist attacks against Arizonans and Tea Partiers? Why didn’t Obama just ask for the support of those same Americans who trusted him in 2008?

It was a stupid thing to say just because “his chips” are down.

Paul

April 28th, 2010
4:34 pm

jewcowboy

[[I don’t discount, just as I don’t discount Reagan had many friends that were gay. But because of that Bush’s actions and Reagan’s inaction’s are all the more vile.]]

I can understand more their distancing themselves from controversy when they’re trying to get to the White House. Even during the first term. But when they roll into that magic second term, I don’t understand why they don’t say “This is what I’m gonna do. You woulda run me from office if I’d tried this my first term. So you don’t like it now? Tough! So don’t reelect me.”

ty webb

April 28th, 2010
4:34 pm

Why 2004? defense of marriage act was when? who signed it into law? hmmm. Hope your panties match your pom poms. rah rah!

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

Regarding my 4:32, I’m sure the federal officers and security personnel at Georgia airports are stoked.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

Union @ 4.28,

We could do this all night long…to what point?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd_ogUwYrZI

Paul

April 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

Jackie

[[Power and control have been a hallmark of the rich in this country, for years!
Now, when those power-positions are being challenged, the challengers are being labeled unamerican.]]

Well, I must say that’s a novel view of Republican challenges to the Democrats who run those Wall Street firms.

Big Mac

April 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

Jay, off topic, probably has been asked before but:

Is this all you do for your AJC pay? What do you do for the other seven hours? Are they taking applications?

Big Mac

April 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

How come Cynthia gets to go on the Sunday shows but not you?

It’s that damn Pulitzer thing, isn’t it!

Dusty

April 28th, 2010
4:41 pm

Poor lil Democrats, crying alll day long. If I were a Democrat, I’d cry too, considering their recent efforts.

In the meantime, I am so happy to be a Republican. You know. Taking care of the family, paying my taxes, thankful to be in the greatest country in the world and living in Georgia. Heck, life is good!! If it gets a little warmer, I will take a trip to the mountains just to celebrate. Oh yes….I love Georgia in the springtime and…Arizona anytime…

Paul

April 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

Oh my goodness… have you seen Luckovich’s cartoon today?

This’ll be my one good deed for the day: don’t click on the link if you have a weak stomach….

http://blogs.ajc.com/mike-luckovich/

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

ty webb,

“Why 2004?”

Because in 1996, I was 23 and looking to get laid and have fun. I could have given a rat’s @ss about politics…

The hubris of youth.

Jay

April 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

Mac, the Pulitzer, plus the fact she’s prettier than I am.

Pogo

April 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

Jay since I’ve posted, you can change the topic as you always do. Maybe it is just our timing is off, what do you think? I’m beginning to think you don’t like hearing from me. But it don’t matter, I know my liberal buddy Bosch does! And Bosch, please consider tamping down on the name calling. You are way above that. I know you consider us conservatives pretty much dirt but dang, is there no civility left even among polar political opposites? Don’t head to the literal ditch with some of the other morons (on both sides) here (initials, AV, for instance). Discourse is progress. Juvenile, name-calling bitterness is destructive and serves no purpose except to consume the person that does it. And from last night, 10-4 on the alternative universe philosophy (except pertaining to economic politics). Without them I think we would all go insane.

And jewdude, “slit their throats, so to speak”? That is really pretty graphic and creepy, no matter how you look at it. Is that you? Is that the way you want to be projected? Let’s hope not. I really don’t think that it is but that sounded really, really weird.

Jay, you are doing you’re job. You are inciting them to new heights of bitterness. The “hits” just keep on coming, don’t they?

ty webb

April 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

in state after state, regardless of whether that state is “red” or “blue”, gay marriage(which I support by the way) is defeated. Seems you have a problem with the majority of americans and not any singular party.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

Paul @ 4.43,

I wonder if the same song is playing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTegy6sBQVA

Jay

April 28th, 2010
4:46 pm

Yes Paul, and this evening I have to give Luckovich a free-speech award at a banquet dinner downtown.

The featured speaker at the banquet will be Speaker Ralston, star of today’s cartoon.

Ought to be fun!

Union

April 28th, 2010
4:46 pm

jewcowboy @ 4:36 pm

cause mine was funnier?

Big Mac

April 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Jay, angry women are not pretty. At least you have a smile when you run down Conservatives.

Union

April 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Jay
April 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

Mac, the Pulitzer, plus the fact she’s prettier than I am.

I didn’t realize you got a Pulitzer for doing copy and paste.. plus adding a few more lines?

@@

April 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

Well KUDOS to Sandra Bullock for adopting an American baby.

You and Queen Latifah are to be commended. Side note: I didn’t know Queen Latifah was gay…just found out. Alls well.

Get a clue, you hollyweird liberals. Children are not a trendy fashion accessory.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

Pogo,

“That is really pretty graphic and creepy, no matter how you look at it.”

Sorry to disturb your sensibilities, perhaps this is your liking:

“Split their ticket and take a bottle full of Xanax and Seconal with a bottle of McCallan’s 18 year old single malt scotch to fall into a permanent slumber, so to speak.”

It doesn’t quite have the same panache and is a little wordy, but it has the same results I suppose.

Paul

April 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

Jay

I envy you. What I wouldn’t give to be there… “Lie To Me” is back on tonight (the guy who solves crimes by looking at microexpressions). Won’t be anything ‘micro’ about Ralston’s expression!

I know it’s been overdone, but but a few strung-together descriptions ending with “Priceless” would work so well.

Big Mac

April 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

Luckovich deserves an award. The mark of a good lampoonist is you laugh even when you don’t agree with their view.

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

Union,

“cause mine was funnier?”

I suppose it is all in one’s perspective…

Paul

April 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

jewcowboy

Looking at L’s toon, was that a Ralston impersonator?

@@

April 28th, 2010
4:55 pm

I take offense to Luckovich’s cartoon. My daughter has a friend who’s an exotic dancer. I can vouch for her ethics…they are impeccable.

Now I’m pithed!

You, Getalife?

Dusty

April 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

Luckovich is getting a free speech award? Well, he sure couldn’t get an award for art work. Today’s cartoon would scare a cat off a gut wagon ( a local euphemism). And Tucker is prettier than Bookman? Before or after the botox?

@@

April 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

…and she’s also a college student living on her own.

Jay

April 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

Mac, I may have to quote you on that one.

JohnnyReb

April 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

I read and I read. White House talking points and wishful thinking. Forget the political polls and instead look at the media ratings. Americans continue to be feed up with the progressive BS spouting from the legacy TV networks and are flooding to Fox. Hardcopy providers like the AJC can barely stay in business. And last but not least, the time honored silent majority. Those who work for a living, don’t have time to blog or go to a Tea Party. The storm is coming, its big, really big. After November, Obama will have to ask Congress if he can go the bathroom.

josef nix

April 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

“Mac, the Pulitzer, plus the fact she’s prettier than I am.”

The Romany Lady says she didn’t deserve the Pulitzer even if gypsy spelled with a lower case “g” isn’t racist and that you’re a whole lot prettier than she is… :-)

As for the thread…

When a poll gives the option of “I don’t give a sh*t,” I might start paying attention….

Got a call from a family transferring from Arizona today wanting to know what documents they needed to register their children….

jewcowboy

April 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

Dusty,

“scare a cat off a gut wagon”

I have never heard that term…is this the correct definition for “gut wagon”?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Gut%20Wagon

Jay

April 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

Now Miss Dusty, remember your manners. It’s just not fittin’ to speak of others in such terms, it’s just not fittin’.

And @@, don’t be letting Wyld Byll hear about that.

Jay

April 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

Josef, had dinner last night with a good friend of mine who happens to be a former colleague of yours by the name of Sharon B….

Were your ears burning?

Union

April 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

jewcowboy
April 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

clarification necessary.. I sent that to some of my friends via email.. it is clearly a parody.. however.. some of them took it.. how you say.. seriously? i call it poking the bear.. :)

@@

April 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

Wyld Byll, jay?

Getalife was trying to get me to give him her portfolio site. Geez! she’s young enough to be his daughter.

Getalife is a dirty old man and proud of it.

(ISH)

AmVet

April 28th, 2010
5:06 pm

“When a poll gives the option of “I don’t give a sh*t,” I might start paying attention….”

josef, good call!

An even better one:

A binding None-of-the-Above law. If you don’t like who’s on the ballot, you can go down and vote for None of the Above in your voting precinct. If None of the Above wins more votes than any of the other candidates, it cancels that particular election, sends the candidates packing, and orders a new election and new candidates within thirty or forty-five days.

http://tinyurl.com/2at263c

Southern Comfort

April 28th, 2010
5:07 pm

Paul @ 4:43

Oh my freaking god!!!!!!!!!

you mean the same WASP’s that built this nation?

Oh my freaking god, again!!!!!

I think the divide in this country is a product of the “gimme me, gimme now” attitude that we’ve grown into. Not too many want to work hard to get anything or anywhere. Some want free handouts from the government, while others want to fleece the people while the government sits idly by. We no longer manufacture anything of great significance other than anger.

I laugh when people say this is a “Christian Nation” because some of those same people seem to forget about the lust for money as it pertains to the Christian religion. Others tend to forget about helping thy neighbor. And it just goes on, and on, and on…….

Jay

Have fun at that dinner, and tell Luckovich I said thanks for the laughs. Also, if he does autographed copies, I’m looking for copies of the Jesse Jackson and the squirrels and Mike Vick, Obama and the pit bull drinking beer. Anytime I need a good laugh, those two bring tears to my eyes.

josef nix

April 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

JAY

Not really…kinda like her! I already knew y’all knew each other, though!

Union

April 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

Luckovich is awesome..

tell him thanks for the Grizzard / UGA / 9-11 Cartoons.. I actually have a few of his prints in my office.. liberal b@stard.. :) (sorry Jay.. I don’t have anything of yours in my office)

Jim

April 28th, 2010
5:11 pm

Sounds like Dusty is playing the worlds smallest violin.

Dusty

April 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

Sir Jay,

My language was mild for what should be fittin’ for this blog.

If you tell Ralston what you REALLY think of him, there might be a pie throwing. Whoooeee!!! Have fun!!