TPM: More evidence that Republicans are following Rep. Paul Ryan down a dark path when it comes to Medicare: a new CNN poll shows not even self-identified conservatives are in favor of Ryan’s scheme.

Like most recent polls, the CNN survey shows a vast majority of respondents less than thrilled with Ryan’s plan to end Medicare and replace it with a voucher system. Just 35% say they support it, while 58% say they oppose it….

Among conservatives, 54% are opposed. Among current seniors – who would not be affected by the changes in the Ryan Medicare plan – a full 74% are opposed, even after they’re told that Ryan’s plan affects Americans 55 years of age and younger. Even Republicans break against Ryan’s plan, though only slightly. Fifty percent oppose the plan, while 48% support it.

More here

Thank you Jovie 😉

94 Responses to “oooops….”

  1. 2 lisalovesobama
    June 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Chris Mathews talking about Scott and Ohio’s new gov. Saying the unpopular govs are probably gonna be PBO’s secret weapons as the states may be purple states. Scott is such a dumbass. I can’t wait for him to go.

  2. 3 sherijr
    June 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    So.. the people of America are against Ryan’s plan.. thus the GOP is FOR It, lol.. what else is new? Why do folks still vote republican exactly? The Republican Congress have not done one thing FOR the American People.. plenty against. This is not new, this is ongoing for years and years. One would have thought that after GW Bush, we as a country would have learned from the mistakes voting republican brings to ALL of us. Boggles the mind.

    • June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Sadly, this wiener fiasco has taken the pressure off of private Ryan.

      • 5 anniebella
        June 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        Jovie, I disagree with you. Trying to destroy Medicare is awhole lot different than what’s going on Rep. Weiner. This Medicare issue is to important, to too many people. People can and will suffer if Ryan have his way. Grandpa and Grandma will suffer, they are worried about Medicare, not Weiner. Believe Ryan is not off the hook, he will never be off the hook. It is ashame that these Republicans want to go after the poor and middle class, but give more money to the rich. The Bible says look after the poor, the widows, the homeless, the orphans, the hungry, the sick. No where in the Bible does it say take care of the RICH. But that is what the Republicans love to do.

        • 6 RinaX
          June 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

          I agree. Yes, Wiener’s, er, wiener may be a TT today on twitter, but this Medicare thing just gets more and more lethal for the Republicans despite the media’s desperate attempts to throw any other distraction out there.

      • 7 Dorothy Rissman
        June 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

        Jovie, I think I understand what you are talking about. The hot news is weiner and his weiner. I have not seen a ton of info on what even happened in the meeting between Obama and the thugs. Just that PBO was unwilling to compromise.

        Frankly, weiner should stop giving interviews if he is not going to answer questions. I do not mean to offend anyone who is a big fan of his, but I think he is basking in the glow of attention. I am not a fan of weiners at all, any time, any place. He is a big show-off. He may be liberal but he is a stage stealer.

      • 8 Puddin'
        June 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

        …I believe this was the all idea!

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      June 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Too many people refuse to pay attention. The political machinations that are being carried out, not to benefit us, but to delude, confuse, and divide us really tests peoples’ sensibilities. I am learning to stiffen my political spine, but I would be lying if I said it was easy. But after Bush, there is absolutely no way I will throw up my hands in frustration…I no longer consider it acceptable to avoid my civic responsibilities.

  3. 10 UT Austin Liberal
    June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    It’s such a crock when Ryan says that the plan only affects those 55 years of age and younger. So if you’re a parent in your 80’s and your child is 54; are you supposed to shrug your shoulders and say “well tough titties for you.” It affects everyone. When you turn 65, Medicare takes care of your healthcare costs because LBJ had this funny idea that it’s a moral responsibility for Govt to look out for its citizens. Under ryan’s plan, consumers would pay 68-70% out of pocket for health insurance and would have no bargaining power or options. For example: the average woman in her senior years makes $14,000 a year. Medicare takes care of her healthcare and with PBO’s healthcare reform, the donut hole keeps growing smaller. Under ryan’s plan she would have to pay $12,000 out of pocket for health insurance and somehow in la la land try to live on $2,000 a year. Yet he’s whining to PBO that it’s not a voucher system and he’s surprised that no one wants to sign on to his death panel.

    • 11 theo67
      June 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      I was about to comment on the same thing. We keep hearing that those 55 and over are safe. How safe can they be when the Republicans are trying to kill “Obamacare”? Once all Americans are back at the mercy of insurance companies, and denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, their under-26 year old kids thrown off their parents health insurance, and when insurance companies are no longer required to spend 80% of the premiums on health care – how will that not impact those over 55? Add to that the rest of the right wing agenda, which eliminate social spending (which many seniors rely on), keeps the donut hole open, eliminates Medicaid that covers most seniors who are in nursing homes. Seniors are in serious trouble under the Ryan plan, whether they are over 55 or under.

    • 12 Doreen Garrett
      June 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      What the GOP is counting on is that people who are on it now won’t care about those behind them. Remember, these are the same elderly people who were at the healthcare meetings screaming “Hands off my medicare” while trying to stop Pres. Obama’s healthcare bill (which will affect everyone else). So the GOP is counting on them to be selfish again. It’s funny that people don’t care about what happens to everyone else, until it’s at their front door and going to affect them.

      • 13 Mae who love our CIC
        June 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        Doreen and others they are always spouting about not leaving a debt for their children and grand children. Yet they are willing for the seniors to not care if their children and grand children have adequate healthcare.

  4. 14 isonprize
    June 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    “well tough titties for you.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    That’s it, I’m done. Over, outta here… After I stop laughing, that is

    • 15 UT Austin Liberal
      June 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Oh yeah I borrowed that phrase from my Anatomy & Physiology teacher. 😉

      • 16 lisalovesobama
        June 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        “tough titties” ❓ hm, Quickdraw. Your A& P class sounds a lot more interesting than mine ever was.
        ps- are you a psych major?

        • 17 UT Austin Liberal
          June 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

          Oh trust me it was very interesting and informative and HARD. haha. No my Major is Human Development and Family Sciences/Pre-Med. So I take classes that have to with my major and classes such as Genetics, Differential Calculus, Microbiology & Immunology, Chemistry I & II, Chem lab, Organic Chemistry I & II, Organic Chem lab, Physics, Physics Lab, Biology lab. I’ll just stop here now… I’m sinking into depression and 😯

          What’s your major Lisa?

          • 18 lisalovesobama
            June 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

            I’m getting my doctorate in Clinical Psych. my undergrad major was Psych with a couple minors. I tell you what though, I don’t miss A & P, Biology, Neuropsych, Stats, Calc, Trig, etc. Now I’m stuck with Psychopharmacology and other “lovely” subjects that I hate, but need, so I feel you 😦

            • 19 UT Austin Liberal
              June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

              Oh brother! I feel your pain too. Stay strong and Goodluck! 🙂

              • 20 lisalovesobama
                June 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

                backatcha 😉

                • 21 Betsey
                  June 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

                  I’m incredibly impressed with both of you!

                  • 22 UT Austin Liberal
                    June 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

                    Thanks a lot Betsey. 🙂

                  • 23 lisalovesobama
                    June 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

                    Thanks for the support Betsey 🙂

                    • 24 barb
                      June 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

                      Way to go ladies. Who says men are smarter than women in the sciences. My granddaughter just finished her Calculus 3 classes this semester and completed the courses listed above. She gets to do autopsies in the fall. She loves Pathology and when shadowing she was able to assist on autopies which she loved. uggggg.
                      I’ve actually watched a few on young children and they are not my cut of tea but to complete your courses, you’ve gotta do what you gotta do.

  5. 25 lisalovesobama
    June 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    was watching Hardball and Chris reported that Dumb-Dumb was the one who told PBO that he wasn’t leading and that there was too much demagoguery. Chris showed a clip of the repugs outside the WH and Dumb-Dumb. The entire time Dumb-Dumb was answering a reporter’s question about his balls in accusing PBO to his face of not “leading,” Dumb-Dumb was staring off into space. He wouldn’t look at the camera, he just kept looking up into the sky. WTF? What the shit is wrong with him? Why wasn’t he staring into the camera? That idiot. Plus he sounded kinda humble as he answered the question, not his usual “fiery” self when it comes to attacking PBO. He was sort of subdued. Hm. I wonder what that’s about? And Dumb-Dumb was really making an effort to mince his words, making sure they were polite and calm, nothing particularly incendiary. WTF happened to Crybaby Ryan? Was it invasion of the body snatchers ❓ 😯

    • 26 Proud of Obama
      June 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      He was lying or “misdescribed” it.

      • 27 UT Austin Liberal
        June 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm


      • 28 theo67
        June 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm


        Maybe he was schooled by the President. I can only imagine that while he was giving his little “tutorial” to President Obama, that he was also being treated to a death stare, and then perhaps there was some simple English told to him about how he’s full of it. I can’t imagine that the President didn’t give him “what-for”, and send him merrily on his way.

        • 29 UT Austin Liberal
          June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

          In my mind PBO probably told him in more eloquent but concise words that amounted to : Go F yourself Paul.

          • 30 theo67
            June 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

            I wouldn’t be surprised. 😉

          • 31 Dorothy Rissman
            June 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

            The thing I am loving the most about this is that every picture I see of Ryan he looks like a little boy ready to cry and run to his mommy. What the saying, if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

        • 32 majii
          June 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

          The simple answer is that he got his azzz handed to him by PBO in the meeting and was very upset. These folks don’t deal with facts and truth very well. They live in their own alternate universe where they’re never challenged by anyone, and they’re never wrong. Newt told the truth, and look at how fast he was forced to backtrack. He even had to go bow at Rush Limbaugh’s altar by appearing on his program to kiss his ring. There’s not a hero or patriot among the entire lot. The Chump told Fox this morning that Ryan’s plan was a disaster, so now I’m wondering how long it will be before he writes another op-ed in the NYT to apologize for what he said on Fox.

          • 33 theo67
            June 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

            I’m still waiting for Trump to expose all these shocking truths he supposedly uncovered. The media and Trump cannot be allowed to get away with what they did with the disrespect they showed the President and the people of this country. A lot of people were really hurt by that horrible episode. Trump needs to answer for his actions.

            • 34 Chi
              June 2, 2011 at 4:48 am

              Spot on Theo…

              We can’t simply move on and pretend nothing happened Donald Trump…

              You can’t spread such harmful innuendo and walk away scot free…

    • 35 JD
      June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Uh, who’s “Dumb-Dumb”? Just about anyone with an “R” after their name could answer to that description.

      • 36 lisalovesobama
        June 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

        hahahahahahahaha. I was talking about Crybaby Ryan. I’m trying out different names for him 😉

    • 37 Dorothy Rissman
      June 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Lisa, I lost you. Is dumb-dumb the orange man? I must have missed a lot the last 24 hours. Is this about the debt ceiling? HELP!

    • 39 geegee
      June 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Ryan tries to play the bravado role and end up as a major fail every time. He knows that meeting was recorded (someone on WSY posted a pic of the recorders on the head table). So that little lying, whining weasle knew he couldn’t come out with th fake bravado

  6. 40 nintendowii10
    June 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Do you think Paul Pot Ryan gives a fuck about polls?

    Heck, he’ll blame the polls on the liberals “demagoguing” his plan!

    None of these Republicans care about polls, even if the polls are not in their favor. They were using the polls last November to boast and brag about “Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah, we got a mandate to do whatever the fuck WE want, so back down you filthy leeeeeeeeeeebrul scum!”, but we all know the reality: that a bunch of disgruntled folks wanted to teach President Obama and the Democrats a lesson by letting the Republicans win.

    Some of these Republicans (Rick Snyder, Scott Walker) can be recalled. Others can’t (John Kasich, Rick Scott), and it’s going to be a looooooooooooong ride for those states with Republicans governors that are incapable of being recalled.

    And of course, Paul Pot Ryan’s ass is goose, which is why he will continue to double down on the RyanScare Road to Ruin. He’s a puppet of Koch Industries and he dares not to upset his masters.

  7. June 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    The Dow took a huge tumble because we have these right leaning conservatives with no plans to stabilize the economy but to just place fear in investors with that bull crap vote in the House.

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, Voucher, voucher, voucher…

  8. June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Well, mayor Emanuel scored a big win today and got Chicago casino business.
    Even mayor Daley could not lure this scenario, and actually good revenue for the city, as well!

  9. 45 Sue in Minnesota
    June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    In my dreams President Obama goes all Kung Fu on these dumbasses. A girl can dream! HIIIII YAAAAh!

    • 46 UT Austin Liberal
      June 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Hahaha Sue. Then he follows it with some Martial Arts, some Ju Jitsu, some Kickboxing, and finishes with some Karate.

      • 47 Sue in Minnesota
        June 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Yeah baby! Our middle mannered President is really Superman in disguise. Remember Clark Kent!

        I can imagine that President Obama handed Ryan’s ass to him, wrapped up with a neat little bow. President Obama has enormous moral courage and is fearless in defending what is true. Interesting that the MSM is attempting to rationalize Ryan’s pouting. Pull your tail out from beween your legs and MAN UP RYAN. Defend your plan if you think it’s what America wants. Problem is he knows it isn’t and he is engaging in political manipulation and machination, and crying victim. Republicans can give it they just can’t take it, I’ve often considered them the national template for our bullying epidemic.

        The Republicans do not want change, power has become their master, and winning their only goal.

  10. June 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Oh, and that 55 and older meme the pubs like to tout is false! Why ? Because, his budget also repeals the affordable care act, which puts back in place the donut hole for prescription drugs. Oops, is right.

  11. 49 meta
    June 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    These right-wing freaks just voted for Ryan’s mess AGAIN in the House!

    Despite Americans soundly rejecting the Republican budget to end Medicare–with a new CNN poll out today finding 58% oppose and opposition from senior citizens even higher at 74%–House Republicans doubled down on ending Medicare by passing a Rule on the Homeland Security Appropriations bill which “deems” that the Republican budget is passed:

    Provides that H. Con. Res. 34, including the related 302(a) allocations printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution, shall have force and effect until a conference report on the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2012 is adopted.

    House Democrats unanimously opposed the Rule today and the Republican budget ending Medicare which increases costs by $6,000 a year for seniors, cuts benefits immediately, and puts insurance companies in charge.


    Leader Pelosi: the Republican budget is a “window to the soul of the Republican party in this House of Representatives” that gives big oil companies and the wealthiest tax cuts, while saying to seniors ‘no more Medicare for you.’

    LOVE my rep.

  12. 50 cat48
    June 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    My fav part of that poll is they don’t think the GOP is doing enough to cooperate with the president!!

    According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority also don’t think the GOP has cooperated enough with President Barack Obama and, for the first time since they won back control of the House last November, the number of Americans who say that Republican control of the chamber is good for the country has dropped below the 50 percent mark.

    • 51 Lovepolitics2008
      June 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      The patience, the courtesy, the dignity of President Obama in the last two and a half years seem to be paying dividends, at last.

      Could it be that President Obama, since the beginning, has realized that many americans don’t have the time nor the possibility, given the media culture, to really understand policy. So they’re reduced to general impressions. President Obama has spent more than two years in building his image of a reasonable person who’s willing to make some compromises. On the other hand, the republicans have spent the last two years screaming, making all sorts of accusations, obstructing, blackmailing, etc… Americans are seeing the difference. This poll gives me hope.

  13. 52 Hachikō
    June 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Doesn’t look like much of a “vandalism” attempt to me, but… “Palin’s Bus Vandalized With ‘Media Whore’ Sign.” http://gawker.com/5807529/palins-bus-vandalized-with-media-whore-sign

    • 53 theo67
      June 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      I wouldn’t put it past her to do it herself, just to garner more attention and some sympathy over her silly apology this afternoon.

      • 54 Sue in Minnesota
        June 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        Sarah is nothing if she is not a victim. I reserve my sympathies for those that are truly victims. I pretty much detest failure of personal responsibility in situational outcomes. Grow up and grow a pair bitch.

    • 55 lisalovesobama
      June 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      Question for the author of that “news piece,” how’s that vandalism if it’s true? Palin should be flattered they left it at that. I could think of a million worse titles to ascribe to her than “media whore.” Whoever wrote that was being too nice by half.
      ps- thanks Hachiko 🙂

      • 56 Sue in Minnesota
        June 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        Palin loves “rough talk”, sexually derogatory langauage is the norm for her. She especially likes to assign it to others. She should recognize that who ever left the message was speaking her language. She always beats the drum for free speech……so you would think she would recognize and celebrate the exercise of free speech demonstrated by this effort. She would be a hypocrite to register offense to this action. She has an opportunity here to stand by her stated convictions, or demonstrate her hypocrisy.

    • 57 Me4obama
      June 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I would be upset If the word whore was used to another woman other than her. So I will drink to that.

      • 58 Sue in Minnesota
        June 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

        I throw out all my feminist sensibilities when it comes to Palin. She has earned my derision. The only sympathies I extend in her direction are to her children, especially the youngest two. Living with that mental illness will take it’s toll, emotionally and psychologically.

        • 59 hopefruit2
          June 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          Shouldn’t the child be in school right now? Why is she being shunted all over the country used as her mother’s political prop? Wouldn’t there be outrage if President Obama were shuffling Sasha & Malia all over the country while they are supposed to be at school?

          • 60 Sue in Minnesota
            June 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

            Her children have always been used as both political props and human shields. Sarah Palin is always the center of her own universe and her needs are first and foremost served.

            She never informed her children that she had been picked and agreed to be the VP on the Republican ticket. The family was enroute, unadvised of what was about to unfold, and Palin couldn’t even give them the news personally. She enlisted campaign advisors to deliver the news, about where they were going and about was very soon to unfold. They were steps away from being thrust into the national fishbowl.

            Let that sink in for a minute….what can of mother would leave her children out of the equation when making such an enormous life altering decision?

      • 61 geegee
        June 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

        I don’t consider ‘whore’ to be gender specific. There are plenty people of the male persuasion who are whoring themselves out to the highest bidder; for instance: too many politicians, the media/pundit bunch, and many others(Palin, Cwest, and too many others to name) sell out to the highest bidder on the regular.

        • 62 theo67
          June 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

          Personally, I blame republicans for introducing this type of language into the common square. The fact is, it’s not really nice to call anyone a whore or slut or to say they’re un-American, or call their deceased mother names, or tell them to “take off their lace panties”, or to tell a man to “man up”. There’s one common thread in all of this horrific language that serves only to demean another human being – sarah palin. She has brought this country to this low level. Her party has disrespected the Office of the Presidency. Personally, I don’t want to hear a woman called a slut or a man called a whore, or to hear people trying to justify using any of that language, no matter how despicable the character to which it’s directed. We’ve grown past that. And these Republicans want to drag us back into that gutter, just like they want to take us back to segregated America. We have to resist.

  14. 63 cat48
    June 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Also, the Poll said that going forward, they want the president to have MORE control and this made Paul Ryan sad! 😦

  15. 64 Carolyn
    June 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Can I just say that I canNOT stand that man!!!!

    • 65 theo67
      June 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Paul Ryan is very creepy and clammy, but Eric Cantor is even creepier.

      • 66 Sue in Minnesota
        June 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        I will from here forward being referring to Eric Cantor as “The Creepster”….I find him to have a very snively, sneaky quality about him. Ratty little man.

  16. 67 lisalovesobama
    June 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I know some people hate sullying themselves by going over to CNN, so here is the article. The best part is the paragraph that says that voters gave repugs enough power in 2010 to act as a check and balance to the Democrats, not as a mandate to carry out their crazy plans: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/01/cnn-poll-majority-gives-thumbs-down-to-ryan-plan/

    CNN Poll: Majority gives thumbs down to Ryan plan
    By: CNN Political Unit

    Washington (CNN) – A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans don’t like what they’ve heard so far about congressional Republicans’ plans to change Medicare.
    According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority also don’t think the GOP has cooperated enough with President Barack Obama and, for the first time since they won back control of the House last November, the number of Americans who say that Republican control of the chamber is good for the country has dropped below the 50 percent mark.

    The poll indicates that 58 percent of the public opposes the Republican plan on Medicare, with 35 percent saying they support the proposal. The survey’s Wednesday release comes as the president met with House Republicans to discuss, among other things, Medicare reform.
    The House Republican 2012 budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, passed the chamber in April without a single Democratic vote and included a proposal to overhaul Medicare. Under the plan, the government would no longer directly pay medical costs for those 55 and younger, but instead would offer subsidies for seniors to use to get private health insurance coverage.
    “Half of those we questioned say that the country would be worse off under the GOP Medicare proposals and 56 percent think that GOP plan would be bad for the elderly,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Opposition is highest among senior citizens, at 74 percent, suggesting that seniors are most worried about changes to Medicare even if those changes are presented as ones that would not affect existing Medicare recipients.”
    “A majority of all demographic groups don’t favor the GOP Medicare proposals,” Holland adds. “That includes conservatives – 54 percent of them don’t like the plan. As a result, rank-and-file Republicans are split right down the middle, with 48 percent favoring the GOP plan and 50 percent opposed.”
    The poll is another sign that the House Republicans’ Medicare proposal could be politically damaging to the party. Last week the Democrats won a special election to fill a vacant House seat in New York’s 26th congressional district, which the GOP held for over a generation. The Ryan Medicare plan became a major issue in the race, with both the Democratic and Republican candidates, the party committees and outside organizations spending millions of dollars to run ads that focused on Medicare.
    Democrats say their victory is proof the House GOP plan is unpopular with Americans, and see the results in New York 26 as a testing ground for next year’s elections. But national Republicans disagree, saying the reason they lost the contest was due to the inclusion of the third party candidate, a former Democrat who ran as a so-called tea party candidate.
    Last year, GOP leaders repeatedly attacked the health care reform law pushed through by Obama and congressional Democrats, arguing that it would weaken Medicare. Republican congressional candidates crushed their Democratic counterparts among voters age 65 and older in the midterms, carrying seniors by a 21-point margin, which helped the GOP win back the House with a 63-seat net gain.
    Has the debate over Medicare made the public regret the outcome of the 2010 midterm elections, which put the GOP in charge of the U.S. House?
    “Overall, a plurality still says that GOP control of the House is good for the country, but the margin on that question has narrowed from a 52 to 39 percent margin in November to just a 48 to 44 percent margin now,” adds Holland.
    And by roughly that same margin, Americans want Obama to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next few years, a view that has remained unchanged since the start of the year.
    “The results of those two questions, taken together, suggest that in the 2010 election voters wanted to give the GOP enough power to act as a check on the Democrats, but did not vote to give the GOP a mandate to enact its entire agenda,” says Holland.
    The poll also indicates that most Americans continue to believe that Obama is doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans in Congress. But fewer than three in ten say that congressional Republicans are doing enough to cooperate with the president.
    The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted May 24 through May 26, with 1,007 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

    • 68 lisalovesobama
      June 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      “I know some people hate sullying themselves by going over to CNN,” I forgot to add- and rightly so. 😐

  17. 69 Me4obama
    June 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm


  18. 70 Lovepolitics2008
    June 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Ryan has been endoctrinated in the Ayn Rand philosophy for decades. He won’t back down. The poor fool thinks he’s right and he just has to push his idea even if it’s not popular.

    So I have to say I don’t see Ryan as “evil” or dishonest. Actually, he’s one of the rare republicans I see as consistent with his own ideas and principles. At least he’s coherent. The problem is that he’s tragically misguided and is so blinded by his ideology it alters his perceptions. He feels victimized and thinks President Obama is playing dirty tricks with him, instead of realizing that President Obama is simply trying to make him see the “light”.

    • 71 theo67
      June 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      I see him as evil. To embrace the philosophy of Ayn Rand, one has to have an evil core, because there’s nothing noble or good in her theories. If he’s not only embraced them, but is now trying to implement those theories, knowing what harm will come about to actual human beings – then that makes him evil in my book. He can’t see the light because he’s travelling in darkness. I can’t extend any graciousness towards him, but I applaud you for trying.

      • 72 utaustinliberal
        June 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        Exactly theo. Ayn Rand’s theories and her book Atlas Shrugged is vile and disgusting. This is a woman who came to America as an immigrant and with hard work and opportunities provided by this great country she rose to fame. Yet her principles are all about selfishness, me me me, never looking out for anyone but ones-self, never being your brother’s/sister’s keeper, stomping on the middleclass and anyone who doesn’t fit what her idea of class, elitism and intellectualism is. Her whole values system is warped.

  19. 73 lisalovesobama
    June 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Lawry just spent 12 minutes dissing the “American media” -and rightly so- over spending/wasting all day talking about the Weiner’s weiner. I love Lawrence, he’s so smart.
    ps-next he’s gonna go after Christie for using the state plane that cost $2500 per hour to get to his son’s game (according to Cenk @ 6pm on MSNBC)
    pps- then he’s going after Palin and Chump.

    • 74 lisalovesobama
      June 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Idiot Halprin is now on. He’s all over Palin like a perv on a half naked woman. Lawry told him she’s a half termer who would be wiped all over a debate stage. Lawry says she knows this and thus won’t run. Halprin is also all over Chump running again. Lawry is schooling Halprin. Why is that idiot so dumb. Poor Lawry, why does he put up with asses like Halprin?

      • 75 M
        June 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

        Lisa thanks for the play by play!

      • 77 theo67
        June 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        Halperin is too stupid to be schooled, unfortunately. He’s drooling over both palin and Chump, and tossing out that last ounce of credibility that he had. I have to ask the same questions as you – why does Lawrence even bother trying to bring these fools to reason? It’s almost impossible.

  20. 80 Left-Indie
    June 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I’m a lurker. Love this site @ BWD. Love the great comments, some of whom have great political insight. However, what I would love to see more often are (after a great comment and explanation of the situation) a call to action that shows us how to fight back. A senator’s phone number, an editor’s email, form letters to personalize, or even thank you notes to PBO. Any number of things. I think it’s helpful to call supporters to ACTION.

    • 81 sherijr
      June 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Nice to see you Indie- Welcome… and I agree, will try to do my part and add those bits of info and calls for Action, thank you.

    • 82 Kasai
      June 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Welcome Left-Indie
      Great post…”A CALL TO ACTION” is a must, I’ve posted a link with all the Media links, but senators email, and phones would be great.

      I remember during the Health Care issue, while the TeaBaggers were out there making noise, OFA were busy bombarding senators with phone calls and emails, some even showing up at their offices…..and it made a huge difference.

      We must start making our voices heard with Senators, the Media as soon as possible, rather than being upset and do nothing.

      Thanks again Left-Indie 🙂

  21. 85 Claire
    June 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Too bad for little Eddie Munster and his kill Medicare voucher plan.

    Just saw idiot Halperin on msnbc. If he is the senior political analyst there, then they are in bad shape. He should be fired for being so gullible and just plain stupid.

  22. 88 halo
    June 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    This is why the GOP is holding the debt ceiling hostage in order to force Democrats to cut into Medicare. They know they will lose the House next year if it goes unanswered.

    • 89 Sue in Minnesota
      June 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      But really how does the potential of thrusting our economy and the world’s into total meltdown represent the interests of our corporate fat cats and wall street? Are they well enough positioned that they do not need the middle and lower economic classes to survive. Are they attempting to return us to a feudal system?

      • 90 anniebella
        June 2, 2011 at 8:15 am

        The Republicans only care about the rich, and getting Obama out of office. So if the poor and middle class suffer, well so be it. They don’t give a dam. If you take notice they are trying to do all they can to slow down or derail the economy, cause it think it will help them in 2012. I am hoping people are to wise for that, but then again there was 2010. Just think if people weren’t trying to send the Dems a message and just gave President Obama someone to work with him, we would be seeing more focus on jobs, putting people back to work. These Republicans don’t want to work with the President, unless they get all they want. Ryan says leader leads,I say we do have a leader leading us,President Obama, who is working for us, not against us. Scaring the pee out of these old folks isn’t leadership, these people worked hard all their life and their remaining days shouldn’t be worrying how to get their medicine or see the doctor. My friend’s 82 year old Mother was recently told that Medicaid would no longer pay for the blood presure medicine she has been taking. So she will have to pay for it out of pocket if she wants to keep taking it. That one bottle cost her $100 dollars. Now tell me how can a woman who lives on a fix income, afford to do that. And that blood pressure medicine isn’t the only medicine she takes. So this Medicare issue is to darn important, to let the Republicans win. The President and Dems better continue fighting for these kind of folks. And I believe the President will.

  23. 91 LYNND
    June 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I have to say: I absolutely HATE the Ryan/GOP plan for Medicare, and I will be fighting tooth and nail to make sure, that it never becomes the law of the land.

  24. 93 HZ
    June 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Remember, these guys are NO match for POTUS. Let the circus show off like fools which they are, and when POTUS let them show themselves like careless clowns he will send them packing just like he did Donald. Remember how POTUS operates. We Got This, okay. Just watch.

  25. 94 anniebella
    June 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I look forward to the day when I can say President Obama for four more years, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, welcome back Nancy.

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