Democrats Pick Up House Seat Due To Medicare Issue

If the Democrats had half the skill of the Republicans of framing the issues they would be able to demolish the Republicans in upcoming elections due to the GOP Medicare plan. It remains to be seen as to how successful the Democrats will be with this issue, but it paid off in a traditionally Republican district. The Caucus reports:

Democrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.

The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether the party should rethink its commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability as 2012 elections loom.

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser. But Ms. Hochul seized on her Republican rival’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

It is far too early to say for certain, but 2012 could wind up being yet another wave election, reversing the Republican dead cat bounce of 2010.

Russ Feingold Favorite In Wisconsin Senate Race

If Russ Feingold wants to return to the Senate, Public Policy Polling shows he is a strong front runner, beating four Republican contenders by double digits:

51% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Feingold to 38% with an unfavorable one. He’s on positive ground with independents at 50/37 and almost twice as many Republicans (15%) like him as Democrats (8%) dislike him. These numbers are a pretty clear indication that his loss last year had less to do with him than it did with the national political climate and poor Democratic turnout in the state. Things are moving back toward the Democrats nationally and that’s particularly the case in Wisconsin where Scott Walker has quickly become quite unpopular.

In hypothetical contests Feingold leads Tommy Thompson 52-42, Mark Neumann 53-41, JB Van Hollen 53-38, and Jeff Fitzgerald 54-39. He wins independents by at least 9 points in all of the match ups and takes more than 90% of the Democratic vote while keeping the Republican candidates in the 80s within their own parties.

Does Newt Gingrich Even Want To Win?

We know there is little chance of Newt Gingrich winning the Republican nomination, but I would assume that he entered the race wanting to try to become the nominee. He is not off to a very good start. Last week was a disaster as he shifted position on health care even more rapidly than Mitt Romney. He even started out sounding like a reasonable moderate for a brief time, but realized that was total suicide in a Republican nomination race.

This week Gingrich again shows signs that deep down he has no desire to win. He has named to co-chairmen of his campaign, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and former Senator Zell Miller.

Obama Visits Westminster Abbey, 2008

This has got to be by far the coolest thing Barack Obama has done since visiting Great Britain–Taking the TARDIS back in time three years and visiting Westminster Abbey. We even have a dated signature to prove it:

It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.

Barack Obama

24 May 2008

Next does he get to meet Pippa?

Republicans Attempting To Prevent Federal Funds From Being Used For Abortion Training

Once again there is an attempt at a government take-over of health care. Those Republicans just cannot resist trying to get the government involved in areas where it does not belong, such as in trying to restrict reproductive rights and the ability of a woman to control her own body.  The House is expected to vote a a bill to prevent the use of federal funds for training in performing abortions. The Hill reports:

House members on Tuesday night are expected to hold a controversial vote on language that would prevent federal funds for medical resident training from being used to train residents on abortion procedures.

The language in question comes from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who is seeking to amend a bill that would scale back the federal funding and make it subject to annual appropriations. The program, established in last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), was automatically funded by Democrats last year.

“This amendment ensures that the grants being provided to teaching health centers are not being used to perform elective abortion, makes it crystal clear that taxpayer money is not being used to train healthcare providers to perform abortion procedures,” Foxx said. “When the liberal Democrats rammed through their government takeover of healthcare, in an unprecedented fashion, they refused to include longstanding pro-life provisions.”

Foxx’s amendment drew an immediate backlash from Democrats, who argued that preventing training on abortion would prevent training on a legal procedure. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) argued that while even Republicans have OKed federal funding for abortion in the case of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at risk, these procedures could be hindered by conditioning federal training funds.

“What it would mean is that across the country, residents would be barred from learning how to perform even a basic medical procedure required for women’s health,” DeGette said. “This amendment would jeopardize both education and women’s healthcare by obliterating funding for a necessary full range of medical training by healthcare professionals.”

Quote of the Day

‎”Sarah Palin was asked if she has the fire in the belly to run for President, and she said yes. But it’s not the fire in the belly; it’s the air in the head.” –Jay Leno

Camping Says End of the World Is Still On For October

After Harold Camping was wrong about the apocalypse occurring in 1994 he attributed his mistake to a mathematical error.  This time he is sticking by his prediction by making some changes in the details.

Camping’s predictions can be divided into three phases for the end of the world. First, he predicted that the Rapture would occur on May 21. He has revised this to mean that a spiritual Rapture actually did occur rather than anyone physically rising up. He believes that God did “bring judgment on the world.” Next, Camping had repeated more common Christian prophesies of a period of great suffering for those left behind for five months. This was revised to speculate that a merciful God had decided to spare us this period of suffering. Perhaps having to watch the endless announcements by Republicans as to whether or not they are running for president is sufficient suffering for us.

The final part of the prediction is that the earth will come to an end at the conclusion of this five month period on October 21. Camping is sticking to this saying, “It wont be spiritual on October 21st. The world is going to be destroyed all together, but it will be very quick.”

Only a small minority of Evangelical Christians accept Camping’s prediction with regards to the exact date, however far more share the same basic beliefs while saying the date of the Rapture cannot be predicted. A Pew Research Center found that, “By the year 2050, 41% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ definitely (23%) or probably (18%) will have returned to earth.” Evangelical Christians are most likely to hold this belief: “Fully 58% of white evangelical Christians say Christ will return to earth in this period, by far the highest percentage in any religious group.” This belief is also most commonly held in the south, and those with less eduction are more likely to believe that Jesus will be returning by 2050.

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