Daily Pulse: Teabaggers March on DC

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger

Approximately 70,000 right wing protesters converged on Washington, D.C. over the weekend to protest government in general, especially president Obama's health care reform package. The signs they carried offered a glimpse of the unrestrained id of the American right.

Some carried placards that read "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy."

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Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 228

I am drowning in local politics. Several very close races right in NYC that are critical sucking me in. I expect most of them will be resolved on Tuesday, but I know at least one, and maybe two of them will go to runoffs. So the end is not yet in sight.

Meanwhile I try to keep, for the rest of my readers, a focus on healthcare reform. And I have added links for several states to ways of supporting Robb Miller in South Carolina, the Democratic opponent of the idiot who called President Obama a liar during his address to the joint session of Congress. We have so far raised over $800,000 towards defeating this Republican idiot. I donated to Miller and I hope you do as well.

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Maybe a public option is still within reach

I dont want to get anyone's(or even my own) hopes up too high, but there are still signs that we could get a public option passed.  However, there is a catch. While we can probably pass a public option in the House(with the barest of margins), reconciliation(which requires just 51 votes or 50 plus Vice President Biden) is the only way to get it done in the Senate.  We currently have 45 public option supporters in the Senate and if we can pick up another five, we can do it.  

There is a reason why Democrats are reluctant to use reconciliation and I don't believe that it has anything to do with looking bipartisan or not.  I dont think Democrats want to set a precedent for using this prodecure, because it would give Republicans the idea to do the same thing with Social Security and Medicare if they regain a Senate majority.  

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Obama Approval on Healthcare Jumps Net 21 Points

CBS News has the numbers:

Last week, just 40 percent of these adults approved of how the president was handling health care. More, 47 percent, disapproved. After the speech, 52 percent said they approved and only 38 percent said they disapproved. Those are the best assessments for Mr. Obama's handling of health care shown all year by CBS News Polls.

President Obama's speech was particularly successful in unifying Democrats. Now, 85 percent of them approve of his handling of health care.

Approval rates also rose among independents and Republicans, but independents are still divided and only 17 percent of Republicans approve of the president's health care actions.

One point that bears repeating from these numbers is the significant support President Obama receives on the issue of healthcare from Republican voters. While a tiny handful of Republicans on Capitol Hill are willing to even consider supporting meaningful healthcare reform -- Maine's two Senators, perhaps retiring Ohio Senator George Voinovich and likely one-term Louisiana Congressman Joseph Cao -- one out of every six Republican voters around the country approves of the way Barack Obama is handling the issue. That's right, a significant portion of the GOP base believes in the President's healthcare plan. If that's not bipartisanship -- regardless of the Beltway Republicans' gamesmanship -- I'm not sure what is.

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Daily Pulse: The Week in Review

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger

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