The polling memo by Dem pollster Mark Mellman, which is being pushed around to Dem Senators, argues that much polling has failed to give respondents any sense of what's actually in the Dem proposal, simply asking voters whether they back "healthcare proposals being discussed in Congress."
The memo demonstrates that when many individual provisions of the bill are polled, they're overwhelmingly popular -- a fact that's gone largely unnoticed, highlighting once again that the din over the public option has drowned out much discussion of the rest of the bill.
OK can we now stop citing the bills that ask about "the health care reform bill"? The overwhelming majority of people don't know what is in the bills, but they support the individual provisions when asked about those. We will NOT see a vicious backlash against the democrats if HCR passes. We WILL see dem polling numbers tank horribly if a "dems are so imcompetent they can't enact their agenda even when they fully control the White House and Congress" perception take hold, and that will happen if HCR fails. Remember 1994: THAT was what caused the dem wipeout that year. Not NAFTA, not Whitewater, healthcare reform failure did it.
Uh, you do know they are a right-wing site, right? Nate called them out for the way they skewed their polling composites in the last election, and their commentary has always been wingnut. NOT a good reference at all.
Really, comparing consulting with generals on military matters to consulting with his son on McDonald's? WTF?
Also, the Afghan policy Obama has devised has a good chance of working well enough to at least stabilize the most vital parts of the country. Long-term, there will need to be much more than military action to achieve permanent, nationwide stability, but what needs to be done there absolutely cannot be done without some military presence--simply withdrawing the troops will solve nothing and create many more problems.