Obama’s poll numbers are tanking while Dick Cheney’s are climbing

He is down in every category, but has to be especially concerned about the hemorrhaging of Independents.

Only 39% approve of closing Gitmo

Only 35% approve of Obama’s GM bailout/takeover

Only 20% are extremely confident that Obama has the right set of goals and policies to improve the economy

But this is the big one – Obama’s support among Independents has taken a nosedive.   They favored Obama by 60% to 31% percent back in April.  Now it’s almost split at 46% to 44%.

And this tidbit is especially satisfying – Dick Cheney’s approval rating has increased by 8 points since April and he is now more popular than Nancy Pelosi.

CBO: Obamacare will cause 23 million to lose private insurance

So much for this being a scare tactic by Republicans.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that a government overhaul of America’s health care system would cost at least $1 trillion and would mean the loss of private coverage for an estimated 23 million Americans, according to a preliminary analysis issued Tuesday.

Not to worry, say Democrats.  They have a solution….taxing sugar.

Leading Democrats, however, say the CBO’s numbers do not take into consideration the savings that the plan apparently would create. They say some of the costs could be covered by taxing certain “unhealthy” foods, such as sugar.

A Twizzler Tax?

First Claire now Barney

Barney Frank is not pleased with Obama over the DOJ’s brief in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, one of the nation’s leading gay rights champions, blasted President Obama yesterday over a controversial anti-gay marriage court filing and is calling on the commander in chief to explain himself.

“I think the administration made a big mistake. The wording they used was inappropriate,” Frank (D-Newton) said of a brief filed by Obama’s Department of Justice that supported the Defense of Marriage Act.

The DOJ brief, which has touched off a firestorm of anger in the gay community, argued that states should not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, just as states don’t have to recognize incestuous marriages or unions involving underage girls.

“I’ve been in touch with the White House and I’m hoping the president will make clear these were not his views,” Frank said.

Meanwhile, there is talk of a boycott of an upcoming gay/lesbian Democratic National Committee fund-raiser in DC next week.  Frank is a co-host and the velvet tongue, Joe Biden, will be the keynote speaker.

The controversy has prompted some prominent gay political donors and activists to boycott a gay/lesbian Democratic National Committee fund-raiser being co-hosted by Frank next week in Washington, D.C., Vice President Biden is slated to be the keynote speaker, but protests could mar the $1,000-a-head event.

“There are a lot of people who aren’t boycotting,” he said. “I think it’s a mistake to deny money to the DNC.”

Among those who’ve already pulled out of the fund-raiser are noted gay bloggers Andrew Towle and David Mixner, a former adviser to President Clinton.

Frank said he understands the rage but vowed that the fund-raiser – one of the gay community’s biggest of the year – will go on.

So he’s mad, but not mad enough to take a real stand and walk away from the money. Shocka!

Happy Hack Holiday!

It’s Bunker Hill Day in Massachusetts and all Suffolk County employees have the day off.  I’ll give you two seconds to  guess where the State House is located.  Work for the state in another county?  Don’t feel left out – you get a floater!  And don’t forget about Evacuation Day.  That’s St. Patrick’s Day for anyone who lives outside of the Commonwealth.  The cost to the taxpayers?  $5 million.  As the state continues to cut programs and aid, these lame excuses for a paid day off for the hacks in state government has come under fire.  Last month, a bill to do away with both “holidays” lost by a slim margin, but it appears to be gaining support.

Fueled by public outrage, a movement to repeal two controversial state holidays celebrated only in Suffolk County is gaining steam on Beacon Hill, earning support from one Senate convert who originally voted to save the off days.

“This year when we are having trouble finding two nickels to scrape together, there seem to be so many other programs that are worthwhile,” said Sen. Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln), who said she didn’t know about the millions Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day cost taxpayers when she voted to keep them.

“We’re picking up a lot of momentum,” Tisei said. “We’re going to pick the opponents off one by one.”

Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) said Fargo is one of many colleagues reconsidering their vote to preserve the holidays last month.

I take comfort in the fact that it’s about 48 degrees right now and will barely crack 70 at the beaches.