Monday, February 02, 2009

Obamanation: A One Man Band

Gallup has a new poll out.

What the polling data shows is the abortion funding overseas is unpopular, closing Gitmo is unpopular and the issue of lobbyists is an issue that can be used to hurt Obama.

I am sure that the hypocrisy of Obama choosing lobbyists in his cabinet will come back to erode his popularity.

Obama’s Ethics Reform Promise Faces Early Test

That argument has drawn sharp criticism from left and right. “Is this really the message he wants to convey to voters in just his first month in office, a message that it’s O.K. to break or skirt the law just as long as you’re a good guy with a special skill set?” asked Andy Ostroy, a blogger writing on The Huffington Post, a liberal Web site.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, a liberal magazine, said Mr. Obama should withdraw Mr. Daschle’s nomination to “revive the change brand he campaigned and won on.”

Mr. Obama is running into crosscurrents that bedeviled his predecessors. Jimmy Carter promised a new day in Washington after Watergate but still found top associates caught up in scandal. Bill Clinton promised “the most ethical administration in history” and then endured the most independent counsel investigations in history. Mr. Bush vowed a new era of responsibility only to be accused of selling out to energy and military industries.

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