Obama Approval Numbers — and Hopefully Obama Care — Sinking Fast

Popular opinion is fickle. It seems highly likely that Barack Obama will at some point cross over 50 percent approval like he did during his first six months in office. But if he keeps arrogantly following the path of socialist policies and foot-in-mouth disease, don't expect it to occur anytime soon. Rasmussen reports that Obama has a 49 percent approval rating and has a net-minus 11 among those with strongly held opinions. John Hawkins at Right Wing News declared yesterday "Upside Down Day". As long as President Obama has lashed his political capital to the ship of government medical overhaul, I hope his numbers continue to plummet. … [Read more...]

Survey Results: No Dominant GOP Choices Emerge; Frazier Tops Rivals

Update: As El Presidente points out: "Crosstabs and other analysis will follow in the next week." We didn't want political junkies to get their fix all at once. Besides, a little suspense never hurt anyone. Introducing the top-line results from our recent survey of Colorado's political temperature. More than 600 people participated in the project. Thanks to those of you who took the time to help out! There were some definite winners in the candidate races, but given the unsurprisingly large share of undecideds at this point in the race, no one approached 50 percent. You can read the release below for more details -- which also includes some information on the issue questions and demographics of those who took the survey: July 2009 … [Read more...]

Michael Bennet’s Silence on Health Care Tax Matches Record of Hollowness

In its latest release, the Ryan Frazier for U.S. Senate campaign effectively goes after a weak link in incumbent appointee Michael Bennet's political armor:GOP Senatorial candidate Ryan Frazier today asked why Senator Michael Bennet has not stood up to the Democratic Congressional Leadership in Washington to protect Colorado small businesses and jobs from being destroyed due to an expensive surtax being proposed to help pay for President Obama’s health care reform legislation. The Democratic Congressional leadership has proposed a 5.4 percent surtax on families making more than $350,000 a year, or individuals earning $280,000, to pay for health care reform. “A proposed surtax to pay for health care reform will place an enormous … [Read more...]

Marostica Resigns, Republicans Happy

The Denver Post reported yesterday that state representative Don Marostica, R-Loveland, resigned his seat to be appointed by Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter as the state's economic development director:Larry Carillo, chairman of the Larimer County Republican Party, said Marostica called him this morning to tell him he was resigning his seat. "He was excited," Carillo said. "He explained he thought it would be a good thing for economic development in Colorado and a good thing for the Republican Party." [emphasis added] A double-edged sword of a statement if ever there was one. And it's definitely good for Bill Ritter, who can beef up his "bipartisan" bona fides without having to sacrifice any of his agenda or program. … [Read more...]

New Peer-Reviewed Report: Oceans the Cause of Warming Since 1977

Marc Morano at Climate Depot brings our attention to a brand new peer-reviewed scientific study, another major piece of evidence blowing apart the man-made global warming scare:The research, by Chris de Freitas, a climate scientist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, John McLean (Melbourne) and Bob Carter (James Cook University), finds that the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a key indicator of global atmospheric temperatures seven months later. As an additional influence, intermittent volcanic activity injects cooling aerosols into the atmosphere and produces significant cooling. "The surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean that made warming El Niño … [Read more...]

Keep Up the Good Fight for Health Care Freedom and Fiscal Sanity

Update: Michael at Best Destiny also has a great take on last night's Obama press conference -- "Color me unimpressed." President Obama's press conference last night didn't exactly bowl them over. With the plummeting support for the government health care Trojan horse plan before Congress, it will be interesting to see if last night moves the needle on public support at all. Great takes on the presser come from Ace of Spades' Gabriel Malor, Allahpundit at Hot Air, and the editors of National Review. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal points out Obama's use of Chicago-style intimidation politics behind the scenes to move the government health care takeover forward. But whichever way the political winds may seem to be blowing at the … [Read more...]

Bill Ritter Tapdances Away from Cap and Tax: No Memo to Betsy Markey?

Our "new energy economy" Governor Bill Ritter went before a Senate committee and tapdanced his way around the question of whether he supports the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill. (Yes, I'm late to the story. Yes, I'm hopping on the bandwagon. Yesterday was an important personal day away from blogging, but with a story like this one, better late than never.) El Presidente was quick to put up the video of Ritter's exchange with Senator James Inhofe, as well as the video of Senator Kit Bond explaining how the governor's highly-touted new "green" jobs are heavily subsidized by taxpayers: $71,000 per job. Michelle Malkin brought national attention to Ritter's refusal to endorse cap-and-tax. At American Spectator, Paul Chesser posted the … [Read more...]

J.J. Ament’s Entry Makes Two in Colorado GOP Treasurer’s Race

Rocky Mountain Right has the scoop: J.J. Ament today officially has thrown his hat into the ring as a Republican candidate for Colorado state treasurer. I took a few minutes a little while ago to chat with the newly-minted candidate himself. J.J. Ament stressed his "hands-on experience" in previous dealings with the treasurer's office, that he "knows where the waste and inefficiency is" and doesn't have to rely on the bureaucracy like incumbent Cary Kennedy has. He also said that Colorado needs the treasurer to be "a strong independent voice", and that Kennedy hasn't filled that role, either. … [Read more...]

Time Running Out to Take Survey of Colorado’s Political Temperature

Update: The poll is closed. Thanks to all 619 people who participated. Results are undergoing analysis and will be published next week. Time is running out. Only four hours remain for you to join the hundreds of other Coloradans who have shared their views on the political temperature survey. That's right: the deadline is today at 5 PM local Mountain time. Whether you somehow missed all the hype until now, or you are the type of person who loves to procrastinate, now is the time to make your views known. More information on the survey is available at Slapstick Politics. Stay tuned, as we plan to announce the results of the survey next week. … [Read more...]