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May 12, 2006


Balance this with this:

Still, Republican pollsters are watching reaction within their own party closely.

"About 14 percent to 15 percent of Americans would be qualified as serious libertarians and a significant portion of those are Republicans," said pollster Scott Rasmussen. "And they will be very bothered by this.

"This president is going to be judged historically by the situation in Iraq primarily," Rasmussen said. "I don't think in the long run this does anything to overturn that as the significant legacy of his administration. But it could have significant implications for the last couple of years. If it raises serious concerns, we could see an even bigger drop in support among his base.

"If, in fact, the federal government with the cooperation of big business was monitoring lots of phone calls among ordinary citizens, that has the opportunity to shift perceptions dramatically," he said. "It's a bad thing for the president, no matter what."

from National Journal on drug plan and seniors:

Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, further argued that satisfaction levels could easily falter as the program changes. The overcrowded market of Medicare drug plans has yet to shake out, he said, noting that some plans are likely to leave the program, while others could alter which prescription drugs they offer and raise prices. "What plans charge in year two, and the benefits they offer, can look very different," he said. "This is not the real test."

Meanwhile, those participants with the highest drug costs are headed for a lapse in coverage -- the so-called "doughnut hole" -- within the next nine months. And independent pharmacists claim that slow and insufficient reimbursements from the drug plans may force them out of business, causing access problems in rural areas.

According to the Journal, 75% think the country is on the wrong track. That really means evryone but the Bushbots, (although I have long suspected that some of the wrong-trackers are conservatives who think the country is too licentious, sleazy and godless).

I used to think it was impossible he'd drop below 32. I love being wrong about this stuff. Whoopeee

I want to find out if people out there thought that a successful Iraq war would keep gas prices low. Seems pretty safe to say that corruption stories is a factor, but I want to know more about economic disillusionment.

I could see him under 25% in a week. Remember, gravity is a force that accelerates a fall.

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