July 9, 2009


Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Rasmussen Reports, July 09, 2009)

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 30% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –8. [...]

Overall, 51% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance so far. Forty-eight percent (48%) now disapprove.

Senate delays climate bill until September (Edward Felker, July 9, 2009, Washington Times)
The Senate does not plan to make any serious moves toward approving a climate change bill until September, a month later than its leaders' previous expectation.

Sen. Barbara Boxer today told reporters that she will not draft a climate change bill in her Environment and Public Works Committee until September, throwing the timetable for action in the chamber into doubt on one of President Obama's top legislative goals.

Healthcare overhaul bill stalls in Congress: Cost concerns raise doubts on August goal (Lisa Wangsness and Susan Milligan, July 9, 2009, Boston Globe)
Last spring Democratic leaders set an aggressive timetable for passage of universal healthcare coverage, agreeing to vote before the Aug. 8 recess, return in September to work out the differences between House and Senate versions, and send a bill to the president before the end of the year. The schedule reflected a widespread belief among Democrats that they must move quickly to take advantage of the popular new president’s political momentum, and to avoid the political distraction of the midterm elections in 2010.

But in recent weeks progress has slowed dramatically. Moderate Democrats and Republicans are balking at the idea of creating a government insurance option, which more liberal Democrats insist is crucial if insurance will be affordable. Many Democrats also are resisting the idea of taxing a portion of health benefits for employees with the most generous insurance plans.

Moderates in both parties are also worried about the costs of expanded healthcare coverage - it is likely to exceed $1 trillion - at a time when deficits are soaring and the economy is weak.

Sure, it's a failed presidency, but on the bright side we got a do-nothing president and crossed "elect a person of color" off our to-do list.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2009 6:02 PM
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