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POLL: Obama Would Beat Trump, in a Landslide

As Donald Trump and FOX continue to try to create a fake scandal, poll shows Donald Trump will simply never be loved like Barack Obama

LOS ANGELES, CA – A new poll shows that former President Barack Obama would overwhelmingly be voters’ choice for president over Donald Trump, if the two were facing each other in this year’s election.

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling for the political consulting firm Winning Progressive Message and Strategy, shows that Trump would lose in a massive landslide, 54 to 43 percent.  For comparison, George H.W. Bush only beat Michael Dukakis 53-46 percent.

“It’s unclear that Donald Trump will ever get it – voters will simply never love him, and certainly never in the way Barack Obama is loved,” said Eric Schmeltzer, president of Winning Progressive. “There is no one happier than Joe Biden to have Donald Trump and FOX News consistently invoke former President Obama’s name. Every time he obsesses over Barack Obama, he only reminds voters of what they liked about the Obama-Biden administration. This poll shows that it’s not even a close call.”

The poll of 1223 registered voters was conducted between May 18-19, by phone and text.  It has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

A polling memo with cross-tabs can be found here: NationalResultsMay2020.

Winning Progressive Message and Strategy is a Los Angeles-based political public relations firm that works with political organizations, candidates, and businesses to achieve their goals through bold, strategic communications.

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Time for a Dem proposal on O’Care fix. Time for the public option.

Let me preface this post by saying I’m an advocate of single-payer health care. Nothing I’m about to write negates that. I’m just writing about political reality.

Yesterday, four GOP Senators came out against the current Senate version of the odious TrumpCare ACA Repeal Bill, tossing a bit of a monkey wrench into their plans to move ahead to a vote.

Their internal fight makes this the perfect time for Democrats to roll out an Obamacare fix bill, and present a positive vision for the future of health care, to America.  Part of that vision must be introduction of a public option on the Obamacare exchanges, in the form of a Medicare buy-in.  Here’s why.

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Progressives Rising

Piggybacking off my post from yesterday, Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo shows some other key victories for the “Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party” in the new Congress.

The Democrats’ progressive wing is enjoying a renaissance since the party’s crushing defeat in the 2014 midterm election, chalking up victories and capturing the attention of congressional leaders on causes near and dear to their hearts.

Some of the change is structural. The election wiped out red state senators and House members in less progressive districts, reducing the new minority party to a more ideologically cohesive unit. The loss of the Democrats’ Senate majority also breaks a four-year holding pattern in which leaders had to cut deals with the conservative-dominated House, making it somewhat easier for them to stand or fall on principle.

“It’s very, very liberating,” said one Democratic Senate leadership aide.

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There’s Something Happening Here….

When I worked for Howard Dean, in the 2004 election, he used to like to quote Harry Truman in his stump speech:

“If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time.”

The point, when Howard Dean said it, was that far too many Democrats were trying to be like President Bush, in 2003, when the President’s popularity was soaring, but Dean was offering a real alternative.  Yet, it could just as easily apply to the many Democrats, especially in the South, who became nearly indistinguishable from Republicans, not just on issue, but in tone.

Lo and behold, the slow burn of so called Blue Dogs completed in 2014, and voters voted for genuine Republicans, across the board.

Finally, it seems like Democrats are finally taking the right lesson away from these losses.  In the past, they always seemed to answer defeat by moving more to the right, assuming the country wanted conservatism.  But, in the past few days, it is becoming apparent that, finally, Democrats realize they need to offer a real choice – a progressive choice.

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STRATEGY MEMO: GOP Might Literally Lock Obama Out of Capitol

When I say some Republicans want to “literally” lock President Obama out of the Capitol, I don’t mean “literally,” in the Joe-Biden-sense.  I mean it in the Oxford Dictionary sense.

That’s right – there is a growing chorus within the newly-minted GOP Majority to refuse the President’s request to deliver the State of the Union in the Capitol.

Last week, shortly before Thanksgiving, the idea that congressional Republicans might block President Obama from delivering a State of the Union address first crossed the political world’s radar. The New York Times published a quote from a prominent figure in conservative media pushing the argument; Breitbart News ran a column endorsing the move; and Politico noted unnamed “GOP aides and lawmakers” who like the idea.

Should the President try to come, I reckon it would involve closed, locked doors that would be ordered to stay shut, because if you’re going to go nuts, go fully nuts.

So, what should the White House do?

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