B.O. LOSING HIS LUSTER
"A surprising thing I observe among loyal Democrats in informal settings and conversations: No one loves Barack Obama. Half the American people say they support him, and Democrats are still with him. But there were Bill Clinton supporters who really loved him. George W. Bush had people who loved him. A lot of people loved Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. But no one seems to love Mr. Obama now; they're not dazzled and head over heels. That's gone away."
Columnist Peggy Noonan
ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE
"If elected, he said he would change the way business is done in Washington, end the partisan deadlock and the ideological polarization...Washington is more partisan than ever, and more polarized. Even on a purely procedural vote to begin Senate debate on health-care reform this past Saturday, every Democrat voted one way (yes), every Republican the other (no)."
- Columnist Fred Barnes
OBAMA-CARE LESS POPULAR THAN HILLARY-CARE
"A Washington Post-ABC poll found that 52% of the public believes ObamaCare will increase their personal health costs and that 37% expect their quality of care will deteriorate. They're right. A survey of registered voters by Public Opinion Strategies found that the more people hear about the plan, the less they like it, and that voter hostility is higher now than it ever was for HillaryCare."
- Wall Street Journal editorial
WALKING ALL OVER B.O.
"Brazil, Japan, China, Russia and Israel are all countries with their own national interests that do not necessarily comport with those of the United States. All have come to see Obama as a diffident, dithering, doubting dilettante who can be dissed with impunity. And none of these nations is going to sacrifice what it considers critical to win a smile from Barack Obama.
"Multilateralism and globalism are on the way out. Unilateralism and nationalism are on the way in. As other countries look out for their national interests first, why do we not do the same? If we Americans will not put America first, who will?"
- Columnist Patrick Buchanan
ESTABLISHMENT GOP VS. TEA PARTIERS IN FL
"Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is a conservative darling and the face of a possible new generation of Republicans. He's 38, the son of Cuban immigrants and a strong retail politician. His campaign to take the seat formerly held by Republican Sen. Mel Martinez has generated national excitement on the right.
"On the other side of this matchup is 57-year-old Gov. Charlie Crist -- an old-school Republican whose rush to the middle after Barack Obama won the presidency -- and Florida's 27 electoral votes -- is now causing him heartburn.
"The Crist-Rubio race will be a proxy battle between the Republican establishment and the tea-party insurgency. The Senate campaign wing of the national party is backing Crist and conservative, libertarian groups like the Club for Growth are backing Rubio."
- Chris Stirewalt, Washington Examiner, 11/2/09
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