Dear MSM, Republicans and Proffesional Left, You want some reality check? Okay.

First, let’s start with this Quinnipiac Poll showing that 3 out of 4 Americans like PBO. People are split about his policies – which is to be expected – but seriously, 74% like the guy?!! With all the terrible hate, smear, racism and stupidity out there – This number s astounding.

And then, there’s this NBC/WSJ Poll that is no less awesome:

Positive/Negative
Obama 49/35
Pawlenty 10/9
Romney 25/25
Boehner 20/24
Trump 26/29

Who would you vote for:
Obama 45
Generic Rep 40

Obama 50
Pawlenty 31

Obama 49
Romney 40

Do you consider yourself a member of the
Tea Party?
Yes 29%
No 60%

Will the economy get better or worse?
Better 29
Worse 29

Compared to 1/11
Better 17
Worse 40

Goes Too Far / Not Far Enough
Democrats 28 / 63
Obama 26 / 62
Republicans 52 / 40
Tea Party 51 / 32

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Give yourself 16 minutes and watch this. Rachel is in a terrific spell these days.

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Here’s another good piece from Eclectablog.

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More recovery stuff:

Services industries in the United States jumped again in February to very strong levels

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Seriously.

Jobless claims at nearly 3-year low of 368,000

Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

9:30 AM PBO receives the presidential daily briefing.
10:00 AM PBO and VPB meet with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
11:00 AM  
11:55 AM PBO holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico; VPB also attends.
12:00 PM  
12:20 PM Obama holds a one on one meeting with President Felipe Calderón.
1:00 PM Obama and President Felipe Calderón hold a joint news conference.
1:35 PM Obama meets with President Felipe Calderón for a working lunch.
2:00 PM  
3:00 PM  
4:00 PM  
5:00 PM  
5:03 PM Obama calls the crews of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station.

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2. Recovery!

Jobless claims at nearly 3-year low of 368,000

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – New applications for U.S. jobless benefits fell by 20,000 to 368,000 in the week of Feb. 26, the lowest level in nearly three years, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The last time claims were that low was in May 2008. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected first-time jobless claims to rise to a seasonally adjusted 398,000 from last week’s revised level of 388,000. Over the past four weeks claims have averaged 388,500, marking the lowest one-month average since July 2008, according to government data. The four-week average is considered a more accurate gauge of employment trends because it lessens week-to-week volatility in the data. The decline in claims, which have fallen 27% since last August, appears to be consistent with a modest pace or hiring and fewer layoffs. Continuing claims, meanwhile, declined by 59,000 to 3.77 million in the week of Feb. 19. About 9.24 million people received some kind of state or federal benefit in the week of Feb. 12, up 74,000 from the week before.

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 3. Competence. Such a dirty word.

Treasury expects $6.3 billion from AIG’s MetLife sale

…”We are optimistic about the prospects that taxpayers will recover every dollar invested in AIG — something that many thought would be impossible when these investments were first made,” said Tim Massad, Treasury’s acting assistant secretary for financial stability.

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4. Very good one from Joe Klein:

Huck Fink

Huckabee was never an entirely plausible candidate for President–could we actually ever elect a man who has his doubts about evolution? whose comments about Israel seemed to indicate a literal interpretation of the Bible and the Rapture myth?–but he always struck me as a good guy, more concerned about working-class America than most of his rivals. These comments, however, and his subsequent lie that he really meant Indonesia not Kenya, really show a demented, perverse sensibility, and they demonstrate some of the ugliness at the heart of Obama hatred.

I’m talking about the Mau Mau comment, especially. When I was growing up, Mau Mau was shorthand for: Extremely Scary Black People. The brutality of the Mau Mau rebellion was legendary (and, who knows, perhaps even accurate). It became a term of art in the sixties: to mau-mau was to intimidate white people. (As a young reporter in Boston, I covered a would-be black militant group that called itself, with brilliant irony, De Mau Mau.) To associate Barack Obama with the Mau Mau rebellion is to feed all the worst, paranoid fears of Glenn Beck’s America–and, as any sane person knows, completely ridiculous.

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5. Polls watch:

President Obama strong in Virginia

Virginia seems like a state Republicans almost have to win next year if they want to take back the White House but if the voting was today Barack Obama would take it again by a margin comparable to or greater than what he won in 2008.

Obama leads Mitt Romney by 6 points in the state at 48-42. That’s identical to the size of his victory over John McCain in 2008. After that his leads increase to 8 points over Mike Huckabee at 51-43, 12 over Newt Gingrich at 51-39, and a whooping 19 over Sarah Palin at 54-35.

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6. NYT Editorial:

The Hollow Cry of ‘Broke’

“We’re broke! We’re broke!” Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday. “We’re broke in this state,” Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said a few days ago. “New Jersey’s broke,” Gov. Chris Christie has said repeatedly. The United States faces a “looming bankruptcy,” Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist, wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

It’s all obfuscating nonsense, of course, a scare tactic employed for political ends. A country with a deficit is not necessarily any more “broke” than a family with a mortgage or a college loan. And states have to balance their budgets. Though it may disappoint many conservatives, there will be no federal or state bankruptcies.

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