Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
Zogby Poll: Obama Increases Favorable Rating Amid Modest Expectations (By JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief, The Moderate Voice) Among independents, more than 50% express positive opinions in their ratings and confidence in Obama, his transition and every issue we asked about, with the exception of taxes.

POLITISOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS
Obama Should Act Like He Won (By THOMAS FRANK, Wall Street Journal) There is no branch of American political expression more trite, more smug, more hollow than centrism.


LOCAL INDEPENDENT NEWS
  • N.C. voter participation swelled in 2008 (News Observer) One of the state's most prolific bloggers has gone old-school. Liberal blogger James Protzman, one of the founders of the influential progressive group blog BlueNC, has written a novel called Jesus Swept.
  • Daily Kos Affirmations (Hotline On Call) Franken has improved moderately among Dem and GOPers and seen a massive swing among Indies.... Barkley's 15% remains constant in hypothetical rematch.

LAST WORD
THE NEW LIBERALISM (George Packer, The New Yorker, from Nov. 17) Obama has his own grass-roots organization, on the Internet and in hundreds of field offices. This is new territory, because those earlier movements had independent identities apart from any President, whereas Obama's movement didn't exist before his candidacy; its purpose was to get him elected. Even so, it has the breadth, the organization, and the generational energy of other movements, and it can be converted into a political coalition if its leader knows how to harness it.

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