Saturday, December 12, 2009

Harry Reid tanking in latest poll

ObamaCare Dragging Down Democrat?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to lag behind all potential Republican challengers in next year’s U.S. Senate race in Nevada, according to new Rasmussen Reports telephone polling in the state.
For now at least, his championing of the president’s health care plan appears to raise further red flags for the Democratic incumbent. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Nevada voters oppose the plan, while 44% favor it.
More significantly, however, those numbers include 49% who strongly oppose the plan while only 23% strongly favor it. . . .
Read the whole thing. Bottom line: All three leading candidates in the GOP primary for next year's Senate election in Nevada now beat Reid in a head-to-head matchup. Beyond the ObamaCare issue, this looks like a generic anti-Reid, anti-Democrat trend, and nothing is likely to halt it anytime soon.

Aranoff: Dem 'Cover-Up' in CrasherGate?
The evidence clearly shows that the congressional investigation of the White House Gatecrashers is being controlled and limited. Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), now the subject of an Ethics Committee investigation, has made it clear that he wants to limit the investigation. Is he trying to protect White House officials with something to hide?
Ignoring evidence of White House connections to the alleged gatecrashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, Thompson will not subpoena Desirée Rogers, the White House social secretary who is a very close friend of Barack and Michelle Obama. . . .
Read the whole thing. During my reporting on IG-Gate, I interviewed Republican congressional staffers who described the work of House Democrat investigative staff as "useless." Even if there were any desire of Democrats in Congress to investigate charges of White House wrongdoing, Democratic staffers simply don't have the skills to run a decent investigation.

Report: ObamaCare Won't Reduce Health Costs
Democrats trying to push President Barack Obama's health care overhaul plan through the Senate got a sober warning Friday that costs will keep going up and proposed Medicare savings may harm the program.
A new report from government economic analysts at the Health and Human Services Department found that the nation's $2.5 trillion annual health care tab won't shrink under the Democratic blueprint that senators are debating. Instead, it would grow somewhat more rapidly than if Congress does nothing. . . .
Read the whole thing. A free-market guy has to begin by scoffing at the idea that HHS "government economic analysts" could be expected to estimate anything accurately. The absurd claim of ObamaCare proponents --that there can be both an expansion of benefits and a reduction in costs -- simply doesn't add up.