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In case you don't get that there will be huge political consequences--and I don't mean just for the 2010 elections--to passing a health care bill by the narrowest of margins, with no GOP support, look at this CNN Poll just released: 59% opposed the health care bill, as the House was debating it and about to pass the bill into law.
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Look at the poll more closely- specifically, look at the next question, #21.

Of the 59% that opposed the health care bill, 13% oppose it because it is not LIBERAL enough.

That leaves 43% who think it is too liberal. Not exactly surprising or likely to catalyze huge political consequences.

The Dems will lose seats in 2010, no doubt, but that's because their majority is too large and ideologically disparate to hold under any circumstances, especially an economy like this.

A good chunk of the disagreement = lack of a public option

Ah yes, the right-wing's "newfound love of public opinion"!

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html

One highlight:

"Indeed, the wholesale irrelevance of public opinion was a central tenet of GOP rule for eight years, as illustrated by this classic exchange between Dick Cheney and ABC News' Martha Radditz in May, 2008, regarding the administration's escalation of the war at exactly the same time that public demands for withdrawal were at their height:

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

CHENEY: So?

RADDATZ: So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.

See Glenn Greenwald's recent column "The GOP's Newfound Love of Public Opinion". Highlight:

"Indeed, the wholesale irrelevance of public opinion was a central tenet of GOP rule for eight years, as illustrated by this classic exchange between Dick Cheney and ABC News' Martha Radditz in May, 2008, regarding the administration's escalation of the war at exactly the same time that public demands for withdrawal were at their height:

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

CHENEY: So?

RADDATZ: So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls."

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Yea, I guess that's why Rasumussen (generally the most accurate of the lot) shows Democratic candidates in trouble across the country. You guys are whistling passed the graveyard -- the Dems have signed a suicide pact. It's not that there isn't some good stuff in the bill, but that there's a lot of payoffs, fluff, and silliness in it as well. The price tag is outrageous, and getting savings from Medicare -- who believes that?

online polls are a joke. turn off cookies and vote vote vote. or if you have skills use a script or a bot of some sort. popular image boards are litered with threads about trolling the online polls.

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