First duffer President Obama is nearing 200 days golfing during his presidency and could nearly make that mark during his upcoming 16-day vacation to the East Coast getaway of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., beginning Saturday, reports the Washington Examiner. According to sources who keep count of Obama’s golf outings, he has hit the greens on 183 days, the most recent last weekend when he took an expanded group out to celebrate his 53rd birthday.
Sen. Rand Paul's broad appeal threatens to weaken Democrats for 2016, and they are going on offense -- sending out no less than 10 press releases on his latest trip to Iowa, according to The Daily Beast. Democrats fundraise and campaign by exploiting concerns about right-wing extremism. But at least at the moment, what they apparently fear most is the rise of a candidate who could potentially poach enough of their supporters to beat them in 2016. Rand Paul has not yet formally announced he is running for the Republican nomination. But with a lead in GOP polls and already laying the foundation for the infrastructure of a campaign, the junior senator from Kentucky is considered the early front-runner, one who is transparent about his desire to appeal to a broad range of voters—and that has Democrats worried.
In a speech at Ft. Bragg, N.C. on Dec. 14, 2011, President Barack Obama said the United States was “leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people,” according to a Breitbart report. Obama said: “Iraq’s future will be in the hands of its people. America’s war in Iraq will be over.” And: “Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations.” On Aug. 7, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer reported that Iraq is “falling apart.” The White House is currently debating dropping in aid or engaging in airstrikes against Iraq while stating “there could be a humanitarian catastrophe” inside Iraq.
Although you wouldn't know it from the lack of media coverage, or even the AP's own write-up of the poll (which gives new meaning to the phrase "buried lead"), a new Associated Press-GfK poll offers nothing but harrowing news for Democrats and the media who love them. Buried in the "pox on both houses" rhetoric we're hearing from the media, what you will find in a little place I like to call Reality are the actual numbers, which show consequential movement towards the GOP on almost every issue voters are most concerned with. On the question of who voters would rather see win control of Congress, since May, Democrats have lost a 6-point 31-37% advantage. Both parties are now tied at 33% -- a full 6-point shift toward the GOP in just six weeks.
Congress has checked out, and the American people have noticed. Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. All told, only 28 percent of Americans think the nation is heading in the right direction, the lowest level in August of an election year since 2008.