Greg Sargent: The first thing you should watch this morning is this harsh new Web video from the Obama-allied Priorities USA Action. It paints a very lurid picture of “Mitt Romney’s America,” and it provides the clearest clues yet as to what kind of campaign Obama and outside groups will run against him if he’s the nominee.
Romney’s corporate background, as well as that infamous Bain picture, get top billing, and are tied to the allegation that Romney’s policies would be a boon to corporations while decimating the middle class. Obama advisers and allies intend to paint an extremely vivid and even frightening picture of what Romney’s desire to roll back Obama’s post-Bush reforms would mean for the economy, the country, and the future. Beyond his pro-corporate policies, the feeling on the Obama team is that Romney’s corporate past is an unexplored and potentially serious liability, particularly amid the intense anti-Wall Street sentiment that seems to be on the rise…..
You know how much I hate GOPolitico and how I hold my nose when I link to it – well, I’m holding my nose again because this article is worth reading: link
Quinnipiac: President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is up, from a negative 41 – 55 percent October 5, to a split today with 47 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. The president has leads of 5 to 16 percentage points over likely Republican challengers.
…. “President Obama seems to be improving in voters’ eyes almost across-the-board,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “He scores big gains among the groups with whom he has had the most problems – whites and men. Women also shift from a five-point negative to a four-point positive.
….. Obama also is looking better in matchups against potential Republican nominees:
47 – 42 percent over Romney, compared to a 46 – 42 percentlead October 5;
52 – 36 percent over Perry, up from a 45 – 44 percent tie last month;
50 – 40 percent over Cain, who was not included in a matchup last month;
52 – 37 percent over Gingrich, who was not matched last month.
This evening the Senate will vote on S. 1549: American Jobs Act of 2011.
This bill will provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs.
PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES AND TWEET OR CALL OR EMAIL OR FAX YOUR US SENATOR TODAY & DEMAND THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. FIND YOUR SENATOR HERE
Need to send a fax but have no access to a fax machine: Send your fax to email@example.com and I will fax it on your behalf.
We need all hands on deck today TOD Family so let’s get busy – we need this bill to pass tonight!
Greg Sargent: Out of touch Senate to vote down Obama’s jobs bill today: We already know that the Senate will not muster anything close to the 60 votes that are necessary to overcome a GOP filibuster when it votes on Obama’s jobs bill tonight. That’s a no-brainer. What’s more to the point is that we don’t even know if a simple majority of the Senate will vote for it — even though the plan and its provisions have solid public support.
That’s because of uniform GOP opposition, yes, but it’s also because some Senate Dems are still wavering in their support for the jobs bill because of the tax hikes on the rich and other provisions. If Dem Senate leaders can’t prevent defections, and can’t muster a majority for the bill, Republicans will be able to argue that there’s meaningful bipartisan opposition to the it, perhaps blunting Obama’s message that the GOP is the only obstacle to the majority’s desire for progress on jobs — a message he intends to continue taking on the road through the end of the year.
The key provisions in the jobs bill have strong public support. They are backed by majorities of moderates and independents. Unemployment is basically a national emergency. Yet we’re now at the point where we don’t even know if a simple majority of the Senate will support a sensible, balanced measure to deal with that emergency — Dems can only afford to lose two defectors — that contains ideas that both parties have supported in the past.
All the contact information you need can be found here at What is Working – there’s a permanent link to that page in the right sidebar here (just look for the ‘Contact Congress’ link seventh from the top)
Since it is President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s anniversary I thought it would be good for them and for us to make our first action of the week be:
Contact the Whitehouse, show your support for the AJA, thank them for all they have done, and let them know what our friends and neighbors have been saying. So often our CALLS TO ACTION focus on complaints, I think it is good for our souls to also make time to offer appreciation and support.
NYT: The new political group co-founded last month by two former aides to President Obama is unleashing its first television broadside against Republicans today, attacking former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts on health care and needling former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the process.
Officials with the group, Priorities USA Action, said that the advertisement was meant to coincide with Mr. Romney’s planned campaign-style visit to South Carolina this weekend, and that it will run on local stations there. Bill Burton, a co-founder of the group and a former White House deputy press secretary for Mr. Obama, declined to say how much the group was spending on the spot but said, “If you’re in South Carolina while Mitt Romney is in South Carolina and you watch the news, you’re going to see this ad.”