Submitted By Todd on January 7th at 12:25pm
The increased conservatism that Gallup first identified among Americans last June persisted throughout the year, so that the final year-end political ideology figures confirm Gallup's initial reporting: conservatives (40%) outnumbered both moderates (36%) and liberals (21%) across the nation in 2009.We're Number 1!
More broadly, the percentage of Americans calling themselves either conservative or liberal has increased over the last decade, while the percentage of moderates has declined.Americans, meanwhile, continue to move toward the GOP.
Republican candidates start the year by opening a nine-point lead over Democrats, the GOP's biggest in several years, in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot. The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 35% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.Whatever happened to the end of the GOP that the media announced last Spring? An anti-incumbent feeling has taken over the nation - driven by a deep feeling that elected officials do what they want without regard for the will of the people, or the words in the Constitution. And then, there's the question of competence, as the Fruit of the Boom terror incident symbolizes.
White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel "a certain shock" when they read an account being released Thursday of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane.Can we do anything right? A group of inspectors was almost hit by a Metro subway train in Washington - doesn't this sound so much like America today?
The near-miss near Alexandria's Braddock Road Station was one of numerous safety violations identified in the report. In other instances, inspectors said that train operators failed to respond to hand signals from track personnel and that Metro's control center failed to give operators adequate warning about where workers were stationed on the tracks. The report also said inspectors detected antagonism between track workers and train operators.Extrapolate those conditions out into the Homeland Security Infrastructure, and it strikes the average voter that self-interest, special interests, and lack of interest have taken control
The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day, the Daily News has learned.Well, Obama went to the golf course in Hawaii for five hours, didn't he?
Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center since 2007, decided not to return to his agency's "bat cave" nerve center in McLean, Va., until several days after Christmas, two U.S. officials said. "People have been grumbling that he didn't let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation," said one of the sources.Never let a serious mogul go to waste.