Buried inside the new Fox News poll are some trial heats for the 2012 presidential election that look awfully good for President Barack Obama. Three candidates are tested against Obama: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. Obama smashes them all. He leads Romney by a 47-35 margin, Palin by a 55-31 margin, and Gingrich by 53-29 margin. Each margin includes a healthy lead among independent voters.Oops. Seems voters still hate Republicans more. For now, anyway.
The most interesting question:
The more interesting question might be on a three-way race between Obama, one of the unpopular Republicans (i.e., any Republican) and an independent.
On the other hand, if this is true, then that will change very quickly.
There is growing consensus in the House Democratic Caucus that comprehensive healthcare legislation is dead and the only option is to pass a series of piecemeal measures.Watering down the bill even more. How stupid can the Dems really be? If they go down this path, they are done in 2010. We've been here before. The script is the same. Only the actors are different.
House leaders have shied away from committing themselves to the scaled-back approach, but a leadership aide acknowledged that, behind closed doors, the idea is rapidly gaining traction.