On the eve of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, voters think the president should be spending more time on the economy."Obama will 'accept responsibility' (but not blame) for the lack of promised change" (AMERICAblog/NY Times):
According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 51% of Americans believe Mr. Obama has paid "too little attention" to the economy. Forty-four percent think he has paid "too much attention" to his proposed overhaul of health care. A plurality continues to think that Mr. Obama's health-care plan is a bad idea.
The latest revelation about tonight's speech, via Jeff Zeleny at the NY Times, is that Obama will be somewhat contrite in his speech tonight. Giving this leak to Zeleny means the White House team really wanted prominent placement for this aspect of the speech (and for it to be part of the pundit chatter today.)"House to Senate: We're Ready On Health Care If You Are" (TPM):
Leading Democrats in the House still insist that "all options are on the table" to move ahead on health care. But for the first time since last Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, it's clear that they're coalescing around the most widely discussed option: moving ahead with the Senate bill once it's clear that it will be changed through the filibuster-proof reconciliation process. Before they can move ahead, they need the Senate to make some real headway on their end of the bargain--and they're not getting the signs they need.Howie P.S.: Tie health care to the economy, take a 2x4 to certain senators and "it's all good!" Hit the links for the full stories. More good news: Joe Wilson promises to"button it"! Ben Smith ruins my happy-talk party by linking to this from Politico: "Top Democrats at war - with each other." Another turd in the punch bowl: "The Sorry State of the Union" (Robert Scheer).