Hot Fudge Sunday February 20

Sundays bring us the political talk shows. If you see something interesting on one of them, jump on the comment board and talk about it. According to Politico, here is the lineup for this week’s shows:

Meet the Press (NBC) — Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, talking about the growing revolutions of the Middle East.

This Week (ABC) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be interviewed about the growing revolutions and crackdowns in the Middle East.

Face the Nation (CBS) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and senior Democrat Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

State of the Union (CNN) — Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Lugar (R-IN) will cover the Middle East unrest, as well as the increasingly likely government shutdown. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be interviewed about his new book Known and Unknown: A Memoir.

Fox News Sunday — The battle over state government employee unions in Wisconsin will be covered by Governor Scott Walker. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) will talk about the budget battle in DC.

Newsmakers (CSPAN) — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who chairs the Republican Study Committee, will be interviewed.

Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) will discuss the budget.

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One Response to Hot Fudge Sunday February 20

  1. Gator says:

    Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From ’08 to ’10

    Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, D.C. most Democratic;
    Wyoming, Utah most Republicanby

    Jeffrey M. Jones Page: 123
    PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup’s analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14). The number of politically competitive states increased over the same period, from 10 to 18, with more limited growth in the number of leaning or solidly Republican states.

    Gallup has documented the decline in Democratic Party affiliation at the national level from its recent peak in 2008 and early 2009. After several years of increasing Democratic affiliation beginning in late 2005, the current political situation is similar to what it was in the mid-2000s, when the parties were more or less even.

    In fact, every state and the District of Columbia had fewer residents identifying as Democrats, or identifying as independents but leaning Democratic, in 2010 than in 2008. The greatest declines were in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Hawaii; the smallest were in North Dakota and Mississippi.


    The United States, both nationally and in every state, has moved in a more Republican direction during the last two years. Though the losses are not welcome news for the Democratic Party, the decline since 2008 is from a high point in the party’s support, the highest in at least two decades. Thus, while the losses have clearly hurt the party’s positioning compared with what it was as President Barack Obama was taking office, its strength is generally back to where it was in the mid-2000s, before a series of events including the Iraq war, high gas prices, and the recession eroded public confidence in George W. Bush and the Republican Party.

    At the same time, the Democratic losses have not led to major gains in Republican affiliation. Rather, Gallup finds greater increases in the number of competitive states than in solid or leaning Republican states.

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