Obama Polls and Senate Seats

So many stories, so little time.

There is the most recent NBC poll  that shows that

Two out of three respondents say they’re pleased with Obama’s early appointments and three-fourths believe that the level of his involvement in making policy has been exactly right.

Another two-thirds view the president-elect in a positive light — a rating that’s more favorable than the numbers Bill Clinton and George W. Bush received 1992 and 2000.

There is the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  I think he lives in a world of his own.  It is not clear if he really talked to anyone about a price for the Obama Senate seat or if he was simply speculating outloud.  I guess we have to wait and see how this unfolds.  So far it seems unlikely that the President -Elect or anyone on the Transition Team was involved.

And will Caroline Kennedy be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s senate seat?  Ruth Marcus had an interesting take in the Washington Post yesterday.  Marcus writes, ” before getting all huffy about Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications for the job, let’s take a breath and remember Jesse Ventura and Sonny Bono. ”   Kennedy has written a number of books, worked with the New York City Schools, and is a lawyer – not terrible qualifications.

Those Senate seats seem to be creating lots of problems.  The Governor of Delaware appointed someone who is widely acknowledged as a caretaker until 2010 when Beau Biden might run for the seat.  That was controversial in Deleware.  I thought replacing Biden, Clinton, and Obama was supposed to be a piece of cake.  Guess not.


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