Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Poll: 62 Percent Of Americans Wish Their Governor Would Take A Hike, Too

In a shocking poll in the wake of an unexplained absence by South Carolina's governor, almost two thirds of Americans said they wouldn't mind if their governor took some time off, too.
The survey by the Center for Political Opinion also found that nearly as many Americans wouldn't mind if their members of Congress vamoosed, either.
"Essentially, they're saying to people in government, 'Don't let the door hit you on the way out,' " said Stu Wasserman, director of the center in Wilmington, De. "When [South Carolina Gov.] Mark Sanford said he was going to take a hike, people in other states seemed to think he had the right idea."
The poll numbers in favor of politicians going AWOL was particularly high in New York, where members of the state Senate have been locked in a leadership battle for weeks, shutting down operations in the upper house. Only 3 percent of New Yorkers said they opposed the idea of a long leave of absence for their elected officials.
"Considering the dismal approval rating of New York's Gov. David Paterson," said Wasserman, "lots of people wouldn't notice the difference."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New White House Czar To Oversee Work Of Other Czars

In response to criticism that he has overused the czar title in his administration and appointed too many expert overseers, President Barack Obama on Wednesday appointed Rodney J. Fitzpatrick as his czar czar.
"Rodney Fitzpatrick will report directly to me on the problem of too many czars," said the President at a news conference. "I can assure you, if there are too many czars, he is the czar that will find out. At the same time he will be overseeing those czars and presiding over the monthly czars meeting, which will be held at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium."
Obama has appointed more czars than those who ruled Russia before the Soviet Union, with officials in charge of energy, urbanization, information technology, health reform, executive pay and other areas.
A senior White House official said he had no problem with the new czar. "Lord bless and keep the czar--," he said, "-- far from me."