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TUESDAY FIRST TAKES
Gallup weekly poll shows generic GOP candidate beating generic Dem by 10 points 51-41% — largest such gap ever. for a midterm election. Could be somewhat misleading due to huge GOP edge in South.
Anthony Shadid with great, lengthy piece on Iraqis searching for answers on dead loved ones, including a five-year search that leads to one spot: "The horror of this war is its numbers, frozen in the portraits at the morgue."
As Obama readies nationally televised speech tonight on Iraq, Eugene Robinson points out we didn’t really win there, amid "fog of ambiguity"…. Bob Herbert: Yes, support the troops — bring them home. "We keep shipping other people’s children off to combat as if they were some sort of commodity, like coal or wheat, with no real regard for the terrible price so many have to pay, physically and psychologically." Four more American troops killed in a roadside blast in Afghanistan.
MIchael O’Hanlon of Brookings, who helped get us into Iraq, now complains in op-ed we are "leaving" too soon and questions Obama speech and policy.
My new piece here re-visiting this day five years ago when my blog carried chilling news from New Orleans, with one newspaper site a life line for some.
Newsweek poll finds 24% think Obama is a Muslim — Pew had it at 18% and previous high was 12%. Stupidity surging? Most GOPers claim Obama favors Muslims over Christians.
HITCH ON OPPRESSED WHITE FOLKS Fine Hitchens piece on the "Waterworld" Beck rally, noting the odd complaints from white crowd and speakers about super-popular issues (Jesus and soldiers), raising the question of what they are really unhappy about? Could it be, ahem, race? …