Gallup has a poll out reflecting the attitude of the American people on the recent Supreme Court decision on corporate political spending:
Americans' broad views about corporate spending in elections generally accord with the Supreme Court's decision Thursday that abolished some decades-old restrictions on corporate political activity. Fifty-seven percent of Americans consider campaign donations to be a protected form of free speech, and 55% say corporate and union donations should be treated the same way under the law as donations from individuals are.
The free-speech question elicits uncommon agreement across party lines. More than 6 in 10 Republicans and Democrats believe campaign donations are a protected form of free speech, but fewer than half of independents (48%) agree.
Public attitudes about the issues involved in the court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision come from a nationwide Gallup survey sponsored by the nonpartisan First Amendment Center. The poll was conducted Oct. 1-2, 2009, shortly after the high court heard concluding arguments in the case.
So you'd think that Obama, being a man of the people (or so he says), would be listening.
You'd be wrong:
President Obama Saturday lashed out at the Supreme Court for a dramatic ruling that gives corporate cash newfound reach in elections.
Obama said the decision "strikes at our democracy itself."
"It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way - or to punish those who don't," Obama said, calling the ruling "devastating."
The President promised a "forceful, bipartisan response" in Congress to "repair the damage that has been done" by the ruling, which Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Saturday called "one of the worst decisions I have seen in a hundred years."
Fresh off a groundshaking victory by Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in the race to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat, the GOP used its weekly address to glory in Brown's win - and get out ahead of Obama's first State of the Union address on Wednesday.
"We'll listen to what the President has to say," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, of Ohio. "But make no mistake, if the powers that be in Washington keep turning their backs on the people, Republicans will continue to challenge the status quo and offer better solutions."
There's a part of me that wants him to continue to flip the bird at the American people... something he's been doing all along but too many were distracted by his blackness to see it... but the other part of me wonders if the country can survive it all.
Let's hope she can.