Rasmussen: Support for closing Gitmo rapidly dropping

posted at 2:25 pm on August 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

With Barack Obama’s support fading on his economic leadership, it probably comes as no surprise that voters have lost confidence on his national-security agenda, too.  When Obama took office, he had significant support for his pledge to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.  Rasmussen finds that his support has rapidly dwindled this summer, dropping to 32%, and opposition strengthening:

Seventy-five percent (75%) of U.S. voters are at least somewhat concerned that dangerous terrorists will be set free if the Guantanamo prison camp is closed and some prisoners are transferred to other countries. Fifty-six percent (56%) are very concerned.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 24% are not concerned about the potential danger.

Support for the president’ s plan to close the prison camp for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba continues to erode. It’s been steadily dropping since Obama announced the camp closure just after taking office in January. Only 32% of voters now favor closing the prison camp, down six points from May and down 12 points since the President announced his decision in January.

Fifty-five percent (55%) now oppose closing the prison, with 13% not sure. In January, just after the president announced his decision, just 42% were opposed.

Obama has gone from a virtual dead heat on this question to a 23-point gap in just seven months.  Even though Obama had run on the issue during the campaign, his rollout of the decision helped sap strength from his policy.  More than halfway through to his goal, Obama still has no plans for the remaining Gitmo detainees, no decision on how to process them and adjudicate their cases, and has wound up right back to where Bush was in proposing indefinite detention under military auspices.  The performance reeks of incompetence, which has hammered his support.

The demographics look even worse.  Obama loses majorities of both men and women (60%, 50%) and independents have abandoned him as well (62%).  Only 56% of Democrats now support the policy of closing Gitmo.  Obama loses every single income demographic, all but one (under $20K) by wide majorities.  It’s a dead heat among the youngest voters (18-29, 37%-36% opposing) but wide majorities in all other age brackets.

Put simply, it’s a disaster.


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Maybe, just maybe “I hate Bush” isn’t a reasonable governing platform.

lorien1973 on August 25, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Put simply, it’s a disaster.

You can apply that pretty much anywhere with Obama.

rob verdi on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

“We’re closing it anyway.”

LibTired on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

It’s because it is August. Everybody’s all wee wee’d up, haven’t you heard?

tru2tx on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

And, now I summon Spathi!!!

Upstater85 on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

POTUS Obama, January 2009, upon Gitmo’s non-closure:

“This is not the Gitmo I thought I knew. Due to unexpectedly unforseen circumstances…….”

JoeinTX on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

More than halfway through to his goal, Obama still has no plans for the remaining Gitmo detainees.

I beg to differ, he will use them to prosecute and jail CIA operatives.

rob verdi on August 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM

All the noise on the left to close GITMO didn’t have a damn thing to do with GITMO. It was all about being stupid and irresponsible.

The vast majority of Conservatives normally don’t have time for politics as they are busy with work and families. That’s changing thanks to Obama. The sleeping majority is waking up and getting pissed.

Guardian on August 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Please pass this around.

ABC won’t air this ad.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/08/too_hot_for_abc.html

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM

all together now. . . ASTROTURF.

ThackerAgency on August 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM

stick a fork in him, he’s done.

SHARPTOOTH on August 25, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Gitmo, one of Bush’s best decisions.

fourdeucer on August 25, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Boycott these NYT owned newspapers.
.
.

TimesDaily of Florence, Alabama
The Gadsden Times of Gadsden, Alabama
The Tuscaloosa News of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Petaluma Argus-Courier of Petaluma, California (weekly)
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California
The Gainesville Sun of Gainesville, Florida
The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida
Sarasota Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, Florida
Star-Banner of Ocala, Florida
The Courier of Houma, Louisiana
The Daily Comet of Thibodaux, Louisiana
The Dispatch of Lexington, North Carolina
Times-News of Hendersonville, North Carolina
The Star-News of Wilmington, North Carolina
Spartanburg Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, South Carolina

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Give him a break. After all, he inherited Gitmo.

redshirt on August 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM

With Barack Obama’s support fading on his economic leadership, it probably comes as no surprise that voters have lost confidence on his national-security agenda, too.

First sentence nailed it. In reality what is going on right now is a crisis of faith in government, not just healthcare, energy policy or national security issues. This steep decline in polling represents a breakdown in society. Citizens are less likely to give the government the benefit of the doubt that it (government) knows what it is doing. IMO this crisis of faith was caused by the out-of-control spending that continues in Congress despite the economic downturn. American citizens have had to tighten their belts as have their cities and states. All the while DC is spending with abandon.

It is no wonder the filthy liar in the White House and his party have no credibility. This is the same disenchantment conservatives felt against GOP fiscal irresponsibilty on a much larger scale.

highhopes on August 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM

And, now I summon Spathi!!!

Upstater85 on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Where is are seaman receptacle at? Is he at a seance to channel his inner Cleveland.

HornetSting on August 25, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Completely off topic, but please call Juan McCain’s office and tell him to sit down and STFU. We want the democrats to fail. We don’t want him go over and grab his ankles for his democratic friends…..

Juan McCain 202-224-2235.

HornetSting on August 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM

It’s because it is August. Everybody’s all wee wee’d up, haven’t you heard?

tru2tx on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

The Precedent is bullish on Depends. He thinks that, because he has to wear diapers, everyone else must be wearing them, too.

progressoverpeace on August 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM

The Obama experiment has proven to be an utter failure.

To the ash heap of history with you sir.

portlandon on August 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Talk is cheap, and it is cheaper when there is no plan advanced to back up that talk.

ICBM on August 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM

He doesn’t have to close it. Just dribble out the prisoners one at a time. Mohammad Jawad just arrived back in Kabul yesterday.

RushBaby on August 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM

The sleeping majority is waking up and getting pissed.

Guardian on August 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM

And just think about how bad it’s going to get once summer is over and the regular folks who normally aren’t paying attention this time of year, start paying attention.

“Fall” will now have a whole new meaning.

Knucklehead on August 25, 2009 at 2:40 PM

“We’re closing it anyway.”

LibTired on August 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Closing the facility has never been a problem. What the filthy liar in the White House learned the hard way is that there is a difference between turning out the lights and dealing with the detainees. I honestly don’t think the filthy liar ever bothered understanding the reality of why those people are there and how messy a process it is to deal with their cases. He just went around on the campaign suggesting that these were innocents unfairly detained by the US government and was shocked to learn that, indeed, these are bad actors who cannot simply go home the way Scotland deals with inconvenient incarcerated terrorists.

highhopes on August 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Obama still has no plans for the remaining Gitmo detainees

There’s the reason for the drop: campaign issues are one thing, coming up with real solutions for those problems is another. And innovative solutions are, it’s becoming increasingly clear, not really Obama’s strength.

LastRick on August 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Obama wants Gitmo closed before one of his American hating deeds lands him there.

fourdeucer on August 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

And no one in this Administration nor this Congress has adequately addressed that small matter of law.

Should any of these detainees arrive on US soil…what then?

Under current law, any landed immigrant or other persons who arrive on US soil are to be granted full judicial protections as a “US person.”

While the main complaint seems to be about “security” what about the law and the Constitution?

Once any of these detainees arrives before a judge…look for all charges to be dismissed…lack of evidence. Lack of standing.

Then, be prepared for another Pandora’s Box to be opened…that of Geneva, which expressly states that no wartime prisoner is to be bound over for trail in a civil court unless that prisoner has committed acts against the laws of the holding nation subsequent to capture and detention. For example, crimes committted while in the process of escape.

Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. (2008) opened a huge doorway into violations of Geneva, established law, and the US Constitution.

Bringing the detainees to any part of the United States will serve to further gut established law and treaty.

But, what the hell…Obama’s kids love Martha’s Vineyard.

coldwarrior on August 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Completely off topic, but please call Juan McCain’s office and tell him to sit down and STFU. We want the democrats to fail. We don’t want him go over and grab his ankles for his democratic friends…..

Juan McCain 202-224-2235.

HornetSting on August 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM

And I’m watching his townhall meeting.

He once again made excuses for Obama……….and the good folks attending is booing him big time.

Knucklehead on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

GITMO must remain open so that we have somewhere to house this administration in 2013.

farright on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

John McCain is now saying he plans to form another one of his “gangs” to reach some kind of “compromise” on health care.

Dear God in Heaven, make him stop!!

There IS.NO.COMPROMISE on this issue!!

He needs to butt out right now before he screws up everything we have been working for…the total defeat of this bill.

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Umm exactly how did Mr. Obama get elected?

Talk about style over substance…..

SteveMG on August 25, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Like everything else, once people get a good look at what Obamas campaign promises will really turn out like they start to have second thoughts. Governing in reality is a lot harder that campaigning, and Obama is showing that he is only good at one of those.

Scrappy on August 25, 2009 at 2:44 PM

With Barack Obama’s support fading on his economic leadership, it probably comes as no surprise that voters have lost confidence on his national-security agenda, too.

The two have nothing more in common besides the fact that an incompetent, narcissistic, inexperienced, boy made the policies.

His national-security agenda is failing because of his national-security agenda and nothing else.

jukin on August 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Michelle: Honey, what is that smell?

Barry: It’s my new fragrance, it’s my Incompetence!

Michelle: You are really reeking of it! Now come over here and give me some of that Barry lovin’ . . . (censored)

DuctTapeMyBrain on August 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Talk about style white guilt over substance…..

SteveMG on August 25, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Just my perspective.

coldwarrior on August 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Drop all 250 of the gitmo babies off at the white house lawn.

Maybe the ogabe’s will come out en masse, mother-in-law too, and display their bona fide empathy methods; ‘ya know, bring the girls out for a hug-fest, learn a 2nd language, compare memorized verses from the quran, design new prayer mats.

Ris4victory on August 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM

The U.S. attorney in New York on Tuesday charged a New York investor and major Democratic fund-raiser with a $74 million scheme to defraud Citigroup Inc (C.N).

Hassan Nemazee, 59, was charged with one count of bank fraud, and faces up to 30 years in prison plus a fine. His lawyer Marc Mukasey, a former federal prosecutor, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Nemazee was a national finance chair of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and a supporter of John Kerry’s run for the White House in 2004.

Read at Michelle’s site.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/08/25/culture-of-corruption-democrat-fund-raising-fraudster-edition/

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM

There’s the reason for the drop: campaign issues are one thing, coming up with real solutions for those problems is another. And innovative solutions are, it’s becoming increasingly clear, not really Obama’s strength.

LastRick on August 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM

He is nothing more than an idealogue, completely seperated from reality.

ICBM on August 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM

this guv’nin’ thang is haaaahd, yo….daaamn

ted c on August 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Knucklehead on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM
ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

But this lady talking about keeping illegals out of our health care and her complaints about the czars is fantastic!

And it was nice when Juan tried to say that The Precedent respects the Constitution and got roundly booed by the audience, several times. I think that made it all worthwhile.

progressoverpeace on August 25, 2009 at 2:47 PM

The announcement of the 100 million dollar replacement for Gitmo won’t sell in this environment where the public is terrified of the Feds spending gone wild…Go ahead Obama, live up to your campaign pledge to close an efficient military run day care center for murderers sworn to our destruction in favor of more pork barrel spending…

Nozzle on August 25, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Put simply, it’s a disaster.

You might as well embed this phrase in the source code

phreshone on August 25, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Obama wants Gitmo closed before one of his American hating deeds lands him there.

fourdeucer on August 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Cute, but now you’re just dreamin’.

Cylor on August 25, 2009 at 2:48 PM

and to think, we have another 3+ years of this

Doctor Zhivago on August 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Obama loses every single income demographic, all but one (under $20K) by wide majorities.

There’s a pattern here with other stories. All of a sudden I’m for boosting the minimum wage.

NickelAndDime on August 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Obama is the one that wee-wee’d up.

wildcat84 on August 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Poor Barry, he’s suffering from the dark room phenomenon.

Remember how film used to be developed? You took the negatives to the dark room and put them into a solution. And slowwwly, the picture would come into focus.

Well, the pretty picture everybody took last November is coming into focus, and it’s awfully ugly. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

TXUS on August 25, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Put simply, it’s a disaster.

One could almost say that’s a pattern that is developing with everything this President touches.

AUINSC on August 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Going to war against the men and women who place their lives on the line in the defense of this nation is truly “par” for this legion of socialists idiots running our nation. Obama will learn that campaign slogans that got college students and welfare mothers all “wee weeed” up are a tough sell in the real world where this nation is still engaged with deadly enemies who are killing Americans everyday. Who’s side are you on Obama?

Nozzle on August 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM

“The performance reeks of incompetence……”

That’s only if you are looking at this as someone who wants to protect and defend the United States of America…….

……… that is not what Obama wants to do.

Seven Percent Solution on August 25, 2009 at 2:52 PM

The Star-News of Wilmington, North Carolina
Spartanburg Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, South Carolina

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM

They closed down their printing presses here, and are on life support.
This is a local paper, who couldn’t report on the most basic local news.

right2bright on August 25, 2009 at 2:52 PM

The one they reported they released yesterday because he just threw a grenade at two soldiers and after all they were not killed so what the Hell, let him go.

They did not say WHERE he was let go. Open the door and let him out? Sent to a certain country? Brought to the US?
Just where is he?

patriotparty1 on August 25, 2009 at 2:56 PM

progressoverpeace on August 25, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Great questions coming from the audience. McCain is having his withered behind handed to him.

Knucklehead on August 25, 2009 at 2:57 PM

So when BO closes Gitmo is he going to open the gates and let them run loose on Cuba or are we going to provide transportation to Bermuda?

d1carter on August 25, 2009 at 2:59 PM

All of a sudden I’m for boosting the minimum wage.

NickelAndDime on August 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Actually the below $20K crowd is going to be upper middle class by the time the filthy liar is done with the nation. He’s intent on kicking and draging us into the third world by any means necessary. I note that the filthy liar is reading a book about John Adams on his summer vacation but I know he is patterning the nation to resemble Zimbabwe.

highhopes on August 25, 2009 at 2:59 PM

I’m closing Gitmo. I’m not closing Gitmo. Now, if you have successfully assimilated my philosophy of Hope and Change, you can doublethink both statements simultaneously, as fully true. Now you may go back to praising and worshipping my shiny goodness.

–Barack, Lord of the Flyswatters

George Orwell on August 25, 2009 at 3:00 PM

So when BO closes Gitmo is he going to open the gates and let them run loose on Cuba or are we going to provide transportation to Bermuda?

d1carter on August 25, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Supposedly they are headed to Michigan, as if that state hasn’t suffered enough under the tyranny of the Democrat party.

highhopes on August 25, 2009 at 3:00 PM

I see hope for Obama. Since the “under $20k income” demographic is his key support, he just needs to get every American to make under $20k. He’s on his way.

rrpjr on August 25, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Bush derangement begins to subside and suddenly things in place begin to get logical.

I figured Yale wanted them all?

Hening on August 25, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Talk is cheap, and it is cheaper when there is no plan advanced to back up that talk.

It’s not cheap when Ogabe’s in the House!

Ogabe on August 25, 2009 at 3:03 PM

There IS.NO.COMPROMISE on this issue!!

He needs to butt out right now before he screws up everything we have been working for…the total defeat of this bill.

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

You might as well come to grips with the fact that there will be something called healthcare reform. It might not look anything like HR3200 but the filthy liar has invested too much political capital into state seizure of healthcare to let it drop completely. That being said, I have no faith in McCain being part of the solution.

highhopes on August 25, 2009 at 3:04 PM

the big question in my mind is … how low can he go?? It’s like watching a slow motion car wreck.

idahoconservative on August 25, 2009 at 3:05 PM

McCain has a re-election site and you don’t have to be in his district to e-mail.

califdreamnred on August 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Why do they think we have been storing up food and stockpiling guns and ammo? Because we KNOW what happens when a dummycrat, leftie lib, rainbows and unicorns, utopia is in office. This time though we got one who REALLY BELIEVES all that commie crap!
Keep screaming and marching America we dont really want to have to use those stockpiles but we will if we have to.

Reminds me of my favorite Hank Jr. song.

I had a good friend lived in New York City never called me by my name just hillbilly. He used to send me pictures of the broadway nights and I’d send him some homemade wine.
But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife, for $45.00 dollars my friend lost his life.
I’d love to spit some beachnut in that dude’s eye as I shoot him with my .45.

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run. Cause we’re them old boys raised on shootguns.

We say grace. We say ma’am. If you aint into that, WE DONT GIVE A DAMN. Cause a country boy can survive!

Dont bring a knife to a gun fight guys. Chicago thugs never impressed us much. Neither have unions. We are all right to work states.

patriotparty1 on August 25, 2009 at 3:09 PM

oops one O fingers gone wild

patriotparty1 on August 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM

McCain has a re-election site and you don’t have to be in his district to e-mail.

califdreamnred on August 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Link doesn’t work…

right2bright on August 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Hoekstra slams administration on Gitmo to Standish plan
By Ed Brayton 8/19/09 12:49 AM
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, candidate for the Republican nomination to be Michigan’s governor in 2010 and former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, testified before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in opposition to the plan being considered to move the detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay to a soon to be closed maximum security prison in Standish. And he had some blunt words for the Obama administration on the matter:

“They’re promising big economic figures, from 1,250 to 3,000 jobs … for 40 years,” Hoekstra said. “It’s captured the attention of a lot of locals.”

Last week, the Michigan Republican sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, asking them to allow him to lead a delegation of state officials and media to the Guantánamo prison to gain a better understanding of associated risks. But he said he hasn’t heard back from either of them.

“I’m getting a little frustrated with the administration,” Hoekstra said. “They’re making all kinds of promises and ‘commitments’ to local officials that they’re not willing to share with Members of Congress. I think it’s flat out wrong.”

fourdeucer on August 25, 2009 at 3:13 PM

That being said, I have no faith in McCain being part of the solution.

highhopes on August 25, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I have deep faith that he’ll f’ck up whatever he touches.

TXUS on August 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM

McCain has a re-election site and you don’t have to be in his district to e-mail.

califdreamnred on August 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM
Link doesn’t work…

right2bright on August 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Epic fail…just like his campaign…he is such a loser and I hope he fails….SCREW YOU, JOHN MCCAIN!

HornetSting on August 25, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Not exactly the hope and change he promised….. since taking office Obama has continued Bush policies on Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo, military tribunals, rendition, etc….I wonder if liberals will be as critical of these policies as they were when Bush introduced them…again, all I ask for is consistency..

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/us/politics/25rendition.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

mperek on August 25, 2009 at 3:32 PM

John McCain is now saying he plans to form another one of his “gangs” to reach some kind of “compromise” on health care.

Dear God in Heaven, make him stop!!

ms on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Unbelievable. But not. This “maverick” thing with McCain is a derangement. He has to “save” Obama now — for the good of the country. It’s insanity disguised as virtue. And it will never stop. Unless we stop it. No compromise.

rrpjr on August 25, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I can’t seem to get a hold of Juan Mccain…his mailbox is full and his staff is not answering the phones….I HOPE that at least a few like minded Americans told McCain to STFU and go to hell….

HornetSting on August 25, 2009 at 3:42 PM

There’s a certain beauty in the simplicity of this stupidity.

He promised to close Gitmo to energize his base.

Now if he does it, whatever the released detainees do is on his head.

So he decides to “study” the situation and his core supporters feel betrayed.

Of course, his opponents never believed him and use this dithering as evidence that he can’t be trusted.

And it’s all about National Security, the Achilles heel of the left since Jimmy Carter.

Gitmo – close it, open it, move it – it does not matter. The damage is done to both His Luminence and the Democrats.

And the Patriotic Opposition have a political weapon they can fire for years to come.

The last Democrat who knew how to fight a war died in 1945.

Cricket624 on August 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM

I bet seeing the cheering crowds in Libya when their prodigal son the terrorist returned had a lot to do with the shift in public opinion.

Terrye on August 25, 2009 at 3:57 PM

The further in this administration we go, the more we realize that George W Bush was a GENIUS!

Christian Conservative on August 25, 2009 at 4:13 PM

America-a-a. F!@# Yeah!

Leopold Stotch on August 25, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Ris4victory on August 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM

I was thinking more along the lines on a 50,000 ft deep trench in the Pacific and concrete overshoes.

chemman on August 25, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Gone are the days when he could get a standing ovation for sneezing. More and more, each and every day, it sucks being Obama.

Tantor on August 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Is it time to start reminding people that waves crashing ashore and fundamentally changing the landscape also roll right back out to sea again with the same speed and ferocity, leaving hardly a trace of the original changes??

Indies and disaffected Republicans propelled Obama into office, and they can just as quickly propel him out.

Mike D. on August 25, 2009 at 4:37 PM

And I’m watching his townhall meeting.

He once again made excuses for Obama……….and the good folks attending is booing him big time.

Knucklehead on August 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

I hope someone’s got video and/or audio.

Thanks, John, your “bipartisanship” and total finger-in-the-wind crapolicious moves on Tarp gave us Obama.

Please, just shut up and go away.

Nichevo on August 25, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Gitmo needs to stay open It wil be a fine place to put the “Chicago gang” when the time comes

bill30097 on August 25, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Support dropping? Doesn’t matter. Obama said he is going to close it and the American people can go to hell.

No support for cap and tax? Doesn’t matter. Obama said it’s going to happen and if it bankrupts us all, we can just check the air in our tires.

National healthcare? Obama has put everybody on notice that it will happen and happen soon. And those of you grumbling, well, he knows who you are and where you live and the IRS audit notifications will be going out soon.

Blake on August 25, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Chain one released Gitmo prisoner to Obama, one to Michelle O., and one each to their daughters.

Theses guys are so innocent and harmless, what could go wrong?

Right, Barry the Childish?

profitsbeard on August 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Considering the average Guantanamo detainee has gained 13 pounds, perhaps the prison should be called CHUB GITMO.

Now, according to Rasmussen, apparently only WeightWatchers still wants it closed.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 25, 2009 at 6:06 PM

All the noise on the left to close GITMO didn’t have a damn thing to do with GITMO. It was all about being stupid and irresponsible.

Guardian on August 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I’d say its all about being anti-Bush, regardless of the consequences. Now that Obama is president and isn’t closing Gitmo, those people are willing to actually consider the consequences.

taznar on August 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM

The last Democrat who knew how to fight a war died in 1945.

Cricket624 on August 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Harry Truman, the Democrat who actually won World War II, died long after that.

Del Dolemonte on August 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Boycott these NYT owned newspapers…

What’s a newspaper?

leftnomore on August 25, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I guess people fear headlines like this: “Released Guantanamo Bay Detainees Assimilate Remarkably Well Into American Neighborhoods” (parody) http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/05/released-guantanamo-bay-detainees.html

Mervis Winter on August 25, 2009 at 8:34 PM

I wonder how many of these people who were down with the closing GITMO thing are among those who are shocked, dismayed, and forlorn over the Lockerbie terrorist being released?

Oh, and outraged over Daffy Qadaffi wanting to graze his camel herd in New Joizy or something?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 25, 2009 at 8:37 PM