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December 9th, 2008
02:30 PM ET

Liberals right to be upset with President-elect Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll, 79-percent of Americans approve of the way President-elect Barack Obama is handling his transition to the White House. And those are pretty good numbers, 14-percentage points higher than President-elect George W. Bush received and 17-percentage points higher than President-elect Bill Clinton.

Some are voicing concerns about Barack Obama though, many of whom campaigned for "change" alongside him, but feel they've ended up with something quite different. Specifically, some Liberals are not happy with his cabinet appointments from the political center as well as his change of mind on things like rolling back the Bush tax cuts, taking on big oil and hedging plans to pull out of Iraq.

In Sunday's Washington Post, David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief of the liberal non-profit magazine Mother Jones, said: "Sure, Obama's appointments do represent change - that is, change from the widely unpopular Bush-Cheney status quo. But do these appointments amount to the kind of change that Progressives, who were an essential part of Obama's political base during the campaign, can really believe in?"

Here’s my question to you: Are Liberals right to be upset with President-elect Obama's cabinet appointments and tax cut plans?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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December 9th, 2008
01:44 PM ET

Gov. Blagojevich trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff were arrested by Federal authorities this morning on corruption charges. A 76-page complaint spells out numerous allegations against the Governor including trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat.

The evidence seems clear: conversations caught on tape thanks to wiretaps of the Governor's home and campaign office.

The depth of the corruption alleged in the complaint is breathtaking - even for Illinois. It includes Blagojevich allegedly instructing his chief of staff to tell the Tribune Company to fire members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board in exchange for assitance from the Illinois Finance Authority to sell the Cubs and the financing or sale of Wrigley Field.

Illinois political corruption is not new... Governor George Ryan is serving a six-year sentence for fraud and racketeering.

And former Governor Dan Walker was convicted, after leaving office, for bank fraud.

But this could be a new low. Under Illinois law it is up to the governor to name a replacement to fill Barack Obama's senate seat, but whether Blagojevich will still get to do that remains to be seen. The prosecutor in the case, Patrick Fitzgerald, says the governor retains that right despite today's arrest.

Here’s my question to you: Do you believe that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was trying to sell Barack Obama's senate seat?

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December 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET

Karl Rove's book: What would make you buy it?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

No big surprise here: Karl Rove has signed a $1.5 million book deal with publishing giant Simon and Schuster.

He promises the usual behind-the-scenes look and vows to not only name names. He told Fox News he'll go a step further and give examples of how Washington insiders were unaccepting of President Bush. A lot of them simply felt Bush was not qualified to lead the country. Rove also says that while Bush was quick to call on his subordinates to take responsibility for their actions, "The Decider" was a little slow to ever take responsibility for his own. According to Rove, Bush's failures were always somebody else's fault.

He says he will identify those who questioned whether or not George Bush could be a legitimate President.

In an interview Rove said much of the resistance to the Bush Administration was directed toward the Texans Bush brought with him to Washington because they weren't Beltway insiders.

Here’s my question to you: What would Karl Rove have to say to get you to buy his book?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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