Encore: Payroll

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Dec. 13 2011 7:45 PM

Encore: Payroll

Via Luke Russert, this is the countdown clock House Republican debuted after the poison pill-stuffed vote on the payroll tax holiday extension.

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For some reason, according to the WSJ/NBC poll, 46 percent of voters say this is one of the worst Congresses ever, and 1 percent say it's one of the best. Compare this to December 1995, the first year of the Gingrich/Dole Congress, when 7 percent said it was one of the best, and 16 percent said one of the worst. Also, the fact that 45 percent are set against supporting Barack Obama -- the highest ever -- cuts against the "good news" that he's up 11 on Newt Gingrich.

But Gingrich is also at 40 percent -- the first candidate to soar that high in the GOP primary.

TPM welcomes Jack Abramoff to its Golden Duke contest circle of judges. Next year: Alberto Gonzales!

Jeffrey Goldberg versus Alice Walton.

 

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.