Wall Street Journal (USA)
Democrats began the year as masters of the political universe, winning the White House and increasing their majorities in Congress. But the year is ending badly for them. Their top initiative, health care, is deeply unpopular. Congress’s approval rating is 26%, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s is 28%, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s is an anemic 14%.
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
The energized “tea party” movement, which upended this year’s political debate with noisy anti-government protests, is preparing to shake up the 2010 elections by channeling money and supporters to conservative candidates set to challenge both Democrats and Republicans.
Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
As President Obama began selling his new jobs package, he was pressed Wednesday from both the left and the right, with Republicans warning about ballooning deficits and black lawmakers seeking bolder action on an unemployment rate that approaches 16% for African Americans.
USA Today (USA)
Hospital and doctor groups that have generally supported the effort to revamp the nation’s health care system pushed back Wednesday against a new idea proposed by Democratic leaders to let younger Americans buy into Medicare.