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9:23 AM, Sep 2, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Christina Romer's full farewell speech.

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Christinia Romer, between the lines: Yeah, the stimulus didn't work.

Yay: Ladies' night ruled constitutional.

Time on "Mr. Unpopular": A sense of disappointment, bordering on betrayal, has been growing across the country, especially in moderate states like Indiana, where people now openly say they didn’t quite understand the President they voted for in 2008. The fear most often expressed is that Obama is taking the country somewhere they don’t want to go. “We bought what he said. He offered a lot of hope,” says Fred Ferlic, an Obama voter and orthopedic surgeon in South Bend who has since soured on his choice. Ferlic talks about the messy compromises in health care reform, his sense of an inhospitable business climate and the growth of government spending under Obama. “He’s trying to Europeanize us, and the Europeans are going the other way,” continues Ferlic, a former Democratic campaign donor who plans to vote Republican this year. “The entire American spirit is being broken.”

Tony Blair on George Bush: "One of the most ludicrous caricatures of George is that he was a dumb idiot who stumbled into the presidency," writes Blair. "No one stumbles into that job, and the history of American presidential campaigns is littered with the corpses of those who were supposed to be brilliant but who nonetheless failed because brilliance is not enough."

Boxer vs. Fiorina: During the hourlong debate in which both women exchanged feisty jabs, Fiorina called Boxer an agent of big government spending, taxes and policies that strangled America's entrepreneurial spirit. Boxer fired back by criticizing Fiorina for serving the interests of "billionaires, millionaires and companies that outsource jobs," rather than average Americans.

Sabato says 47 House seats for Republicans, 8 or 9 Senate seats.

Barone on the American rejection of Big Government, Big Business, and Big Labor.

Ed Schultz daydreams: "I could easily hold a rally as big as Glenn Beck's."

The rich got richer...on Capitol Hill.

George Will previews Buck vs. Bennett in Colorado.

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