January 28th, 2009
10:30 PM ET

On the Radar

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/28/art.obamacapitol.gi.jpg]Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tomorrow on 360° Gary Tuchman ventures deep into Texas for a look-see in the most anti-Obama corner of the country. We’re not exaggerating, honest.

King County, in the Texas panhandle, is a virtual vacuum when it comes to support for Democrats. Of the 3,140 counties in the United States, King County gave up the least for Barack Obama on Election Day – he won just eight votes. Eight. John McCain pulled in 93 percent of the vote – his biggest percentage win in the country on Election Day.

We were curious about the mood in King County, now that President Obama is in office. Are residents willing to give him a chance? You might be surprised by what Gary found. The county clerk gave him an earful. You can catch Gary’s full report tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET.

We’ll also have the latest on Governor Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate. After skipping the first three days of hearings, Blagojevich is now pressing to deliver a closing argument before deliberations begin. The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on whether to let him speak. Things should get really interesting if he gets the green light.

In the meantime, we’ll leave you with a pop quiz question: The ten most anti-Obama counties are in two states. We’ve already told you Texas is one of them. Which is the other?

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am guessing the other anti-Obama state is Alaska?

    January 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  2. Bob Edwards, Charlotte, NC

    With regret, I must say that county is here in North Carolina. The eastern part of the state is rural and Republican country for sure (Does the name, Jessie Helms ring a bell?). Charlotte, and Asheville carry the western half of the state with a Democratic majority, simply due to size and a much less conservative view.

    January 29, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  3. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    How embarrassing for Texas. 🙁

    January 29, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  4. Barry Ferguson

    Well for at least 6 years straight the Republicans did not see a spending bill they did not like and Bush did not Veto one. We've had tax cuts for the upper wage earners and there have been more bonuses and less trickle down. That the Republicans want to suddenly become fiscally conservative is a joke. If the tax cuts worked so well, why are we in the shape we're in now. I'm afraid that the tax cuts during a time of two war fronts has finally come home to roost.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:24 am |
  5. anne broughtom

    is there anything in the stimulus pack too benefit social security retirees?

    January 29, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  6. Jeri Myers

    I thought things were going to be different!

    Why doesn't the Persident give a check to those who have lost their jobs or the ones who were forced into retirement for the amount of twenty thousand so they can purchase an american car? This would rid the compaines of their stock. Raise the stocks of the company and create jobs to produce more cars.

    Why can't the goverment use the cars they are now driving and wait four more years before buying new cars?
    Why can't he get rid of wellfair and go back to WPA.

    January 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  7. Brian P

    It must be South Carolina or in one of the bible belt states. Obama represents the new evolved generation and I think the republicans are all about the old ways and already paved roads. Yes they can use the big government argument as they will try anything now to sway public opinion against Obama. They do not want to see Obama succeed because then they will lose even more power and control. As well, it was funny how during the campaign how republican's tried to voice change, since they are the cause of all this mess. No oversite, regulation and greenlight to big businesses. I hope they all burn by their own greed and selfishness. I hope the American people gain even more power and would love to watch them all squirm. Whoever cheats the middle class too feed the upper class are traitors to America. Republicans have become about loyalty within themselves, not about the will of the people. Which was so opposite during the Civil War. I guess the longer you stay in power, eventually you will become corrupted and jaded forgetting the greater good but just trying to fill up your nest egg.

    January 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    I am concerned about the news that the USPS is considering cost cuts that may stop Saturday delivery and even go to the extreme of a 4 day delivery schedule. I have lived in a rural community for the past 8 years and have commented on the fact that our rural post office does not have anything to do with my mail delivery. All of my postal activity is either done at full service post offices 10 miles on either side of me. But there are 3 small units each with a 'Postmaster" most likely in buildings rented by the postal service open and running with hardly any foot traffic what-so-ever, all within those same 10 miles distant from me. I wondered why last year the one small unit within 4 miles of me changed its hours of operation to 9 to noon five days a week and did not close entirely. The comment by a postal person was that it would "take an act of Congress" to do so. Well, lets let Congress look into the rural postal system and close some of these small units that no longer serve the populus before they decide to reduce service that is truly a service.

    January 28, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  9. Ifakorede Awoyefa

    President Barack Obama is making good on his promise to seek bipartisan support. I am of the opinion that closer scrutiny in the Senate will result in a package that jump starts our economy, creates jobs, and moves us toward long term economic stability.
    There is some pork in the package; however, the President made some concessions to the Republicans. Of course they want more.
    I think at the end of the day, there will be more concessions on both sides and that our Senators will come together and do the right thing for the American people.
    There are no easy answers to our ills; this is a beginning.There may be some wisdom in breaking the package into parts; in makes sense to make the package smaller, have more dialogue, and then move forward.
    These are new waters for everyone. Let's give President Obama and our congressional leaders an opportunity to work things out!

    January 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  10. keon

    it is day one and the reports r out we know where this money is going not into the fat pockets that are upset now

    January 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  11. Barbara

    I work in finance. None of this makes sense. The banks, etc are not using it to improve anything. Our lending is still very tight and we are still laying people off. There are a lot of people losing everything. I agree with whoever said ' give everyone back the taxes they paid last year' or give all this money to the people. It would save people,their homes,etc. and Americans will spend it. Economy boosts. Win Win situation !!!

    January 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  12. Gene Abel

    If more tax cuts were that answer how, after all the Bush tax cuts, did the economy get in the condition it is in today. We need to rebuild our infrastructure and help the average person increase their spending. NO more tax cuts to the wealthy.

    For the Republicans to talk about increasing the debt is the biggest joke I have ever heard. Of the $11 Trillion dollars of the National Debt, $9 Trillion was added by Republican Administrations.

    January 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  13. Nick

    I respect the Republicans for not rolling over with this stimulus bill. While I do support the new president, this vote proves that our democracy is still strong because there is suppossed to be a back-and-forth between parties. The Republicans probably have some good ideas and it is important that they remember George Bush is gone and they can now take a new direction.

    January 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  14. Ann

    Anderson I could care less about dolls, fashion and seeing a dance video!! I thought I was watching Access Hollywood! This stimulus package seems more like a "Spending Package" how about reporting more details about that!

    January 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  15. Rich

    The best thing about this stalemate and it is just that...is that tomorrow the entire congress has the chance to show the world that they too are ready for change. Let's get a great bill that will work for us and save America!

    January 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  16. Annie Kate

    Alabama might have one of those counties – its awfully Republican around here. Looking forward to Gary's report – if he got "an earful" it doesn't sound like they've changed their mind on Obama.

    January 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm |