McCain Least Popular Senator in Country
I read recently that Walnuts prefers the green rooms where they serve cupcakes, and I’m not making that up. Anyway, on to the numbers:
-PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.
Given that he is perpetually either the most frequent guest or in the top two of all the Sunday Talkies, this leads one to conclude that the more we see of Walnuts, the less we like him. Of course, I also think some of this must be the fall-out (and I mean that as close to literally as I can) from elevating the Narcissus Borealis as his running mate in the 2008 Goat Rodeo.
(Public Policy Polling)
“Can I say one of the problems is that the establishment, if you will, of the Republican Party, including, say, its consulting class nationally and its presidential candidates, what they’re trying to do is hit the target of what they imagine in their imaginations is the feelings and impulses of the base. They’re not good at that anymore. They’re not in touch with — with the ground in America anymore in a way that they used to be. And that’s part of the problem. They’re not aiming at a specific target, they’re aiming at a target they can’t fully see.”
I wonder what Peggington imagines in her imagination when she’s in touch with the ground–At peace with the floor–usually around closing time. Is she aiming at a target she cannot fully see, or a target that only she can see (or sees double)?
I love that Congressman Lynch will not let the GOP forget that they cut funding for the Embassies.
But isn’t it remarkable that Chris Wallace thinks that fact is getting off-track?
Death of the Media
…on the Sunday Talkies, I always get the impression that she just woke up from a three-day Mai Tai binge and just starts rambling to the pink elephant:
Now, when it is so obvious that she is contradicting herself within minutes that freakin’ Chuck Todd notices it, how can it be that she will have a dinner invite with all the other pontificating poltroons before the week is out?
It just boggles the mind.
(Also/too: what the hell is up with her hair?)
Death of the Media
Pictures of these panelists should be on the walls of the local post offices around the country, but to my mind This Week With a Greek Dwarf wins the prize:
- NBC’s “Meet the Press”:
- Cardinal Francis George
- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
- Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
- roundtable with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, former Gov. Frank Keating (R-OK), author and former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D-MD) and Republican strategist Ana Navarro
- ABC’s “This Week”:
- Speaker Boehner
- roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), NPR’s Audie Cornish, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina
- foreign policy roundtable with Will, former Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Bush administration National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright (USMC, Ret.)
- Sunday spotlight” segment with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff
- CBS’s “Face the Nation”:
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
- RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
- foreign policy roundtable with Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, AEI’s Danielle Pletka, The Atlantic’s David Rohde and The New York Times’ David Sanger
This is your free and unfettered press, fellow citizens.
David Gregory dancin’ to the Karl Rove Rap
The DA for DC decided to not press charges against David Gregory for possessing a 30-round clip in DC (which is illegal) , thus again proving that there is a Club, and you are not part of it.
The DA is also alleged to be a friend of the Gregory family, so it shows that who you know is still the rule of the land.
I’m not agitating for Dancin’ Dave to be thrown in the pokey for a decade for this (though having him off the air is tempting), but I do think this is another example that there are two sets of laws in the US. The next person arrested in DC for possession of a high-capacity clip should scream bloody hell.
(WaPo here and here)
Lawrence O’Donnell gives staff-banging, serial-adulterer Newt Gingrich a lesson in accountability. We wonder if Mr. O’Donnell will be allowed back on Dancing with the Gregory ever again.
“Let us accept Rev. Al’s point and the president’s point about fairness,” Fiorina replied. “But equally, it is not fair that public employee union pensions and benefits are so rich now that cities and states are going bankrupt and college tuition is going up 25 and 30 percent or police and firefighters are being cut. There’s a lot that isn’t fair right now.”
For the record, Fiorina is the person who started the first big wave of technology mass-firings and off-shoring to low-wage counties like India and China. During her brief tenure at HP, Fiorina fired over 18,000 employees and coined the phrase Right-sizing to dismiss it. When the Board canned her, she got a very fair $43 Million golden parachute for her troubles.
Exhibit A for the perils of Botox Mary Matlin calls Professor Krugman a liar on national TeeVee. Which takes some brass, as Big Dog would say. Her rectitude could stand on stilts under a snake wearing a top-hat and have room to spare. But I digress…
Now, regarless of what you think of Matlin (clue: not much) the truth of the matter is that Ryan called his plan a Voucher plan before he became second banana to The Willard Mechanism when he switched to calling it Premium Support, which in essence is a coupon to buy insurance, ie, a voucher.
As Gertrude Stein once said, Alice, bring me those damn brownies, er, “A rose is a rose is a rose.”