Politico hears the murmers in the Beltway, “under the table, there is pervasive pessimism among Republicans about Romney’s prospects this fall. It’s apparent in rampant discussions about which Republicans will run in 2016 – talk that obviously presupposes a loss in November – and it’s downright glaring in private conversations with GOP officials on Capitol Hill and in consulting shops across Washington.”
“And the skepticism about Romney isn’t just a Beltway phenomenon. Rank-and-file Republican voters are also uncertain he can win, though it’s the chattering class that is most bearish.”
Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight at the NYT reports on the Romney vs Obama contest angle only. They made a handy graph showing Romney’s favorability numbers stacked up (37% unfavorable over 26% favorable) against other campaigns, with even mid-election losers John Kerry, George Bush, Sr. and Bob Dole top him in favorability during the same January-June polling period.
That spells trouble for Romney, “these early-stage favorability ratings have had a mixed track record as a predictor of election outcomes. The candidate with the better net-favorable rating in the early-going won the election in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1996, and 2008. But Mr. Clinton won the election in 1992, despite making a poor first impression on voters. On the flip side, Michael Dukakis had very promising favorability numbers early in the 1988 cycle, but they deteriorated over the course of the election cycle and he took a clear defeat. (I’m not sure where you’d classify the 2000 election because of the split between the popular vote and the Electoral College, or 2004 since George W. Bush and John Kerry had essentially the same net favorability rating in the early going.)”
The Daily Caller insists on calling actor John Cusack “distinctly left-leaning” in this article, but his own words at least paint a clear picture of his distaste for Obama’s policies:
“I sort of feel like there’s some kind of Rubicon line issues that I hope are addressed that don’t have to do with left and right, and some of those issues that the Obama administration has with due process and with the assassination of American citizens — this speech by Eric Holder, I think, are deeply troubling. I think that’s beyond left and right.”
Cusack said that Obama was just continuing the “excesses of the Bush administration,” which he actively campaigned against during George W. Bush’s presidency.
“But from a civil libertarian point of view, the excesses of the Bush administration — I think [Obama] had a constitutional obligation to correct that, and I don’t think they have, and I think that’s deeply troubling for my nephews and for my future.”
“I don’t think the executive branch — I think that they’ve kind of continued that imperial presidency of the Bush administration with these claims to executive privilege,” Cusack concluded. “I thought that speech about the assassination of American citizens, you know, in the name of [the War on] Terror was, I thought, very, very troubling.”
I assure you that we’ll be waiting a super long time before he endorses anyone in the GOP or LP, but it’s good he at least has his eyes partly open.
Bill Forster is a former TSA agent turned libertarian evangelist whose comic strip Homeland Security Theater is one I’ve been subscribed to on RSS for a while (click his sponsors or something, he’s awesome).
Forster made me spew coffee all over my keyboard with this gem:
But his commentary really just hits the nail on the head as far as how failtastic television oligarchy’s political coverage has been so far:
I get a lot of Ron Paul supporters to this site. In fact, I get a lot of Ron Paul supporters on Facebook too. It seems everywhere on the internet I see folks supporting Ron Paul. Then I turn on the TV and it’s all about Romney.
I never used to be very political. To quote one of my heroes Alice Cooper, “I don’t care. When my parents would start talking politics, I would go in my room and put on The Rolling Stones or The Who on as long as I could to avoid politics”. But running this website has put me in touch with a lot of people, from conservatives to liberals, Republicans to Democrats, from the super smart to the super crazy. And I’ve learn one thing from them… the government scares the living hell out of me! So now I am starting to pay attention.
The Associated Press follows a headline with a good punchline:
And how perfect is it that the Urban Dictionary already defined thisway back in 2007, “The pleasure that a liberal-leaning journalist gets when writing a fawning story about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). An “obasm” is a story so gushy and so fluffy, bereft of objectivity, that one imagines having to clean up after the writer with a mop and bucket.”
When you go to a White House state dinner and you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the president, what do you ask the president?
“I asked him if I could have a spliff,” businessman and Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson told a crowd gathered at The Atlantic’s Washington offices Thursday, the day after attending the dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“But they didn’t have any,” Branson continued, according to a video of the event as he recalled his effort to procure weed the night before at the White House. see more…
Conservative online journalist Andrew Breitbart has passed away on March 1, 2012 at the young age of 43. He was most well known for being an editor for Matt Drudge’s website, Drudge Report, along with being a researcher for Arianna Huffington. He was most recently known for breaking the news surrounding the Anthony Weiner photo sexting scandal in 2011. see more…
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