Wednesday, August 19, 2009

More Wednesday Odds & Ends

I. Time Magazine is reporting that the Crazy Woman who has somebody else write her Facebook posts would suffer an enormous, historic defeat were she to run against President Obama in 2012. The inner statistical information must give serious political thinkers pause. For instance:

• [W]hen Republicans including Independents who lean toward the GOP were asked whom they would support if the 2012 Republican presidential primary were held today, 21% report they would back former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. 20% would support Palin, and 19% would vote for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Further down in the pack are former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich with 10%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal with 5% and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with 1%. 24% of Republicans including leaners are unsure.

• Palin’s decision to step down from office did not help her cause. In fact, voters say her action hurt her prospects for a presidential bid. 61% of the national electorate thought Palin’s resignation was a bad political move while just 15% report it helps her political aspirations.

Obama would win with 56% of the vote, compared to Palin's 33% and 11% undecided.

• Obama would pull in 92% of Democrats and Palin would get 73% of Republicans.

• Independents would go 49% to 34% for Obama

• Men went for Obama 54% to 36% and women by a wider margin: 58% to 30%.

• Whites favored Obama 50% to 40%, African-Americans by 99% to 1% [Ouch!!], and Latinos 62% to 27%.

• The only region where Palin held Obama under 50% was the South -- where Obama had 49% to 38% margin.

• When it comes to Sarah Palin’s overall favorability, newly-minted private citizen Palin has some damage control to do. 43% of the U.S. electorate views her unfavorably compared with 37% who think positively of her. 20% are unsure.

II. I have a hunch this woman is from a planet where they think favorably the Crazy Woman:

III. For all the tens of millions of dollars the behind-the-scenes corporate puppeteers handling the teabagger fake movement are spending, a new NBC poll shows that their ideas aren't gaining nearly as much traction as the traditional media would have people believe. Although the lies repeated ad nauseum by the right wing propaganda machine have had some effect.....:

Majorities in the poll believe the plans would give health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants; would lead to a government takeover of the health system; and would use taxpayer dollars to pay for women to have abortions — all claims that nonpartisan fact-checkers say are untrue about the legislation that has emerged so far from Congress.

Forty-five percent think the reform proposals would allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing medical care for the elderly.

That also is untrue: The provision in the House legislation that critics have seized on — raising the specter of “death panels” or euthanasia — would simply allow Medicare to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, if the patient wishes.

.....the answers to the following question should give the teabaggers and Beck sponsors cause for concern:

Has what you have seen, read, or heard about these town hall meeting protests made you more favorable toward, less favorable toward, or made no difference in your feelings about President Obama's health care plan?

More favorable .................................. 16
Less favorable .................................. 19
Made no difference ........................... 62
Not sure .......................................... 3

So almost as many people are rebelling against the wingnut hypocrisy and incivility as are influenced by it.

And, speaking of Glenn Beck sponsors, today Farmers Insurance announced:

We advertise on Fox News Channel which places our ads in the Network programming, and we ceased placing on Glenn Beck a week ago.

That brings the number of sponsors who have dropped Beck's TV program up to twenty.


Anonymous said...

is this not intuitive?

Bob Broughton said...

I find it scary that 33% would vote for the Crazy Woman.

Anonymous said...

Palin is adored by the ignorant, uneducated Joe Sixpacks of this world who comprise what's left of the Republican base. The thinking people in that party are completely embarrassed by her. When she loses her looks in a few short years, even the Joe Sixpacks will ignore her. The younger, brainless, beauty queen Carrie Prejean can then step in and take her place. LOL

Anonymous said...

The poll numbers are indicative that Palin's inconsistency, lies, and general nutjobbery has permeated the electorate. Very heartening.

Reasonable people are tired of her rhetoric poisoning the political climate and the very serious debates necessary to move this country forward.

Keep her feet to the fire, Phil, until she's just a bad memory.

Anonymous said...

I had never participated in a petition to boycott sponsors of a TV program until Glenn Beck's character assassination of our President. He (and many other right wingnuts) have crossed a line from freedom of speech to hate speech. I'm happy to see that many sponsors have withdrawn support from this anti-American big mouth. While it is true that the First Amendment protects people like Beck, he can't hide from public outrage.

Anonymous said...

Palin's base will continue to decrease as her book is published. When the news of the money she is making becomes public, her image as a common person just like her uneducated followers will prove that there is little or no difference between Sarah and the rich Republicans. She can be rich, but she can't be rich and common. Hope the AK bloggers will continue to bring to light her new wealth, new homes and new luxury lifestyle which will drive a wedge between Sarah and her followers. Does anyone remember on Sarah's tax return whether she tithed to the church? With her new wealth, I am anxious to see if she shares the wealth with church and charities.