Sep
02
2014
1

Field Poll: Barack Obama’s appeal going sharply downward in California.

45/42 favorable ratings. In California.  This is not good news for Democrats, going into the formal 2014 election season: I mean, imagine how Obama’s doing elsewhere.

Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said the trend is ominous for Obama, because the latest declines come from his base.

Support among California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months. Approval was down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area, usually liberal strongholds.

“These are constituencies that have been strong followers,” DiCamillo said. But there’s “frustration in the president not getting his way in affecting policy in Washington.”

…and the word I bolded there is interesting. At first I thought that either DiCamillo or the reporter who wrote the article got the word wrong: it should be ‘effecting.’  But then I remembered: when a Democratic President is weak* it’s never his fault.  There are a lot of people out there with a vested interest in pretending that Barack Obama is a mere hapless spectator in the legislative process, mostly because then they don’t have to deal with the actual truth.  Which is, of course, that Barack Obama wants to direct the process; he’s just stunningly incompetent at it**. (more…)

Aug
31
2014
1

Oh, yeah, Happy Labor Day.

I have to wonder how much of it is due to us needing a holiday at about this point on the calendar. End of summer, and all that. Certainly it’s not doing the job that its creators thought that it’d be doing, and ain’t that a shame…

Aug
30
2014
6

Team Obama now accepting President’s new, more selective appeal*.

See if you can figure out the flaw in this strategy.

In an election that Republicans want to make all about President Barack Obama, the White House is determined to make him all but disappear in the battleground states that matter.

The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular, such as: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California, Obama officials and Democratic operatives said this week.

(more…)

Aug
26
2014
2

Has @doldo411 actually gotten hold of the new iPhone 6?

Well, he says that he did – but,t o be frank about it, it’s usually pretty hard for me to tell one kind of iPhone apart from the other. Although, admittedly, if this story is true then the news would be red-hot…

(more…)

Aug
22
2014
2

New York Times (!) clears throat, uncomfortably remembers ‘Now, watch this drive.’

Goodness gracious. If somebody from the White House isn’t screaming at the New York Times yet for this article

He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind.

…they will be. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: when I did this post last night I merely looked at the tweet and didn’t click through to the article*.  But now that I did… hoo, boy.  The NYT front-loaded the criticism, and stuck the apologia somewhere down where people start to stop reading the article; this probably came as an unpleasant surprise to White House staff, given that they’re not really used to criticism from the NYT at all. (more…)

Aug
14
2014
1

Tweet of the Day, You Are Not Helping The President Here, @Schultz44 edition.

Really?

Really?

Somebody explain to Eric Schultz when it’s a good time to get your politician boss away from a party. Or… actually, never mind. Heckuva job there, Eric. Keep it up.

Aug
01
2014
7

I hate political books, but maybe I should read ‘Clinton, Inc.’ ?

I was going to give it a pass, but if the book is hated this much by the Clinton Machine then maybe there’s something to it.

Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry is quietly waging a campaign to quash coverage on a new tell-all book that exposes Bill and Hillary Clinton’s massive political empire.

McCurry has successfully blockedPolitico media reporter Dylan Byers from writing about the bestselling Clinton, Inc., written byWeekly Standard editor Daniel Halper, according to emails obtained by theWashington Free Beacon.

Hillary Clinton’s people are certainly stereotypical about this sort of thing.

Via

Moe Lane

Jul
31
2014
1

‘Angie.’ (Tori Amos)

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I must be getting my head ready for Pennsic.

Jul
09
2014
3
Jul
03
2014
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Jun
20
2014
2

‘This Too Shall Pass.’

…but this one is better.  For me, at least.

This Too Shall PassOK GO

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