Latest Poll Favors Clinton

29opinion_polls Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama. Obama and Republican McCain are running about even.

The survey released Monday gives the New York senator and former first lady a fresh talking point as she works to raise much-needed campaign cash and persuade pivotal undecided superdelegates to side with her in the drawn-out Democratic primary fight.

Helped by independents, young people and seniors, Clinton gained ground this month in a hypothetical match with Sen. McCain, the GOP nominee-in-waiting. She now leads McCain, 50 percent to 41 percent, while Obama remains virtually tied with McCain, 46 percent to 44 percent.

Both Democrats were roughly even with McCain in the previous poll about three weeks ago… [emphasis added]

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In recent weeks, the Obama campaign has clear lost momentum.  What concerns me more is that the McCain campaign has gained momentum.  I think the reason is that the press has covered the two of them picking each other apart and refused to cover McConJobs many problems.

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A New Record for Bush!

GOPgo President Bush has set a record he’d presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the disapproval sets a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt.

The previous record of 67% was reached by Harry Truman in January 1952, when the United States was enmeshed in the Korean War.

Bush’s rating has worsened amid “collapsing optimism about the economy,” says Charles Franklin, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies presidential approval. Record gas prices and a wave of home foreclosures have fueled voter angst… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <USA Today>

Once again we see that Bush is the worst pResident in history.  Four years of McConJob is four more years of Bush.  But it’s not just Bush, a mere tool for the GOP Reich, who must go.  One Republican in office is one too many!

Worst pResident in History!

Bush-worstprez As far as history goes and all of these quotes about people trying to guess what the history of the Bush administration is going to be, you know, I take great comfort in knowing that they don’t know what they are talking about, because history takes a long time for us to reach.”— George W. Bush, Fox News Sunday, Feb10, 2008

A Pew Research Center poll released last week found that the share of the American public that approves of President George W. Bush has dropped to a new low of 28 percent.

An unscientific poll of professional historians completed the same week produced results far worse for a president clinging to the hope that history will someday take a kinder view of his presidency than does contemporary public opinion.

In an informal survey of 109 professional historians conducted over a three-week period through the History News Network, 98.2 percent assessed the presidency of Mr. Bush to be a failure while 1.8 percent classified it as a success.

Asked to rank the presidency of George W. Bush in comparison to those of the other 41 American presidents, more than 61 percent of the historians concluded that the current presidency is the worst in the nation’s history. Another 35 percent of the historians surveyed rated the Bush presidency in the 31st to 41st category, while only four of the 109 respondents ranked the current presidency as even among the top two-thirds of American administration…

…The reason for the hesitancy some historians had in categorizing the Bush presidency as the worst ever, which led them to place it instead in the “nearly the worst” group, was well expressed by another historian who said, “It is a bit too early to judge whether Bush’s presidency is the worst ever, though it certainly has a shot to take the title. Without a doubt, it is among the worst.”… [emphasis added]

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The reason that Bush is so supportive of McConJob, is that he is the one person with an chance to remove this stigma from Bush by being even worse.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

A Mini-Convention?

25clinton_obama Democrats, looking for a way out, are pondering a new idea: an unprecedented “mini convention” to bring their punishing presidential season to an early close.

The proposal surfaced during another week of pushing and shoving between the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns and a growing concern that the party may be hurting itself beyond repair.

Without some resolution, they fret, Republican John McCain will win the presidency.

“If we continue down the path we are on, we might as well hand the keys of the White House to John McCain,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.

The mini-convention would bring together nearly 800 superdelegates after the last primaries are held in early June.

Given the current math, superdelegates – party officials and elected leaders – will decide the nomination, one way or another.

“There would be a final opportunity for the candidates to make their arguments to these delegates, and then one transparent vote,” Tennessee Gov. Philip Bredesen suggested in the New York Times.

Superdelegates, both pledged and unpledged, reacted cautiously to the idea. But they all agreed that something needed to be done to bridge the growing gap between Clinton and Obama supporters.

“We’ve got to stop the bickering that’s going on,” said Leila Medley of Jefferson City, Mo., an uncommitted superdelegate. “There’s no doubt about that.”

While you trade barbs, McCain is uniting the Republican Party,” U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon wrote both campaigns in mid-March. “In the next six weeks, McCain can sit back, amass his war chest, concentrate his base and delight as you deconstruct each other.”… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <AZ Central>

I have often said that great minds fall in the same ditch. I have no doubt that Politics Plus is not the source of this idea, but it is interesting to note that our poll, currently in its fifth day, is on this exact subject. Pardon my pun, but I’ll let the cat out of the bag and admit that I voted ‘Yes’.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Weekly Primary Report – 3/9

Tom12-2007 Yesterday Barack Obama won the Wyoming caucuses. That surprised me, because Obama’s most solid demographic, black voters, are few in number there. However Obama has consistently outperformed Clinton in caucuses, because his grass roots organization, has excelled at getting his supporters to attend. Because there is no exit polling at caucuses, there are no demographics to report for this contest. From GOPerville, McConJob spent the week pandering to religious extremists, and Ron Paul polished his tinfoil hat as he announced his campaign is winding down.

The Democrats

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The Wyoming Caucuses

Obama won by a margin of 61% to 38%.

The Delegates

  Pledged Super Total Pledged Super Total
Clinton 1190 238 1428 47.3% 54.5% 48.3%
Obama 1328 199 1527 52.7% 45.5% 51.7%
Total 2518 437 2955      

Overall, the Democrats will have 4049 delegates at their convention. Of those 3,253 will be pledged delegates and 796 will be super delegates. I oppose the inclusion of the super delegates, because they give roughly 20% of the power to nominate to party insiders. They include Senators, Representatives, Governors, DNC members, and other party hacks, and they are not bound to represent the will of the voters.

The Republicans

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Looking Forward

The Mississippi primary is on Tuesday 3/11. According to USA Election Polls, Insider Advantage has Obama leading Clinton 46% – 40%, and ARG has Obama leading Clinton 58% – 34%.

After that, there are no further contests until Pennsylvania on 4/22.

At this point it’s virtually impossible for either candidate to lock-up the nomination before the convention.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

Weekly Primary Report: 3/2

Tom12-2007 This week we have five contests coming up, sort of. On Tuesday 3/4 there are primaries in Ohio, where Clinton holds a narrow lead in the polls, but Obama is rising fast, Texas, where Obama has passed Clinton, Rhode Island, where Clinton holds a commanding lead, and Vermont, where Obama holds a commanding lead. In addition, Texas has caucuses. Their hybrid system is best described as weird, so you can me sure that delegate counts will be slow in coming. On Saturday, 3/8 Democrats caucus in Wyoming. There is no polling data available from there. I world recommend against going to Wyoming for political celebration. The GOP has already caucused there, and as a result, 90% of the prostitutes and 50% of the sheep now have social diseases.

The Democrats

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The Polls

The following numbers and graphs are from Pollster.

State

Date

Polls

Obama

Clinton

P. Delegates

Ohio

Mar 04

7

43.1%

47.9%

141

Rhode Island

Mar 04

3

39.3%

51.3%

21

Texas

Mar 04

10

47.2%

45.8%

193

Vermont

Mar 04

3

56.7%

35.3%

15

Ohio

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Texas

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I’ve had considerable experience in opinion research, and I’ve never seen anything like those graphs!

The Delegates

  Pledged Super Total Pledged Super Total
Clinton 1031 236 1267 46.5% 56.1% 48.1%
Obama 1184 185 1369 53.5% 43.9% 51.9%
Total 2215 421 2636      
Overall, the Democrats will have 4049 delegates at their convention. Of those 3,253 will be pledged delegates and 796 will be super delegates. I oppose the inclusion of the super delegates, because they give roughly 20% of the power to nominate to party insiders. They include Senators, Representatives, Governors, DNC members, and other party hacks, and they are not bound to represent the will of the voters.

The Republicans

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The Delegates

  Pledged Uncom Total Pledged Uncom Total
Huckabee 244 3 247 19.8% 4.3% 19.0%
McCain 967 66 1033 78.5% 95.7% 79.4%
Paul 21 0 21 1.7% 0.0% 1.6%
Total 1232 69 1301      

Overall, Republicans will have 2,380 delegates at their convention. Of those 1,913 are pledged delegates and 463 are unpledged delegates. But of the 463 unpledged delegates, 340 of them are unpledged by stare rules. The remaining 123 delegates are RNC members.

Looking Forward

I’m not going to make any predictions until after the results, except that if Obama wins both Ohio and Texas, this may well be over.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

McConJob: Straight Schlock Express

2mccain3 In 1999, McCain wrote two controversial letters to the FCC on behalf of broadcaster and campaign contributor Lowell “Bud” Paxson. He urged the commissioners to make a “rapid decision on Paxson’s quest to acquire a Pittsburgh television station.” McCain had flown on Paxson’s corporate jet on four occasions, and received $28,000 in contributions from Paxson and his law firm.

McCain has insisted that his letter-writing had nothing to do with Paxson. In fact, he claimed that he wasn’t even on Paxson’s side; he simply wanted the FCC to make a decision.

Yet the Paxson case wasn’t an isolated incident. In 2000, reporters reviewed 2,000 pages of correspondences from McCain and his staff. They found that “in the vast majority of those particularly regulatory matters were Mr. McCain himself sent a letter, the interested parties had contributed to his presidential or Senate campaigns” [New York Times, 1/6/00]. Some examples:

  • – In 1998, McCain wrote the FCC a letter asking it to give “serious consideration” to allowing BellSouth to enter the long-distance market. Just four months earlier, on May 6, 1998, BellSouth officials had donated $16,750 to McCain. [Boston Globe, 1/9/00]
  • – In June 1998, McCain wrote to the FCC “on behalf of AT&T, Spring, and MCI Worldcom,” even though he had “long favored the so-called Baby Bells.” Two weeks later, Spring donated $2,000. In October 1998, AT&T officials gave him $25,800. [Boston Globe, 1/9/00]
  • – In May 1999, McCain wrote to the FCC and accused it of “bias against Ameritech and SBC Communications,” two companies seeking to merge. Just before his May letter, “officials and lobbyists for the two companies helped him raise almost $120,000.” Ameritech was led by Richard Notebaert, a “friend and leading fund-raiser” for McCain. [Boston Globe, 1/7/00; New York Times, 1/6/00]
  • – In 1998, McCain wrote two letters on behalf of satellite television companies Echostar and DirecTV, “in an effort help them win permission to carry local broadcast signals. Echostar’s chairman raised about $25,000 for McCain” in the period between the two letters. [Boston Globe, 1/9/00]
  • – On Dec. 1, 1998, McCain wrote a letter to the FCC advocating against tighter restrictions, which were “clearly not in the spirit” of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. In the months before the letter, Paxson and Sinclair officials donated about $17,000 to McCain’s campaign. [Boston Globe, 1/9/00]

Inserted from <Think Progress>

You be the judge. Straight Talk or Straight Schlock? From where I sit, McConJob is just another corrupt GOP hypocrite.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus