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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Knew This Was Coming

When I read on the New York Times editorial page the other day a call for the end of the filibuster of judges and "high-ranking executive branch officials," I knew someone was going to go back and check on the paper's consistency on the issue.  And they did.  And just as I suspected, the really expansive-thinking editorialists there are about as serious in their convictions as I'd imagined.

Turns out, according to the incomparable James Taranto, not only did the Times change its position to fit Obama's needs, it was actually against the filibuster before it was for it before it was against it.  Turns out?
Yet amid its zigging and zagging, the Times has been consistent, in that its view on the filibuster has always been in line with the immediate interests of the Democratic Party.
The New York Times is against the filibuster if a Democrat is being stymied but in favor of it if a Republican's (nefarious!) intentions are blocked.

Now that's conviction!

We Carry The Load

The Racialists Just Won't Go Away

Now it's Juan Williams who's decided that the most plain-spoken, the most blunt, the most straightforward  politician in America today - Newt Gingrich - speaks in code.

For the love of God:
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”
Meanwhile, out here in the real world, where such nonsense is viewed as the work of small minds with large amounts of time on their hands  ...

T-Shirts Don't Lie

I received this via email this morning.  Thought it was interesting:
Barack Obama has finally overtaken Ron Paul on CafePress.com.

As you may know, CafePress.com is an e-commerce platform that powers user-designed merchandise. CafePress has been tracking 2012 election presidential candidate support via the 2012 Meter graph. With an average of over 137,000 new designs uploaded every week, it’s no surprise many of them are political in nature. As a result, CafePress is often seen as a Cultural Barometer®, making their political product sales relevant and interesting. The Meter graphs track merchandise sales trends for each presidential candidate, and through such trends, successfully predicted Barack Obama’s victory in 2008.

Since The Meter poll launched in November, Ron Paul has held the top spot in product sales (e.g., t-shirts, etc.) each week in a commanding fashion—a testament to his loyal supporters, as they’ve been able to counter surges from the rest of the Republican field, as well as the incumbent, President Barack Obama. However, following Obama’s SOTU speech, Paul has finally fallen to 2nd place, demonstrating a sudden and significant surge in Obama support.

Obama-tagged items lead Paul-tagged items, 46% to 33%. A week prior, Obama was in 3rd place, with 12%, behind Paul’s 66% and Mitt Romney’s 13%. This is a stunning shift in sales, and could represent a rebound for the embattled Obama. It seems like the State of the Union really rallied his supporters.

To further this point, pro-Obama sales have witnessed a massive uptick. After seeing anti-Obama-tagged items outpace pro a week ago, 74% to 26%, pro-Obama items have rallied to put up a 45% mark, compared to 55% anti. That’s a huge jump in just one week. Talk about a bounce back in support and sales!

Other interesting election-related tidbits from The Meter include:

● With the Florida primary a day away, Newt Gingrich-tagged items have surged in sales. Gingrich-tagged items edged out Romney-tagged items this past week—10% to 9%.

● The week prior, Romney led Gingrich 13% to 6%. While Romney seems to lead in Florida, the uptick in Gingrich’s sales showcases the rise in support he has encountered following his big win in South Carolina.
We know the polls. They've told us that Obama's State of the Union speech did nothing for his approval rating. T-shirt sales say otherwise.

Who to believe? Who to believe?