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PPP's first Michigan poll in six months finds that the GOP has made gains of 7-8 points in the races for Governor and Senate. Rick Snyder, who trailed Mark Schauer 42/38 for reelection as Governor in June, now holds a 44/40 advantage. And Terri Lynn Land, who had lagged Gary Peters 41/36 in the race to replace Carl Levin, now holds a 42/40 advantage.
Those 7-8 point gains are due almost entirely to Michigan's dissatisfaction with Obamacare:
The declining popularity of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act seems to be making life harder for Democrats here, as we're finding in other key Senate races. Obama carried Michigan by 9 points last year, but now has a negative approval rating in the state with 47% of voters approving of him to 51% who disapprove. Only 34% of voters support Obamacare to 48% who are opposed, and 63% think its implementation has been unsuccessful to only 30% who rate it positively.
That is quite notable, as the President won Michigan handily and Democrats see the state as a stronghold given the traditional union support that was supposedly shored up with the auto industry bailouts.
Obamacare, it turns out, negates all of that.
Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson's office has confirmed that the representative lost an estimated $18 million in a Ponzi scheme. Breitbart reports:
House Democrat Alan Grayson, the same man who accused GOP members of being “crisis junkies” late last month, may have a financial crisis of his own. A representative from Grayson’s office admitted that the A.G. referenced in documents in a court case against the alleged thief was Grayson, who had been fleeced out of $18 million by a Virginia man running a Ponzi scheme. The rep said, “I can confirm that it’s Rep. Grayson. Court documents seem to have disclosed the congressman’s full name, despite the existence of court procedures that are intended to protect victims’ privacy.”
William Dean Chapman, 44, of Sterling, Va., pilfered more than $35 million from more than 100 investors and was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Friday.
So the same man who purports to be a sound steward of the people's money can't seem to keep track of his own?
That sounds about right.
The Associated Press just couldn't help itself, throwing in a line explaining how record cold temperatures in Antarctica were still consistent with the theory of global warming.
The story starts out innocuously enough:
A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.
The old record had been -128.6 degrees, which is -89.2 degrees Celsius.
That's pretty cold! And that's pretty unbiased reporting. The new record is -135.8 degrees, while the old record was -128.6 degrees.
But read down to the very last paragraph:
Just because one spot on Earth has set records for cold that has little to do with global warming because it is one spot in one place, said Waleed Abdalati, an ice scientist at the University of Colorado and NASA's former chief scientist.
Oh, okay. That's good to know. Nothing in the article up until that point even mentioned global warming or climate change, but the author felt it necessary to remind readers that record cold in Antarctica does not diminish the "fact" that the world is warming.
"It's cold, but the earth is still warming! The earth is still warming! The science is settled!"
The climate change crowd is starting to sound a little desperate, aren't they? Especially considering the article's very next sentence:
Both Abdalati, who wasn't part of the measurement team, and Scambos said this is likely an unusual random reading in a place that hasn't been measured much before and could have been colder or hotter in the past and we wouldn't know.
Wait--we wouldn't know? We thought the science was settled! We thought that we could say with absolute certainty that the Earth was warming (or possibly cooling) because of fossil fuels.
The article then ends with a bang:
"It does speak to the range of conditions on this Earth, some of which we haven't been able to observe," Abdalati said.
But again; the science is settled. Our climate is most definitely changing...even though we haven't been able to observe conditions on a number of different parts of the Earth.
MSNBC's Chuck Todd is just the latest mainstream media type to speak out against the White House's photo policy, blasting it as "propaganda."
The Cycle co-host Toure, who may actually be the stupidest person in the history of cable news, sent out this tweet on Sunday night:
Why aren't white leaders like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and Don Lemon doing anything to combat white on white violence??? #SOS— Touré (@Toure) December 9, 2013
Unfortunately for him, Don Lemon is not white. After being informed of this, Toure was unfazed, and sent out a follow-up tweet:
Sorry for the confusion folks. "White leaders" was meant to connote "leaders of white people" not "leaders who are white."— Touré (@Toure) December 9, 2013
We would suggest that the next time Toure engages in a little bit of race-baiting, he double check to make sure he knows which race it is he's actually baiting.
FOX News analyst Liz Peek gives a compelling comparison between Presidents Obama and Carter--with one notable difference:
Where Obama and Carter diverge is in personal integrity. Americans have been slow to fall out of love with President Obama; we are a fair-minded and trusting people. But- the mounting evidence of chicanery and deception in this White House has become hard to ignore.
Carter is considered one of the nation's worst presidents (if not the worst), so it's very telling that Obama provides almost a perfect parallel.
It's even more telling that Obama has all of Carter's incompetence...in addition to Bill Clinton's dishonesty.
Public relations and crisis management firms across the country are using the glitch-plagued rollout of HealthCare.gov as a powerful example of how not to manage a disaster. Politico reports:
Far from the world of government and politics, the botched launch of Healthcare.gov has become an instant classic. It has replaced such notorious bungles as New Coke and the BP oil spill as a real time example in the crisis management world of how not to respond when everything goes wrong. Experts are eagerly cashing in on the administration’s missteps, offering critiques in private interactions with clients, as well as publishing blog posts and op-eds on the basic rules of crisis management that were not followed.
The first rule of crisis management, of course, is to not have a crisis in the first place. Then again, this is the federal government, so that is probably impossible.
Ezekiel Emanuel, the "Architect of Obamacare," once again compromises the White House's messaging by being honest.
Remember when President Obama said this, over and over and over?
I don't recall him saying anything about paying more for your doctor, do you?
Remember when One Wisconsin Now embarrassingly tried to use Mandela's death to slam Governor Walker over Voter ID laws? Yeah, about that....
Think Progress, a liberal media outlet, praised the South African constitution while it eulogized Mandela, writing, “The truth, however, is that the United States could learn a great deal from South Africa’s constitution.”
That constitution allows for and supports a rigorous election integrity process far more stringent than anything GOP lawmakers have proposed in Wisconsin.
An October story from a South African news outlet explains in advance of the nation’s 2014 elections, “aspirant voters must produce a valid South African identity document when registering to vote and when voting.” That means procuring one of “three forms of official identification.”
Oh liberals, you just can't win for trying, can you?