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OMFG .... how to snatch defeat, etc, etc - Habemus plus vis computatoris quam Deus
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OMFG .... how to snatch defeat, etc, etc

Yesterday, after the midterm election results, some Republican spokesman or another whose name escapes me at the moment made an observation very like unto the paraphrased-from-memory following:

"We must remember that this is a condemnation of the policies of Obama and the Democrat Party.  It is not a mandate for us."

Somewhat later,

And I thought, "Great, finally the Reublicans are starting to get it."

Somewhat later yesterday, I saw this quote, from a comedian whose name also presently escapes me:

"President Obama listed his accomplishments in office on Urban Radio Tuesday.  No one gives him enough credit.  Barack Obama took something that was in terrible shape and brought it back from the brink of disaster ... and that something was the Republican Party."

This morning, I read this STRATFOR report on how the world looks at Barack Obama after the US midterm election, and reflected that the rest of the world has about as poor a view of Obama as many of us here in the US do.  And then came the link to the Obama inflatable love doll on sale in China, and I figured it for a pretty clear sign of the failure of the Obama presidency.  (Did you know the Chinese call him Maobama?)

And then, just a few minutes ago, I saw this Rasmussen poll, which found that when "likely GOP Primary voters" were asked who they would vote for if the Republican primary were held today, the three leading contenders were Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin.

Yeah, you read that right.  Romney, Huckabee, and Palin.

This is when I realized that there is one power left on Earth that has both the apparent will and the clear ability to save Barack Obama's failed Presidency and give him a second term in the White House.  And that power is the Republican Party.

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docstrange From: docstrange Date: November 4th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shitty reporting.

The question (#3) that matches the article gave these choices:

Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich or Mitch Daniels

20% in a 7-legged race isn't all that amazing.

Later questions in the poll rounded things out, but as someone trained in social science survey methods, let me tell you: That survey is a piece of crap until question #9, which by then is so survey-content biased, its utility has been ruined.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: November 4th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure, a poll is a poll. But as insight into the way people think, you can learn a lot from the questions they ask. If everyone's taking for granted that the Republican offering in 2012 is going to be the same old same old, well ... the GOP isn't going to get off its ass and break the routine without being kicked hard in the ass first, and with this kind of thinking, it's not going to happen.
docstrange From: docstrange Date: November 5th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure. But sounds like you think the poll is already based on what people think. Someone put that poll together. It's their thinking. Without knowing who that was, it's hard to say whose mindset, if anyone's, it reflects.
dr_nebula From: dr_nebula Date: November 4th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Romney, Huckebee and Palin?!??

Damn - they're the three drooling tards of the Moron-a-calpyse

Fuck me. Kill me now..
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: November 5th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Too bad I don't have enough money to be taken seriously. I could easily do a better job than any of those three, and do it without the baggage.
luxobscura From: luxobscura Date: November 5th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Hang on to your red, white and blue striped styrofoam faux straw hats, kids, because I'm gonna lay some super duper high level thinkin' on ya.

Being a conservative doesn't exactly bring out the "out of the box" creative thinking in people.

Now if only they'd put more Norman Rockwells in our Modern Art Museums.

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