Saturday, October 15, 2005
Last night while visiting with my rabidly Republican brother-in-law, the issue of Bush’s sinking poll numbers came up; and all the buzz in the media, which according to him, was premature folly.
Yes, no need for glee, he sagely told me. You see, as low as Bush’s polling numbers are, even more people dislike Democratic leaders in Congress.
And how does my brethren know...?
Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, host O’Reilly, the man of no-spin on Fox News, told him so.
Twirling and spinning faster than tumbleweed across the desert during a sand storm, this is what O'Reilly said: :
Now you would think the Democrats would be looking better to Americans because the Republican administration is having so many problems, but according to a new poll taken by Pew last week, Americans like the Democratic leadership less than they like Mr. Bush.
The poll question asked do you approve or disapprove of the job the Democratic leaders in Congress are doing? Only 32 percent approve; 48 percent disapprove; 20 percent don't know.
So 40 percent of Americans approve of President Bush's job performance, according to the latest FOX News poll. And only 32 percent approve of the Democratic leadership.
Here are the facts. Although the most recent poll by the Pew Research Institute does in fact show only 32 percent of Americans approve of the job Democratic leaders are doing in Congress, there is a big, humongous, colossal, walloping bit of context missing from O'Reilly's remarks, such as Republican leaders in Congress fared just as poorly. Only 32 percent think Republicans are doing a good job.
O'Reilly also failed to point out to his viewers that in the same poll, participants want to see Democrats win in next year's election by the not-too-shabby margin of 9 percent.
What's more, when our no-spin tube master cited a 40 percent approval for Bush and compared it to the Democratic approval rate, he was using two cross polls, one by Pew Research and the other by Fox News. You had to be paying extra close attention to catch it.
Hmm...let's see. Using O'Reilly's "no-spin" methodology, we can now report only 37 percent of Americans approve of the job President Bush is doing. By the substantial margin of 9 percent, Americans also hope Democrats win Congress in next year's election and hold the president accountable.
That’s fair and balance, no…? One figure from CBS; the other from Pew; and concluding analysis courtesy of the very partisan Howling Latina.
Indeed, and most unscrupulous. "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than illumination." Andrew Lang
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!
You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.
Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.
There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.
Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
'Thought & Humor'
P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging