Archive for April 17th, 2006

Creepy Cemetery Angel Blogging

The shadowy and mysterious Codename V. was kind enough to take me to the Creepy Gothic Cemetery, and point me in the general direction of the Creepy Gothic Cemetery Angel. I didn’t completely nail it, but I think I did okay.


Clearly, a pensive and broody Creepy Cemetery Angel Of Mystery…


Fashion! Turn to the left!


Fashion! Turn to the right!


In case you’ve ever wondered what the moon looks like through an angel’s wings… Posted by Picasa

6 comments April 17th, 2006 at 10:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Photoblogging,South Carolina

More Fun With Stats!

Coupla interesting stat-related pieces in the Washington Post today.

First, their resident polling director talks about how Bush’s support has eroded on a state-by-state basis, and his approval rating is now under 50% in most of the states that voted for him in 2004. That’s kind of old news, but I thought this little tidbit was certainly interesting and encouraging:

More ominously for Republicans, their party also has lost standing with the public. Residents of states Bush won in 2004 say they trust the Democrats (48 percent) more than the Republicans (42 percent) to deal with the country’s biggest problems.

Those humbling numbers for Republicans are a far cry from the results of surveys taken immediately before the 2004 election. Back then, red states were bright red: Bush’s overall job approval rating stood 13 points higher, at 56 percent in states that he eventually won. And throughout Bush’s first term it was the GOP and not the Democrats whom voters in these states trusted to deal with the country’s biggest problems, sometimes by double-digit margins.

Nice.

There’s also a news analysis piece which fleshes this out a little bit more. Its primary theme is that Bush’s high “strong disapproval” numbers (47%) and low “strong approval” numbers (20%) will translate to a significant turnout advantage for the Democrats, and even induce some Republicans to switched sides (there are some anecdotal buyer’s remorse examples of disgusted Bush voters who have changed teams).

Unfortunately, I fear that the lone straw that the Republicans are clinging to may be a strong one:

“They may be upset nationally,” Forti said. “But clearly that does not mean they’re not going to go vote for their congressman.” House elections will turn mainly on local issues and nominees, he said.

The Post-ABC News poll found that 59 percent of registered voters approve of their own representative, a lower number than in past months. But only 35 percent approve of the way Congress is doing its job.

This is my worry – that this dissatisfaction will express itself in an attitude of “all congressmen are bums except mine.” Flory tells me I shouldn’t get too hung up on that because we saw the same thing prior to the Republican landslide in 1994, but I’m still not convinced. The Republicans have had the media on their side for as long as I can remember, and were able to paint themselves as housecleaning reformers, with their bold Contract With America. The Democrats could run the identical gameplan this fall, and would be painted as whiny Bush-hating nitpickers whose alleged plan is all smoke and mirrors.

On the other hand, I’m a big believer in the importance of turnout as a force multiplier, and if voter dissatisfaction gives the Democrats a big edge there, the Republicans could be in for some unpleasant surprises. This is, of course, assuming that they can’t neutralize the impact of turnout with their vast arsenal of Election Day shenanigans.

1 comment April 17th, 2006 at 01:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Go, NYT, Go!

Just read all their editorials today.

Editorial #1: Yet another underperforming, overpaid U.S. contractor. Instead of building 142 health clinics in Iraq for $200 million, Parsons Inc. has built… 20. Apparently things were going so well back in Spring 2004 that no-one thought security would be a requirement.

Editorial #2: AT&T apparently giving it all up to the NSA. Not good. Very bad. Possible customer impact – ya think?

Editorial #3: How about a new Treasury Secretary with some ideas on fixing things, instead of a salesman who insists they’re not broken? Umm, have you tried looking in the Magical Gumdrop Tree?

Editorial #4: New Hampshire phone jamming scandal looking kinda similar to Watergate. Oops.

April 17th, 2006 at 12:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics


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