Archive for June 2nd, 2008


This is great news for the congressional races, but I don’t think it’s quite the slamdunk Darryl thinks for the presidential:

Every month, Rasmussen Reports releases a new partisan trends report based on monthly interviews of a huge number of people:

…the Democrats now have the largest partisan advantage over the Republicans since Rasmussen Reports began tracking this data on a monthly basis nearly six years ago.

During the month of April, 41.4% of Americans considered themselves to be Democrats. Just 31.4% said they were Republicans and 27.2% were not affiliated with either major party.

April was the third straight month that the number of Democrats topped 41%. Prior to February of this year, neither party had ever reached the 39% level of support.

The partisan gap now shows the Democrats with a 10.0 percentage point advantage over the Republicans. That’s the largest advantage ever recorded by either party. In fact, before these past three months, the previous high was a 6.9 point percentage point edge for the Democrats in December 2006.


Republicans reached their peak numbers of 37.3% in September of 2004, and have been on a slow decline since.

Until about six months ago, the Democrats were holding steady at about 37% Democratic voter identity. The rise since December has been nothing short of stunning. Democrats had 36.3% identity in December and shot up to 41.5% in February—just about the time that the race started heating up.


A cautious statement would be that any damage done by the primary contest is minor at worst, as the damage has been more than offset by the Republican collapse, resulting in a net gain for Democrats.

An alternative explanation is that the primary-from-hell really has been a good thing for Democrats.

The thing is, will all those Democrats vote for Obama?  How many of them are pissed-off Clinton supporters who are more angry at Obama than afraid of McCain?  I think the Democrats should clean up in the downticket races – unless the Hillary supporters are so pissed off that they stay home altogether – but until I see Hillary enthusiastically campaigning for Obama (as she has said she will), I’m going to be nervous.  And maybe even after that, if her supporters don’t come with her.

1 comment June 2nd, 2008 at 10:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Polls

You Keep Using That Word…

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Wanker Of The Day, “feminist” Marc Rudov on The O’Reilly Factor:

O’REILLY: I believe the reason women go to see [the Sex & The City] movie… are because of the clothes, the shoes, the gossiping about men and the overall tone of dish, D-I-S-H. That’s why they go. I don’t think very many American women identify with these four.

RUDOV: Oh, come on, Bill. You have to be kidding. That’s exactly what women do, and that’s why they would see themselves in this movie. And that’s exactly why men would not go see it, because paying to hear women whine is as stupid as paying for cobwebs, because you can get them both at home for free….


I don’t tolerate this. This movie is the cinematic equivalent to ipecac. It’s Woodstock for entitled princesses.


O’REILLY: Look, most American women are not entitled princesses. They’re not.

RUDOV: Oh, yes they are, Bill.

O’REILLY: This is — no, no, no. This is an ur–

RUDOV: Oh, yes they are.


O’REILLY: You believe that most American women are as shallow as those four?

HOOVER: No, no, no.

RUDOV: I do.

Okay, Marc, I think you may be a little bit confused about the word “feminist” – it’s not like “sexist” or “racist,” you know that, right?  It actually means someone who’s pro-women, someone who believes women are the equals of men, and entitled to all the same rights, privileges and respect.

It’s an easy mistake to make, I suppose.

June 2nd, 2008 at 09:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging – Lost In Translation Edition

It’s the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air theme song… in Italian:

It’s just not the same, somehow…

(h/t shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

2 comments June 2nd, 2008 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Revealing Right-Wing Word Choice Of The Day

From the latest crazy right-wing “_______watch” blog, Think Progress Watch:

Scott McClellan who is a snitch is also a pawn of the Left.

A snitch, eh?  Not a liar?  Interesting.

Shorter right-wing loons: “We liked Scottie better when he was lying.  Lies good, truth bad.”

(h/t Oliver Willis & Matt O)

June 2nd, 2008 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Bush,Politics,Republicans,Uncategorized

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