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February 27, 2012

Speculating Away Our Recovery

As gas prices rev up into high gear well before the summer months of traditional high demand predictions estimate prices at the pump will reach well over $4.00 a gallon. Along with the impacts this will have on the average consumer, these increases will, and already have, produced gushers of political rhetoric, laying blame squarely on the President’s shoulders. While high gas prices are great fodder for political gamesmanship, their accuracy is often suspect. How much influence does or can the leader of the U.S. have over the price of crude, let alone the prices at the pump?

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February 27, 2012

Poll Update: Obama holds double-digit lead over rivals

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama holds double digit leads over the top two GOP presidential candidates, according to a new national survey.

  • A Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday indicates Obama topping Mitt Romney 53% to 43% in a hypothetical matchup,
  • The President leads Rick Santorum 53% to 42% in a similar matchup.
  •  Against a generic GOP opponent in the general election (an unnamed candidate who has not suffered negative attacks during the primary process), Obama has a five-point advantage (50%-45%), up from a dead heat back in November.
  • It’s also telling that the president is at or above 50% in all three general election matchups.
  • Polling from USA Today/Gallup tells a different story with Obama & Romney deadlocked at 47%
  • Santorum holds a 49%-46% margin over the president.
  • The Battleground poll indicates the primary contests have taken a toll on Romney, with 51% of independents holding a unfavorable opinion of him, compared to just 33% who see him in a positive light.
  • Against Obama, Romney trails the President by 22 points among independents.
  • 40% of independents have a favorable view of Santorum, with 32% saying they see him in a negative way.
  • Among GOP voters only the two front runners are evenly matched with Santorum at 36% and Romney at 34%.

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February 27, 2012

Irish President lectures a Tea Partier & pays homage to the America

Whatever Works

From Kay this morning:

If my Irish father were still alive, he’d be bursting with pride in Irish President Michael D. Higgins. As am I – for both his sentiments and because  he speaks in clear full sentences and doesn’t pause for applause, something that is absent in our country today. Our public political languages are now Bumpersticker and Gasbaggery. We have no orators.

I especially like his outrage at our moral failure regarding health care.

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