As the wet-dream of surrendering the WoT fades into the sunset and election silliness at full throttle, the DemonCraps begin to sing us a distracting lullaby. They put all their eggs in one basket, an ignominious cut and run from the sandbox to cheering traitors inside the beltway with ticker-tape parades for Reid, Lugosi, et al, that finally brought the Bush administration to it’s knees. Enter Stage Left, General David Petraeus and after a few weeks of marginally positive news from the sandbox, even the most skeptical lefty editor had to concede, we’re winning.
What to do if you’re a fully-vested member of the Cut and Run Party to keep from getting bit on the ass come November?
Funny you should ask, because just in time, the Deadstream Media™, decides we are no longer interested in maniacal, murderous religious fanatics, with world domination as a stated goal. We’ve decided that money is the real defining issue of the election, along with domestic issues that just so happen to coincide with the Dhimmicrats platform of Socialist Utopia, World Peace, Prosperity, Social Justice, Free Health Care for all and a complete ban on the heartbreak of psoriasis.
Voters began to worry more about their pocketbooks over the last month — even more than about the war in Iraq.
Over the last month, huh? No coinky-dink with the irrevocable fact that we’re winning in Iraq right? nahhhhh……Grab a beverage and a snack, this one is going to take some time to work through pups.
More than half the voters in an ongoing survey for The Associated Press and Yahoo! News now say the economy and health care are extremely important to them personally. They fear they will face unexpected medical expenses, their homes will lose value or mortgage and credit card payments will overwhelm them.
In two short sentences, a message brought to you by the DNC, courtesy of the Associated (with Socialists) Press. Where’s McVain-Feingold when you need it?
Events, however, can quickly change public opinion. Thursday’s assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto could draw more attention to terrorism and national security, an issue that still ranked highly with the public and which 45 percent of those polled considered extremely important.
And politicians fully vested in wet-dreams can change position even faster. Keeping their fingers crossed that a shit-storm of Muslim outrage and a possible civil war in country that just so happens to have nukes won’t get our attention about the ongoing War on Terror with a new front.
This latest AP-Yahoo! News survey of more than 1,800 people by Knowledge Networks offers a unique opportunity to track changes in public attitudes as the presidential campaign unfolds. The first poll was last month and set a base line to measure national sentiment.
Ohhh so this is number 2? They got their baseline last month, see the headlines yesterday and decided they better yank some more phony numbers before the situation in Pakistan boils over.
In the new results, men and women approaching retirement were especially attentive to the economy and health care, with six out of 10 ranking both issues extremely important. Politically, the attention to such domestic issues hangs darkly over Republicans. Voters say they are far more likely to trust Democrats to handle the economy and health care.
Of course the right is dark on domestic issues, we’re the EEEvil KKKapitalists that push senior citizens in wheelchairs off the cliff, starve babies and throw ER patients out into the cold. The only economy the left can be trusted with is your personal bank account. Here’s a visualization for the Demonrats health care system: Think of going to Motor Vehicles on a Saturday morning, taking your number and then waiting for a time equal to that of sending a first-class snail mail letter to say Alaska from Atlanta. Meanwhile, you’re having radiating, sub-sternal chest pains.
Consider Linda Zimmerman, a 50-year-old sheep farmer from Thurmont, Md. Her daughter and son-in-law are having trouble keeping up with two mortgages on a town house, she said. One street in her neighborhood has five homes for sale, and one has been on the market for two years.
Two mortgages eh? Any possibility they overextended themselves on the second? We all know the housing market is taking a dump, and the only rational course is letting it adjust back to where it should be. They didn’t call it a bubble for nothing. Everyone and their pet chimp, jumped into the market, flipping and flopping real estate like beads flying at Mardi Gras, with banks qualifying applicants that had a pulse for those wonderful PIMOs. So the market artificially went up, and up and up, right into a stall. New players can’t get in the game because real estate prices are completely disconnected from average wages. Thus the Ponzi Scheme crashes.
Registered as a Republican, she’s ready to reconsider.
“We’re Republicans and I’m very unhappy with them, and I’ve been watching the Democrats,” she said. “We did better when (Bill) Clinton was in than we did with Bush. It’s just terrible.”
You did better with who? You don’t happen to have any blue dresses in your closet do you Linda? If you’ve been watching the Democrats for more than say 5 minutes, running the Most Ethical Congress Evah™, you would actually understand that they’ve done nothing whatsoever for the country, other than trying to ram Shamnesty 2007 and the S-Chip Backdoor Socialized Medicine Scam past our noses and up our rectums.
The Democratic edge on such issues illustrates the predicament Republicans face going into a presidential election. Iraq doesn’t dominate the news as it used to, replaced by headlines about slumping home sales, high gasoline prices and a credit crunch.
And I’m sure the AP and their fellow travelers will continue to trumpet, all the shit that’s fit to print. Gas prices? Ask Congress and the enviro-whackos about ANWR and refinery construction ? Home sales and credit crunches, ask yourself that question. Do you think the Hildebeast has a magic wand for that, and more?
The impact of Bhutto’s assassination on public opinion depends on whether Americans perceive her death as an added threat to the United States. Terrorism was the only issue polled that Republicans were trusted to handle better than Democrats.
We don’t perceive Bhutto’s assassination as a threat you idiot, we do see the aftermath, specifically the reaction by the 7th century savages in a nuclear armed country as a threat. Terrorism was and is still the most pressing issue of our time. Europe, Africa and a significant portion of Asia are under assault by a massive influx of radical fundamentalist hordes, with a stated goal of world domination and consolidation under Sharia law. Fortunately those of us here stateside that haven’t been drinking the kool-aid recognize that and damn well aren’t going to get distracted by phony crises and class warfare.
Republican Rudy Giuliani had benefited most from people’s fears of terrorism. But over the past month his level of support dropped, even among voters who said terrorism was an important issue. Giuliani is now trying to get some of those voters back, releasing an ad Thursday that uses images of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York.
Bzzzt..wrong answer again. Rudy’s numbers are dropping because the other candidates are getting more of their message heard and over the name recognition issue, coupled with the conservative wing of the party at odds with Rudy on many social issues.
All in all, though, voters appear to be weighing other issues at least as heavily as the country heads into the first voting of the presidential election. [Emph Mine]
You just can’t help yourselves can you? Let me help you out on the “Other Issues”, the War on Terror and Border Security.
Financial worries have risen in prominence. Forty-eight percent of those polled said Social Security is extremely important to them, up from 42 percent in November. That’s virtually the same as the 46 percent who considered Iraq extremely important.
Just a 6% increase in polls that routinely have a 5% +/- margin of error. We do so love it when nominal polling data, suspect to begin with, is trumpeted as significant as long as it fits your narrative. If it goes the other way, you fall all over your asses pointing out the margin of error.
These new public concerns are reflected on the campaign trail, where candidates are hitting domestic topics hard. There too, Democrats have an edge over Republicans when it comes to connecting with their core voters.
It’s such a mystery, no matter how many times the Dems pull out the moth-eaten Playbook of Standard Memes™, that coincidentally the polling public just happens to be fixating on said standard playbook themes. Such a puzzlement.
Overall, 42 percent of Democrats are very or extremely satisfied with the amount of attention their favored candidates are giving to the issues that matter most to them. Only 32 percent of Republicans feel that way about their candidates. Of all the candidates, Democrat Barack Obama gets the best rating among his supporters.
Let’s turn this one over-easy. 58% of Democrat voters aren’t satisfied with the candidates addressing of important issues, while 78% of Republican voters aren’t liking what they’re getting fed from their side. The chickens are coming home to roost on the RINOs and the Socialists dancing to the tune of Soros and Company.
Bill Hine, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran from Warrenton, Va., considers himself a “soft Republican” who is partial to John McCain. But the nation’s health system needs fixing, he said, and he’s not happy with what he’s hearing.
With all respect to your service Bill, you’re soft-in-the-head if you’re partial to the McTraitor, and the MSM takes note that the
bullshit talking points message about the health care non-disaster is getting through.
“A lot of Republicans are just anti-anything, anti-changing anything, and that’s one of the things I’ll be looking at,” he said.
Considering the things we’re against are with good reason, you know that concept of less government, lower taxes and maximum individual responsibility idea, that the left continually tries to erode with socialism, it’s very likely that we’ll continue to be against all of that. Bill the Soft-Republican my ass.
Six out of 10 people polled said they believe it is at least somewhat likely that the U.S. economy will enter a recession next year. Slightly more — 64 percent — said they worried about a major unexpected medical expense, and 55 percent worried that the value of their stocks and retirement investments would drop.
And 8 out of 10, couldn’t explain the economy of balancing their checkbooks. Better hurry-up and pull all your money out of that stock market and send it to Congress right away, we all know DC gives us the best return on investment, right?. Are the folks that you made up to poll, worried about medical expenses due to cause or effect? I think I’d be a bit more concerned about getting run over by a bus, than the hospital bill afterwards.
Forty-four percent said they were concerned that the value of their homes would decrease during the next six months. That sentiment was especially strong in the mountain states.
OH noesies…all those Aspen and Vail, multi-million dollar dream home prices could drop. The horror of it all, someone might have to cut back on private jet trips to Bali.
“Middle class America is being chipped away at,” said Edward Lemieux, a 57-year-old pattern maker from North Smithfield, R.I., who plans to support Obama for president.
By increasingly more burdensome confiscatory taxes, regulation, nanny-state government programs and the bureaucrats that run them, along with 20 million or so, illegal aliens slurping away unfettered at the public funds feeding trough. Do feel free to pull for B. Hussein though, any vote against Hillary works for us.
His view is influenced by the flight of manufacturing jobs from his state, by the “For Sale” signs that outnumber the “Sold” signs on neighborhood lawns and by his mother’s health care needs.
“We’re all of a sudden becoming a country of rich and poor,” he said. “The middle class is eroding.”
The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers.
The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation into a mere money relation.
Let the revolution begin !!!! /satire
Despite those worries, respondents have grown slightly more optimistic about the direction of the nation during the past month. Nearly three out of 10 say the country is on the right path, compared with 24 percent last month. This uptick in the national mood is evident in both parties, though it’s much stronger among Republicans. Still, more than seven out of 10 said they believe the U.S. is headed down the wrong track.
Again the natural confusion of citizens that understand that the economy is booming, the situation on the ground in Iraq is improved and jobless rates below statistical ZERO. Meanwhile the message from the Socialist Slime talking-heads, is quite the opposite AND health-care is a train wreck, while we’re lying about ‘domestic issues’.
Interest in immigration — a major issue in the Republican presidential contest — remained the same as last month, with 37 percent saying it was an extremely important issue. But for all the candidates’ efforts to distinguish themselves on that issue, the poll found that none of the leading contenders holds an advantage among Republicans who feel most strongly about immigration.
No they’re too busy slinging mud about religion at each other instead of standing on actual conservative principles firmly. Frankly, we’re sick of ‘pretend’ conservatives running in the GOP. They get into the actual race, lose whatever testicular fortitude they had, and promptly run to the middle, afraid of the ’scary’ moderate votes. Meanwhile the true conservative base is left with Hobson’s Choice of who the least RINO is.
Sentiments on health care and the economy could make a difference in the Democratic contest.
Make no mistake about it, the candidate that keeps gargling the testicles of Marx/Lenin/Mao/Pol Pot/Stalin will “appear” to have the backing of the base to their own destruction. The screaming me-mees of BowelMoveMentOn, Code Pink and the rest will continue to keep the funding going as long as their lap dogs stay on the ONLY message they want to hear, with the fawning scum-bag journaljizmers aiding and abetting them all with ‘news’ and even more phony polls. Once they get into the general election they won’t have a choice but to respond to ‘real’ issues and voters and that semen-stained Soros money will dry up like HT’s vaginal tract. [apologies to BC, but it was irresistable]
Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards supporters have much stronger feelings about the economy and Social Security than Obama voters. Edwards has staked his campaign on a message of economic populism, while Clinton draws 40 percent of her support from people with household incomes of less than $25,000, far more than her rivals.
It doesn’t take rocket science to figure that one out. Obama appeals to the young and dumb. Shrillary and Two-Americas Edwards have the older crowd harem-scarem tactics down. Likewise the equation for Hillary and the lower household incomes is obvious. She’s got the most freebies promised to those that are paying a pathetic (or no) portion of income tax revenues, compared to solid middle-class families.
Clinton, Obama and Edwards have been feuding over who would provide the most comprehensive health care plan.
Nearly two-thirds of voters polled said the United States should adopt a universal health insurance program “in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers.” Fewer, but still a majority at 54 percent, said they supported a single-payer system whereby all Americans would get their health insurance through a taxpayer-financed government plan.
Bullshit Flag on the play and loss of the down. Obviously they developed a push-poll question on health care, mixing, matching and hashing universal health care and single-payer systems, again neither of which our average fellow citizens have a clue about the utter failure of it, everytime it’s been tried. Once we get into the generals, I think the healthcare issue is going to quickly become a non-starter. None of the Dems have had to defend their rationale for it’s need to this point, so it’s all been about who could keep the straightest face, lying about the cost and efficiency.
Lynn Haynes, 42, of Huntington, W.Va., works in the state government’s welfare department where she sees clients who can’t afford health care. What’s more, she has a 35-year-old sister who is developmentally delayed and “falls into the cracks” of government assistance programs. She’s a registered Republican, likes Giuliani but supports universal health care and is giving Democrats a hard look.
Lynn should be immediately terminated for incompetence. Can you spell Medicaid? I’m not surprised though, she is from the state that keeps sending our most favorite punching-bag, mummified, proof of life-after-death Sheets Byrd back to the Senate.
“I see too many people at work especially who just don’t get any health care,” Haynes said. “I look at what they get for retirement and Social Security, and I don’t see how they live on that and afford their prescriptions.”
Ahh the vaunted 45 million uninsured. There are a least a hundred ways to make health care affordable for the under or uninsured, none of which require a dubious redistribution of wealth through the gubmint. If one pays careful attention, the major health insurance carriers are beginning to offer individual/family policies that are quite competitive with employer-based programs. They’re putting the individuals into a pool and treating them like they would a large corporation. Prescription costs are directly attributable to government regulation and labyrinthine patent periods that saddle the manufacturers with having to capitalize HUNDREDS of millions of R&D costs into a few years of initial marketing. Add to that trial lawyers and class action suits that can bankrupt a manufacturer because ONE patient in a coupla’ hundred thousand has a bad reaction. Please note these are the same Big Businesses that the Dems are itching to tax even more. Guess who pays in the end?
The survey of 1,821 adults was conducted from Dec. 14-20, and had an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. Included were interviews with 847 Democrats, for whom the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3.4 points, and 655 Republicans, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 points.
They admit to an 11% skew in sampling, but the question for an honest pollster is were all participants asked the same questions? Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics….and polls are ALL about statistics. I’ve personally been registered to vote for over 30 years and NEVER participated in a political poll, coincidence or not?
Pardon the excessive length here and congratulations on finishing it at all. There’s a lesson here, our opponents have shown their hand completely. It’s the same playbook that put BJ and Company into the West Wing for two-terms. The left knows it can’t ever win on domestic security and foreign policy issues, so with the assistance of the MSM, the public is lulled into a false sense that domestic issues are more important. They’ll keep this drumbeat going right into November, regardless of the Dem’s candidate. Churchill lost his reelection run within months after the end of WW2. We’re clearly winning in the WoT and that creates a win-win for the media. They can withhold on the good news, per standard procedure and keep up a steady buzz of how ‘bad’ domestic issues are. The danger to the right, is the candidates themselves going wobbly, buying into the domestic issue narrative and positioning themselves as moderates. That’s a sure-fire LOSING strategy in 2008. The true base on the right, sees through the BS about class warfare, economic ‘concerns’ and phony health-care crises and will sit it all out. While the moderates, like the supposed Republicans quoted above will pull for the Dems.
The situation is dangerous, as the current front runners for the GOP would all jump right into the moderate camp in the general election, abandoning we Reagan-Conservatives entirely with socially liberal, and marginally conservative fiscal and foreign policy platforms.
Thus the Dems win by default. We must, repeat MUST stay on top of this and insist, demand, scream and with hold money from whatever GOP candidate refuses to fully embrace the truly important issues facing America moving into 2008.