Thursday, 29 December 2011

POLL DANCING

Ken Berwitz

On Monday, after several days of our wonderful "neutral" media gleefully reporting that President Obama got the better of Republicans on the payroll tax extension, Gallup's daily tracking (actually, a three day rolling average) had Mr. Obama in positive territory for the first time in quite a while, at 47% approve and 45% disapprove.

On Tuesday's Today Show, Savannah Guthrie, subbing for Meredith Viera, had this to say about it:

For the first time I think since July, the latest Gallup tracking poll has his approval higher than his disapproval. He's no longer upside-down on that number.  Is this a reflection of things getting better in the economy, or people not liking the Republicans and coming back to President Obama?

But that was then.  And this is now.  The latest Gallup data show a reversion right back to the usual numbers, with Mr. Obama at 41% approval and 50% disapproval:  a negative turnaround of 11% in three days.

I eagerly await Ms. Guthrie's analysis tomorrow morning..........


THE DAILY CALLER'S TOP 10 STORIES OF 2011

Ken Berwitz

I just read the Daily Caller's top 10 stories of 2011

What a terrific blog!!   How worth your time to read it! 

The DC handles each one of them with the appropriate flavor - whether serious (Operation Fast & Furious....the #1 story of 2011, yet one that - with full-tilt partisan disdain for journalistic professionalism - neither NBC Nightly News nor ABC World News has done so much as a single story on all year) or at least somewhat comical (Anthony Weiner's pictorial downfall:  I laughed out loud when I read that it was proof he leaned left).

I am not going to to steal the DC's thunder by posting any more of its top 10 than that.  But I can't resist putting up one of the "honorable mentions":

HONORABLE MENTION: Nearly one in five Obamacare waivers went to businesses in Nancy Pelosis district

 

In April, the Obama administration approved 204 waivers exempting businesses from the restrictions and requirements of  Obamacare. And lo and behold, 38 of them went to restaurants, nightclubs, day spas and hotels in the swanky California congressional district represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

 

Shocked. We were shocked. But the D.C. press corps didnt seem to care, the White House played the nothing-to-see-here-lets-all-move-along card, and a follow-up waiver for the AARP soon emerged. But in the face of consistent outrage from conservatives, what passed for transparency rapidly deteriorated into comic theatre.

 

It later emerged that the health care reform law never gave the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to issue the waivers in the first place. Ultimately, a Government Accountability Office report doomed the waiver program, which got the axe in June a move that the Obama administration quietly buried in a Friday evening press statement.

 FYI:  ultimately closer to 2,000 such waivers were given, including one to the entire state of Nevada (does Harry Reid come from there?  Oh yeah, he does...) and a ton of the unions Mr. Obama relies so heavily on for his, and other Democrats', 2012 election campaigns.  Plus, to this day we have never been given any indication of what the criteria were for issuance or rejection of those waivers - nor have most mainstream media ever asked for it. 

Did that whet your appetite?  If so, then buckle your seatbelt and click on the link I've provided.  You'll be glad you did.


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