|"Kick their asses and don't take no names neither, boys!"|
(Generally, yesterday was a crappy day for our beloved POTUS. I thought I'd compile some random observations on the passing parade while the afterglow lasts.)
I spend a lot of time here bagging on Bill O'Reilly, saying that he is nothing more than the media's equivalent of a bookie. You know, the guy who sets the odds so that he gets rich on the handle versus winning and losing bets. O'Reilly always takes his "no spin zone" rhetoric to the absurd and, more times than not, he misses the chance to punch the lights out on an interviewer.
(I can hear him retorting now in his pseudo New York working class accent, "C'mon, War Planner, he's da president, fer crissakes!")
Anyway, I'd like to semi-retract some of the criticism -- for a day at least -- based on BORe's show yesterday. In an effort to avoid Hannity's continual habit interrupting his guests to fire off a fusillade of bullet points, I was watching yesterday as he (O'Reilly) unloaded on The Chicago Jesus's limp-membered performance -- both his Dow-tanking talk and past 30 months as POTUS. When O'Reilly was done He took no prisoners and there was blood on the sand. There was nothing left but a grease spot where Obama once stood. It was heartwarming.
So this Bud's for you, Billy. (Get it?)
ADD CRACKS AND CREVASSES: Gallup -- via Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air -- gave The Pantload a double-barrelled blast. It seems that he has scraped his low of 40% personal approval again today and as Morrissey observes:
His approval rating dropped three points to its previous low of 40% after only one cycle of polling. Disapproval rose back to 50%, up two points from the day before. That sharp drop could amplify over the next couple of days, especially considering the beating Obama is taking across the political spectrum for his ill-considered rehash of an address. It’s possible that we will see Obama drop below 40% for the first time ever as Saturday and Sunday responses roll out of the survey data.
While it seems that the the Tongue-Bathing MSM seems bound and determined to keep their best beloved at or above the 40% mark, one must remember that it took George Bush the better part of five years to reach that mark.
Our high-flying POTUS has done it in a blazing 30 months. One wonders how tortured the poll composition, poll questions, and algorithms will have to become over the coming months before he cracks that magic barrier.
The other barrel was a precipitous plunge in consumer confidence. According to Gallup:
Americans’ economic confidence plunged to -53 in the week ending Aug. 7, a level not seen since the recession days of March 2009. This deterioration coincided with the final wrangling over the U.S. debt ceiling and Standard and Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ debt rating. Economic confidence is now far worse than the -43 of two weeks ago and the -34 of a month ago.
Of course, this is no real big surprise after that nothing-burger Dow-tanking teleprompter session yesterday. And, in keeping with the theme of vapid, empty suits, Tim Pawlenty's campaign came out with a real fire-breather, scorching Obama and his AWOL presidency:
Looks like ol' Tim's testicles have finally dropped. Watch for him to rip Ron Paul's head off and crap down his neck in the next presidential debate.
The waves of despair don't lessen for Obama either. Rick Perry says he's planning to start to begin to prepare to commence the preparation for organizing his presidential campaign announcement this Saturday. Of course, the Iowa folks are all in a snit because he is stealing their headlines.
Well, good! In fact, double-plus-good! Firstly, I love this because it will probably pucker the POTUS's sphincter down to f/16 and make him want to re-focus his campaign destructo-ray on Perry instead of Mittens.
Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.
The dramatic and unabashedly negative turn is the product of political reality. Obama remains personally popular, but pluralities in recent polling disapprove of his handling of his job, and Americans fear the country is on the wrong track. His aides are increasingly resigned to running for reelection in a glum nation. And so the candidate who ran on “hope” in 2008 has little choice four years later but to run a slashing, personal campaign aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent.
But it's not all bad news for Obama. The WIDE LOAD FLOTUS has fled! She done R.U.N.O.F.T., took the keys to Air Force Two, and went to see her brother, the roundball coach at Oregon State for the weekend. Hope she enjoys her trip on our nickel. Eat a beaver, Moo-chelle!