July 31, 2008


Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Now Applaud the Iraq Surge (Lydia Saad, 7/31/08, Gallup)

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds nearly half of Americans saying the U.S. troop surge in Iraq, now over, has made the situation there better, up from 40% in February and just 22% a year ago. Accordingly, the percentage believing the surge "is not making much difference" has declined from 51% a year ago, and 38% in February, to just 32%.

Poll Shows Obama’s Lead Narrowing in Swing States (Brad Haynes, 7/31/'08, WSJ: Washington Wire)
Quinnipiac University’s latest swing-state polling suggests that Barack Obama’s foreign tour didn’t help him at home.

Since the last Quinnipiac poll six weeks ago, Republican presidential candidate John McCain has pulled within the poll’s margin of error in Florida and Ohio and halved Democratic candidate Obama’s lead in Pennsylvania. In both Florida and Ohio, 46% of likely voters supported Obama compared with 44% for McCain, while Obama leads McCain 49% to 42% in Pennsylvania, down from a 12-point lead in June.

The polling was conducted during and after Obama’s trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, elsewhere in the Middle East and to Europe.

The funniest response to the McCain comparison of Barrack Obama to Britney and Paris Hilton is that he's trying to play on fears of black men preying on white women. Do they really not get that the point is he's a bubble-gum pop star and completely unthreatening? It's an attack on his manhood, not flattery of same.

On the other hand, Friend Perlstein is quite right to note the overtones of Triumph of the Will. Obamism is, after all, pretty much just a cult of personality--though on issues of race and abortion and euthanasia and the like his views too bear comparison to the party of Applied Darwinism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 31, 2008 11:13 AM

Um, does anyone seriously think that Obama is going to win FL? Seriously? Because from my chair that's a state that's not even going to be competitive. So what am I missing?

Posted by: b at July 31, 2008 12:24 PM

Today also brings a -dead heat- poll in Ohio among likely voters. A swing for McCain of 4 or 5 points over the last time it was taken.

And yet nobody has even gone negative on the guy other than calling him Brittany Spears...wait until a 527 gets him on being a hard left radical, European loving trans-nationalist with black nationalist/separatist roots.

"I was a black nationalist before I was a trans-nationalist, I just skipped over the whole America thing."

Posted by: Perry at July 31, 2008 1:43 PM

One People, One Nation, One Leader.

O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!

Posted by: Mikey at July 31, 2008 1:53 PM

Let us not forget that Adolph Hitler's pre-fuehrer occupation was not "house-painter" or "paper-hanger," as are commonly reported.

These were merely odd jobs he did to support himself when times were tough is his vocation of "community organizer."

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 31, 2008 4:43 PM

Let me get this straight: Obama's chanting crowds sound like something from the 1930s and we need to blame McCain for simply showing footage of this?

Oh, and he says the McCain ad is all about playing on miscegenation fears.

These guys need to check up on their history, they're only supposed to get this insanely desperate within two weeks or so of the election.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 31, 2008 8:11 PM


Two weeks before the election, the Left will be accusing McCain of selling his black baby into slavery.

Posted by: ratbert at August 1, 2008 8:28 AM
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