Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Rounds

Trouble might be brewing for The O's Brain, AKA David Axelrod, the man who puts the words in the TelePrompter. Seems like supporters of the government take-over of the healthcare industry are funneling millions of dollars for PR and ad work to the company that Dave ran until Obama won election. Axelrod's kid works there. If Dave is involved in steering work there it's a big problem. Likely it's all been done with a nudge and a wink and no paper trail. Bloomberg is writing about it and Hugh Hewitt is talking about it.

Nat Hentoff, a veteran writer who is often identified as a liberal but is more accurately described as a civil libertarian, says that for the first time in his life he's afraid of the executive branch of the federal government. The cause? Government-run healthcare. His well-argued piece is in The Jewish World Review.

One of our favorite Washington watchers is Byron York. He goes through the latest Gallup poll of Lord Obama's approval rating and unpacks it by demographics. Very revealing it is.

For example, fewer than 51% of the folks in these demo groups approve of BHO: Married people, Men, people over 65, Non-Hispanic Whites, Independents, Weekly churchgoers, Southerners, people who attended college, Republicans, and Conservatives.

While he still has more than 60% of the folks in these demo groups supporting him: People age 18-29, unmarried people, blacks, Hispanics, people with graduate study beyond a college degree, people who make less than $2,000 a month, Easterners, Liberals, and Democrats.

Thank goodness that the post-partisan Obama has come along to save us from the divisive, poisonous politics of the Bush/ Cheney era!

Looks like his core support is what's left. Basically the BET viewer and the NPR listener.