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Skeptical that Obama’s statement on gay marriage changed minds

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:10 pm - May 23, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Gay Marriage

The Washington Post finds signs that the President’s recent plea for gay contributions to his campaign may have changed a few minds on gay marriage:

Public opinion continues to shift in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also finds initial signs that President Obama’s support for the idea may have changed a few minds.

Overall, 53 percent of Americans say gay marriage should be legal, hitting a high mark in support while showing a dramatic turnaround from just six years ago, when just 36 percent thought it should be legal. Thirty-nine percent, a new low, say gay marriage should be illegal.

Color me skeptical; the poll oversampled Democrats, giving the Democrats a ten-point advantage.  Their March sample only gave the president’s party a 4-point advantage and then 52 percent of Americans backed same-sex marriage.  If the poll had used a sample similar to the one they used two months ago, it is entirely likely that it would have registered a drop in support of same-sex marriage as did the recent Gallup poll.

If it’s true, as the poll indicates (and as Allahpundit reports) “that 54 percent of blacks supported O’s announcement versus 37 percent who disapproved”, one wonders the president didn’t make his annoucement before the North Carolina vote on Amendment One when he might have been able to change a few minds on that unfortunate proposition.

Standing with Stacy McCain

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:09 pm - May 23, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Liberalism Run Amok

“In the 11 years” that she’s been blogging, Terresa Monroe-Hamilton has had “numerous death threats. But they are nothing compared to what Stacey McCain at The Other McCain is going through.”  Stacy reports that

Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Kimberlin was convicted of multiple federal felonies in 1981 and sentenced to 50 years in prison after he terrorized a small Indiana town in a brutal crime weeklong bombing spree.

Like Ed Morrissey, I too have disagreed with Stacy from time to time, but count the blogger “as a friend” and agree that “no one should have to leave their home in fear simply for engaging in political debate.”  And Stacy is not the only right-of-center blogger targeted by Kimberline for, as Michelle Malkin put it, daring “to mention his criminal past or assist[ing] others who did.”   This is, she adds

. . . a convoluted, ongoing nightmare that combines abuse of the court system, workplace intimidation, serial invasions of privacy, perjury, and harassment of family members. McCain was forced to move with his family out of his house this week, and has just gotten a small taste of what Aaron [Walker (who blogged as “Aaron Worthing”) @ Patterico] and [blogger] Patterico [himself] have been enduring over the past year. Aaron and his wife were fired from their jobs after their employer feared the office would be targeted next. Convicted bomber Kimberlin has filed bogus “peace orders” against Aaron, when it is the Walkerswho are the victims, not the perpetrators.

A highly notable issue,” reports Bruce Kesler at Maggie’s Farm

. . . aside from that the legacy media has failed to take up the matter, is that the funding for this campaign comes from some of the most-darling of liberal-left foundations (more…)

Richard Grenell Speaks

More on this anon.

Obama’s shiny objects may draw CNN reporters
(but don’t generate much of an audience for CNN)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:36 am - May 23, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias

CNN’s ratings problems just keep getting worse“:

The network had its lowest-rated month in over a decade in April. That prompted stern warnings from the top that CNN has to improve its numbers.

Yet Tuesday brought the dispiriting news that CNN had its lowest-rated week in primetime in a staggering 20 years last week. Just 395,000 people tuned in to watch Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan. The total day numbers were not much better: CNN had its third-worst week since 1997.

About CNN & those shiny objects.

Stupid to consider Mitt Romney a Patriot?

Remember back to the days of the George W. Bush administration when comparing the President of the United States to Hitler was considered an expression of patriotism while questioning someone’s patriotism was considered the mother of all sins?

A Facebook friend who joined 180 others in sharing this picture didn’t just question the presumptive Republican nominee’s patriotism, but implied that people were stupid for believing that accomplished executive to be a patriot.

The man who created this image engages in the same type of behavior his ideological allies accused (mostly inaccurately) Republicans of engaging in in the Bush era.

Not just that, he shows a terrible ignorance of the Mormon faith.  Mitt Romney didn’t flee to France to avoid military service; his church required him to engage in missionary work. He was fulfilling a religious duty.*

This man may not speak for the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee, but his work is just a taste of the type of attacks those folks will be making against the former Massachusetts governor.

*UPDATE: Shared this post with a Mormon friend who wrote about the missionary work:

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Watcher of Weasels — “Lusty Month of May” Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:58 am - May 23, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Southern Democrats looking for non-Obama

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:50 am - May 23, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Every now and again, a blog reader, a friend or a family member puts forward a political theory that tantalizes, but, well, you just don’t believe.  A few days ago, one such individual offered that Democrats were working behind the scenes to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket.  No, not to replace Joe Biden (as some have advocated), but to replace Barack Obama.

My interlocutor looked the then-upcoming Arkansas primary and wondered about the background of John Wolfe Jr. who was then nipping at Obama’s heels in the polls.  Was he connected to the Clintons?  Well, Mr. Wolfe didn’t defeat the president in Bill Clinton’s home state, but he did give him a run for his money, carrying a number of counties (those shaded blue below):

The Natural State is not the only one where a no-name opponent has garnered over 40% of the vote. Heck, yesterday in Kentucky, uncommitted won 42.15% of the vote. In the counties colored with the lighter shade of green, more Democrats preferred no candidate at all to the incumbent President of the United States: (more…)