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Is that one or two degrees of Catwoman?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:37 pm - July 27, 2012.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman in the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises where Matthew Modine returns to the screen as Foley.  Twenty-four years ago, Modine was in Married to the Mob where he fell for Michelle Pfeiffer who played Catwoman in Batman Returns.

Meanwhile, in the contest for cattiest Catwoman, it’s a real cat fight between Eartha Kitt and Julie Newmar, with Kitt coming out first:

Perhaps, a runoff is in order between her and Hathaway?  Now, Kitt is comfortably cattier, but Hathaway is darker and more duplicitous, very much a female Han Solo with a bit more of an edge.

Is Obama’s support significantly softer than surveys suggest?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:31 pm - July 27, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

For the better part of this year, the president has enjoyed a sometimes small and sometimes significant lead in most surveys.  And while most polls show him ahead of his Republican rival, only a handful have shown him at or near 50%, a danger sign for an incumbent.

I have long speculated that his support may be particularly soft.  Four months ego, looking at the NJ/Allstate poll, Ed Morrissey found this tidbit in the NJ/Allstate poll, “Even with a skewed sample with an eight-point advantage for Democrats, only 27% of men and 32% of women say they will definitely vote for Obama in 2012, and only 31% overall.

Could the Obama campaign’s internals show something similar, support not strong, but quite soft, with fewer than 40% of Americans certain to vote for the Democrat’s reelection?  On Sunday, commenting on news about the significant sum the Obama team has spent on polling, I observed:

Even though the incumbent has generally enjoyed a slight edge in polling over his presumptive Republican rival in the race for the White House, he has not been campaigning as the frontrunner and does not seem confident on the campaign trail.

Earlier today, on Investor’s Business Daily, Andrew Malcolm offered something similar, questioning the “conventional wisdom”, i.e., the suggestion that “the  real political battle these next 102 days is for a slim middle of self-defined, so-called independents“:

But is this perhaps a false deadlock? There’s a growing suspicion among conservatives — and a latent fear among Obamaphiles — that another significant bloc of voters is hidden like double agents within the Democrat’s camp. (more…)

Democrats weren’t concerned about context of McCain’s economic commentary in 2008 campaign

Lately, the president, his campaign committee and his supporters have been attacking Republicans for supposedly taking the Democrat’s remarks out of context. “You didn’t build that“, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly A. Strassel reports

. . . is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled—for the first time in this campaign—to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words “out of context.”

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The Republican National Committee’s response to that gripe was to run an ad that shows a full minute of Mr. Obama’s rant at the Roanoke, Va., campaign event on July 13. In addition to “you didn’t build that,” the president also put down those who think they are “smarter” or “work harder” than others. Witness the first president to demean the bedrock American beliefs in industriousness and exceptionalism. The “context” only makes it worse.

Now if you put into context remark that served to begin the sinking of the McCain campaign just shy of four years ago, it makes more sense  – and does not show a candidate indifferent to economic conditions.  Let’s look at how most some in the legacy media reported the comment.  Time has McCain saying, “The fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Note where the editors of that “news” magazine placed the period.

Let’s look at that in context:

Our economy, I think, is still — the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times,” McCain said. “I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street.

Time’s editors divided up the sentence in order to make the “fundamentals” comment a complete thought rather that part of a larger message.  Aware of the controversy his comment caused, McCain, that very day, clarified “that his earlier comments had been intended as praise for the resilience of American workers”: (more…)