Posted at 7:29pm on Jun. 20, 2008 Out of Toilet Paper? Use Newsweek Polling Data!

By Ben Domenech

Have you heard? It's over! Barack Obama has a 15 point lead on John McCain! Game over man, game over! You might as well mock up the logo!

Oh, wait. Newsweek surveyed 1014 *adults*.

That's adults, not even Registered Voters, let alone Likely Voters. I wonder how many of them had even heard there was another candidate in the race?

Rasmussen's daily tracking poll questions roughly 3,000 Likely Voters - they've got it at 4 percentage points. USA Today/Gallup has it at 6 points; Fox has it at 4 points. Newsweek's poll isn't even in the Margin of Error for any of these other polls. (Edit: Actually, Gallup has it even closer.)

We're conservationists here, and that's a waste of good paper. Put it to use in your toilet instead.

Posted at 10:30pm on May 13, 2008 In West Virginia, Obama Still Can't Win

By Erick

As crosses burn Hillary sweeps across West Virginia tonight with a massive victory, I have to wonder how many members of the MSM will change the "Obama wins" narrative, at least only slightly, to recognize that Obama is, in fact, the weaker candidate in a general election match up with John McCain.

When Indiana and North Carolina voted last week, the MSM was gleeful pointing out that McCain, the GOP nominee, was still seeing double digits worth of votes go to Huckabee, Ron Paul, and others.

Here now, this week, and next week, Barack Obama, the presumptive Democrat nominee, will have lost every election since February except North Carolina and Guam, and lost nearly two thirds of the vote in West Virginia, and yet the media will sweep it all under the rug, flailing about wildly to find burning crosses and white sheets instead of recognizing Obama's significant general election vulnerabilities.

Hillary is still done for in the media's mind, but Barack still can't win. The media will ignore that. After all, West Virginia and Kentucky and Indiana and Puerto Rico are all racist.

When the sun sets on this election we might have to realize that the media's efforts to set up Obama as the Democrat nominee has been the greatest gift they've ever given to the GOP.

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Posted at 3:03pm on Feb. 28, 2008 "60 Minutes" blames Karl Rove for fmr Gov. Don Siegelman's (D-AL) prosecution; state GOP says "show proof or shut up"

By Jeff Emanuel

According to The Birmingham News:

In the segment aired Sunday [on 60 Minutes], north Alabama lawyer Jill Simpson said Republican strategist Karl Rove in 2001 asked her take a compromising photo of [former Democrat Gov. Don] Siegelman with one of his aides.

Rove has denied knowing Simpson at all. Siegelman was, of course, convicted of conspiracy and bribery in 2006. During his trial:

Prosecutors contended [HealthSouth founder Richard] Scrushy bought a seat on a state health board with $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's 1999 lottery campaign.

Siegelman was also convicted on an unrelated obstruction of justice charge that he hid $9,200 he received from a lobbyist.

I have no idea why this story suddenly came up now, outside of the MSM's complicity in the well-publicized attempt to spike GWB's legacy before it gets started; however, the chairman of the AL state GOP has in effect told 60 Minutes to put up or retract.

"If you are unable to publicly produce hard and convincing evidence that backs the outrageous charges you aired to millions of viewers across the nation, I ask that you publicly retract the story on your next broadcast," Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, head of the Alabama Republican Party, wrote in a letter to the show.

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Posted at 3:30pm on Feb. 26, 2008 Shocker! Illinois Governor May Be A Crook!

The more things change the more they remain the same

By streiff

The Chicago Tribune reports that a federal judge has lifted the veil of anonymity from a federal indictment and revealed that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is "Public Official A" who is alleged to have accepted a $50,000 campaign contribution in return for placing a donor's brother on the Illinois Banking Board, to have been beneficiary of a scheme to extort a $1.5 million campaign donation from a Chicago business man, and to have offered to steer state bond issues to an investment banker in return for cash. Of course, Governor Blagojevich, like the participants on Cops is innocent until proven guilty but right now he looks like he is one step away from indictment and a long vacation at Club Fed.

Corruption in Illinois politics is not only unremarkable, it is endemic. It was the deep seated corruption of former Governor George Ryan, now known as Inmate 16627-424, that broke the Republican party in that state.Everyone's favorite Chicagoan, Mike Royko, once remarked in his book Boss that if you wanted a quorum of the Chicago City Council to be present you had to hold the meeting at the Cook County Jail. I lived there during the Operation Greylord investigation when a Chicago cop substituting for an alcoholic night court judge made history by sentencing a disrespectful bum to death for treason.

So why is this interesting and gratifying but ultimately local story on the front page? Even as the primary contest between Hillary! and Obama takes on a vague tinge of Armageddon?

Because the indictment returned was on one Antoin "Tony" Rezko. If that name rings no bells I suggest you read this story because before this election is over we will know as much about Mr. Rezko as we know about Paula Jones and John Kerry's three Purple Hearts. Because in the media adoration of Barack Obama they have continued to studiously avert their gaze from his politics, his record, and his financial dealings. If you doubt me, check the number of times the word "Obama" appears in the Trib article despite the number of times the Obama and Rezko have been written (532,000 hits on Google) about and ask yourself if any other politician would receive this kind of treatment.

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Posted at 10:24am on Feb. 26, 2008 What Are Friends For?

Hope! Change! Change! Hope!

By streiff

We all wondered when it would happen.

For eight long dark years we scratched our heads in amazement as the national media shamelessly boosted the Bugtussle Camelot cum county fair that was the Clinton administration. Why, we wondered, did the reflexively snobbish, upwardly mobile, good government types who tend to populate newsrooms give a pass to the grifters who turned the White House into a Bransonized Versailles? We still don't have the answer to that, but as of today we have a good idea that this unlikely romance is over.

Read on.

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Posted at 10:43am on Feb. 13, 2008 The Incredible Lightness Of Being...Man-Smitten Journalists

Suffering fools is one thing...are we expected to take them seriously too?

By haystack

So, I JUST finished bemoaning this weird cult-like enthusiasm for a Presidential wannabe in his pretty empty suits standing alongside his Ghandi equivalent among women, and NOW I have to be subjected toTHIS, via Newsbusters:

During MSNBC's live coverage of Tuesday's presidential primary elections, after the speeches of Barack Obama and John McCain had aired, Chris Matthews expressed his latest over the top admiration for Obama's speaking skills as the MSNBC anchor admitted that Obama's speech created a "thrill" in his leg: "It's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often."

Umm, PLEASE tell me he didn't say that...PLEASE!

Apparently, Olbermann (another unbiased and neutral "journalist") was in on this little love tryst as well. Of course, we'll never know where Obama tingles him, but it's pretty clear they are both smitten with the Presidential hopeful from Illinois. The whole thing makes me tingle the pit of my overturned stomach, thank you very much. Have a little context with that regurgitation? Then, go below the fold for the "objective assessment" from Matthews and the banter between him, Olbermann, and Brian Williams...if your stomach is empty of course...

Read On...

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Posted at 3:57am on Nov. 13, 2007 Just like printing a press release

By Ben Domenech

Well, this is an interesting development: I had no idea unedited press releases could get this kind of prominent printing. Maybe next time you can just skip the token quote entirely, and just ask a janitor at the RNC to weigh in? Oh, and believe me, you don't want to get into the cost-per-family fight: entitlements always win.

Posted at 2:36pm on May 11, 2007 The Lileks Controversy

By Ben Domenech

Ace has an excellent take on the controversy about the demotion of James Lileks - one of the few truly great American writers - from his column to the local beat. I still can't believe they're actually doing something this stupid - it's like an underperforming team that can't wait to rid itself of their best player. The man deserves better.

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