Jamesb101.com

commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

Karl Rove on Sarah Palin for President in 2012….

Bonus Quote of the Day

“With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office.'”

— Karl Rove, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, arguing it was unlikely voters would regard Sarah Palin as “presidential material” in 2012.

Advertisements

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 5 Comments

Carly Fiorina starts off with a silly mistake……

[ Ms. Fiorina says she was only recounting a friend’s comments about her political opponent, Ms. Boxer. ]

Fiorina made a comment about Califorina Senator Barbara Boxer’s hair….

Not a big deal….

But the media loves ‘open mike’ ramblings…..

And love reporting ‘open mike’ ramblings…..

And they become issues……

Like it …or…not….


In one of those classic campaign gaffes,Carly Fiorina, the Republican nominee for the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer, the California Democrat, was caught mocking Ms. Boxer’s hair into an open microphone on Wednesday. She also had a few tough words about the newly minted Republican candidate for governor and her B.F.F.-on-the-stump,Meg Whitman.

Ms. Fiorina’s comments were, all told, really no more incendiary than a bit of warm pasta salad — who hasn’t indulged in some off-the-record chitchat about the grooming habits of others now and then? But they presented her with a political problem that could haunt her throughout the campaign.

They both inform and confirm the image from her days as chief executive at Hewlett-Packard that she is tart and unpleasant. And they open the entire campaign to perceptions, however tired or unfair, that women can be dragged down the road of pettiness, perceptions that detract from the serious and pressing issues of the day.

“The fact is that some voters, including many women, find this interesting and no doubt form their character judgments on such matters,” said Bruce E. Cain, a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Of course, bad or old-fashioned hair can become a metaphor for being out of step and in need of change,” he added. “I would like to believe that people use the trivial to express their thoughts about what matters, rather than believe that the trivial matters. That said, it is not a good way to start a woman-on-woman race by playing into negative stereotypes about female culture.”

While the comments may be viewed through the prism of sex, they more likely mark Ms. Fiorina as a novice more than anything else. “I think this is a mistake of a rookie candidate who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut,” said Garry South, a Democratic strategist in Santa Monica. “If a man had made the comment, it would have been viewed as sexist. When a woman says it, it would be viewed as catty.”

Senator Boxer saw an opening, and took it. “Let her talk about hair; we’re talking about jobs,” said Rose Kapolczynski, her campaign manager.

Video of the episode shows Ms. Fiorina waiting to be interviewed by a Sacramento television station, scrolling through her BlackBerry and asking a staff member why Ms. Whitman would want to appear on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, which she deemed too tough an interview.

Then, after commentary on the passion for hamburgers shared by her husband and male staff members, Ms. Fiorina somehow pivoted to the locks of her Democratic opponent.

[ Barbara Boxer, whose hair got an unfavorable review from her opponent, Carly Fiorina. ]

“Laura saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone says, ‘God, what is that hair?’ Soooooooo yesterday,” Ms. Fiorina said, scrolling, scrolling.

More….

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 5 Comments

New Jersey Governor…and the media….

Chris Christie

Ok…if you’re a politcian…

You are supposted to have thick skin….

Things like this don’t get you points with the media…

Even if you may be right….

Who you work with everyday and need………

They guy HAS been picked on by the media ever since he signed up to run…..

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opened up Thursday on a reporter who challenged the Republican’s tone, telling the reporter that he “must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America.”

The reporter, Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran, was inquiring about a contentious school voucher bill the governor is trying to push through the state Legislature.

“Governor, do you think this sort of confrontational tone can increase your odds in getting this through the Legislature?” Moran asked at a news conference.

After identifying the reporter by name, Christie responded: “You must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America.”

“If you think that’s a confrontational tone, then you should really see me when I’m pissed,” he said. “That’s not confrontational. I love when people say they don’t want to have an argument, that’s what we were sent here for.”

Christie then said he wasn’t bothered by tempers flaring in the state’s political dialogue, pointing out that he intends to be tough in his opposition to Democratic initiatives.

More……..

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Twitter loses it count feature for a few …….

Did you notice your twitter’s count disappear  for w while today ?(May 11th )……

Twitter users might have felt a little devalued earlier this afternoon when their “following” and “follower” counts mysteriously reset to zero. As the latter number is the primary way people on the popular status-update-sharing site keep score — it indicates how many other Twitter users see your updates when they log on — seeing that vanish could have been distressing. (The former number indicates how many other people’s updates you follow, and most people pay far less attention to it.)

Thumbnail image for twitter_logo_outline.png

The root cause of the hiccup was the discovery by some sneaky users of the San Francisco-based site of an old bug that let them force other users to follow them. That could allow for a fair amount of mischief, so Twitter management shut off its follow functions to close that vulnerability and posted a brief note on the site’s status blog to that effect:

We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them. We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we’re aware and this too should shortly be resolved.

Within an hour or so, the site was back to normal……

More……..……. from Rob Pegoraro over @ Faster Forward as the Washington Post……

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sarah Palin…the Media creature…….

Some people over at Politics1 thought that Sarah Palin was a one hit wonder…..

The Dog did not….

I have continually repeated that this attractive woman is very smart…

She may sound folks and dumb….

But she isn’t….

Since she left the confines of the Alaska Governorship…..she has had a whirlwind ride…..that has paid her bills and made her and her family millionaire’s…..

Not too bad for a grandmother from Alaska, huh?

From PoliticalWire……


Sarah Palin Inc.

New York magazine has a must-read piece on the business of being Sarah Palin, noting that “no one else has rolled politics and entertainment into the same scintillating, infuriating, spectacularly lucrative package the way Palin has or marketed herself over multiple platforms with the sophistication and sheer ambitiousness that Palin has shown, all while maintaining a viable presence as a prospective presidential candidate in 2012.”

“The numbers are staggering. Over the past year, Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune and shows no sign of slowing down.”

More……

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

The next British Prime Minister…..Nick Clegg?

Who is he?

The Dog did a piece on how the British just had their first full-blown American style hyped National Debate in TV….

Well guess what?

The winner coming out of that debate is  one Nick Clegg ….leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats Party…..a relative unknown to most of the British public….

Until now…..

He has gone from an approval rate of 20%…to 72%!

He, he, he……Welcome to our world Great Britain…you’ll never be the same!……

A funny thing happened on the way to the 2010 general elections in the U.K.: Personality began to matter. And the reason can be summed up in two words — Nick Clegg — leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats Party.

Never heard of Nick Clegg? You’re in good company. Neither had half of Great Britain before last week. That’s when Clegg electrified a heretofore moribund campaign season with his dazzling performance in the first-ever televised debates between the three candidates for prime minister. Overnight, Clegg went from the guy that the other parties walked out on when he spoke at the weekly Prime Ministers Questions to the “it” person in British politics.Get the new
PD toolbar!

And popular he is. A poll over the weekend had the Lib Dems in the lead with 33 percent of the vote, followed closely by the opposition Conservative Party with 32 percent and the incumbent Labour Party lagging behind with only 26 percent. Other polls show similar results. What’s astonishing is that less than a week ago the Lib Dems were polling at somewhere around 20 percent.

On top of that, Clegg is now being likened to Winston Churchill, with a whopping 72 percent approval rating (compared to the Conservative Party’s David Cameron with 19 percent and Labour’s Gordon Brown with 18 percent. Ouch.)

More……..

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

On Polls and Polling………and Perception vs Reality…..

Let’s start this with this…….

Most Oppose Health Care Plan Until They Hear the Specifics, Poll Says…..

While most voters disapprove of the health care reform legislation advocated by President Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, six of eight key provisions in it draw support from 50 percent or more, according to a poll conducted Feb. 17-18 by Princeton Survey Research for Newsweek.

Forty-nine percent oppose the health care plan as they understand it while 40 percent support it, with 11 percent undecided. Independents oppose it by 62 percent to 26 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

When voters were asked again whether they supported or opposed the overall plan after giving their opinions on the specific components, 48 percent said they favored it and 43 percent remained against it, with 9 percent undecided.

The finding was similar to a Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking poll conducted in January which found that a significant number of people, including skeptics, became more supportive when told of specific provisions in the bill.

Now lets go to this……Which points out that polls are tricky and can be misleading….

How the Headlines Get the Polls Wrong About Obama and the Economy…..

A Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters asked the blunt and politically relevant question of which is more important “reducing the federal budget deficit or reducing unemployment.” The answer in a 72 to 23 percent landslide was “reducing unemployment.” In fact, every demographic subgroup in the poll (including Republicans and “born-again evangelicals”) chose fighting unemployment by a better than a two-to-one margin. The next question in the Quinnipiac survey was straight out of Keynes, asking voters whether “using federal dollars to create jobs” would lead to a lower or a larger deficit. The response should lift the hearts of big-government liberals as voters by a 59 to 33 percent margin said that such government spending would reduce the deficit. A majority of every demographic group (except Republicans and born-again evangelicals) expressed the belief that fighting unemployment would increase taxes and thereby help staunch the flow of red ink.

None of these polling numbers guarantees anything in politics, let alone a safe passage for the Democrats through the shoals of the November congressional elections. But it is intriguing that in the midst of a purported political uprising against Obama’s profligate spending, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that adults gave a tiny 45 to 43 percent edge to the president over the Republicans in being trusted “to do a better job handling the federal budget deficit.”

The truth is that the political community in Washington, egged on by cable TV pundits and newspaper political reporters, periodically goes into hyperdrive following a story line about the mood of the electorate. Headline-making poll numbers become convenient building blocks in constructing this narrative of the moment. But political skeptics (a small but persistent band) like to read the actual poll questions and study the numbers before they jump on any bandwagon. That is why it is a mistake currently to assume — just because February’s theme is Obama in trouble — that the era of Keynesian economics is over and that voters prefer a government whose ambitions are as modest as those of Calvin Coolidge.

Folks…that’s what you call Perception vs Reality……

Note…….Underline and color highlights added by the Dog….

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of January 18……

The Zeigeist (economic data) for the week of January 18, 2010…..

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval   48.3%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability   53.7%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track   36.5% / 55.8%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval   19.8%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 500    1,136.03 (up 301 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index   88.0 (down 0.3% from November)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index   47 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims   444,000 (down 141,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage   5.18%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in December    349,519

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment   10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index   +0.1 in December

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency    9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate ( Monthly )   6.54 million in November  ( 7.4% from October)


January 18, 2010 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Media, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of January 9 …..

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of January 9, 2010…..from the Atlantic Magazine……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  48.2%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  54.1%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  36.6% / 55.8%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  19.5%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 500  1,144.98 (up 310 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  41 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  434,000 (down 151,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.27%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November  306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly)  6.54 million in November (up 7.4% from October)

Note:….Obama rating inches up…….Mortgage interest rate drops a hair…..unemployment remains at 10%…..

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Media, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

You are the President of the United States 24/7 anywhere on the planet…..

The Washington Post does a process piece on the President’s vacation in Hawaii…pointing out that even while on vacation he has to manage the nation’s problems……this time is was the over reaction by the media on the NW 235 incident…which was exacerbated by the republicans getting on his DHS Secretary’s novice comments…….

Janet Napolitano made no mistakes on the caper really…she just failed to follow the cardinal rule of equivocating on a breaking story until something solid is known and she finds out the White House line…..She won’t make that mistake again…..

The reason for the story  is to put the administration’s side that the president has the situation on his radar and is doing “SOMETHING”…to feed the media voracious appetite ……

Media hype is alive a well in the new year……..especially when presidents try to get away……

Note:…..I was on his case about getting away for summit ‘hangouts’ every month earlier, but the guy and his family, certainly deserve a vacation…I wish I could afford one…..

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Family, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment