A new AP-GfK poll asks voters their feelings concerning the Obama administration. The Washington Post,
The AP-GfK poll asked the approve/disapprove question, finding 17 percent of likely voters said they strongly approve of Obama and 44 percent strongly disapprove. But then it asked a separate — and we would argue, more enlightening — question about the Obama administration. It asked how people felt about it, and gave them four options: “enthusiastic,” “satisfied but not enthusiastic,” “dissatisfied but not angry,” and “angry.”
That would seem to be a pretty good analogue for the approve/disapprove question, but the answers are quite a bit different. While 17 percent of likely voters “strongly approve” of Obama, just 9 percent say they are “enthusiastic” about his administration…
As for being “enthusiastic” though, we’re not sure what would prevent Democrats who “strongly approve” of Obama’s presidency from also professing to be enthusiastic about it.
Perhaps they’re just not that excited about politics. But whatever the case, the result is the same: only about one out of 10 people who heads to the polls on Nov. 4 will go there being enthusiastic about the Obama presidency.
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrat challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell, has doubled down on a campaign claim the Washington Post’s The Fact Checker “has already deemed worthy of Four Pinocchios.” In her latest ad, “not only does she double down on this falsehood, but she makes another highly questionable assertion as well.” The Washington Post,
Ironically, this ad emerged the same week that Grimes launched another ad that calls attention to fact checker criticisms of McConnell’s own ads…
So let’s review. Grimes first makes a nonsense claim that McConnell should have somehow arranged for scrubbers in a privately-owned plant that would have sent utility rates soaring.
Then, in a desperate effort to somehow cite Bloomberg’s name, she accuses McConnell of being bought off by a $9,000 payment to McConnell’s wife (who is independently wealthy). Citing a $600,000 number from “enemies of coal” is especially silly, as it mostly involves money from a bank that continues to finance coal companies.
Most striking, Grimes puts her own credibility on the line by uttering these recidivist claims herself, rather than relying on an unseen narrator.
We realize that the game of politics is sometimes played rough in Kentucky, but this ad is beyond the pale. Indeed, it is likely the worst ad of a nasty campaign year. Grimes should be ashamed of herself.
Though she managed to correctly identify the candidates this time around, Michelle Obama “mixed up Mark Udall (D., Colo.) with his Republican opponent, Cory Gardner (R. Colo.)” while stumping for the Democrat today. Via the Washington Free Beacon,
According to the latest reports, “A company hired to persuade Gov. John Kitzhaber to block a massive coal export terminal had a year earlier retained First Lady Cylvia Hayes as a consultant.” The Oregonian,
Resource Media Inc., a Seattle-based environmental PR firm, helped coordinate a media campaign last spring aimed at convincing Kitzhaber that a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow was a bad idea.
That was a year after the company hired Hayes as a paid consultant through her Bend-based company, 3E Strategies. In February 2013, Resource Media inked 3E Strategies to a 10-week, $20,611 contract
Coal terminal opponents reached out to Hayes in early 2014 to discuss the coal issues and keep her updated on their anti-export terminal campaign. Kitzhaber has long voiced concern about the environmental impact of coal. But soon after the environmentalists’ campaign, he came out forcefully against the coal terminal.