November 19, 2008

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (111908, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 9:36 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • We won. The Iraq War is over.” VI (Victory in Iraq) Day is Saturday, November 22.
  • Eric Holder for Attorney General? In addition to his inexcusable role in Bill Clinton’s Marc Rich pardon in 2001, the guy is no stranger to court-defying thuggish behavior, as his handling of the Elian Gonzalez seizure and deportation proves — which of course makes him eminently qualified to work for a president-elect who acts like a ___ ___ ___ ___ (go to the link and see). Update: NixGuy has a related quiz for Holder.
  • Chris Matthews dissed Hillary Clinton while on a train ride, and was overheard. Can’t wait to see what his reax will be as Obama’s adviser and cabinet lineup, instead of representing “change,” starts looking more and more like a third Clinton term.
  • At — “Today the total market capitalization of the Big Three has fallen to about $7 billion. Is it better for the owners of those companies to suffer a total loss or for taxpayers to lose $25 billion? The answer is obvious.
  • Here’s a point I probably won’t have a chance to expound on further — I believe that the presidential transition time period is too short. Solution: Move Inauguration Day back to January 4, and move Election Day forward to nine days before Thanksgiving. This would of course require a constitutional amendment. Eleven weeks is too long; seven or eight is about right.
  • This is a distraction from punishing the people who did wrong — “Bill readied to prevent ‘Joe the Plumber’ snoops.” At an absolute minimum, there are general personnel-related employee-misconduct rules that should lead to firings. Beyond that, it’s hard to believe that laws already on the books weren’t broken. The fact that Ohio House Majority Leader Jon Husted is going the “we need new laws” route instead of insisting that heads should roll and prosecutions explored exemplifies why the GOP will be the House minority come January.

Obama Voter Ignorance Revealed: Mandate, Schmandate

Memo to the “with us or against us” Obama intimidators — This proves that there is no coherent “us,” and no mandate. Period.

A Zogby poll result (details below the fold, with links to some related BizzyBlog posts added) utterly destroys any illusion anyone might have that president-elect Obama has any kind of mandate:

Just 2% of voters who supported Barack Obama on Election Day obtained perfect or near-perfect scores on a post election test which gauged their knowledge of statements and scandals associated with the presidential tickets during the campaign, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Only 54% of Obama voters were able to answer at least half or more of the questions correctly.

The 12-question, multiple-choice survey found questions regarding statements linked to Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his vice-presidential running-mate Sarah Palin were far more likely to be answered correctly by Obama voters than questions about statements associated with Obama and Vice-President–Elect Joe Biden. has the details, including video interviews of a dozen seemingly intelligent Obama voters who didn’t know Jack …. or Barack …. or Joe.

Congrats to John Ziegler for commissioning this poll, and to Zogby for executing it — and, as you’ll see below the fold, having some fun in the process.

The heartiest of laughter goes to Obama apologists who are calling Zogby’s work a “push poll” (Zogby’s response is here). I guess the multiple-choice section of the SAT test is a “push poll” too. Zheesh.

It would be nice to see a post-mortem poll like this done after every presidential election. In fact, it would be nice to see it done during campaigns on the general populace, but without asking for candidate preferences, to measure how much or how little voters are learning. Further, it’s a little bit stunning that news organizations don’t do this already to measure public awareness of issues during campaigns. I would argue that, in a contested race, this kind of info is at least as important as who happens to be winning or losing at any given moment.

The troubling aspect of this, as Ziegler correctly notes, is that it proves how the nation’s media “simply refused to do their job.” It also proves that those who tried to do the media’s job for them largely failed to break through the clutter and the information blockade. The answer as to how to break through in the future remains elusive.