Consistent with the tide that we see flowing toward Republican and conservative candidates across the country, likely voters now trust Republicans over Democrats on all ten key issues:
Lately there has been a rash of news stories and columns decrying the stupidity of Americans, mostly based on a finding by the Pew Research Center that 18 percent of Americans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Predictably, the New York Times joined the pile-on with this column by Timothy Egan: "Building a Nation of Know-Nothings." Egan focuses, however, not on Americans in general, but on Republicans:
Last night, President Obama explained that if you support freedom of religion, then you must not just permit but enthusiastically support building a mosque (or whatever it is) at Ground Zero. Today Wikileaks founder Julian Assange offered a parallel interpretation of America's Constitution: if you support freedom of speech, then you have to endorse Wikileaks' illegal leaking of classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. Assange began by portraying his own conduct as a profile in courage:
Obama didn't just stand up for the legal right of the group to build the Islamic center. He voiced powerful support for their moral right to do so as well, casting it as central to American identity. ... Obama went much further than [to acknowledge the legal rights of the project's backers]. He asserted that we must "welcome" and "respect" those of other faiths, suggesting that the group behind the center deserves the same, and said flat out that anything less is un-American.
This Rasmussen survey of likely voters shows how low the Democratic Congress has fallen in the estimation of likely voters. The White House has advised Democrats running for re-election not to talk to voters about their "accomplishments." No wonder!
Contrary to pretty much every projection until now, Democratic control of the Senate is also starting to coming into question. While Mr Obama's approval ratings have continued to fall, and now hover at dangerously close to 40 per cent according an ABC-Washington Post poll published on Tuesday, the fate of his former colleagues in the Senate looks even worse.
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists have gathered in the Mediterranean and, after meeting up at sea, are proceeding toward Gaza in a "flotilla" of six ships. According to news accounts, the passengers aboard the ships include a co-Nobel Peace Prize winner from Northern Ireland--no surprise there--an "Israeli legislator," which I assume means an Arab member of the Knesset, a Holocaust survivor--who, I think, should know better--and "peace" activists from various countries. The ships are carrying food, cement, medical supplies and toys in an entirely symbolic effort to lift the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
We wrote yesterday about the six-ship flotilla of left-wing "peace activists" who were trying to end the Israeli/Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Israeli officials said that the ships would be taken to an Israeli port and that food, medical supplies and so on would be delivered to Gaza by a land route. But that isn't what the activists wanted; their interest wasn't in supplying Gaza, which is easily done, but in provoking a confrontation for propaganda purposes.
President Obama outlined a new national security strategy rooted in diplomatic engagement and international alliances on Saturday as he repudiated his predecessor's emphasis on unilateral American power and the right to wage pre-emptive war.
The Gulf oil spill is unfolding in slow motion, as oil continues to flow from a mile deep and slowly make its way toward shore. Criticism of the federal response to the spill has been muted, in part because visible consequences of the incident have been slow to appear, and in part because it doesn't fit the newspapers' preferred narrative.
Repeated attacks on the citizens of Arizona by President Obama and many others have done nothing to dim Arizona's support for immigration law enforcement. On the contrary: a remarkable 71 percent of Arizona voters now support that state's new immigration law, up from 64 percent last month. And Governor Jan Brewer has jumped out to a 13-point lead over her likely Democratic opponent, which means that she is doing far better with the electorate than--to take just one example--Barack Obama. That's not surprising; voters like executives who actually support and defend the people who elected them.