New Rasmussen Poll Numbers for Alaska

18 06 2008

It’s only June, so why does this already feel like a nail-biter?  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey released today shows another 2 point split between Begich and Stevens in the senate race…only this time Stevens is up.  Still well within the margin of error, but it would have been nice to see a widening split in Begich’s favor.

Today:  Stevens 46%, Begich 44%

Last Month:  Begich 47%, Stevens 45%

View Candidate Favorably?   Stevens 51%    Begich 55%

View Candidate Unfavorably?  Stevens 44%   Begich 36%

Amazingly, Ted Stevens’ favorable ratings have gone up 5% since last month!  Huh?  Amnesia has set in.  We’re delirious from the long hours of daylight.  All that corruption is SO…..last month.  What is it?  This must be stopped….

Hmmmm.  Can you think of anything that might remind people how neck-deep Stevens is in Alaska’s cesspool of political corruption?   Anything that might spark the people’s memories?  (Hint: It’s related to him.)    That’s right, sonny boy Ben!   I’ve been on Ben-Watch since June 1st, when a coworker of a friend of a friend who knows something told me that the indictment of Stevens ‘the Lesser’ would be handed down within 30 days.  That was 18 days ago.   I claim no secret knowledge other than this really somewhat reliable gossip from said coworker of friend of friend in the know…but I’m counting anyway.

It’ll be interesting to see what Rasmussen Reports has to say after the fateful day, and the feeding frenzy of media coverage that is sure to follow.

Tick tick tick…


Sunday Funnies – McCain vs. McCain

15 06 2008


This masterful job of editing is courtesy of The Jed Report.  It’s just too easy sometimes…  I keep hearing what a tight, close race we’re in for.  I’ll believe it when I see it.


One Albatross is Not Enough for McCain!

11 06 2008

It’s obvious that the big fat snickering albatross around John McCain’s neck this fall is George W. Bush.  We all know that.  With a current approval rating of 28%, and a national populace where 54% state they want a president who will bring about change, even if they are less experienced, that’s pretty much a no-brainer.  So McCain, understandably, has been actively trying to distance himself from all things dubya.  He even stood in front of that hideous green wall the other night, telling us he was a ‘change candidate’.

Although the speech was universally panned by left and right alike, you still have to understand that he may make mistakes, gaffes, and weird death-like grimaces as he flees from the current administration as fast as his 71 year old legs will take him.

But wait…  A strange twist.

In a totally unexpected move, John McCain has opted for the 2-albatross approach.  Who is the only member of the current administration with LOWer approval ratings?  Who could possibly be more disastrous to have tied around your neck than GWB?  Why, the Lord of Darkness himself –  Dick Cheney.  Check out this actual real-life quote from John McSame.  This from Politico:

Asked whether he’d be interested in Cheney had the vice president not already have served under Bush for two terms, McCain said: “I don’t know if I would want him as vice president. He and I have the same strengths. But to serve in other capacities? Hell, yeah.”

Excuse me, did you just really truly say, “Hell, yeah”?!?  And you and Cheney have the same strengths…  Is it the pure evil part?  The ability to maintain lifelike animation despite the lack of beating heart? Or is it just that you think your levels of slime-baggery are at roughly the same level.  Inquiring minds want to know.  So, keep talking about it a lot.  Please.


OMG!! Palin for V.P.!!! :)

2 06 2008


I don’t get it.  What’s with this groundswell of Alaskans who are so excited about the prospect of Sarah Palin being John McCain’s running mate?

There’s no question she’s a wildly popular governor.  I don’t remember what her last approval rating was… 80% ?  90%?  Something crazy.  So why then are all these people who are so ga-ga over the Gov, dying to get rid of her?   If she’s supposed to be the Salvation of Alaska, Murkowski-Slayer, and bestower of the glittering free-fuel debit card, then why are they so anxious to boot her out?  Then what?  Sean Parnell?  What if he wins his battle with Don ‘the bitin’ mink’ Young?  Sounds like taking what Alaskans seem to think is a good thing, and chucking it for a whole lot of uncertainty.

Is it because Republicans really believe that if Barack Obama gets the nomination, all the disgruntled Hillary fans will suddenly vote for anyone on either ticket who has ovaries and two X chromosomes?  And that would mean what….women don’t vote issues, they only vote gender?  A tad insulting.  I’m sure there are some women who can’t see past gender, just as some men can’t see past gender, and some whites and some blacks can’t see past race, but I don’t think Sarah Palin is the magic bullet that will restore the brand name of the Republican party to viability.  At least not with McBush heading the ticket.

I suspect it’s just the cool factor.  ” It would be so cool to have an Alaskan be the Vice President!  Wow!”  And isn’t that just sort of…pathetic in a way?  Like the mile long line when we open a K-Mart.  Are we really that desperate for something….ANYthing that will make us feel noticed up here? 

Mind you, the only tears I’ll cry if Palin leaves are the ones because John McCain would, by implication, be president. I doubt that’s going to happen.  But,  I’m not a huge fan of Palin, and I suspect that the longer she’s in office, the more her popularity will erode.  But it will be interesting to see this story develop. 

Thank you, Hillary!

18 05 2008

Take a good look. This is why we should all be glad Hillary Clinton has stayed in the race. Granted there is a fine line between being ‘a fighter’ and being completely delusional, and there have been times that she has leaped over the line, laughing all the way.

But looking at this picture makes me think again. When was the last time 75,000 people showed up at a political rally for a candidate? I remember…it was NEVER! The inescapable fact is that we actually have an engaged citizenry. I’ll resist the urge to ask, “Where the hell were YOU in 2000 and 2004” and focus on the here and now, which is very very good. Had Hillary called it quits, this would never have been possible.

The picture is mindblowing, and it’s impossible to imagine what the view looked like from Barack Obama’s eyes. I believe he said it best. Even the most eloquent man on the planet was reduced to the opening words, “Wow. Wow. Wow.” Yup, that about sums it up for me.

So…think we could fill up the Park Strip if Obama came to Alaska?