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Gallup introduces a new interactive tool on historical presidential approval data (via Smith).

Jon Cohen analyzes ABC/Post data on presidential versus congressional approval.

Chris Good assesses
Obama's approval in states with competitive Senate races.

Mark Mellman says some are too quick to write off Obama.

David Hill says state and local government reforms are not getting through to the public.

Jon Chait illustrates the Democrats turnout emergency; Ed Kilgore adds more.

Glen Bolger interprets Democracy Corps data on national security as positive for Republicans.

Jim Geraghty reports
on Republican sponsored health care polling in key house districts.

Ben Smith highlights a new study showing the Obama-as-Muslim myth was more chronic than viral.

Andrew Romano explains why Ed Tufte's appointment matters (via Lundry)

Andrew Gelman finds a really bad pie chart; Junk Charts tops him.

Frank Luntz gets the Colbert treatment (via Lundry).

 

Comments
Vicente Duque:


Perhaps there is no catastrophe in the making for the Democratic Party. Why ??

Because America is no longer the America that those Great Masters of the Novel described for us :

"Elmer Gantry" America no longer exists - But there are buds, plant shoots of "the good old days" and greenshots like Sarah Palin.


"Elmer Gantry", movie of 1960, is extremely important for me as Great Cinema ART, Great Actors, Great History, Great Culture Explanation.

Isn't this amazing ??, at the same time and in the same year the "Elmer Gantry" was preaching, the "Great Gatsby" and "Daisy" were having a slow romance in a Luxurious setting, another Beautiful snapshot of 1924 America given by novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald. ( novel published in 1925 ).

I beg to readers not to be angry with me, for selecting "Elmer Gantry" as number one movie for explaining America.

I am aware that America is now very diverse, more than in the Prohibition days of 192x when fictional Hypocrite Pastor Elmer Gantry had his adventures with Sister Sharon Falconer.

Sinclair Lewis wrote this novel in 1926. I am aware and realize that America is not 100% protestant now, and that America is not 100% Revivalist or Born Again.

There is more in America than Protestantism or Naive Revivals, with the added spice of Hypocrites like "Elmer Gantry" .... or sincere persons like Sister Sharon Falconer, and very few American Ladies are now Lulus in prostibules, under a Madam.

Sinclair Lewis, the novelist is a genius. He took a snapshot of a REAL BIG FAMILY in America : The White Protestants, very naive in their Revivals, and too generous with their monies.

That America no longer exists but there are buds, shoots of "the good old days" and greenshots like Sarah Palin. Talking to us about the "Real America" and the need to be given back their "America".

Youth, Minorities, Politics :

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Vicente Duque

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GARY WAGNER:

Let me preface this by saying that I have worked in an islamic country and have no problem with muslims, I don't think Obama is a muslim, and it wouldn't make any difference to me if he was.

Many who think of people who ask the Obama as a muslim question as wild-eyed crazy hate filled redneck radicals who think the moon landing was filmed in a backlot studio in hollywood. Maybe some of them do. Not all of them.

There is an issue of semantics here. Like Bill Clinton said on the witness stand, "It depends on the meaning of the word is."

In the eyes of Sha'ria law he was born a muslim because his father was muslim. Also according to Sha'ria law Obama is an apostate and subject to the death penalty. Don't yell at me - I think its all stupid. Try looking it up. I had to work under Sha'ria law for five years.

So a believer in that part of Sha'ria law believes that Obama was a muslim until he rejected it for another faith. And in that is the difference between "was" and "is".

The other side of that is that Obama wasn't born under Sha'ria law - he was born in Hawaii under American law which doesn't automatically assign religion to anyone.

In the eyes of millions of people worldwide he was at one time a muslim. He attended an islamic school where he studied the Qu'aran and participated in mandatory islamic prayers. You can find that in his auto-biography. That blurs the "is/was" issue again.

Even the politico article referenced above plays loose with the "is/was" issue. Ben Smith says, "The percentage of respondents who believed that Obama was muslim..." Is or was, Ben? Words matter.

What might have helped stop the question is a stronger statement by Obama describing exactly what I did above. Yes, he had muslim influence when he was growing up but chose Christianity as an adult. Would that have been so hard?

I think he liked keeping some of the wild-eyed rumors alive is campaing strategy. His supporters could use it to paint all of his opponents as crazy radicals. "Don't like the healthcare bill? You must think Obama is a muslim." Just like they use "Don't like the healthcare bill? You must a birther."

Republicans use that strategy too. "Don't like republicans? You must be one of those 9/11 truthers who think Bush personally climbed up inside the world trade center and painted the walls with explosives 10 years before he took office because Cheney told him to."

Should the questions have been asked in the first place? I don't know. I never really cared one way or the other. Romney was grilled non-stop about being a Mormon. His opponents released an anti-Mormon movie (September Dawn) and had it released nationwide during the Republican primaries to attack Romney. Is that any different than the Obama muslim question? Why haven't we moved beyond religion?

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