Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Polls: True or Skewed?

Many of the current polls are indicating that President Obama is significantly ahead of Mitt Romney.  I wade into the area of polling with great trepidation, but here goes.

Rasmussen, which historically has been the most accurate poll, currently has the candidates tied. They also show that Republicans have a 4 percentage point advantage over Democrats in terms of party affiliation.  

Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell, Democratic pollsters, have both expressed the belief that the polls are skewed against Romney.  Pollsters are basing their samples on voter turnout from 2008, when Democratic turnout was greater than Republican.  However, they are ignoring the elections of 2010, when Republicans turned out en masse to repudiate the Obama agenda. Does anyone really believe Democrats will turn out in bigger numbers than Republicans this year?  

It is my belief that pollsters are attempting to shape public opinion rather than reflect it.  It is a pathetic attempt to discourage Republican voters, but it is not going to work.  In fact, I suspect it may actually backfire on them.  It is my hope that people who plan to vote for Obama see these polls and believe that he has it wrapped up and therefore won't feel the need to actually go cast their votes.   

Friday, September 14, 2012

Obama the Bloodless

The violence in Egypt and Libya the last few days that resulted in the death of ambassador Christopher Stevens and others is spreading like a cancer, not only in the Middle East, but also to London and to American college campuses today. Hillary Clinton has continued to try to mollify the fanatics, to no avail.  I wish the administration would get a clue and realize that these guys only understand and respect force. They view tolerance and appeasement as weakness, not virtues. Why does the Secretary of State keep referring to the video that allegedly spawned this situation?  It wasn't the video, Mrs. Clinton.  It's the mindset of the eternally aggrieved that's the problem. The video is merely an excuse.  

As the chaos spreads, the president is out campaigning and fund-raising as if everything were wonderful.  He has always seemed aloof to me, but he now appears to be completely detached from the real danger confronting us.  The day after the ambassador's death, he made a brief, cold announcement that was utterly devoid of passion or anger, then took off for Las Vegas to campaign.  Then came the big announcement yesterday that Obama raised more money than Romney in August, as if that were the most important news of the day. Could he be any less caring?

This country is hungry for real leadership and strength. In these dangerous times, we need a serious, responsible person in the oval office, and I feel that we don't even have a president; we have a campaigner-in-chief.  The United States needs and deserves better.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weakness = No Respect

Obama's tepid response to the killing of American citizens in Libya and Egypt is shameful.  Is he still nursing this ridiculous fantasy that we can use diplomacy and sanctions to bring order to this part of the world?

Our response to this outrage should be swift and decisive. We need to make it abundantly clear that we will not tolerate this and these murders will be punished.  

Last night, Juan Williams defended the president's weak response, in effect saying we shouldn't do anything to further anger the Muslims.  I have a news flash for you, Juan: fanatic Muslims are perpetually pissed off regardless of what we do or don't do.  The only thing they understand is force and strength, both of which are notably absent from this administration.   

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


What are the consequences of electing a weak president?  On this solemn anniversary of the September 11 attacks, one need only take a look at the Middle East to find the answer.

Iran is threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.  An American was killed and one injured today in Libya.  Our embassy in Cairo was stormed by a mob and the American flag torn down.  

Yet, in the midst of this Muslim fanaticism, where is our president?  Shouldn't he be out front and center, at least commenting on all these occurrences?  He is, for all intents and purposes, AWOL.  He has yet to say anything to the American people and quite frankly, we deserve better from our president.  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel requested a meeting with the president in an upcoming visit to the United States.  Astonishingly, the president declined, saying his schedule is full.  Yet, Obama has time to appear on the David Letterman show.  

President Obama needs to draw a line in the sand and make it clear that if Iran, Egypt or any other Muslim country crosses it, there will be dire consequences for them.  

Is this likely to happen?  Not with this spineless president.  

Monday, September 10, 2012


I'm listening to the Michael Medved show as I work, and I'm both appalled and saddened at the stupidity and willful blindness of some of the callers to the show. 

Some of the things I've heard include the opinion that Obama is the only candidate who can bring us together.  Really??  We're more divided after four years of Barack Obama than we were when he took office.  If he hasn't united us so far, why should we expect anything different for another term?  

That great intellectual,, stated that the purpose of government is to guide us to do the right thing and give us a purpose in life.  I always thought that is the role of religion; I guess government is a religion for some people. 

One more stupid thing I've heard is that Obama will provide leadership for us. Mr. Obama is one of the weakest presidents in my lifetime.  A real leader would make courageous decisions, not just do what's politically expedient as the current president does.  He'd be out front and center, not bringing up the rear.  

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.  Four more years of an Obama presidency would be disastrous on so many levels and I pray every day that the majority of Americans will be wise enough to oust Barack Obama.  

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Emotions and the Polls

Obama has gotten a bounce in the  polls since the Democratic convention.  Hopefully, it will be, as Peggy Noonan called it, a "dead-cat bounce", similar to what happened after the Navy SEALS killed bin Laden.  

How can anyone with even half a brain vote for Obama?  According to the polls, Obama is viewed as more empathetic than Romney.  Is that a good reason to vote for someone?  A disturbing number of people appear to believe that Obama really cares more for people than Obama.  Yeah, right.   How can Obama care for people he doesn't know when he doesn't even help his own half-brother in Kenya, who lives in utter poverty?  

I fear that ignorance and downright stupidity will get Obama re-elected.  There are too many people in this country who operate on emotion and willfully ignore facts. There's nothing inherently wrong with emotions - we all have them - but they are a poor foundation on which to base important decisions.

I'm beginning to think that potential voters should have to demonstrate at least some rudimentary knowledge and understanding of current events before they are allowed to vote.  Would that be unconstitutional?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I promised myself I wouldn't watch any of the DNC, but political junkie that I've become, I had to watch at least a little of it.  It's Wednesday night and I'm watching Elizabeth Warren, who was preceded by Sandra Fluke.  

The Democrats appear to be the party of victimology.  I'm sick and tired of hearing the rhetoric about how women are oppressed and being denied their basic rights.  What a load! To listen to these speakers, you'd think we women are running around in burqas and that Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the 1950s, where we can do nothing but stay home, be barefoot and pregnant.  

I hate to admit it, but I have a hard time thinking of these people as my fellow Americans.  They seem foreign and un-American to me and I cannot identify with their beliefs and where they want to take this country.  I also refuse to think of myself as a victim because I'm a woman.  

Well, Bill Clinton's coming onstage, so I guess I'll go listen to what he has to say and watch and audience swoon.  Talk to you later!