Sunday, January 31, 2010

Clips from the road

Clips from the road

It's a human being weekend in Wisconsin (more on that story soon) so we'll stick with clips:

  • Amidst a lengthy Nate Silver analysis of Democratic messaging, this gem:
    The number of politics "fans" probably numbers somewhere on the order of 10 or 20 million out of a country of 250 million adults. Most people have lives and have better things to do than to follow politics all the time.

    So if you're reading this, you don't have a life. This isn't just snark, it's to the point:
    Only 26 percent of Americans know that it takes 60 votes to overcome a Senate filibuster -- and only 32 percent know that Senate GOPers voted unanimously against the Democrats' health care plan... They're developing impressions based on limited information, often gleaned from partisan news sources and politicians who have an incentive to tell them anything but the truth.

  • Fired for a bumpersticker? It can happen.

  • DC as fantasy league: "You've got to love a game that lets James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) be on the same roster (though I wouldn't take either of them before the fourth round)."

  • Fox News has an Obama approval poll, which is about as smart as televising Obama's question time with the House GOP. You know what to do.
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