Friday morning notes of interest

Here’s a tough pill to swallow for FOX News.  In their new poll from yesterday, Democrats are favored over Republicans on most issues and have a double digit lead for control of Congress:

Less than four months before Election Day, the latest FOX News Poll finds that voters strongly favor the Democrats on key issues such as the economy and gas prices, and give the minority party a double-digit lead for control of Congress this fall. For most of President Bush’s second term in office, more Americans have said they disapprove than approve of his job performance and that is again the case in this new poll.

The president’s approval rating dropped to 36 percent, down from 41 percent approval two weeks ago and 40 percent in mid-June. Bush lost ground this week among some key constituent groups, such as Republicans, whites and men. Overall, 53 percent of Americans say they disapprove.

“It is important to remember that the president got his bounce after the killing of al-Zarqawi in Iraq,” comments Opinion Dynamics Chairman John Gorman. “While administration officials were careful not to overplay the significance of this, it naturally created hope that things would get better. Several weeks of bloody footage from Iraq have pretty much dashed those hopes.”

A couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have expected this from FOX News.  I guess even they can see a sinking ship and they don’t want to be the last rats off it.  However, a top Republican lawmaker brushed off bad poll numbers on and said his party would surprise analysts and Democrats by strengthening its grip on the U.S. House of Representatives in November elections.

“We have a good story to tell,” House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois told reporters as he emerged from a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans, many of whom are worried about their own chances for political survival.

Hastert’s prediction of election victory heartened many Republicans, caught others off guard and drew some ridicule.

“Either he is out of touch or has contempt for his audience,” said Stu Rothenberg of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report that tracks congressional races.

Here’s the new commercial from the DCCC that has Republican panties in a wad from sea to shinging sea.  Sweet, huh?

So crucify me, ok?  I think the new Rocky movie looks good.  Not great, but good.  YO!



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