Category Archives: Surveys and Status

The Elusive Underlying Truth

Frank Luntz is that corporate and political consultant and pollster you used to see on CNN and MSNBC a lot, until they figured out he wasn’t exactly neutral – he had worked and still works for the Republican Party.  All … Continue reading

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Cynicism or Utilitarian Acceptance of What Must Be Right

November 7 – it’s the birthday of Leon Trotsky (1879) and Joni Mitchell (1943), and that day in 1874 when that famous cartoon by Thomas Nast appeared in Harper’s Weekly – first use of an elephant as a symbol for … Continue reading

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Sometimes It Really Is Just Embarrassing

Wednesday, October 17, and no one expected it, but we got the dreaded Press Conference by the President (the link is to the transcript).  But then, we should have expected it –   Bush’s job approval rating fell to 24 percent … Continue reading

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Enough Is Enough

Wednesday, September 19, brought us news of a meeting – the president met with the columnists and pundits who support him fully and gave them an hour or two chat.  He’s mad at the folks who ran the “General Betray … Continue reading

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Dangerous When Cornered

Oh my, the week of July 9 started out badly for the administration, and if you’re a fan of graphic representations of data, line charts showing trend lines with overlays of specific data points and regression lines, you out to … Continue reading

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No One Seems to Like Authority, or Authoritarianism

On the Fourth of July, Andrew Sullivan – staunchly conservative in the now quaint use of the term (see Barry Goldwater), a naturalized citizen (Sullivan was born in the UK), defender of religion but not of the militant evangelical anti-science … Continue reading

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The Surface and the Rumors

Friday, May 25, as the Memorial Day weekend began, one could pay attention to the big events of the day – the news – or pay attention to what was bubbling under the surface – the rumors.   The major … Continue reading

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