James G. Blaine
James G. Blaine


Polls, to politicians, are a blessing and a bane.

Ever since the salad days of Speaker James G. Blaine

the backroom boys have studied charts and graphs until their eyes

have watered like a monsoon from cerulean tropic skies.


The public, in a fuzzy way, has also been influenced

by numbers tossed around with chutzpah that is hardly nuanced.

The media has only to announce a brand new poll

for the unwashed masses to begin to lose control.


Predicting future outcomes ain’t a science, no sirree!

Unless you’re in Las Vegas with a capable bookie.

When they lay their money down on any type election,

the votes are going to pile up like the germs from an infection.

from a blog on MPR

The Empty Senate Chamber


Like bats flung out of Hades or rock salt from old shotgun,

the exodus of senators from Congress has begun;

inflamed by hot ambition and crusading ecstasy,

they want a shot at President as party nominee.


There’s Marco from the Sunshine State, and Lone Star Teddy Cruz;

Rand Paul hails from Kentucky. Bernie Sanders — Vermont’s muse.

And there are many others that would like to take a chance

at the Oval Office’s inscrutable romance.


While they’re away campaigning, raising money by the barrel,

The senate is deserted and may even go quite ferral.

With nobody at home perhaps our Congress stands adjourned.

(Something which the public has unanimously yearned.)    

from a story in the New York Times

New Poll Shows President Obama Is About As Popular As A Pimple At A Beauty Contest!


On the eve of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, a new poll fromWashington Post-ABC News shows that fully 63 percent of Americans have either little no confidence Obama will make the right decisions. The public is evenly split on whether Obama is honest and trustworthy, with 49 percent of Americans answering in the affirmative, and 48 percent answering negatively.

bare majority of Americans, 52 percent, feel Obama does not understand the problems of people like them – a shocking downward turn for Obama on an important likeability issue on which he dominated in 2012. A majority of Americans. 51 percent, also believe Obama is not a strong leader. His disapproval rating stands currently at 50 percent, with 41 percentdisapproving strongly – only 23 percent support him strongly. 50 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the president.

For perhaps the first time, Obama’s personal popularity seems to be suffering from his inability to govern effectively. He is not being damaged by the NSA scandal, for example – a solid 59 percent of Americans think Obama either went too far or was just right in how he changed NSA policy in the aftermath of surveillance revelations. Instead, his personal popularity is dropping – a shocking development for a president who has largely relied on that popularity to push forward policy.