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601  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: July 15, 2011, 06:53:20 pm
Obama Approval Rating June 2011 (Gallup)

46% Approve

46% Disapprove

Trends for comparison:

Carter: 29/57 (June 1979)

Reagan: 45/46 (June 1983)

Bush I: 72/21 (June 1991)

Clinton: 47/42 (June 1995)

Bush II: 62/34 (June 2003)


Its interesting how Obama and Reagan have very similar approval graphs on Gallup so far (the only major differences are the Tuscon and Bin Laden bounces).

Actually Reagan was upswing at this point, off from a low of 35%, IIRC.

Technically, Obama is on average, up from his lows in August of 2010.
602  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Bachmann: Pray Away the Gay on: July 12, 2011, 12:33:40 pm
Ummm, God doesn't hate gay people. He doesn't even hate Satan.

read: tough love.
603  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Bachmann: Pray Away the Gay on: July 12, 2011, 12:28:36 pm
So everyone who says they are "cured" is lying?

No.

They are simply bisexual, in denial, or both. Think about it. If you were in such an environment as a place that promised to "pray away the gay", and everyone was pushing you to not be gay, and the entirety of your experiences when facing your homosexuality resulted in those same people calling you a fag, then what do you think they would do?

They force themselves toward heterosexuality in attempt to appease and fit in with those around them, and appease the christian god.

Peer pressure and fears of a man in the sky who hates them for what they are.
604  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Bachmann: Pray Away the Gay on: July 12, 2011, 09:57:58 am
Well, gayness can be "cured" but it usually doesn't work. And of course, God often says no to prayer, and when He does say yes He doesn't get any attention, so I don't think "Pray Away the Gay" is a good idea in and of itself.

"Gayness" can't be "cured" anymore than shortness can. "Gayness" comes down to genetics, and hormones. Why would your god create genes that make people gay and then turn around and say that those people are sick and need to be cured?

Perhaps you agree with another assessment that Bachmann made. The assessment that CO2 is actually a beneficial gas to humans.

Read a book, or at least read a wikipedia article.
605  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: An analyst claims he has figured out who Obama's VP pick will be in 2012 on: July 11, 2011, 12:25:19 pm
Let's see... opens a Senate seat that Republicans could easily pick up in a normal election?

No way!

Obama plucked two extremely strong Democrats out of consideration for 2010 Senate races in Arizona and Kansas, and put them in his Cabinet instead.  His strategic foresight is not exactly stellar.

Because when you think of Democratic strongholds, you think Kansas!
606  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: She's Michelle Bachmann. Why is she being taken seriously as a candiate? on: July 10, 2011, 02:23:28 pm
Hahaha. Wow you just didn't read his post at all did you?

I don't think Ronald Reagan believed carbon dioxide was a beneficial gas, or supported getting rid of the Census, or wanted to get rid of minimum wage.
607  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: Obama vs. Daniels 2012 on: July 10, 2011, 10:24:20 am
Spoiler Alert: Daniels will win in a close election.
608  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Mitt Romney vs The President on: June 25, 2011, 01:27:47 am
He'd need an energizing, conservative VP. But it would have to be balanced that people wouldn't want the ticket to be flipped either...

So really but the time they make it to the final stretch Obama wins. Mitt just isn't charismatic and his "generic republican" status won't last a year and a half.

That worked out great for the GOP last time. And by GOP I mean Democratic Party.
609  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Opinion of the Candidate - Michele Bachmann on: June 18, 2011, 05:12:56 pm
Crazy seems to be the perfect word to describe her.

*Called for McCarthy-like investigations into perceived anti-Americanism in members of Congress.
*Said the U.S. Census was too "intricate" and wouldn't complete it because the Constitution doesn't require that citizens do (when it does).
*Told supporters to be "armed and dangerous" to stop the cap and trade bill.
*Thinks global warming is a hoax.
*Thinks being gay is a sexual identity disorder and a sign of sexual dysfunction and that gay people are trying to recruit children to be gay.

I realize all these things are positives nowadays in the Republican/Tea Party, but I'm not sure how they'll pan out in a general election setting and how these comments will sift with independent and moderate voters.

I don't agree with her dwelling so much on homosexuality, but I do think there is an overly aggressive gay agenda in this country... and I'm a Democrat.

Yeah I can't imagine why gays would want people to treat them decently or have equal rights.
610  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Reuters/Ipsos: Obama defeats Romney by 13 points on: June 08, 2011, 04:18:45 pm
I side with the ABC/Washington Post.

Ofcourse you do - you have a negative view of Obama and will therefore side with a poll that shows a negative view of Obama.
611  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: June 04, 2011, 03:36:19 pm
OBAMA LOST THREE POINTS IN APPROVAL, HE'S BEEN COMPLETELY DEMOLISHED.
612  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Beginning of June, 2011--poll on: June 04, 2011, 12:53:16 pm
Mittens.

Between Crazy (Paul), Crazier (Bachmann, Cain), and Boring (T-Paw), he's already won.
613  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: June 04, 2011, 12:49:44 pm
Yeah, I'd say Obama's somewhere around 48-52. Probably a dip in approval due to job losses in May.
614  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Unemployment rate and Presidential elections on: June 03, 2011, 03:25:01 pm
Not to mention that the data is not measured during the Great Depression (which is arguably the most comparable economic downturn, considering this one's length and size), and therefore is not applicable.
615  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: June 03, 2011, 03:21:51 pm
Gallup

Approve: 51 (-2)
Disapprove: 42 (+3)

616  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Weiner jokes write themselves on: June 01, 2011, 08:33:23 pm
Alternative Theory: Weiner was actually hacked and people cannot believe that perhaps, just this once, a politician is actually telling the truth.
617  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: Pawlenty/Pence vs. Obama/Biden on: May 30, 2011, 04:59:17 pm

Obama has increased taxes not lowered them. Why do you call obamacare? It's a tax increase.



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/us/politics/19taxes.html
http://www.npr.org/2010/12/07/131879993/obama-s-tax-cut-deal-so-much-for-deficit-reduction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obama_tax_cuts

618  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: Pawlenty/Pence vs. Obama/Biden on: May 30, 2011, 04:47:57 pm
You might have a point. But he is no friend of the free market.

How so? He has lowered taxes for every wealth column. Isn't that what your brand of conservative is all about?
619  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: How do video gamers vote on: May 30, 2011, 02:00:55 am
As a gamer myself, from what I've seen most are either Democrats or Libertarians. I have yet to meet a Republican or socially conservative gamer, honestly.
620  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: May 29, 2011, 02:30:13 pm
They probably got a slightly more negative sample.
621  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: May 24, 2011, 03:00:19 pm
Gallup back at 51-42.
622  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Mitch Daniels -- not running for president on: May 22, 2011, 11:41:24 am
Not surprised. I have been saying he wouldn't run for quite some time.
623  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: 1912-2008 Two-Termers: Carried and Denied on: May 20, 2011, 11:22:53 pm
Obama will pick up Missouri and Arizona, while maybe losing Indiana.
624  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Never Call Retreat: The Election of 08 By Jbrase and Dallasfan65 on: May 16, 2011, 07:07:29 pm
This TL really warranted a bump? Come on, the result is pretty damn obvious.

I liked it.

Well it's written nice but I think any TL involving Edwards is pretty stale, mostly because they all end in either two ways:

1. Scandal breaks during campaign, huge GOP landslide.
2. Scandal breaks after Edwards wins, huge GOP landslide in 2012.
625  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Never Call Retreat: The Election of 08 By Jbrase and Dallasfan65 on: May 16, 2011, 06:59:42 pm
This TL really warranted a bump? Come on, the result is pretty damn obvious.
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