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“Rasmussen’s health-care polling results since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the Christmas Eve vote are full of undeniably bad news for Democrats. In roughly ascending order of bad news (if one is a Democrat) …” Jeffrey H. Anderson writes in a blog at Weekly Standard.com.

- “Likely voters oppose Obamacare by more than the (18-point) margin by which Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale: 58 percent to 39 percent.

- “There are far more likely voters who ‘strongly’ oppose Obamacare (46 percent) than there are likely voters who support it even ‘somewhat’ (39 percent).

- “Only 24 percent of likely voters think that the quality of health care would get better under Obamacare, while 54 percent think it would get worse - a gap of 30 percent.

- “Only 13 percent of likely voters think that the cost of health would go down under Obamacare, while 63 percent think it would rise - a gap of 50 percent.

- “Seniors oppose Obamacare by more than 2 to 1: 63 percent to 31 percent.

“And the worst news of all for Democrats …

- “Independents oppose Obamacare by the head-turning tally of 66 percent to 28 percent.

“Lest Democrats try to console themselves with the thought that perhaps Rasmussen has got it wrong, CNN’s latest poll, from just a few days before the Christmas Eve vote, showed Americans opposing Obamacare by a similar tally: 56 percent to 42 percent,” Mr. Anderson said.

“In light of these numbers - and in light of the extreme difficulty that the Democrats had in squeezing a bill tailor-made for the House through the House, and one tailor-made for the Senate through the Senate - anyone who thinks that either the passage or the subsequent implementation of Obamacare is anything remotely resembling inevitable, is forgetting that Tocqueville’s book wasn’t called ‘Monarchy in America.’ ”

WINDY WARMISTS

“The cover of Al Gore’s new book, ‘Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,’ features a satellite image of the globe showing four major hurricanes - results, we’re meant to believe, of man-made global warming. All four were photoshopped. Which is nice symbolism, because in a sense the whole hurricane aspect of warming has been photoshopped,” Michael Fumento writes at Forbes.com.

“True, both greenhouse gas emissions and levels in the atmosphere are at their highest, but this year had the fewest hurricanes since 1997, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the first time since 2006 no hurricanes even made landfall in the U.S.; indeed hurricane activity is at a 30-year low,” Mr. Fumento said.

“None of which is really all that remarkable. What’s remarkable is that the hurricane hysteria essentially reflects a ‘trend line’ comprising a grand total of two data points in one year, 2005. Those data points were named Katrina and Rita.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes .com.