Yes, get used to that title. In just 72 hours, election day dawns in Chicago. And most likely, Rahm Emanuel will become mayor of the Windy City; the former White House chief of staff draws 58 percent of the votes, says a survey by the Chicago Retail Merchants Association. That number is up 6 percentage points in a month, so prepare for a press onslaught on the phrase “Mayor Emanuel.”
The man who would be mayor is not pleased, however, by an anonymous person tweeting as “Mayor Emanuel,” with lots of f-bombs, indecorous attitude and close to 30,000 followers. He is pleased, however, with a $50,000 donation from Donald Trump, who simply calls Mr. Emanuel “fantastic.” But wait. His old boss is a constituent, right? Yes, but that’s a discreet matter.
“The president and first lady have both filled out their absentee ballots and those are being mailed to Chicago. Theyre exercising their franchise and are glad to do it, but I won’t be giving copies of those ballots,” says White House spokesman Jay Carney.
“Yes We Cain.”
— T-shirt motto spotted in Atlanta, supporting presidential hopeful Herman Cain.
A victory in the culture wars: Movies that reinforce traditional conservative values make three to five times more money than those with the liberal take on life and politics. So says Movieguide, a California-based publication that rates films through the prism of faith and family; its annual market study has startling revelations. The 64 movies that emphasize conservative values — like “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit” — made an average of $85 million a film. The 100 “liberal/leftist” movies — “Machete” and “The Kids are Alright,” for instance — brought in $18 million each.
“The success of real values in 2010 was no mistake. Moviegoers all over the world prefer movies that reflect more values,” says the guide’s founder, Ted Baehr. “In the wake of the tea party’s success in 2010, our annual study shows that conservative movies with strong Pro-American, traditional, patriotic, capitalistic, anti-communist content or values and biblical morality are even more popular.”
Mr. Baehr adds, “Of the 30 movies making $100 million or more overseas last year, 77 percent had strong conservative content reflecting traditional moral values, but only 20 percent had strong liberal, leftist, politically correct, or humanist and atheist content.”
The Grand Old Party continues to stir the candidate caldron, pining for the day when the clear front-runner emerges from the murk, unsullied and well funded, to lead Republicans to a 2012 presidential victory. Or something like that. A receptive public awaits. Americans say they are just as likely to vote for the “nameless Republican” candidate as President Obama, a new Gallup poll finds.
Forty-five percent favor Mr. Obama, 45 percent the Republican. Seven percent of Republicans choose Mr. Obama, 88 percent one of their own. Among Democrats, 84 percent favor the president, 10 percent the Republican.
“Results from a parallel question Gallup asked during the presidencies of George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush show both of those presidents performing better on this re-elect measure at comparable points in their third years in office than President Obama does today,” notes Gallup analyst Lydia Saad.View Entire Story
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