- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

GIPPERAMA

“Ronald Reagan monument unveiled outside London’s U.S. embassy. New statue promptly takes 15-point lead in GOP presidential poll.”

(Parody headline at Fark.com, regarding the 10-foot bronze statue of the former president revealed to the public on the Fourth of July.)

BACHMANIA

From our Politics-as-Sports Desk: A new Zogby poll of 1,024 likely Republican primary voters reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann leads a 10-candidate field of 2012 presidential hopefuls, garnering 34 percent of the votes if the election “were held today.” Herman Cain is in second place with 15 percent, Mitt Romney follows with 14 percent. The poll was conducted June 28 to 30.

But wait. All’s not rosy for Mrs. Bachmann when handicappers get rolling in a statistically driven world.

“She trails both Rick Perry and Chris Christie when both governors and Sarah Palin are included in a hypothetical preference poll of Republican primary voters,” says Zogby analyst Corry Schiermeyer.

Mr. Christie, Mr. Romney, Mrs. Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are each in a statistical tie with President Obama when they are matched up against him. All other GOP contenders trail the president, the analyst says. See all the moving parts of this complex poll at www.zogby.com.

PERRY ON THE MEND

The New York Times would like nothing better than to foment ill will between former President George W. Bush and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The paper is busy connecting the discord dots between the pair, implying that they disagree on policy issues, and that Mr. Perry could incur the wrath of devoted, powerful Bushies should he run for president. Yeah, yeah. Blah blah blah.

But forget all that. Inside the Beltway would like to send Mr. Perry well wishes. He had back surgery this week — nerve decompression and a “minor fusion” — and is now recovering at home.

“According to our ‘first nurse’ — first lady Anita Perry — the governor’s recovery is going very well,” says his spokesman Mark Miner.

#ASK OBAMA

The White House’s Twitter Town Hall extravaganza drew 61,000 questions for President Obama from curious Americans. The Republican National Committee, however, says that only seven would have been sufficient. In proper social media-speak, and 140 characters or less, those questions are:

“Where are the jobs?”

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