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Question of the Day
Everyone can get partisan, even while explaining their odd relationships with certain politicians. “Conservative girls are really uptight. It makes me think of all those, like you know, Fox News fembots who obviously are self-loathing or they wouldn’t be Republican and female, in my opinion,” says Sydney Leathers.
Yes, well. This is the same adult entertainer who wrote the final chapter in the lurid sexting escapades of New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony D. Weiner, who continues to campaign on the city streets with great vigor.
But back to Miss Leathers, 23, who made her comment on a brief video interview released Tuesday by The Frisky, a celebrity gossip site. She also revealed that she personally would not stand by Mr. Weiner’s dubious antics, if she were his wife.
“I’ve never been married. But I don’t think I would have put up with it. Maybe once I’d forgive him,” Miss Leathers declared.
“Sheesh. Sydney Leathers, what did we ever do to you?” the slighted Fox News asked in an unsigned editorial, also noting that Miss Leathers — an “Indiana Democrat” — would appear on the network’s prime time show “Hannity.”
OH, WOE IS WEINER
The New York City primary, meanwhile, is less than four weeks away. Though he could be the potential subject of an upcoming MTV documentary, the aforementioned Mr. Weiner may not have enough time for a miracle turnaround in public opinion by the time Sept. 10 dawns. A new Quinnipiac University poll now places public advocate Bill De Blasio in the lead of the city’s Democratic mayoral primary with 30 percent of the vote.
Alas, poor Anthony. His public support has sunk to 10 percent, dropping from 26 percent a mere three weeks ago. He gets his highest support — 14 percent — among “very liberal” Democrats.
But you never know. The survey also found that 68 percent of the voters still think Mr. Weiner has “the right experience” for the job while another 65 percent say he “understands” their problems.
“A few weeks ago, Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran. Today, he’s the leader of the pack, and a winner in the runoffs. Follow the bouncing ball, folks. This line-up keeps changing,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Nobody thinks former Rep. Anthony Weiner will pack it in, but 52 percent of likely Democratic primary voters wish he’d go away and 51 percent say they’d never vote for him,” Mr. Carroll said.
2014 MAY NOT BE 2010
A Gallup poll released Tuesday finds that American opinion of Congress is on pace to tie the historic low of such ratings set only last year. Currently, 81 percent of the public disapproves of their lawmakers. But there’s some quirks at work as the 2014 midterm elections loom, when all House seats and about a third of the Senate will be up for grabs.
“When Congress is unpopular, that typically leads to more turnover of seats in Congress, as in 1994, 2006 and 2010. However, with control of Congress divided between the two parties, it is harder for voters to assign blame and thus give control of Congress to the minority party, as occurred in those other elections,” says Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones.
“Additionally, Americans are much more positive about their own member of Congress, and are able to vote for or against only that member. Thus, despite Americans’ frustrations with the institution, it is unclear whether the 2014 elections will bring about major change in Congress.”
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