There’s data for everything. Tucked away in a new Public Policy Polling survey on airline travel was this question to 800 registered voters: “Are you a member of the Mile High Club?” Well fasten your seatbelts, folks. Republicans win this one.
Let us consider the proverbial Mile High Club — a lurid concept from the carefree days of yore. For the uninitiated or disinterested, the Mile High Club has been whispered about since the biplane era, and signals that someone has had, uh, sexual activity while in flight. A few private airlines actually offer this service as if it were a parachute jump, and the legality of it has come under scrutiny.
But back to the poll. Here’s what it revealed: 87 percent of Americans say they are not a member of the Mile High Club. That number includes 90 percent of independents, 88 percent of Democrats — and 83 percent of Republicans.
And a few more numbers: 96 percent of the “very liberal” are not members. But 82 percent of the “very conservative” say they are. And last but not least, 92 percent of those who voted for President Obama are not members of the Mile High Club, compared to 84 percent of those who voted for Mitt Romney.
“Phony scandal” has gotten considerable play in the news after both President Obama and White House spokesman Jay Carney dwelled upon the phrase, as both a Republican-bashing device and a conversation changer. In the past 48 hours, the “phony scandal” has turned up more than 16,000 times in assorted Google news accounts.
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” the president said in a recent economic address. And while he didn’t spell out which scandals were faux, most journalists interpreted it to mean the big four: NSA, IRS, Benghazi and Justice Department surveillance of The Associated Press.
Fox News, meanwhile, has accused the White House of “phony transparency.” A chorus of GOP lawmakers protested the speech. And some explained the political mechanism that was actually at work.
“The president has moved into the realm of postmodernism where truth is optional, and all that matters is a narrative,” points out Thomas Lifson, editor of the American Thinker.
“His narrative is now set, and we can expect future speeches to mock the Republicans with the trademark sarcastic condescension that marks his humor when turned on his political enemies. Going on the offense, attacking the truth-seekers is a classic defense when you have no case,” Mr. Lifson observes.
DIALING FOR DEMOCRATS
Organizing for Action, the aggressive grass-roots group that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, is asking its 3 million members to call the office of House Speaker John A. Boehner and other members of Congress, then report back what happened.
“Who did you call? How did your call go?” asks the specially designated website created just for that purpose.
“Pick up the phone right now and call Speaker Boehner’s office to tell him you want to see him bring comprehensive immigration reform to a vote in the House. Then — and this part is important — let us know how the call went,” immigration campaign manager Emmy Ruiz advises in a mass email.
“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be calling out representatives who are refusing to act on immigration reform, and rallying behind the ones who are fighting with us to pass the biggest reforms of our immigration system in decades,” she adds. “This is too important, and Congress has stalled for too long. We don’t know when we’ll get another chance like this — so let’s go.”