— MSNBC host Chris Matthews, commenting Wednesday.
THINGS TO COME
His earnest mea culpas are behind him. All’s well now, apparently. Anthony D. Weiner is running for mayor of New York City, according to the one news organization that never tires of all things Weiner. That’s the New York Post, which accompanied their account with a Twitter image that got the former congressman in trouble two years ago. He is displaying his bare torso.
“Surely you chest,” the paper quipped.
Mr. Weiner, though, is still Twitter-centric.
“Make city meetings must-see TV. Mayor’s question time,” he recently Tweeted, citing Idea 46 in a series of proposals he has for the bright lights and big city.
ANOTHER FALSE IMPRESSION
“Americans misjudge U.S. abortion views,” notes a new Gallup poll.
“When asked how they think most Americans feel about the abortion issue, 51 percent of U.S. adults say the public is mostly ‘pro-choice,’ while 35 percent say ‘pro-life.’ This general perception that the pro-choice viewpoint prevails contrasts with the nearly even division of Americans’ actual views. The same poll finds that 48 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life and 45 percent pro-choice,” analyst Lydia Saad says.
Wait. What? Does the liberal media have anything to do with this false impression that the nation is pro-choice? The Gallup findings do not speculate. But remember, a similar situation emerged in a recent Pew Research Center survey revealing that the majority of Americans are currently under the impression that gun crime is higher now than it was 20 years ago. Federal data indicates gun crime fell by half in that time period, from seven gun homicides per 100,000 people, to 3.6 homicides.
“In the months since the mass shooting at Newtown, Conn., the public is paying close attention to the topic of firearms,” says the Pew study, noting that no story received more recent public attention “than the debate over gun control.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 57 percent of likely U.S. voters say the IRS investigation of conservative and tea party groups was politically motivated; 86 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.
• 57 percent overall say that employees involved in the investigations should be “jailed or fired”; 82 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats agree.
• 55 percent overall say it is at least somewhat likely President Obama knew the groups “were targeted by the IRS“; 68 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats agree.