- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CATCHING UP

“Not that it matters politically because obviously she’s a female Republican dunce and he’s a male Democrat genius. But Sarah Palin’s poll numbers are strengthening. And President Obama’s are sliding,” Los Angeles Times blogger Andrew Malcolm writes at latimes.com.

“Guess what? They’re about to meet in the 40s,” Mr. Malcolm said.

“Depending, of course, on which recent set of numbers you peruse and how the questions are phrased, 307 days into his allotted 1,461, the 44th president’s approval rating among Americans has slid to 49 percent or 48 percent, showing no popularity bounce from his many happy trips, foreign and domestic.

“Riding the wave of immense publicity and symbiotic media interest over her new book, ‘Going Rogue,’ and the accompanying promotional tour, Palin’s favorable ratings are now at 43 percent, according to ABC. That’s up from 40 percent in July. One poll even gives her a 47 percent favorable.

“Most recent media attention has focused on the 60 percent who say she’s unqualified to become president. Her unfavorable rating is 52 percent, down from 53 percent, which still doesn’t ignite a lot of optimism for Palin lovers.

“On the other hand, 35 months before the 2008 election, that Illinois senator was such a nobody that no one even thought to ask such a question about him. Things seem to change much more quickly these days.”

SCIENCE FRAUD

“This is what they did - these climate ‘scientists’ on whose unsupported word the world’s classe politique proposes to set up an unelected global government this December in Copenhagen, with vast and unprecedented powers to control all formerly free markets, to tax wealthy nations and all of their financial transactions, to regulate the economic and environmental affairs of all nations, and to confiscate and extinguish all patent and intellectual-property rights,” Christopher Monckton writes in a blog at pajamasmedia.com.

“The tiny, close-knit clique of climate scientists who invented and now drive the ‘global warming’ fraud - for fraud is what we now know it to be - tampered with temperature data so assiduously that, on the recent admission of one of them, land temperatures since 1980 have risen twice as fast as ocean temperatures.

“One of the thousands of e-mails recently circulated by a whistleblower at the University of East Anglia [in Great Britain], where one of the world’s four global-temperature data sets is compiled, reveals that data were altered so as to prevent a recent decline in temperature from showing in the record. In fact, there has been no statistically significant ‘global warming’ for 15 years - and there has been rapid and significant cooling for nine years,” said Mr. Monckton, a British politician, business consultant and policy adviser.

“Worse, these arrogant fraudsters - for fraudsters are what we now know them to be - have refused, for years and years and years, to reveal their data and their computer program listings. Now we know why: As a revealing 15,000-line document from the computer division at the Climate Research Unit shows, the programs and data are a hopeless, tangled mess. In effect, the global temperature trends have simply been made up.

“Unfortunately, the British researchers have been acting closely in league with their U.S. counterparts who compile the other terrestrial temperature data set - the GISS/NCDC data set. That data set too contains numerous biases intended artificially to inflate the natural warming of the 20th century.

“Finally, these huckstering snake-oil salesmen and ‘global warming’ profiteers - for that is what they are - have written to each other encouraging the destruction of data that had been lawfully requested under the Freedom of Information Act in the UK by scientists who wanted to check whether their global temperature record had been properly compiled.”

OBAMA ‘LIVE’

“[Last] week’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit has gotten quite a bit of attention,” Jennifer Rubin writes at www.commentarymagazine.com.

“Republicans are delighted that even in the bastion of liberal comedy, there is some recognition, indeed mocking, of Obama’s notions of ‘cost savings.’ In the skit, the faux Chinese president observes: ‘I am noticing that each of your plans to save money involves spending even more money. This does not inspire confidence.’ No, it doesn’t. …

“Granted, the comedy driven by the events of this week or the unfulfilled to-do list, which was the topic of another skit, does not match the ferocity of the jibes thrown at George W. Bush and other politicians, but it is something,” Ms. Rubin said.

“Moreover, humor of this type depends on a set of shared perspectives (so that everyone ‘gets the joke’), one of which is that Obama is presiding over a fiscal train wreck. Another, also from the ‘SNL’ skit, is that the stimulus is a bust (‘How many jobs has it created?”Uh, so far, none’) and that it’s impossible to explain how extending health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans will save money (‘I - don’t know’).

“Does this signify something beyond the necessity to find good material forpolitical humor? Well, it suggests that Obama no longer enjoys deity-like status and that even among liberal comics there is a shared understanding that he’s peddling snake oil. It’s not everything, but it’s a lot - and it happened less than a year after Obama took office.”

NOT AN ACT

“They are such opposites in politics, clashing so often on candidates and policies, that it’s not crazy to wonder if James Carville and Mary Matalin’s show isn’t just an act,” Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Whispers column at www.usnews.com.

“After all, how can two people who disagree on almost everything political - to the degree of working against each other - have what they and their friends call a strong marriage?” Mr. Bedard asked.

“Well, [Sunday] on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ the degree of both their differences and their warmth toward each other was on stage. And the details suggested that it’s not just a show. Take the pens both used to take notes. Republican Matalin’s was red. Democrat Carville’s was blue. And CNN tells Whispers that they didn’t plan it that way.

“Then, after a tussle over Sarah Palin, Carville reacted sweetly when his wife noted that the controversial Newsweek cover shot of Palin in her jogging outfit at least showed a good-looking politician. ‘You can agree on this,’ said Matalin. ‘She looked good in it, right?’ Without hesitation, he said, ‘She does. Ain’t no doubt about that. You and her are the two best-looking women in the Republican Party.’ ”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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