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Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck again

March 24, 2010

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Was the N-word used at the Capitol Hill Tea Rarty rally? I doubt it. A number of people were filming the rally but no tape has surfaced to back the claims. Do you honestly think it wouldn’t have if someone had actually been yelling racial slurs?

AZ verges on making it much much easier to carry a concealed weapon. As long as you aren’t a felon or a psychopath I have no problem with this.

Insurance companies embracing the Limbaugh plan?

However, it’s not just the underinsured who will be looking abroad for medical care. With increased strain placed on medical services in the U.S. – because of greater demand – insurance companies will start offering incentives for their clients to receive medical treatment abroad.

“Outside of the United States, medical care is less expensive – in some areas, five or six times so,” he said. “Insurance companies and employers recognize the price differential and will encourage patients to seek attention abroad.”

More Beck fun – Is he really suggesting that the Obama administration is trying to, or will try to, have him killed?

Wait, I thought it was the GOP attending the health care summit that inspired Democrats to seek procedural means to pass health care reform –

In fact, Democrats now say Brown’s election as the so-called “41st vote” to block Obama’s health-care overhaul inspired them to seek procedural means to bypass GOP efforts to derail the bill.

“Scott Brown’s election actually delivered health-care reform, because we didn’t need the 60 votes to make it happen. He delivered a significant victory in that,” Walsh said.

I’m so confused. Crittenden goes on to offer some advice to the GOP, namely that November is still 7 months away and attention spans and patience are short. I said it the other day, It will be just as easy to lose in November as win. We need to play this right.

The Other McCain also thinks 7 months is a long time in politics –

Seven months and one week before Election Day, Democrats have begun declaring loudly that the one constant of the past seven months will change dramatically between now and Nov. 2. Unpopular as a legislative proposal, ObamaCare will be enthusiastically embraced by voters, we are assured by Democrats and their media friends, now that it is a fait accompli.

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Democrats seeking a forecast for Nov. 2 would be wise to ignore the cheerleading from their media friends and instead take a closer look at the poll numbers. Of the likely voters Rasmussen surveyed last week, 26 percent “strongly favor” the health-care bill, while 15 percent “somewhat favor” it. That 41 percent “favor” total was exceeded by the 45 percent of voters who “strongly oppose” the bill. Add another 9 percent who “somewhat oppose” ObamaCare, and opponents comprised a solid 54 percent electoral majority — an overall 13-point edge for opponents. But it is the 19-point gap between “strongly favor” and “strongly oppose” that really casts doubt on any talk of a “turnaround” in favor of the previously unpopular proposal.

“The intensity is stronger among those who oppose the plan,” as Rasmussen explained, despite the fact that most voters (64 percent) said they believed Congress was likely to pass the bill. “The disconnect between sustained public opposition to the health care plan and the belief it may pass may be one reason that just 21% of voters believe the federal government has the consent of the governed. This follows a similar disconnect on the bailouts, the government takeover of General Motors and other initiatives that were approved in the past year despite strong public opposition.”

That “disconnect” between the governing class in Washington and American voters is invisible to liberal pundits like Time magazine’s Mark Halperin, who predicted Democratic victory in November because President Obama will “bask once again in the glow of positive press coverage” in the wake of the health-care bill’s enactment.”

RSM may have a point about media types underestimating the disconnect between Washington and voters, but on the other hand I suspect that conservatives may be overestimating it’s effect. Most people just aren’t that interested in politics and maintaining a high level of awareness and anger without generating backlash will be tough. Example – Last night Mr. X and I went to the pub down the street for dinner (they make an excellent French Dip sandwich) while we were there Fox News was on and they started talking about health care. Someone hollered for he channel to be changed and there was an almost universal agreement. People are already tired of it.

Disconnect – Headline, Government vaccine contaminated
. What the article actually says –

Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus.

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Rotarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, was approved by the FDA in 2008. The contaminant material is DNA from porcine circovirus 1, a virus from pigs that is not known to cause disease in humans or animals, Hamburg said.

The headline implies the government manufactured the virus when in actuality it is made by a private company and the FDA in the course of performing the statutory monitoring duties discovered the contamination.

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