21 May 2013

The public brushes off the "scamdals"

After a couple of weeks of the right wing desperately flailing at the deceased equines of Benghazi, AP, IRS/teabag, Marine-umbrellagate, and whatever else they can come up with, the American people have drawn their own conclusions.  Those conclusions are not what the passed-on pony pummelers were hoping for.

Here's a summary of the relevant results from the latest CNN national poll.  Obama's approval rating is at 53%, actually up a couple of points from the last poll in early April.  The Democratic party's favorable / unfavorable rating has seen a net shift of 11 points in its favor, far outside the margin of error.  The Republicans' favorable / unfavorable rating is 35-to-59, eight points worse than in early April -- and the worst unfavorable rating they've had since CNN started tracking the question in 1992.  (Update:  More analysis here.)

(And as noted in the last link round-up, Democratic candidates in Virginia and Massachusetts have even gotten a boost in the same period.)

As I've said before, if the Republican party were a centipede, it would still be running out of feet to shoot itself in.

There are already signs that right wing is starting to realize the scamdals aren't working.  The Washington Post describes them as "falling apart".  Skimming major wingnutosphere sites such as RedState, PowerLine, Breitbart, and PJ Media, at least at the moment I see far less front-page coverage of them than in the last week or two, though Hot Air is still giving them plenty of play.  PowerLine even posts that the "narrative" on one scamdal "isn't compelling".

The tornado disaster in Oklahoma and Texas will probably provide a face-saving opportunity for the right wing to back down on the scamdals, letting them fume that it drove them from the headlines just as the public was surely about to start paying attention and turn against Obama.  I worry a bit about where that could lead, though.  How long will it be before we see a "tornado truther" movement claiming that Obama somehow staged the tornado to distract the public?


Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Yes, faux news and the right-wing nutjobs moaned and pouted that Hurricane Sandy took the media's focus off of BENGHAZI, now this massive tornado is going to free him again!

21 May, 2013 11:14  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

"How long will it be before we see a "tornado truther" movement claiming that Obama somehow staged the tornado to distract the public?"

Not long, I'm afraid...Alex Jones has stepped up to the plate.


22 May, 2013 04:45  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Marc McKenzie beat me to it, but yes, the bottom-feeding crazy Alex Jones has implied that the gummint could have sent helicopters (did he mean "black helicopters?)"in and around the clouds."

Here it is from Wonkette:

"While he explained that “natural tornadoes” do exist and that he’s not sure if a government “weather weapon” was involved in the Oklahoma disaster, Jones warned nonetheless that the government “can create and steer groups of tornadoes.”

According to Jones, this possibility hinges on whether people spotted helicopters and small aircraft “in and around the clouds, spraying and doing things.” He added, “if you saw that, you better bet your bottom dollar they did this, but who knows if they did. You know, that’s the thing, we don’t know.”

No one likes to use the words "mentally unhinged " loosely, but in Jones' case where else can you go to find an apt description of him?

Unless...nah. He wouldn't do that, would he? Just shovel raw red meat to the base and get more listeners?

Interesting fact I read today on a site talking about vegans vs. meat eaters:

Meat eaters have the MOST FOUL flatulence.

Could this be why the GOP's approval ratings are sinking?

Because they're stinking?

Who knew?

22 May, 2013 09:23  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Grung: Whatever helps them maintain their delusions, I guess -- so they don't have to recognize that they're losing a fair fight.

Marc: Figures. Whenever we think conspiratardia has hit rock bottom of dumbth, Alex Jones is always there to show it's possible to go even lower.

Shaw: While he explained that “natural tornadoes” do exist

I'm amazed he makes even that much of a concession, rather than blaming Obama for all tornadoes since the dawn of time.

Whether he's crazy or just trying to get listeners by out-wingnutting the competition, whatever station is providing him a platform is being grossly irresponsible.

Meat eaters have the MOST FOUL flatulence.

I've heard this as well, although I'd argue that Jones's mental flatulence is even worse.

22 May, 2013 11:17  

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