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Well, that was fun. You were fairly popular for a while, Mr. President, and now you’re back to the same partisan split in approval and disapproval as before the election.
RealClearPolitics averages several major national polls to come up with a composite picture:
That approaching convergence near the end means that almost as many approve as disapprove of the president. Second terms are notoriously difficult on incumbent presidents, and if the Democrat Party seeks future national success, it might want to avoid a Harry Truman-like tanking of the president’s approval rating.
Not a perpetual campaign of bl owing smoke up people’s arses, but actually getting something positive accomplished for the good of the country would be a refreshing start. If the economy doesn’t get going in terms of production and actual job creation in the private sector (not window-dressing of millions dropping out of labor force), this could be a disastrous four years for the Democrat brand.
The New York Daily News, the country’s fifth largest newspaper, endorsed Mitt Romney on Sunday, joining the ranks of more than a dozen papers that have turned away from Barack Obama after endorsing his candidacy in 2008.
The paper’s endorsement came as a surprise: the News has a staunchly Democratic editorial viewpoint. The Daily News is also owned by one of the country’s most respected and influential Democrats, Mort Zuckerman, the billionaire real estate mogul.
But the New York daily staked its arguments against Obama not on politics but the economy, charging that President Obama’s promises went unfulfilled.
The discovery of a tomb that experts believe might be that of a great Maya queen could redefine the understanding of women’s political roles during the Classic Maya period, experts said Thursday.
A team of U.S. and Guatemalan experts led by anthropologist David Freidel found a stone jar at a burial chamber in northern Guatemala that led them to believe it is the burial site of Lady K’abel, considered the military governor of an ancient Maya city during the 7th century.
“Lady K’abel was buried 11 meters down from the surface in a temple near a stairway,” Freidel said. “K’abel was not a regular person. To put her in that location means that it was important; it means that people continued to worship her after the fall of the dynasty.”
The team working in the royal Maya city of El Peru-Waka also found other evidence, such as ceramic vessels, jade jewelry, thousands of obsidian blades and a large stone with carvings referring to Lady K’abel.
The alabaster jar showed the head and arm of an aged woman emerging from the opening and glyphs pointing to the name of the queen, Guatemala’s cultural ministry said in a statement Thursday.
“The royal tomb shows that women have been leaders in the past and we must now assume and exercise political participation to strengthen the role of women in the new era,” Rosa Maria Chan, deputy minister for cultural and natural heritage, said in the statement.
K’abel, considered the greatest ruler of the Late Classic period, ruled with her husband, K’inich Bahlam, for at least 20 years in the 7th century, Freidel said. She was the military governor of the Waka kingdom for her family, the imperial house of the Snake King, and she carried the title “Kaloomte” — translated as “Supreme Warrior,” higher in authority than her husband, the king.
Freidel, who is from Washington University in St. Louis, said the findings at the ruins of El Peru-Waka were “serendipitous.”
“In retrospect, it makes a lot of sense that the people of Waka buried her in this particularly prominent place in their city,” Freidel said.
For Marcello A. Canuto, director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University, the alabaster identifies the tomb as that of the “Lady of Kaan” and noted there is a stela erected in her honor at the archaeological site.
“She has been given all the honors a male king would have been given,” Canuto said. “It’s not the first such tomb discovered, but it gives an idea of the important role women played in forging dynastic alliances, and the status they enjoyed.”
Traci Ardren, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Miami and a Mayan archaeologist specializing in gender relations, said the traditional belief that Maya men occupied a more important place than women has to do with the amount of images in Mayan art that show men in positions of authority.
“People like Lady K’abel show there were examples of extraordinary women that were able to position themselves in powerful roles, were incredibly successful and were accepted by society,” Ardren said.
Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first African-American president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.
The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood.
It might be time to tune out mainstream media polls. But a quick point is in order. Mitt Romney is still polling very well with independents, and Barack Obama’s post-convention bounce has evaporated.
In a WaPo/ABC poll that had Obama up by one point, Romney led independents by 11 and this group was weighted at 36% turnout among likely voters. The Republicans were weighted at 27%, which would be one of the lowest turnouts in modern election history. The Republican turnout in 2008 was 32% and it was 35% in 2010.
As anyone who actually talks to Republicans knows, they are ready to walk over hot coals to vote Barack Obama out of office. So these polls don’t even seem close to being accurate. The enthusiasm gap is the lowest among Democrats in decades, so it is hard to see how they are going to be able to outdraw voters in this Get Out the Vote or GOTV election year.
By contrast, CNN ran a particularly egregious poll that cut independents down to 5%, which gave Obama a +5 advantage. Romney led independents by +14 in the poll, so reducing the group’s weight diminished his competitiveness.
Obama has a slight lead in most polls nationwide, which is not the same thing as leading in swing states. In big states like California and New York, Obama is heavily favored, making the national polls misleading if one is solely using them to gauge the election.
Leading independents is crucial to winning swing states, and in that regard, Romney is doing fairly well. If Mitt Romney continues to show leadership tempered by humility, then he should present a favorable presidential alternative to independents in coming months.
“Even after the Super Bowl victory of the New Orleans Saints,
I have noticed a large number of people implying, with bad jokes,
that Cajuns aren’t smart.I would like to state for the record that I
disagree with that assessment. Anybody that would build a city
five feet below sea level in a hurricane zone and fill it with
Democrats who can’t swim is a genius.”
Columnist Andrew McCarthy gives us what probably is the most important question regarding the upcoming presidential election…
“If Mitt wins the nomination, as seems very likely, I will enthusiastically support his candidacy. For my friends who may have hesitation on that score, I’d just ask you to keep four things in mind:
1. Justice Scalia just turned 78
2. Justice Kennedy will turn 78 later this year
3. Justice Breyer will be 76 in August
4. Justice Ginsburg turned 81 about a week ago.
Whoever we elect as president in November it is almost certainly going to choose at least one and maybe more new members of the Supreme Court — in addition to hundreds of other life-tenured federal judges, all of whom will be making momentous decisions about our lives for decades to come.
If you don’t think it matters whether the guy making those calls is Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, I think you’re smokin’ something ‘funky.'”
So for anybody who is thinking of not voting because your favorite didn’t get nominated, or writing in a candidate who can’t win…, just imagine this possibility:
‘SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
Did that get your attention? I sure hope so…