Sunday, May 14, 2006

CNN's Anti-Bush Poll

They don’t call it the Clinton News Network for nothing. The entire sample must be from Massachusetts.

Poll: Clinton outperformed Bush

Clinton was the king of marketing for sure, and Bush is especially bad at it. I have to question some of this though. I mean for goodness sakes, Clinton leads in foreign affairs. What kind of sick joke is that?

On foreign affairs, the margin was 56 percent to 32 percent in Clinton's favor;

The most notable foreign affairs accomplishment of the Clinton Administration was the blasting of the Serb Army into oblivion. Luckily, we didn't have to take any ground during that affair, since, at the time, we were afraid to put troops on the ground. Notably, all of the Iraq whiners have nothing much to say about that. Then there was that great Somalia retreat, which, among other inaction, encouraged Osama and his friend to continue their war against America. How about that USS Cole debacle to which we didn’t react? What about the bombing of the Sudanese aspirin factory and the empty Afghan caves. And has everyone forgotten the pardoning of Mark Rich?

Respondents favored Clinton by greater than 2-to-1 margins when asked who did a better job at handling the economy (63 percent Clinton, 26 percent Bush) and solving the problems of ordinary Americans.

I have to chalk that one up to marketing and media. The economy is the same. Gas prices are higher, but inflation isn’t. We are at full employment despite droves of illegals taking lower paying jobs. I really believe that the media has many convinced that we are returning to soup lines and dust bowls.

on taxes, it was 51 percent to 35 percent for Clinton;

That’s just confusing. I just don’t believe that a majority want higher taxes. It’s patently absurd, and makes me question the validity of the entire poll. Of course, the fact that it was administered for CNN made me do that in the first place.

on handling natural disasters, it was 51 percent to 30 percent, also favoring Clinton.

I’m trying to remember a natural disaster on the scale of Katrina during the '90s. Perhaps an earthquake in San Francisco. I have to think that the same levies were in place in New Orleans during Clinton’s time. What a stupid question.

In any case, the whole premise of this poll is absurd. Had the same poll been taken shortly after Clinton was caught holding extra meetings with his interns, he couldn’t have beaten Calvin Coolidge in a popularity contest. So why was this poll even taken? It couldn't possibly be an agenda could it? CNN is entirely too upstanding for that. I'm at a loss.