Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday's throwdowns

His poll numbers are definitely dropping--see Quinnipiac's latest poll:
"After 199 days in office, President Barack Obama has a 50 – 42 percent job approval rating from American voters, down from 57 – 33 percent July 2 to its lowest level since Inauguration Day, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters disapprove 49 – 45 percent of the way the President is handling the economy and disapprove 52 – 39 percent of the way he is handling health care, but approve 52 – 38 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy. Independent voters split 45 – 45 percent in their overall approval of President Obama, down from 52 – 37 percent in a July 2 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University. Republicans disapprove 77 – 16 percent, while Democrats approve 85 – 9 percent."
That's down around where Rasmussen's latest poll had him, at 49%.
I was thinking the other day that maybe Rasmussen's polls really needed to be questioned--their latest Obama polling seemed to have him at numbers much lower than other polls.
But now I'm not so sure...

BASEBALL DIARY: Tigers' fans will enjoy this big story in the Wall Street Journal today about pitching coach Rick Knapp, and his role in the Tigers' pitching success this year.
As for last night's game, good win last night for the Tigers, as they beat Baltimore 4-2; good pitching again by Edwin Jackson (but then, what else is new), and maybe Magglio Ordonez is coming around--he had a home run last night.
Elsewhere, the news wasn't so good. The Cubs looked flat and lost to Cincinnati, 4-0; journeyman pitcher Justin Lehr held them to only 4 hits.
Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers picked a bad time to struggle on the road; the Angels lost last night again, but so did the Rangers, falling 7-5 in Oakland. Vincente Padilla gave up far too many home runs to a light-hitting As squad...

Another one bites the dust:
"Former Representative William J. Jefferson was convicted Wednesday afternoon of using his office to try to enrich himself and relatives through a web of bribes and payoffs involving business ventures in Africa. A federal court jury in Alexandria, Va., deliberated for five days before finding Mr. Jefferson, 62, a New Orleans Democrat who served in Congress for 18 years until being defeated in 2008, guilty of 11 of 16 counts of bribery, racketeering and money laundering. He was acquitted of obstruction of justice and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal to bribe foreign government officials."
He's one of many Democrats with ethics problems. Republicans would be crazy not to make this an issue in the 2010 elections...