Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday's wash

Tigers 6, Royals 5: once again Detroit gets to KC's bullpen, overcoming a 5-0 lead. The good: this team can come back. Austin Jackson, the Tigers' rookie centerfielder, continues to play well and get big hits. Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde of the Tigers' bullpen shut the door once Detroit got a lead. But Dontrelle Willis didn't pitch well. Let's hope it's just a blip.

Wow---George W. Bush catching Obama in the polls???:
"Fascinating numbers from Public Policy Polling: "Americans are now pretty evenly divided about whether they would rather have Barack Obama or George W. Bush in the White House. 48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have the old President back. Bush had atrocious approval ratings for his final few years in office, particularly because he lost a lot of support from Republicans and conservative leaning independents... These numbers suggest some peril for Democrats in making Bush a focus of their messaging this fall. A lot of folks who contributed to the former President's low level of popularity now like Obama even less."

That not only should impact how we view possible tactics in the 2010 races...but the entire 2010 race itself. Democrats may be in more trouble than anyone thinks.

In other polling news, two different polls--Susquehanna and Rasmussen--have conservative Pat Toomey with a 10 point lead over Arlen Specter.
It would give conservatives a great deal of satisfaction to see Mr. Specter defeated. I must admit that the possibility of it happening is, er, rather exciting...

Meanwhile, on the question of the generic congressional ballot, some liberal acquaintances of mine got excited the other day when CNN had Democrats leading that, 50-46. But...a GWU/Battleground poll out today has Republicans up 1. And overall, the RCP average has Republicans up 2.5. Still looking awfully good...