Today’s Dish

Let’s start the morning off with something good. To no one’s surprise, our Shero’s approval rating is off the charts.

A new poll of avid news watchers shows that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a much higher approval rating than the man she once campaigned against and now works for, President Barack Obama.

In the poll of 800 registered voters who are self-identified “news watchers,” Clinton had a 75 percent approval rating and a 21 percent disapproval rating overall. Obama, in contrast, had a 51 percent approval and a 45 percent disapproval rating.


Clarus president Ron Faucheux said one reason for Clinton’s high poll numbers is her high approval among Republicans – numbers he said position her well to run for president again in the future, if she chooses. Clinton had 96 percent approval among Democrats, a healthy 57 percent approval among Republicans, and 65 percent approval among Independents. Obama was nearly as popular among Democrats – 93 percent – but his numbers among Republicans and Independents fell off dramatically, at 19 percent and 33 percent respectively


Asked about any future Clinton presidential bid, he said, “She’s in good shape now.”

Is it completely impossible for Hillary to run in 2012?

She made a recent obligatory denial of interest in running for president, but such denials are not taken seriously. After all, both the current president and the previous Democratic president flatly denied having any intention of running yet cheerfully turned up to take their oaths of office promptly thereafter.

Only God knows what will happen to America in the next year and a half (and he hasn’t told me), but it is not implausible that by 2012, the Democratic Party will see Hillary Clinton’s nomination as its best chance for keeping the White House.

Also, I don’t think Hillary would be able to say she would be interested in running again. As Secretary of State she is currently out of politics and I don’t think she is allowed to conduct any kind of Campaign. Now, that doesn’t mean we should put all of our eggs in a Hillary basket for 2012, as lovely as that basket might be, but it would be fabulous if she ran again, wouldn’t it? I’d rather look forward to a Hillary/Franken ticket in 2012 than have my only choices be Obama/Biden or Palin/Romney. Goddess save America.

In an interview recorded Saturday and broadcast on “FOX News Sunday,” Palin said she would run “if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family.”

“I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country,” Palin said, later adding: “I won’t close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future.”

Despite disagreeing with her politically on the issues, I initially liked Sarah Palin because of her willingness to go against the Republican establishment and the oil companies and expose corruption in her state and party. But now it looks like she is being financed by someone (my Gods, just look at her recent double standard concerning Rush and the ‘R’ word), and frankly she doesn’t appear to have as good of a grasp on policy as she should. I would no sooner vote for her than I would vote for Obama, because they both seem to have the same level of experience and substance: none. Of course, she still isn’t half as bad as most of the other Republicans in this country and the fauxgressives still seem to be obsessed with her and believe her to be the epitome of all evil, a belief for which I will continue to mock them. But its also fairly obvious that Sarah is running in 2012. She looks like she’s taking the Nixon route: going as for to the right as possible to secure her base before she gets the nomination. After that she’ll return to the center, which is where she is known to have governed from in Alaska. If she does get the nomination, and Obama continues on his collision course and decides to run for reelection and Hillary doesn’t end up challenging him, it looks like we’ll be seeing President Palin in 2012.

In the meantime, more ass kissing for Wall Street, courtesy of our Beloved Leader.

As recently as just a few weeks ago, President Obama called massive Wall Street bonuses “obscene,” language that fit right in with his previous descriptions for them such as “the height of irresponsibility” and “shameful,” an “outrage” and a violation “our fundamental values.”

But in an interview published today with Bloomberg Business Week, the president struck a different note.

Asked about the $17 million bonus given to Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the $9 million bonuses going to Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO, the president said, “I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen. I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system.”

Oh no! Trouble for my favorite kind of car!

TOKYO — Honda Motor Co. is adding 437,000 vehicles to its 15-month old global recall for faulty airbags in the latest quality problem to hit a Japanese automaker.

The company will replace the driver’s side air bag inflator on the cars because they can deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator to rupture and injure or kill the driver.

Japan’s No. 2 automaker originally announced the recall to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in November 2008 and the total of number vehicles recalled since then is approaching 1 million.

Sorry labor unions, but I still refuse to buy American. GE’s environmental practices are criminal. And besides, this Toyota recall is overblown:

Does Toyota—or any car company—deserve this? Well, if they are knowingly selling an unsafe car, yes. But is that what’s going on here? Not so fast. There’s no question that unintended acceleration is a serious problem that needs to be fixed. But a little perspective is in order. As Popular Mechanics automotive editor Larry Webster has pointed out, every major carmaker receives occasional reports of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA). In the last decade, the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency logged some 24,000 SUA complaints. Less than 50 of these red flags were investigated. Why so few? The main reason is the nebulous nature of SUA. Often the problem occurs once, never to happen again. It’s tough to fix a defect that can’t be replicated. And then there’s the driver variable. As awful as this is to think about, it’s been shown that sometimes drivers simply mix up which pedal they’re pushing. In the late 1980s, the Audi 5000 was the target of a barrage of SUA allegations, lawsuits and press reports (including a notorious “60 Minutes” episode that was later discredited). Then, as now, there were accusations that mysterious electronic gremlins somehow took over the car. In the end, NHTSA concluded that driver error was the only likely explanation for the incidents.

But many safety concerns do have validity, and every carmaker has conducted numerous recalls involving critical safety features of their vehicles—brakes, steering, airbags, seat belts, and more. Still, the fact that some safety problems don’t emerge until cars have been on the road for months or years is not a sign that automakers are criminally cavalier about safety. Quite the opposite. The safety issues that lead to recalls generally occur in very small numbers, often barely rising above statistical noise. Toyota’s unintended acceleration problem, for instance, involved a handful of cases in literally billions of miles of driving.

Governor Paterson says recent swinger rumors about him are racially motivated.

In the midst of swirling rumors of a soon-to-be published bombshell story, New York Gov. David Paterson (D) said Wednesday that criticism of him has been motivated by his race.


“I’m black, I’m blind, and I’m still alive,” Paterson said. “Now how much better do they want me to be?”

Very inspirational Governor, but swingers come in all shapes, sizes and colors and this country could use a good sex scandal. Think of the children!

Scott Brown plans on writing an “inspirational” memoir.

EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is writing a book – Gail Gitcho, his Senate communications director: “Senator Brown is honored and humbled to be approached by many people who want him to tell his inspirational personal story about his life leading up to his election as a United State Senator from Massachusetts. He will tell his story in a book in hopes of providing insight and encouragement to others and also to ensure that the record is complete and accurate. Part of the book proceeds will be donated to charity. Senator Brown will work with a collaborator so he can continue to focus fully on his service to the people of Massachusetts, which is, and always will be, his first priority.”

The only “inspirational” part of his life I am interested in is his centerfold life. No doubt that is what everyone else will be interested in to.

And finally, look at how mature and grown up our current White House is:

You can’t get any more infantile than that.


3 Responses

  1. It’s about the Prius. Do they ever hate that goddamn, climate-cooling Prius!

  2. I am going to drive my 2004 Honda Element (made in KY) for years to come. The American auto industry got my money via the bail-outs.

  3. I have seen some comments on sites that imply that US auto workers have somehow been sabotaging (sp?) the cars, but Toyota has also been recalling cars in Japan. Whatever the problems are, it is not because of US auto workers.

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