Conservatives Keep Making the Same Mistakes

 

I have enormous respect for Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff. But he wrote an article today which had several statements with which I disagree. Which is fine, except that these are examples of common mistakes made by conservatives today, in my opinion, so I’m using his article simply as a means of pointing out these recurring errors.

The first recurring error is not made by conservatives, but by the media. And I don’t think it’s an error, it’s just a common technique used to cover for Democrat mistakes. After discussing the significant drop in President Biden’s popularity only eight months into his presidency, the news website FiveThirtyEight listed these possible explanations for his dismal poll numbers:  “the decline in Biden’s approval rating was never just about Afghanistan … it was also driven by the resurgent pandemic, dissatisfaction with the economy, or even natural post-honeymoon reversion to a mean that is more realistic in these polarized times.” Of course, when a Republican’s poll numbers drop, it’s because he’s an evil fool with destructive policies. But when a Democrat’s poll numbers drop, it’s, um, complicated.

Ok, fine. But then Mr. Mirengoff made a few points that I really think are common mistakes among conservatives. First of all, he hypothesizes that Mr. Biden won the presidential election by presenting himself as a moderate centrist. With the Democrat party’s surge to the left over the past 10-20 years, I find this unlikely. People know who Democrats are at this point. But regardless, Mr. Mirengoff then hypothesizes that as Mr. Biden continues to govern less like JFK and more like Vladimir Putin, he thinks that American citizens are likely to realize that they’ve made a horrible mistake, and will seek to fix it. When discussing Attorney General Merrick Garland’s infamous memo that told the FBI to view PTA mothers at school board meetings as domestic terrorists, Mr. Mirengoff even used the dreaded “straw that broke the camel’s back” metaphor:

And now, Biden wants federal law enforcement to come down on people who attend school board meetings to vigorously oppose his woke agenda. The Garland Justice Department, led by Biden’s signature “moderate,” wrote the memo ordering this crackdown on America’s parents.

Roger Kimball thinks the Garland memo might well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. He writes:

The reaction to Garland’s memo has been quick and furious. Will this episode be the turning point, the straw that broke the back of President Ice Cream? Coupled with Biden’s response to the harassment of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who was followed into a public bathroom and filmed by shouting activists, maybe so.

I don’t understand the “straw that broke the camel’s back” argument.  How many of those have we had in the past few decades?  “That’s it!!!  They crossed a line now!  Nobody is going to put up with this!”  But then nothing changes.  Again.  Until the next outrage.  And then nothing changes.  Again.  And on and on and on…

Likewise, I don’t think people vote for Democrats expecting them to be centrists.  They know who Democrats are, and they vote for them.  Our voters are further left than they have been in the past.  And that’s it.

Next, Mr. Mirengoff wrote:

Biden’s other core campaign pitch was that he would “restore” competent governance. It too has been exploded. The Afghanistan debacle played a major role in the explosion, to be sure. But Biden also undermines the claim of competence on almost a daily basis with his rambling inability to speak coherently, remember names, and take questions. If he had performed that way in the debates, he would have lost to Trump.

I see a lot of mistakes in this paragraph.

First of all, describing the Biden administration as incompetent makes sense only from a conservative perspective.  From a leftist perspective, they have gotten a lot done.  It’s never enough, of course.  But it appears to me that The Biden Administration has been very competent at moving our country to the left as fast as possible.  This cannot be a shock to those who voted for Biden.  People elect Democrats to move our country to the left, and we are moving left very, very quickly.

Next, Mr. Mirengoff blames some of Mr. Biden’s problems on his dementia and even says that if his dementia had been more obvious in his debates with Mr. Trump, Biden would have lost the election. I really don’t think that’s true. I think that if Mr. Biden had died of a stroke three days before the election, he still would have received 81 million votes, or some reasonable number of votes more than whatever Trump got.

I don’t think Mr. Biden’s dementia is an issue.  And I don’t think that the last election was about Biden anyway.  Our government did not like being led by someone who was not one of them.  So our government replaced that person with someone of their own choosing.  The news media, the riots, the endless accusations of racism, the impeachments, social media, the FBI, the CDC, the educational establishment, Hollywood, maybe even actual voter fraud, and so on – the left did what it had to do to correct the error that the voters made in 2016.  It didn’t matter if Biden was coherent, and it still doesn’t.  The left wants a president who is a compliant Democrat – not a belligerent Republican.  Now, it’s all better.

After that, Mr. Mirengoff pointed out that Bill Clinton lost popularity early on as well, but became more popular after he moved back to the center a bit.  I hear this a lot, and I just can’t imagine Biden doing this.  First of all, I don’t think he’s running anything anyway, and he couldn’t change course if he wanted to.  Next, despite him planning his next campaign already, I’d be surprised if he ran again.  Although he might, I suppose.  But he is either a lame duck president right now, or his administration is being run by people other than him.  Either way, I don’t think that the example of Bill Clinton is relevant here.

Furthermore, as I mentioned, the American electorate has moved left.  Some of that move may be fraudulent, or perhaps it’s not.  But it doesn’t matter whether it’s fraudulent or not.  Biden won 81 million votes after not campaigning on no ideas, and he has no reason to suspect that his upcoming vote total will have anything to do with what he does or does not do.  He thinks he can do whatever he wants.  And he’s right.

Suppose he destroys Afghanistan, our economy, and our allies, and a bunch of other stuff – will the news media, Hollywood, the educational establishment, social media, and the government bureaucracies suddenly start to promote Republicans?  Of course not.  And as long as he has their support, he will win.

He is not going to lose their support, so he figures he can’t lose.  He’s probably right.

My respect for Mr. Mirengoff remains unchanged – he’s a brilliant analyst.  But I read these same ideas over and over, and I just don’t think there’s any reason to suspect that they might be true.

As I often say, I hope I’m wrong about this.

But I don’t think that President Biden is wrong.   He’s correct – he can do whatever he wants.  The polls don’t matter.

If the election was tomorrow, President Biden and his 44% approval rating would win 5 million more votes than whoever the Republicans nominate.  It doesn’t matter.  And he knows it.

Conservatives should recognize this fundamental truth.  You can’t fix a problem that you refuse to acknowledge.

Joe Biden doesn’t matter, and neither does his dementia.  Think about it – of the five men pictured in this article, which one had the least impact on the last presidential election?  The answer is obvious.

Plus, there is nothing that President Biden can do to suddenly convince voters that he is a leftist – that’s what they voted for anyway.  And if they didn’t vote for it, then their opinion doesn’t matter in any case.  Biden won’t be tacking to the center, and he probably couldn’t even if he wanted to.  Our government just replaced a president they didn’t like with one that they did – that is an earth-moving event, and an extraordinary precedent.  That fundamentally changes the relationship between the American citizen and the American government.

Robert Mueller – 2018 Time Person of the Year Runner Up

That’s the position we find ourselves in.  We need to find solutions.

Waiting for the mythical ‘moderate voter’ to wake up is not a solution.  Waiting for the mythical ‘moderate Democrat politician’ to wake up is not a solution.  Waiting for the mythical ‘nonpartisan government bureaucracies’ to wake up is not a solution.

I’m waiting for conservatives to wake up.  I hope that’s a solution.

We’ll see.

Or perhaps we won’t.

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  1. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!)
    @DonG

    Dr. Bastiat: presidential election by presenting himself as a moderate centrist.  With the Democrat party’s surge to the left over the past 10-20 years, I find this unlikely. 

    Biden did present himself a moderate blue-collar Midwest Catholic (at least to people in the Midwest).  It worked well as he won the electoral votes in the Catholic swing-states of WI, MI, PA, while getting crushed in less Catholic Ohio.

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  2. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!)
    @DonG

    Dr. Bastiat: I’m waiting for conservatives to wake up.  I hope that’s a solution.

    First, what is a “conservative”?   I think the only way out of this corporate-communist takeover will be a populist rebuke by working-class families, many of whom voted Democrat in the last decade.  It will be a grass roots revival or bust.

    I was chatting with my lefty daughter a few days back.  She thinks Biden is a neo-liberal (war loving corporatist) and not a true progressive.  I think she doesn’t understand that a hegemonic superpower must be destroyed at the institutional level, before it can “built back better” as a progressive utopia.   When it comes to destroying institutions, the Bidenistas are on one hell of a winning streak.

     

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  3. Jim Chase Member
    Jim Chase
    @JimChase

    The polls (I know, I know) are telling us that his unfavorables are outpacing his favorables across many demographics.  What those polls don’t really show is why – and “why” depends on the demo (particularly the party demo).

    Are low approval ratings due to what his administration has done, or what it has as yet failed to do?  Job approval ratings rarely reveal the policy positions/perspectives people hold.  Instead, they almost always tie approval to identity-based labels (party, gender, race, etc.).  

    All we know now is that there is growing unanimity on the “wrong track” perception – nobody’s happy.  But no one can, or is willing to define or ask what the “right track” is.  Ambiguity is the basis for the growing disconnect. 

    Trust in institutions is likely beyond repair.  Some days, I think the best move “conservatism” could make is an embrace of classical liberalism, repackaged for a 21st Century electorate.  But what do I know.

    Any swing back to the center is going to be portrayed as a hard turn to the right – which progressives will never, ever accept.

     

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  4. Ekosj Member
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    @Ekosj

    Dr. Bastiat: I don’t think people vote for Democrats expecting them to be centrists.  They know who Democrats are, and they vote for them.  Our voters are further left than they have been in the past.  And that’s it.

    I find that the ‘Biden the centrist’ meme is promulgated mostly by …

    1) the allegedly Republican Never-Trumpers who must continue to rationalize their supporting Biden.  It was clear after the Iowa caucus that Biden jettisoned his original  positions and co-opted Bernie Sanders’.   His lurch to the Left was necessary because that’s where the Democrat voters are.

    and

    2) the MSM is required to continue the charade because (and I’m freely speculating here) most people are uncomfortable  labeled as ‘extremists.’   So even though most Democrats now support positions that were beyond the pale in their own party just 10 or 12 years ago, they need to keep telling themselves that they are reasoned and moderate…as is the guy they voted for.

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  5. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    Dr. Bastiat: I don’t understand the “straw that broke the camel’s back” argument.  How many of those have we had in the past few decades?  “That’s it!!!  They crossed a line now!  Nobody is going to put up with this!”  But then nothing changes.  Again.  Until the next outrage.  And then nothing changes.  Again.  And on and on and on…

    Nothing changes because we continue to rely on the Republican Party to champion and enact those changes.

    Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.

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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):
    It worked well as he won the electoral votes in the Catholic swing-states of WI, MI, PA . . .

    He didn’t actually win those states.

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  7. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Perhaps some hope lies in the aphorism “everyone is conservative about what they know best.”  For the people who have them, at least, that would be the children of adults.  Siccing the DoJ/FBI on parents at school board meetings, can’t go down well.  (And people who DON’T have children wouldn’t be at those meetings.)  Even if the parents are truly wannabe-socialists, will they accept being told “if you really want to be socialists you can’t just give us your money and your votes and your freedom, you have to give us your children too”?

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    2) the MSM is required to continue the charade because (and I’m freely speculating here) most people are uncomfortable  labeled as ‘extremists.’   So even though most Democrats now support positions that were beyond the pale in their own party just 10 or 12 years ago, they need to keep telling themselves that they are reasoned and moderate…as is the guy they voted for.

    I have told the story before. About 15 years ago my brother-in-law was making fun of Republicans worrying about Democrats being socialists. In 2020 he had a Red Bernie sign in his yard.

    The more I talk to him, I don’t think he really cares about public policy as long as the Democrats win.

    Everything Moves Towards Communism All Of The Time™

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  9. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I think you’re right, Doc. And I believe we (as a country) are due everything that’s coming to us. We can’t kill a million babies a year, promote decadence and immodesty, spend our kids’ future out from under them and avoid a “wrath of God” moment. This madness can’t go on and it won’t. 

    The only hope we have is to pray for God’s mercy, but I don’t see how we avoid a serious correction. People need a good mugging by reality.

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  10. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    2) the MSM is required to continue the charade because (and I’m freely speculating here) most people are uncomfortable labeled as ‘extremists.’ So even though most Democrats now support positions that were beyond the pale in their own party just 10 or 12 years ago, they need to keep telling themselves that they are reasoned and moderate…as is the guy they voted for.

    I have told the story before. About 15 years ago my brother-in-law was making fun of Republicans worrying about Democrats being socialists. In 2020 he had a Red Bernie sign in his yard.

    The more I talk to him, I don’t think he really cares about public policy as long as the Democrats win.

    Everything Moves Towards Communism All Of The Time™

    I suggest an edit.

    “Stupid People Move Towards Communism All Of The Time.”

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  11. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    I think you’re right, Doc. And I believe we (as a country) are due everything that’s coming to us. We can’t kill a million babies a year, promote decadence and immodesty, spend our kids’ future out from under them and avoid a “wrath of God” moment. This madness can’t go on and it won’t.

    The only hope we have is to pray for God’s mercy, but I don’t see how we avoid a serious correction. People need a good mugging by reality.

    THOSE people need a good mugging by reality.

    I’m just fine.

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  12. RufusRJones Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    2) the MSM is required to continue the charade because (and I’m freely speculating here) most people are uncomfortable labeled as ‘extremists.’ So even though most Democrats now support positions that were beyond the pale in their own party just 10 or 12 years ago, they need to keep telling themselves that they are reasoned and moderate…as is the guy they voted for.

    I have told the story before. About 15 years ago my brother-in-law was making fun of Republicans worrying about Democrats being socialists. In 2020 he had a Red Bernie sign in his yard.

    The more I talk to him, I don’t think he really cares about public policy as long as the Democrats win.

    Everything Moves Towards Communism All Of The Time™

    I suggest an edit.

    “Stupid People Move Towards Communism All Of The Time.”

    Well, my point is, the system moves towards communism all the time. I don’t think that’s debatable.

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  13. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    2) the MSM is required to continue the charade because (and I’m freely speculating here) most people are uncomfortable labeled as ‘extremists.’ So even though most Democrats now support positions that were beyond the pale in their own party just 10 or 12 years ago, they need to keep telling themselves that they are reasoned and moderate…as is the guy they voted for.

    I have told the story before. About 15 years ago my brother-in-law was making fun of Republicans worrying about Democrats being socialists. In 2020 he had a Red Bernie sign in his yard.

    The more I talk to him, I don’t think he really cares about public policy as long as the Democrats win.

    Everything Moves Towards Communism All Of The Time™

    I suggest an edit.

    “Stupid People Move Towards Communism All Of The Time.”

    Well, my point is, the system moves towards communism all the time. I don’t think that’s debatable.

    It’s because stupid people have too much influence.

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  14. RufusRJones Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    2) the MSM is required to continue the charade because (and I’m freely speculating here) most people are uncomfortable labeled as ‘extremists.’ So even though most Democrats now support positions that were beyond the pale in their own party just 10 or 12 years ago, they need to keep telling themselves that they are reasoned and moderate…as is the guy they voted for.

    I have told the story before. About 15 years ago my brother-in-law was making fun of Republicans worrying about Democrats being socialists. In 2020 he had a Red Bernie sign in his yard.

    The more I talk to him, I don’t think he really cares about public policy as long as the Democrats win.

    Everything Moves Towards Communism All Of The Time™

    I suggest an edit.

    “Stupid People Move Towards Communism All Of The Time.”

    Well, my point is, the system moves towards communism all the time. I don’t think that’s debatable.

    It’s because stupid people have too much influence.

    Fair enough.

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  15. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    Biden did not win, and things are not getting better.  Mirengoff, bless his gentle heart, is indistinguishable from the QAnon retards who think we should just Follow The Plan.  All the way to the camps.  

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  16. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    “But when a Democrat’s poll numbers drop, it’s, um, complicated.”

    Naw, it’s seasonal, according to Joe. Just like the ongoing border catastrophe.

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  17. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Dr. Bastiat: Our government did not like being led by someone who was not one of them.  So our government replaced that person with someone of their own choosing.

    And they chose poorly.

    Dr. Bastiat: After that, Mr. Mirengoff pointed out that Bill Clinton lost popularity early on as well, but became more popular after he moved back to the center a bit.  I hear this a lot, and I just can’t imagine Biden doing this.

    Biden won’t move toward the center because he doesn’t know where he is in the first place.  That, and his handlers (whoever they are) wouldn’t let him if he tried.  I still find it hard to believe voters would elect Mr. Potato Head over someone who got America back up and running . . .

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  18. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Stad (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Our government did not like being led by someone who was not one of them. So our government replaced that person with someone of their own choosing.

    And they chose poorly.

    Dr. Bastiat: After that, Mr. Mirengoff pointed out that Bill Clinton lost popularity early on as well, but became more popular after he moved back to the center a bit. I hear this a lot, and I just can’t imagine Biden doing this.

    Biden won’t move toward the center because he doesn’t know where he is in the first place. That, and his handlers (whoever they are) wouldn’t let him if he tried. I still find it hard to believe voters would elect Mr. Potato Head over someone who got America back up and running . . .

    Too many Americans are also Mr and Mrs Potato Head.

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  19. BDB Coolidge
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    @BDB

    Stad (View Comment):
    I still find it hard to believe voters would elect Mr. Potato Head over someone who got America back up and running . . .

    With good reason.

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  20. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: I don’t understand the “straw that broke the camel’s back” argument. How many of those have we had in the past few decades? “That’s it!!! They crossed a line now! Nobody is going to put up with this!” But then nothing changes. Again. Until the next outrage. And then nothing changes. Again. And on and on and on…

    Nothing changes because we continue to rely on the Republican Party to champion and enact those changes.

    Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.

    Yes, but where are we going to go?

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  21. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: I don’t understand the “straw that broke the camel’s back” argument. How many of those have we had in the past few decades? “That’s it!!! They crossed a line now! Nobody is going to put up with this!” But then nothing changes. Again. Until the next outrage. And then nothing changes. Again. And on and on and on…

    Nothing changes because we continue to rely on the Republican Party to champion and enact those changes.

    Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.

    Yes, but where are we going to go?

    And that, in a nutshell, is why the Republicans can get away with doing nothing.

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  22. Randy Webster Member
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    Jim Chase (View Comment):
    Are low approval ratings due to what his administration has done, or what it has as yet failed to do? 

    This is why I think “Are you happy with the direction the country is going?” questions are stupid.  I’m unhappy because of the tilt left.  Leftists are unhappy with the lack of progress.  That question tells you nothing.

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  23. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    @drbastiat

    Stad (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Our government did not like being led by someone who was not one of them.  So our government replaced that person with someone of their own choosing.

    And they chose poorly.

    No, they didn’t.  Not from the perspective of the government.  It’s growing faster and faster.  We’re about to dump $5 trillion more money into it.  Maybe more.

    Biden is delivering for those who got him into office. 

    They chose wisely.  From their perspective.

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  24. Terry Mott Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jim Chase (View Comment):
    Are low approval ratings due to what his administration has done, or what it has as yet failed to do?

    This is why I think “Are you happy with the direction the country is going?” questions are stupid. I’m unhappy because of the tilt left. Leftists are unhappy with the lack of progress. That question tells you nothing.

    I took a call from a pollster back during the Iraq war.  There were questions like, “Are you pleased with the president’s handling of the war?”  My honest answer was “No,” because I thought he wasn’t being aggressive enough, but it was plain that that answer would be spun 180 degrees to instead imply that I thought we shouldn’t be fighting at all.

    I haven’t answered a poll since.

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  25. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Our government did not like being led by someone who was not one of them. So our government replaced that person with someone of their own choosing.

    And they chose poorly.

    Dr. Bastiat: After that, Mr. Mirengoff pointed out that Bill Clinton lost popularity early on as well, but became more popular after he moved back to the center a bit. I hear this a lot, and I just can’t imagine Biden doing this.

    Biden won’t move toward the center because he doesn’t know where he is in the first place. That, and his handlers (whoever they are) wouldn’t let him if he tried. I still find it hard to believe voters would elect Mr. Potato Head over someone who got America back up and running . . .

    Too many Americans are also Mr and Mrs Potato Head.

    Takes one to know one?  Hehe . . .

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  26. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Terry Mott (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jim Chase (View Comment):
    Are low approval ratings due to what his administration has done, or what it has as yet failed to do?

    This is why I think “Are you happy with the direction the country is going?” questions are stupid. I’m unhappy because of the tilt left. Leftists are unhappy with the lack of progress. That question tells you nothing.

    I took a call from a pollster back during the Iraq war. There were questions like, “Are you pleased with the president’s handling of the war?” My honest answer was “No,” because I thought he wasn’t being aggressive enough, but it was plain that that answer would be spun 180 degrees to instead imply that I thought we shouldn’t be fighting at all.

    I haven’t answered a poll since.

    Yep.  Without that follow-up question (the “why” part), polls tend to be unreliable.

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  27. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    I tend to ignore those calls.

    Well, no . . . I tend to yell at the robots making those calls.

    It’s pointless, but it’s cathartic.

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  28. Basil Fawlty Member
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    @BasilFawlty

    This:

    https://www.steynonline.com/11744/your-way-or-the-norway

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  29. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Stad (View Comment):

    Terry Mott (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jim Chase (View Comment):
    Are low approval ratings due to what his administration has done, or what it has as yet failed to do?

    This is why I think “Are you happy with the direction the country is going?” questions are stupid. I’m unhappy because of the tilt left. Leftists are unhappy with the lack of progress. That question tells you nothing.

    I took a call from a pollster back during the Iraq war. There were questions like, “Are you pleased with the president’s handling of the war?” My honest answer was “No,” because I thought he wasn’t being aggressive enough, but it was plain that that answer would be spun 180 degrees to instead imply that I thought we shouldn’t be fighting at all.

    I haven’t answered a poll since.

    Yep. Without that follow-up question (the “why” part), polls tend to be unreliable.

    Knowing that, I don’t worry about things like “I don’t think Trump is really doing that great, since I don’t think he’s doing ENOUGH.”  Just answer in the way that will direct the poll in the right direction.

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  30. Headedwest Coolidge
    Headedwest
    @Headedwest

    I — along with quite a few other readers of the Powerline blog — no longer bother reading Mirengoff posts. He is at best a tepid conservative, and possibly flying a false flag.

    Plus, he writes posts on soccer games. The posts are almost as boring as watching a soccer game.

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