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Perhaps the Obama re-election campaign sees some potential for Republican outreach in its preoccupation with Mitt Romney’s alleged mistreatment of Seamus the dog. A 2006 Gallup poll estimated that 43% of Americans own a dog, and that 70% describe themselves as “dog persons.” A 2007 Gallup poll found that the demographic groups most likely to own dogs are among those Obama has the most trouble with, including: whites (47%) and married people (52%).
The Freakonomics website cites a 2008 Gallup poll that found that 33% of dog owners identified as Republican, while just 28% of cat owners called themselves Republicans. The Democratic dog-cat slip was about even. And in July 2008, An AP-Yahoo News poll found that dog owners favored Republican presidential nominee John McCain over Obama, 43% to 34%.
Candidate Obama pledged to launch a “new era of bipartisanship.” But we’ve seen very little outreach or aisle-crossing from the president. And Obama has suffered for it. His RCP average approval rating among Republicans languishes at 11%. Of course, Obama’s dog distraction probably won’t work. Dog owners already have enough reasons to vote against Obama, including the rising cost of dog food.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online