Obama Leads All GOP By Double Digits

We have a new national poll from Suffolk University claiming Barack Obama leads all the Republican presidential candidates by double digits.

Barack Obaam (D-inc) 47%
Mitt Romney (R) 37%

Barack Obama (D-inc) 49%
Rick Santorum 35%

Barack Obama (D-inc) 50%
Newt Gingrich (R) 31%

This poll was done March 21-25 among 1070 registered voters.

Posted by Dave at 12:32 pm
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123 Responses to “Obama Leads All GOP By Double Digits”

  1. SusyQue says:


  2. AuthorLMendez, Liberterian For Romney says:

    looks like an outlier to me. not that Obama is in the lead but that he’s up by 10, I think the number is more like +3-5 for Obama right now

  3. EML says:

    157 – while I appreciate the effort, CA, WI, and MD are not winner take all. They all allocate by Congressional District.

    CA: 159 delegates by CD, 10 at-large winner take all

    WI: 24 delegates by CD, 18 at-large winner take all

    MD: 24 delegates by CD, 10 at-large winner take all

    I don’t think Santorum gets shut out of any of these states, especially when it’s hard to say what’s going to happen in districts likes Nancy Pelosi’s and Maxine Waters, ie 80%+ Obama districts where you will have a very small number of Republican primary voters.

  4. EML says:

    But I will say – I think we’ve seen shenanigans from Democrats in some of the primaries up to now (eg Santorum winning MI-13 and OH-03). Going forward, we are going to see more states like Illinois, where federal and statewide races are held on the same day and Democrats will feel compelled to vote in their primaries instead of crossing over.

    Upcoming states that have presidential primaries and federal/statewide primaries on the same day: MD, WI, PA, IN, NC, WV, OR, AR, KY, TX, CA, NJ, NM, SD.

  5. SusyQue says:

    #4 EML…Seeking clarity…Are you saying Santorium’s #’s are aided by Dems because they don’t want Romney to win the primary?

  6. Tim says:

    Even with a millionaire sugar daddy in his pocket, I just don’t understand why Newt doesn’t give it up. He has to know there is just no way for him to even finish 2nd in delegates, at this point.

  7. janz says:

    #6 To even run for President, one has to have a tremendous ego. To step aside one has to have a sense of humilty. Gingrich has lots of the former and little of the latter.

  8. DW says:

    3…Here is The Green Papers definition of WINNER-TAKE-ALL:

    “the current form of the WINNER-TAKE-ALL primary, in most cases, allocates district and at-large delegates separately so that a presidential contender might lose the statewide vote yet still, by winning a district or few, pick up all the delegates from those districts: as a result, the WINNER-TAKE-ALL type as currently used by Republicans in most states where it is found does not necessarily allocate ALL of a state’s delegates to the statewide winner.”

    So its a case where the label doesn’t fit the reality. Should be WINNER-TAKE-MOST, or maybe DISTRICT-WINNER-TAKES-THE-DELEGATES-FOR-THE-DISTRICT, or DWTTDFTD

    Why can’t we simplify this process?

  9. Apologetic California says:

    There’s a disturbingly high number of all CAPS in this thread. Calm down people.

  10. Apologetic California says:

    There are universities out there that seem to do nothing to get their names out there besides pump out polls. They always tend to be bottom-rung unis in New England.

  11. SusyQue says:

    #6…Newt probably stays in because he is collecting money from those who still support him.
    He craves attention.
    He is out to make it as difficult as he can to keep
    Romney from reaching goal of delegates. It’s a mixture of hate and anger.

  12. Bitterlaw says:

    DW – I proposed primary rules that were rejected:

    1. All primaries are closed. Only registered Republicans can vote. In states without registration – screw you. Move to a partisan state.

    2. No caucuses. Ever.

    3. Go all proportional or all winner take all. You can’t have both.

    4. Iowa votes last. Its reign of terror has to end.

  13. janz says:

    Maybe it’s the drizzling weather today, but I find the news today to be disturbing.

    That comment by Obama, with the mic still on, is chilling, because it brings into focus what all that “flexibility” could mean for this country.

    The onerous HC law is finally being put to the constitutional test by the SCOTUS. And, it seems that unless the entire law is set aside we will be screwed. Even if they simply rule the mandate to be unconstitutinal, it will, IMO, then roll out the government option as the way to repair the now damaged Obamacare bill, which is what was wanted by the liberals all along.

    This Trayvon Martin case is causing an explosion of racial tensions, all over again. Obama was to be the ‘bridge’ between races. But, all he has done is create a wider gap in black/white relations. His comments on this case, were thoughtless, and ratcheted up emotions even more, along with the comments of the race mongers, Jackson and Sharpton, whose only goal in life is to keep races apart and our society the opposite of ‘color blind’ — or, so it seems.

    Then we have the ongoing saga of Santorum’s mouth, Obama’s growing campaign coffers and organization all around the country during this republican clown show called ‘the primary.’

    Ah, it seems dismal….

  14. Scott says:

    The Suffolk Poll shows Obama with a 46%-45% approval/disapproval rating,yet a 10 pt. lead in the GE over Romney.Seems inconsistent.

  15. SoHope says:

    “There’s a disturbingly high number of all CAPS in this thread. Calm down people.”

    We can get lisab to discuss WWII Pacific theater battle strategy and that will greatly decrease the ratio.

  16. Scott says:

    Gallup has Obama’s approval/disapproval at 46% to 45%. Gallup goes down and Ras up.

  17. SusyQue says:

    #13…janz…Many on Fox are encouraging Santorum and Newt, anchors and talk show hosts.

  18. jason says:

    ” There’s a disturbingly high number of all CAPS in this thread. Calm down people.

    WHAT’S IT TO YOU????

    I love putting thread monitors in their place… 8)

  19. jason says:

    Sohope and I can discuss bigotry and slavery to calm things down.

  20. Brandon says:


    Romney: 39%(-2)
    Santorum: 27%(+1)
    Gingrich: 14%(+1)

    Louisiana SURGE!

  21. SoHope says:

    Jason, today I would just surrender the floor to you and let the group judge your words themselves.

  22. jason says:

    Santorum is lying. He did say “worst Republican in the country to run against Obama” but he didn’t say “on healthcare”.

  23. janz says:


    Yeah, it seems that Fox News is definitely leaning away from Romney and towards Santorum and Gingrich.

  24. janz says:

    Santorum has an uncensored mouth. Later, he makes attempts to re-write what he says.

  25. jason says:

    I guess Sohope believes it takes a village to run a blog.

  26. MFG says:

    Unquestionably, having a demented unstable theocratic psychopath who is living in the 14th century as one of the faces of the Republican Party is cratering our poll numbers

    At a certain point the damage will be irreversible

  27. SusyQue says:

    When one sees ooo ahead in the polls the response is strong and caps are used for emphasis!
    Why don’t people get irked with poor grammar or
    spelling…not to mention innovated names that have to be deciphered.

  28. Brandon says:

    What does “ooo” stand for?

  29. Phil says:


    Apparently not even several liberal members of the Supreme Court are buying the Obama argument that the penalty for not buying health insurance is a tax. This according to questions asked during the arguments presented before it today.

    This came up in the first day of arguments and they haven’t even gotten into the meat of the arguments for or against.

  30. MFG says:

    Tebow said first and foremost he’s a quarterback, and that’s his hope and dream, but “however I can help the team, I am open to it.”

    Position change?

  31. MFG says:

    Tebow is a classy guy

  32. Bitterlaw says:

    MFG – I will agree that Tebow is a class act. See? That wasn’t negative at all.

  33. SusyQue says:

    #19…Santorum…needs to take a break for about ten months. Hope he sees his own self speaking on a video. Doesn’t he have mentors to advise him?
    He and Newt are truly making fools of themselves for all the country to hear and see.

  34. lisab says:

    “Speaker Gingrich is clearly in the last throes of his political career. And, you know, you can make a decision whether to go out with some shred of dignity or say these irresponsible, reckless things, and he’s clearly chosen the latter path, and that’s unfortunate for the country.” santrum

  35. lisab says:

    One academic study asked 2,000 Americans to fill out questionnaires about moral questions. In some cases, they were asked to fill them out as they thought a “typical liberal” or a “typical conservative” would respond.

    Moderates and conservatives were adept at guessing how liberals would answer questions. Liberals, especially those who described themselves as “very liberal,” were least able to put themselves in the minds of their adversaries and guess how conservatives would answer.

  36. MFG says:

    Please post that link Wahkeena if you could, its an interesting read and I cant remember where I saw it

  37. jason says:

    ” I don’t think Santorum gets shut out of any of these states,””

    Maybe not shutout, but he will be decimated in WI, MD, and DC tomorrow.

    For once I agree with NateHack…

    ” Wisconsin uses a relatively aggressive delegate allocation method, as do Maryland and the District of Columbia, making it possible that Mr. Romney could win almost all of the 96 delegates at stake on Apr. 3 if he had a good night. “

  38. jason says:

    36. This was to get Gingrich to drop out and endorse him?

  39. SoHope says:

    lisab you are contributing to our capital letter problem with your 8 caps…we were counting on you!

  40. MFG says:

    Thanks, Wahkeena

  41. SoHope says:


    47 more…eeeeeeeeevilllllllll!

  42. SusyQue says:

    Santorum’s Sagging Significance
    Ross Kaminsky

    Kaminsky hits the nail on the head!(this article is insightful)

  43. jason says:

    I think SCOTUS will reject Obamacare 9-0.

    But then, as Bitter says, my opinion is not based on law or precedent.

    Its based on martinis.

  44. janz says:

    Apparently Rick Santorum is willing to say or do “anything for his country.” In lisab’s post he is willing to generously critique Gingrich’s conduct in this race as being irresponsible and reckless.” He is also able to sacrifice himself to be Romney’s VP, if asked too!

    Wow, what a guy!!!

    However, how would Santorum be able to say, with a straight face, how wonderful of a prez Romney would make, after his over-the-top harsh comments about him in the primary. Talk about etch-a-sketching…first Santorum thought Romney was a wonderful ‘conservative’ in ’08, until he started running against him in ’12, where he became the ‘worst’ republican candidate. Now, he is entertaining thoughts of being his VP?

  45. NYCmike says:

    46.I think SCOTUS will reject Obamacare 9-0.

    Let it ride, Play that music!

  46. jason says:

    Another RINO…

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Another conservative leader, American Conservative Union head Al Cardenas, endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president on Monday.

    Following last week’s endorsement from former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, Cardenas described Romney as an “honorable, worthy, competent, conservative candidate for our next commander-in-chief.”

  47. Smart Alec says:

    This blog is pro-CAPITALism after all.

  48. bio mom says:


    Not next week. April 3

  49. MFG says:

    Nothing complicated about it, Janz

    Santorum is simply a person of very low moral character

    Something I’ve found to be almost universally true about people who scream at you about religion 24/7/365

  50. NYCmike says:

    #41 – some tough distinctions in there.

  51. Bitterlaw says:

    Its based on martinis.

    Comment by jason

    Jason – the Amish are ashamed of you. Unless you are a British spy, martinis are even too old-fashioned for the Amish. The Menonities call them “chick drinks.”

  52. SusyQue says:

    #47…janz…I remember Santorum coming on Greta’s show (he was pleasant, articulate). What a different Santorum we see now.

    As Kaminsky says in his article (see #45) all the states Santorum won were red states and they go into that GOP column on the general election no matter who wins them.

  53. jason says:

    I like my martinis dirty.

    That gets rid of the Amish and the Mennonites.

  54. jason says:

    ” U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli used the phrase “tax penalty” multiple times to describe the individual mandate’s backstop. He portrayed the fee as a penalty by design, but one that functions as a tax because it’s collected through the tax code.

    “General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax,” said Justice Samuel Alito, in one of the few laugh lines throughout the 90 minutes of argument Monday.”

  55. Bitterlaw says:

    As I understand it, if it is a “tax” the case can not be ruled upon by the Supremes because it has not yet gone into effect and there is not standing to challenge it. A penalty can be ruled upon now.

  56. DW says:

    jason, sounds like its pretty safe to day where Alito is going to fall out on this. I think Obama forever soiled himself toward Alito when during that SOTU speech he slammed a high court ruling.

  57. janz says:

    #55 susy

    When Santorum was not a frontrunner, his demeaner was one of “making nice” with everyone. Once he became the established last one standing as the ABR, his attitude had a big adjustment towards the negative.

  58. jason says:

    58. Right, if its a tax but nobody has actually paid it there would be no standing.

  59. janz says:

    What a fitting classification for the two ABR’s who remain in the race as human pot holes.

    Santorum and Gingrich have become ‘hecklers’

  60. MFG says:

    Might be the easy way for the Supreme Court to punt on the issue

  61. Corey says:

    “I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like a really good-looking man, and not break Texas law.” – Rick Perry

  62. DW says:

    62…they have proven that two-thirds of the GOP electorate were right to reject them.

  63. SusyQue says:

    #62…janz…I clicked on the hecklers but when it opened all was blank. I kept trying to restart the URL…but nothing happened.

  64. janz says:

    Here is the same link again, susy.

  65. MFG says:

    Holy Sh*t!!


    Bill Parcells will coach the Saints this year!!!

  66. Tina says:

    “General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax,” said Justice Samuel Alito, in one of the few laugh lines throughout the 90 minutes of argument Monday.

    Alito rips apart Obumblercare and the Solicitor General.

  67. Tina says:

    Sorry, I see that Jason – #57- already posted it. I was trying to find about what happened after Day 1 of the Circus Court Hearing.

  68. MFG says:

    Tea leaf reading is useless

    They will do whatever they want to do and pull some “penumbra” out of their asses to justify it

    The judiciary is hopelessly politicized and as much of a national joke as the press corps

  69. SusyQue says:

    #77…janz..Thanks…am printing it now so I can read it comfortably.

  70. janz says:

    A grumpy breakfast with Rick Santorum, as relayed by Roberta Costa.

    The exchange has since dominated cable news. Before he arrived to breakfast, Santorum was defending his remarks at Fox News across the street. “I apologize for being late,” he chuckles. “I’ve had some of the most fun over the last few days, yelling at the Times reporter. It’s been fun.” As he says this, his top advisers, sitting nearby, offer grim smiles. He’s not here to banter. “I’m sorry; I shouldn’t have said that,” he says, to no one in particular. “It’s just that the third time someone asks you that question, you just sort of say, I’ve had it with this.”

    As for the healthcare hearings today, tomorrow will be the telling day, as the mandate will be heard. Today was lighter stuff, more window dressing to determine whether the court should even hear the case or not, because of some precedent occurring in the 19th century.

  71. DW says:

    74…that quote demonstrates that Rick Santorum does not have the temperment to be the general election candidate against Obama.

  72. jason says:

    71. It was funny the second time too….

  73. jason says:

    I hope the conservatives SCOTUS judges get tired of hearing how they will vote to uphold the mandate and vote against just to shut the talking heads up.

  74. janz says:

    Howard Dean predicts SCOTUS will declare individual mandate unconstitutional

    “I do believe that it’s likely the individual mandate will be declared unconstitutional,” he continued. “[Justice Anthony] Kennedy will probably side with the four right-wing justices. But I’d be very surprised if they — I think Kennedy will switch sides and it will be 5-4 in favor of severing that finding from the rest of the bill. The question is going to be, is this individual mandate question — can that be considered separately from the rest of the bill? And I think it will be.”

    While he admitted his expertise was in medicine and not in legal matters, Dean also predicted that the portion of the legislation that expands Medicaid would be kept intact by the high court. He added that Obamacare could likely survive without the mandate portion.

    IMO, this is more of Dean’s hope rather than a prediction. If the mandate is done away with, leaving the rest of the law intact, along with the Medicaid provisions, then eventually the government could easily go into the government option to fill the hole left when insurance companies go broke — something the libs wanted all along.

  75. jason says:

    Throw the whole darn thing out.

    Start again with a plan to insure the uninsured and improve coverage for the 15% who don’t have adequate care while preserving the quality of HC for the 85% that are happy with what they have.

    It will be a lot less costly than the Obamacare boondoggle.

  76. DW says:

    Please…someone send Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Scalia and especially Kennedy that SOTU video of Obama dissing the high court.

  77. jason says:

    ” While he admitted his expertise was in medicine”

    If you were sick, would you go to Howard Dean for medical care?

  78. Brandon says:

    “If you were sick, would you go to Howard Dean for medical care?”

    Not only would I go to New Hampshire, I’d go to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and I’d go to California and Texas and New York! YEARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHH!

  79. hellbelly says:

    I’d go to Dr. Kevorkian first.

  80. Bitterlaw says:

    As a Mets’ fan, Mr. Hellbelly, Dr. Kevorkian would consider you a perfect mercy killing.

  81. janz says:

    #79 jason

    I second the comments in your post. The only way is a complete redo which would focus on competion between insurance companies, tort reform, and having some high risk categories which would take care of those who truly couldn’t afford coverage.

  82. hellbelly says:

    Mr. Bitterlaw….my son just got accepted by Haverford. I’ll be down in your neck of the woods soon (also accepted into Honors Program at Villanova).

  83. SusyQue says:

    #83…hellbelly….you can’t go do Dr. Kevorkian. cause he’s dead! (funny)

  84. Bitterlaw says:

    Mr. Hellbelly:

    Congratulations to your son. Condolences to your wallet. When you come down, maybe we can draw MD out of hiding and have a mini-HHR Beerfest.

  85. Bitterlaw says:

    We could invite some of the other PA crowd (Jason, Todd McCain) and the not-too-far away folks – Jason, Barrett, Dave Wissing and any others.

  86. jason says:

    80. If you guys pay for my junket to DC, I will deliver it personally. A luxury hotel, sumptuous dinner at Le Chiq, and a limo will suffice.

  87. SusyQue says:

    #86…Congratulations to your son HellB…it’s a joy when our children received honors for their excellent achievement!

  88. Brandon says:

    Screw you!

  89. Bitterlaw says:

    Brandon – I said “and others.” Stop crying.

  90. Bitterlaw says:

    Fine. Brandon, I would be honored if you would attend the HHR Beerfest.

  91. OHIO JOE says:

    “Santorum is lying. He did say “worst Republican in the country to run against Obama” but he didn’t say “on healthcare”.” Well, Health care should be a major issue.

  92. DrJay says:

    Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

    “His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.

    The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy…”

    “Why not be angry about the wholesale murder that goes on in the streets of Newark and Chicago?” he asked. “Why isn’t somebody angry about that six-year-old girl who was killed on her steps last weekend in a cross fire when two gang members in Chicago start shooting at each other? Why is there no outrage about that?”

  93. Brandon says:

    You really are a Philly a-hole.

  94. GeorgeIllinois says:

    I expect Newt and Callista will continue to travel around the country, visiting museums and eating high on the hog, touting their books and DVDs and whatever–as long as they can do it on someone else’s dime. It will kind of remind us older ones of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

  95. Corey says:

    I heard Jesse Jackson on the radio this morning.

    He kept referring to “Trayvon Johnson.”

  96. Bitterlaw says:

    You really are a Philly a-hole.

    Comment by Brandon

    I’m doing my best. Do you think it is easy holding this place together without MD?

  97. DrJay says:

    “He kept referring to “Trayvon Johnson.”

    Maybe that’s because Trayvon Martin has been trademarked by his mom according to a link on Drudge.

  98. Annie says:

    86 – Mr. Hellbelly – Many congratulations to your son and family, and my condolences to your wallet during the years to come. I myself have two sons in grad school at the same time now and one looking to start his college years – So, I know full well the joys and the finances. I know his accomplishments will give you much pride.

  99. NYCmike says:

    Did Tim see #96? Or Canadien Cory? It will be interesting to see if they disagree with a person who is black. Wouldn’t that AUTOMATICALLY make them racist??

  100. SusyQue says:

    #99…Hi Corey…JJ’s getting old. ooo injected race into this (just said on TV by Hannity guest)a conservative black woman…now they are talking about how little is said about the serious bk on bk murders. Of course, that is not the present issue.

  101. Scott says:

    The Rasmussen schizo parade continues unabated—-Reps. up by 5(43% to 38%%) on the Congressional Generic Ballot.

  102. #98, you are correct. Additionally, are his daughters getting paid from the superpac?

  103. Gosh, I like the good Newt, but dislike THE EGO. There will not be a 60 day conversation with the American people and even in a contested convention, he will never win.

  104. SusyQue says:

    Remember when Newt said he was going to follow ooo after every speech ooo gave and then refute what ooo had said. Pray tell, where would Newt have gotten the $$$ for all the flights, etc that ooo took when on the road. Newt is a hyperbolic dreamer. Probably a fun friend…but that’s all.

  105. hugh says:

    It is this simple in my opinion the seemingly incongruent polling results from RAS. People really want to vote for the republicans. Nothing has really changed since 2010, except the GOP continuing to provide high support for Santorum scares many voters who are fiscally conservative, but either are not socially conservative, or dont like the distraction of social issues in this election cycle. The GOP is really hurting their brand right now if they want to be a big tent party. You can be socially conservative and still not scare off those who are not. Unfortunately that train fairly or not has left the station as it relates to Santorum.

  106. SusyQue says:

    Santorum Sues for Piece of Health Care Argument

    Rick Santorum is taking his case that Mitt Romney would be a terrible Republican nominee to court. Santorum was at the Supreme Court today, just in time for opening arguments on President Obama’s health care legislation.

    Santorum’s appearance, with all of the colorful optics and national media exposure it offers, couldn’t have come at a better time for the struggling candidate. Romney’s delegate lead has been increasing, and more and more prominent Republicans are calling for the party to rally behind him.

    Santorum has been arguing that because Romney spearheaded a Massachusetts health care program similar to “Obamacare,” he would not be a credible standard-bearer for Republicans’ strongest line of attack, a pitch that could take on an added resonance on the steps of the Supreme Court.
    Although most prominent Republicans say that a contested convention would be a disaster, Santorum said, “It is the best thing that could happen. To make this election a two-month election negates Obama’s advantages in this race.”
    The next contests will be April 3 in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is expected to be the most competitive of the three, but Santorum told reporters this morning: “I don’t think we’ll win,” he said. A few minutes later, he revised his outlook. “It won’t be easy, but I think we can pull it off.”– Beth Reinhard

  107. SusyQue says:

    Nice Guy Santorum:

    Santorum at Supreme Court: Romney ‘Uniquely Disqualified’ to Attack Obamacare

    Santorum: You’re Not ‘a Real Republican’ If You Haven’t Cursed Out a Times Reporter

    VIDEO: Santorum cusses out New York Times reporter

    Santorum: Doubts about winning Wisconsin

    Eerie Santorum Ad: ‘Welcome to Obamaville’

    Rick Santorum Says He’s Open To Being Mitt Romney’s Vice President

  108. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Santorum is mentally ill

    I hope his wife gets him out of the race before he becomes a sniper…

  109. DrJay says:

    He’s already there:

    snipe (verb): to aim a carping or snide attack; to make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.

  110. EML says:

    Hey now, no beerfest without me. And you philly a-holes need to send me some pliny the elder if you find it!

  111. janz says:

    Ok, now the 2nd ‘heckler,’ Gingrich says he wouldn’t mind being Romney’s VP either! What wrong with these guys? First they jeer and make fun of Romney with the etch a sketch toy, giving the dems so much fodder for the GE. Now, they’re falling all over each other to be his VP!

    In the same interview Gingrich did make some relevant remarks about Obama’s shared mic experience:

    “So, I think the question for the President ought to be what is it you plan to give the Russians after the election,” he added. “Tell us now so the American people can decide whether or not that’s a future, a gamble that they want to take with their safety.”

    This Obama slip should be considered far more serious than any etch a sketch faux pas, at least IMO.

  112. lisab says:

    NEW YORK – In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, New York educrats banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests.

    That is because they fear such topics “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”

    Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism.

    Even “dancing” is taboo, because some sects object. But the city did make an exception for ballet.

    The forbidden topics were recently spelled out in a request for proposals provided to companies competing to revamp New York City’s English, math, science and social studies tests given several times a year to measure student progress.

    “Some of these topics may be perfectly acceptable in other contexts but do not belong in a city- or state-wide assessment,” the request reads.

  113. lisab says:

    “George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head, he was attacked by Trayvon Martin on that evening,”

    hey, if a black man cannot break a hispanics nose …

  114. janz says:

    This comment about Santorum running on ego and emotion is similar to the take DW had in post #75.

    “It is one thing to lose your temper at a New York Times reporter and it’s another to have to deal with the pressures of folks on the international stage and even opposing congressional leaders. And you need discipline. You need self-control. You need to be able to handle your messaging and focus on it.”

    “Right now,” Sununu continued, “what he is doing with his emotional outbursts, is just giv[ing] President Obama some sound bites, dragging the process out, and frankly, right now, he’s running on ego and emotion.”

  115. MFG says:

    Pretty sure my neighbors cat will be VP before Newt or Pope Ricky…

  116. Brandon says:

    Is your neighbors cat pro-life?

  117. lisab says:

    election projection

    Barack Obama 303

    Barack Obama 49.9%

    Mitt Romney 235

    Mitt Romney 48.5%