State-by-State Gallup Polls Show Huge Obama Loss
RUSH: Gallup state numbers predict huge Obama loss. This is from the Washington Examiner, and it's from yesterday. "Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215." Gallup. Now, that's an "if," but still. If Obama carries only those states where he has a net positive approval rating in 2011, which is not very many, which is the point, state-by-state his approval rating -- look, Romney's up three in the New York Times/CBS poll. He's up two in women. Obama's approval rating is at 41%.
Nothing is changing here. So Gallup goes state-by-state, and they have an interesting qualifier here. Well, let's look at Obama's approval numbers in these states. They look at 2011, a full year. And if Obama carries only the states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011, for example, Michigan is one of those states where he's up 48-44. And I would say, in Michigan, if he's only up 48-44, an incumbent ought to be at least 50 in a state like Michigan, so if he's only up 48-44 in Michigan, but that's an example, he would lose the 2012 election 323 to 215 electoral votes, if nothing changes in terms of his approval rating in those states.
And you would have to say, why would he win a state where his approval rating is way down? You'd have to assume he would lose those states. Gallup wanted to see what a poll would look like on that basis. "Overall, Obama averaged 44% job approval in his third year in office, down from 47% in his second year." And that is a trend year to year, not week to week or month to month. Year to year is a trend. "His approval rating declined from 2010 to 2011 in most states. ... The greatest declines were in Hawaii, South Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico." But he's also down in New Jersey, Arizona, West Virginia, Michigan, Georgia. And West Virginia big time. 'Cause they finally figured out if he gets his way the whole state is out of work. The whole state has no industry, if Obama succeeds.
Democrat Candidate Closes on Obama in Arkansas Primary
RUSH: Here is more polling data. "A new poll of Arkansas Democrats shows Barack Obama receiving support from only 45 percent of Democratic primary voters in Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District, while 38 percent support his underfunded and relatively unknown primary challenger, Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe, Jr." Now, it's just one congressional district, but there is somebody other than Obama on the ballot. May 22nd primary in Arkansas, and in the Fourth Congressional District there somebody other than Obama's getting 38% in the preelection poll, Obama at 45%. This is Arkansas. Believe me, the White House is concerned. They have every reason to be concerned.
Gay Marriage Backlash for Obama
RUSH: CBS News out of Baltimore. "Just days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage --" and that's all he did, that's all he did "-- pastors and priests around Maryland took to their own pulpits with their reaction -- and in some cases -- condemnation of the president. Derek Valcourt explains the president’s comments have folks on both sides of the issue fired up." I should point out that this story is about African-American church leaders. African-American church leaders are condemning Obama for gay marriage support.
Governor Dumplin' Insults Mississippi
RUSH: You know what that dunce governor of North Carolina said, Beverly Perdue? By the way, you know, Perdue is a famous name. Chicken. And the Perdue chicken people are publicly saying, "By the way, this woman is not related to us." The Perdue chicken people want everybody to know that Beverly Perdue, Dumplin,' has nothing to do with them.
Did you hear what she said? After North Carolina affirmed via constitutional amendment that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, she said something to the effect that people are gonna start thinking of people in her state like they do Mississippi. Well, naturally, the people in Mississippi heard about that and said, "Well, what's wrong with us?" And the governor of Mississippi wasn't happy about it. The lieutenant governor of Mississippi wasn't happy about it.
But what is it that I've always told you? These elitist liberal Democrats, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, they just think that is the epitome of Deliverance. Everybody that lives in Mississippi stars in Deliverance. Everybody that lives in Alabama stars in Deliverance. They play one of the roles in Deliverance. They're a bunch of hayseed hick retarded people. And Beverly Dumplin' Perdue has just confirmed it. This woman is now stepping in it every time she opens her mouth. So the African-American church leaders are anti-Obama gay marriage.
Identity Politics Not Working for Preezy
RUSH: Dana Milbank has a column from yesterday in the Washington Post: "Barack Obama, the First Female President." And I guess when I was being inducted into the Missouri Hall of Fame of citizens yesterday, Obama was on The View, and Milbank was watching it. You read this piece, Milbank is really twisted. He's not comfortable with what's happening here. Obama as the first female president; Obama's the first Jewish president; Obama's the first gay president, as it was on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Here's a pull quote from Milbank. "Consider his activities on Monday: He sat down to tape a session with the ladies of ABC’s ‘The View’ -- his fourth appearance on the talk show by women and for [mostly] women. He accepted an award from Barnard College and gave the commencement speech to graduates of the women’s school. Heck, he even appeared in public wearing a gown.” Dana Milbank overall not happy with the way Obama's running things. Because these people are all for Obama. They're all desperate for Obama to win reelection.
Newsweek ran their cover of Obama under a halo of all the gay colors, and here at the Atlantic they've got a story: "Barack Obama: Our First Gay-Female-Hispanic-Asian-Jewish President." They're laughing now. And if they're not laughing, they're being serious about it, or attempting to. (interruption) First Irish? That's right, he's claimed to be Irish, too. So all this identity politics, all this group stuff. Folks, it's not working. It just isn't working.
Heavyweight Battle: Moochelle vs. The Oprah
RUSH: You know this Ed Klein book The Amateur? Admittedly, it has all this stuff in there about Obama, but this stuff in this book about Michelle Obama and Oprah, whoa! Like, for example, this: "Oprah was eventually convinced to respond in a 'diplomatic note,' which the first lady allegedly treated with scorn, telling her staff: 'Oprah, with her yo-yo dieting and huge girth, is a terrible role model. Kids will look at Oprah, who’s rich and famous and huge, and figure it’s OK to be fat.'"
Another quote from the book. This is Oprah. "Michelle hates fat people and doesn’t want me waddling around the White House!" The book also claims that for a while, Obama was calling Oprah for policy advice until Valerie Jarrett and Michelle found out about it and shut it down. Some of this stuff, folks, it's hard to believe. And then it isn't hard to believe. But Oprah used to be the most favored girth in the White House until Michelle put her foot down because Oprah's a bad role model, she's too fat, waddling around the White House, don't want her there. Reads like a soap opera, this book, about these personalities in the White House with their petty jealousies. We're talking about the presidency of the United States here.
Walker Recall Falls Apart for Libs
RUSH: Wisconsin Democrats, furious with the Democrat National Committee. You see, it's even falling apart in the Scott Walker recall. And don't forget what happened in Indiana and don't forget what happened in Utah, with Tea Party victories, Lugar losing by 20, 21 points. Scott Walker was supposed to be dead in the water. This union money and all these phony signatures, it was supposed to add up to Walker being voted out of office. And yet primary day, Scott Walker got more votes than the two Democrats combined, and there was no reason to vote for him that day.
People showed up to support him to let the media and everybody know what the lay of the land there was, and now top Wisconsin Democrats are mad at the national party and the DNC for refusing their request for a major investment of money in the battle to recall Scott Walker. This is Greg Sargent reporting in the Washington Post, national Democrats refusing to send money into the recall Scott Walker effort. That tells you they think it would be a waste.