RUSH: Dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut — breaking news from CNN. It’s a poll, and in this poll half of the respondents, half of the American people think the Obama presidency has been a failure. Whoa. Did I call it or did I call it? ‘Americans are giving Barack Obama a split decision on his first year in office, according to a national poll released Tuesday. Forty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey said Obama’s presidency has been a failure so far, while 47 percent of respondents said the year has been a success. The poll’s release came just eight days before Obama marks one year in the White House.’ (interruption) Oh, yeah, they’re asking me to be on all of them, Snerdley. I mean every network is doing a one-year look-back. In Europe the BBC wants me, Polish TV wants me, Al Jazeera wants me. Honest to Allah, Al Jazeera wants me on a year-end review of Obama’s presidency. ABC, CBS, NBC, they all do. I don’t want to do ’em.
Snerdley, I have to turn over a new leaf here. I still do too many things out of a sense of obligation rather than desire. And every time I say I’ll do something when I really don’t want to do it I’m doing it because I think I either should or it’s easier to say yes than no, and I end up getting mad at myself. And when the day comes that I’ve said yes, I’ll do it, I am mad the whole day and I’m thinking about how I can lie to get out of it. So I gotta trust my instincts. I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to sit in front of a camera for 45 minutes for maybe two minutes of it to air. I don’t need to. They’re a year behind. I said I hope he fails a year ago. They’re just now concluding that he has. This is what being on the cutting edge is all about. So, no, I really don’t want to do it. I was tempted by Al Jazeera but I was more amused than tempted by Al Jazeera.
Philip Klein, the American Spectator blog: ‘I see this Public Policy Polling survey showing Rep. Larry Kissell, a freshman swing district Democrat from North Carolina, doing quite well — beating a generic Republican by 14 points and his potential Republican rivals by 14 points to 18 points. Why is he doing so well while other swing districts are trending toward the GOP? The difference, says the Democratic polling firm PPP, is his vote against the health care bill.’ So the Democrats who voted against health care in the House are doing well in local polling for reelection. Now, remember, Bill Clinton and everybody went out and told these guys, ‘If you don’t vote for this you’re going to lose. The reason that we lost the House is because we didn’t pass health care in 1994.’ And, of course, it was just the exact opposite. And now there’s polling data out there to actually document this.