Taegan is reporting on a Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania that has Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) leading Gov. Tom Corbett (R) by ten points, 45% to 35%. And State Treasurer Rob McCord (D) is ahead of Corbett by eight, 43% to 35%.
No wonder The Maddow blog said Corbett's in "deep trouble."
TMB adds, "Fifty-two percent of respondents said Corbett doesn't deserve re-election," adding that this is due to his support of cuts to popular programs—higher education, school districts, and social services. Instead, he's beholden to Grover Norquist and his pledge to never raise taxes.
That's working out well for him.
To make matters worse, he also backed the Voter I.D. law:
[I]n an embarrassment for his administration, [it] was blocked by a Republican judge weeks before the election last fall, after studies showed that over 750,000 Pennsylvanians lacked the required photo ID. At a press conference before the ruling, Corbett couldn't remember the types of ID that voters were supposed to have.
Way to go, Tom. Voter suppression is always a surefire way to win over ... voters.
This is the second time Norquist has used the term "short leash" regarding the president: VIDEO– Grover Norquist: GOP “can have [Obama] on a rather short leash. Here’s your allowance… come back if you behave.” Unlike his last little racist dig, this time he caught himself.
"We got lots of things Obama claims to be for, and we will make — we, the Republicans in the House and Senate — will make him actually make those spending restraints, in order to get the continuing resolution out a week, two weeks, a month. Obama will be on a very short leash, fiscally speaking, over the next four years. He’s not gonna have any fun at all. He may decide to go blow up small countries he can’t pronounce because it won’t be any fun to be here, because he won’t be able to spend the kind of cash he was hoping to."
Grovie is such a panic, isn't he? Or to put it another way:
Seriously, what a condescending, self-important ass.
It is noteworthy that Norquist says “we” when referring to the Congressional Republicans. This would seem to conflict with his group’s frequent claim that it is a “a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.” And it seems to ignore the 50 Congressional Republicans who have already distanced themselves from his ironclad oath.
A new Quinnipiac University poll has President Obama at his highest approval numbers in three years, since he rid the world of its number one enemy, in fact.
Fifty-three percent said they approve of the job the president is doing, compared with 40 percent who said they disapprove. In the previous survey conducted by Quinnipiac, in July, Obama’s approval rating was under water, at 45 percent positive and 49 negative.
Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute:
“President Barack Obama hasn't had a score this good since his 52-40 percent approval rating May 5, 2011, right after the death of Osama bin Laden.”
As for that pesky fiscal bluff/molehill/crossroads issue, the poll showed people trust the president and Democrats by a wide margin of 53% vs. 36% for the Republicans.
A majority said they believe Obama and the Democrats will make a good-faith effort in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, while a majority said they didn’t expect the same from Republicans.
And there's broad support for allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for those making more than $250,000 a year, with voters siding with the president 65%-31%.
There was also a sound repudiation of Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge. A whopping 85% thought it was a bad idea, including 77 percent of Republicans, and only 15% supported it.
So after all these polls, when oh when will the GOP finally grasp what's going on all around them? And when oh when will they truly realize they are imploding?
Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:
FISCAL CLIFF TRAFFIC REPORT
“So, expect showers and gale force winds over the next couple of days and don’t forget that high surf advisory is in effect throughout the weekend. We may even see some downed power lines and scattered looting. That’s the weather here on Capitol Hill, now let’s go to Brandon with your Congressional traffic report.”
“Thanks Brandon. Well, its gotten pretty ugly out there, people. My best advice is, stay in your homes. As expected, following the holiday recess, we’re seeing a lot of bluster and bombast building up on the Beltway, and the obstructionist blather has managed to stall headway on nearly every budget deal ramp to a virtual crawl.
Three or four jack knifed 18- wheelers jam packed with Election Day rancor have overturned and as you might imagine, rubber necking has resulted in hundreds of not so tender fender benders in both directions. It’s gotten so bad that major media outlet trucks are stuck on the shoulder filming each other, filming each other.
It’s not just the Beltway that’s backed up. Main Street and Wall Street and the Path to Prosperity all report major slowdowns due to a multitude of partisan pile- ups. Some drivers seem to be purposefully ramming fellow travelers right off the road while others speed across median strips to dive into oncoming traffic seemingly with no thought to life or limb. Casualties continue to mount and officials worry about running out of tarps.
Sky Nine over the Bridge to the Future reports that progress remains hopelessly clogged with all visible movement being of the backwards variety and from their vantage all the right lanes look to be blocked as far as the eye can see. Left lanes: not much better. Center lanes: you don’t want to know.
Many reasons have been offered up for Carmageddon spreading nationwide. Pure native stubbornness, leading to refusals to merge. Infrastructure deterioration. Widespread smoke screens creating low visibility. A plethora of misread signs due to intentionally misinterpreted polls. Death wishes. Insanity. Mad Cow.
Part of the problem can be attributed to the numerous turnarounds closed by committee chairmen to restrict desertion from party line movement and reports continue to stream in that a crazy person by the name of Grover Norquist, has been single- handedly impeding traffic by standing in the ditch and flagging motorists off the road straight into various freeway abutments. Although it must be said, some cars do now seem to be aiming right for him chasing the anti- cheerleader back to the safety of various rest stop bathroom stalls.
Due to the slick situation, eternal congestion and some inexplicable glitch that has turned all the surface street stop lights to red, further delays are expected to spread across the nation as the country experiences a massive impasse on all roads leading to the cutoff meant to avert the dreaded Fiscal Cliff.
Veteran observers claim this activity is expected due to the mostly poor driving skills possessed by the residents of our nation’s capital. But the upshot is, we’re back to stalls and jams and near total gridlock far into the foreseeable future. So remember to keep that dial here, where we bring you weather and traffic together on the eights, although to be perfectly honest, not much is expected to change any time soon. Back to you Brandon."
5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst’s new e- book “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink, now available at Redroom.com, Amazon or any fine virtual book retailer near you. And don’t forget the Twentieth annual Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show December 26- January 1 at a theater near you. Go to willdurst.com for more info.
Alan Simpson said this about“Grover-Babe” Norquist: “He will be irrelevant. This guy is a zealot. He knows the game is up.”
Recently, Norquist said that the GOP “can have [Obama] on a rather short leash. Here’s your allowance… come back if you behave.”
So to recap, he's becoming increasingly toxic, including his racist statements and apparent indifference to the reaction to his repellant ways.
As of now, there are 36 Republicans who are distancing themselves publicly from this despicable, self-appointed dictator who should have the allegiance of no one. To see what some of them had to say about Grovie, hop over to Think Progress:
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