I may hurt myself laughing.
(CNN) – Herman Cain, the former pizza executive who briefly led the pack of GOP 2012 presidential hopefuls, convened a gathering of Republicans Monday with the goal of devising a strategy to convince fellow African-Americans to join the party.
Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon enjoying new popularity in the conservative movement, will also be present for the meeting, held at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington.
"Individually, we are fighting the establishment media, establishment politics, and the narrow-minded perceptions and deceptions that are making us weaker as a nation," Cain said in a statement. "Collectively we can amplify our efforts to help shape a stronger course for the nation and 'main street' America."
The meeting will provide the group conservative African-Americans a chance to get acquainted, but will also focus on "how to collectively expose the damaging effects of the current administration on the black community," according to a Cain spokesman.
Other attendees at Monday's meeting include: Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state; Alveda King, the anti-abortion activist and niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; Armstrong Williams, a radio and TV commentator; Niger Innis, a spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality; A.R. Bernard, the founder of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn; Star Parker, a writer and conservative activist; and Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University.
Look at these numbers and tell me that the D's didn't totally f this one up.
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 48 percent of the public says they are happy that the GOP won control of the House of Representatives, with 34 percent saying they are unhappy and 18 percent saying they didn't know or refused to answer.
The 48 percent who say they are happy with the election results is 12 points lower than the six in ten who said they were happy following the 2006 midterm elections, when the Democrats won back control of both the House and the Senate, and nine points lower than the 57 percent who said they were pleased following the 1994 midterms, when the Republicans won back control of both chambers.
According to the current poll, 52 percent of people questioned who say they voted in the midterms say they were happy with the outcome. That number drops to 42 percent among those who say they did not vote.
The survey indicates that Americans are divided on the Republicans' plans and policies for the future, with 41 percent approving and 37 percent saying they disapprove. Approval is higher (45 percent ) among those who voted in the election that those who did not vote (35 percent).
"But on balance, both the general public and voters express less positive views of the GOP's policies than they did of the Democrats' proposals after the 2006 election," says the report by Pew.
Today's Quickie, via an e-mail from my source Robert Luhn, Director of Communications National Center for Science Education, Inc.:
The Institute for Creation Research is apparently conceding defeat in its lawsuit vs. the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Back in 2008, the Board denied ICR's request for state certification of it's master's degree in science education. After smacking down the ICR for its lack of compelling evidence in the case, the US District Court granted summary judgment to the defendants. Said ICR CEO Henry Morris III: "ICR's legal battle is over."
"Creationists concede defeat" has such a nice ring to it.
That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?
PRINCETON, NJ -- In Americans' estimation, the top three political winners of 2009 are all women closely linked with the Obama administration: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sonia Sotomayor. Among these, Michelle Obama has the broadest support with 73% calling her a "winner" in U.S. politics this year and 21% a "loser." However, Clinton's rating is nearly as positive.
President Barack Obama, himself, also falls in the political winners circle, although the percentage calling him a political loser is somewhat higher than is seen for the three women.
The picture is quite different for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom half of all Americans identify as a political loser. More than half say the same of Rep. Joe Wilson (the representative who yelled "You lie!" to Obama at a joint session of Congress), as well as Gov. Mark Sanford (who is losing his wife and is under a state ethics investigation over an admitted extramarital affair), White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, and the Republicans in Congress generally.
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