“There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.” –Henry Adams
Lyndon Johnson among others has ostensibly observed that being the US vice-president doesn’t amount to a bucket of warm spit. I’m guessing there were also less genteel versions of such remarks. Poor babies, it’s such a tough gig being an understudy — all the attendant scrutiny and inconvenience of power and celebrity with few of the perqs. In our dismal post-Cheney world, I’m not sure that’s still true. But apparently many of us think even being the headliner doesn’t amount to much these days.
Or so I’m forced to surmise, with otherwise inconceivable poll results like this. My fellow Americans (oops — see what happens when you start thinking about LBJ?) simply can’t be THIS stupid. Can they? I’ve always thought Adams was being a little hard on people. But now … I wonder.
Donald Trump is pulling away from the GOP Clown Car herd and the newest numbers show that El Trumpo is the real favorite of GOP primary voters. At this point, The Donald is solidly in the lead.
59% of GOP registered voters think he’s got guts…
And they just love his xenophobic hatred of Mexican illegal immigrants. 68% agree with his comments on Mexico.
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** 21 July 2015 Update **
Sigh. I’m beginning to think stupid is not only obnoxious and immortal, but it never even takes a coffee break.
Businessman Donald Trump surged into the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.
Even with the drop in support on the final night of the survey, Trump was the favorite of 24 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That is the highest percentage and biggest lead recorded by any GOP candidate this year in Post-ABC News polls and marks a sixfold increase in his support since late May, shortly before he formally joined the race.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his candidacy a week ago, is in second place, at 13 percent, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 12 percent. Walker’s support is strongest among those who describe themselves as “very conservative.”
The next seven, ranging in support from 8 percent to 3 percent, are: former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), former Texas governor Rick Perry and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The rankings are more important than early national surveys in previous campaigns because only the top 10 candidates, based on an average of the most recent national polls, will qualify for the first Republican debates. The first debate will be held Aug. 6 in Cleveland. Fox News Channel is the sponsor of that event and established the rules for qualification.
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