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well

Amherst, OH

#1 May 18, 2013
The "greatest scandal since Watergate" is turning out to be a big snooze as far as Americans are concerned. A Gallup poll released Thursday revealed that Americans are paying little attention to "Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!" or the IRS audits of the Tea Party Idiots:

The amount of attention Americans are paying to the IRS and the Benghazi situations is well below the average for news stories Gallup has tracked over the years. This overall lack of attention is due in part to Democrats' and, to a lesser degree, independents' lack of interest, which stands in sharp contrast to the significantly above-average attention among Republicans.

There is a 21-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of following the Benghazi story closely, and a 27-point gap on the IRS story.

In today's New York Times, Charles Blow puts forth his theories as to why the comparative lack of interest.

He believes one basic reason is that the GOP simply has little credibility among the public at large, having wasted it in on four years of hysterical Obama-bashing whose end result was the first re-election of a Democratic President by majority popular vote in several decades. Another reason is that Republicans' feelings towards the
IRS, for example, are already well-known and hardly surprise anyone.

Blow might have added that with having endured decades of gaping tax loopholes for the uber-wealthies of Romneyville, the public's feelings toward the agency might actually reflect the fact that not enough taxes are being collected.
With respect to Benghazi-Gate, Blow rightly points out they can't understand why calling the attacks on the US embassy an "act of terror" instead of a "terrorist act" should generate millions of wasted tax dollars in Congressional investigations.

As far as the IRS story is concerned, Blow points out the uncomfortable (for Republicans) fact that the vast majority of Americans don't like the "Tea Party" to begin with. Perhaps that's because what the Tea Party has produced in terms of political candidates are mostly abhorrent women-haters or out-and-out nut cases.

Either way, the majority of Americans aren't particularly sympathetic. It's hard to be sympathetic with know-nothing assholes, particularly when their funding comes from noxious billionaires:

So an unpopular movement applied for tax-exempt status under conditions made possible by an unpopular court decision, in order to influence politics with unfathomable amounts money from unnamed donors? Good luck gaining sympathy for that.
guest

Steele, MO

#2 May 18, 2013
So blame it all on Republicans and anything that happens everyone should just forget it. So lets say there were no Republicans or very few like 10 total in the Senate and House, no tea party people, just Democrats and something like this happens..... who you going to blame then? Or would things like this not matter and all things would move along and people like you would just say its ok or would you blame it on the 10 Republicans? Obama owns all this stuff especially Benghazi, him and Clinton own it all.
JARHEAD

Caruthersville, MO

#3 May 18, 2013
The Republicans have lied so much to the people and fraud them that they can cry wolf all they want, and no one cares. Besides its all for political score points anyhow. Its pathetic and classless to use the deaths of 4 Americans for scoring political points, and then Michele Bachmann of all people takes center stage for the Tea Party.

Happy Birthday Elvis? Really people??

Benghazi is out of Obama's and Hillarys hands and the Republicans know this. As a former Marine, the call goes to the Sec. of Defense. Obama gave him "Carte Blanche" to do what needed to be done, and he dropped the ball. But the GOP sees Hillary in the foreground and strategists use this for brownie points for the GOP! Then the IRS happens to make a mistake ( IF YOU CAN BELIEVE THAT ), and Obama fires the director and denounces what happened....but here we have the GOP once again point the finger at Obama when he had no control of what took place, but as usual the GOP points the finger and blames it on someone else.

Just like they did when our flourish economy was destroyed by a tyrant president and his cronies who told America Iraq had WMD and was a threat. Osama Bin who????
well

Amherst, OH

#4 May 19, 2013
A new poll shows that recent scandals haven't hurt President Obama's approval rating.

The poll, from CNN and ORC International, found that 53% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 45% disapproved. This number remains virtually unchanged from polls taken before the scandals hit.

The poll was taken on May 17th and 18th, and has a 3% margin of error.

A CNN poll taken in early April showed Obama's approval rating to be 51%. According to a Gallup poll taken in early May, the president's approval rating was 50%.



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