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February 27, 2012 1:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Here are some flash-fried lucheon nuggets for your delectation:

* Jamelle Bouie looks at two new and sharply divergent presidential general election polls (one from Gallup/USAToday and another from Politico/GWU) and shrugs, which is pretty much my reaction as well.

* New Q-Poll of Ohio shows Santorum maintaining previous 7-point lead over Romney.

* Speaking of the Buckeye State, there was a school shooting today in Chardon Township, in NE Ohio, that left one student dead and four wounded.

* Iranian regime hails Best-Foreign-Film Oscar for “A Separation” as a triumph over Israel, despite director’s denunication of the politicization of cinema and culture.

* Sarah Posner profiles Philadephia archbishop who may well be Rick Santorum’s mentor in his denunciation of JFK’s Houston speech on church-state relations.

* My latest column at TNR explores the unwillingness of Republicans to criticize each other from any direction other than the Right.

More bloggy goodness on the way.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Jose Padilla on February 27, 2012 1:38 PM:

    Gallup seems to have gone all in for the Republicans. About a week ago they had a "poll" that showed that the real unemployment rate was 9% rather than 8.3% (the suggestion being that the Bureaau of Labor Statistics was in the bag for Obama). Of course the poll wasn't seasonally adjusted so it was meaningless, but they published it anyway.

  • AK Liberal on February 27, 2012 1:39 PM:

    More bloggy goodness on the way.

    And, how precisely, am I supposed to get any work done?

  • Ron Byers on February 27, 2012 1:54 PM:

    The two polls diverge greatly. What are the differences in methodolgy? What about questions? If memory serves Gallup only talks to people with landlines. Younger people are under represented in landline only polls. We need to know when the calls were made.

  • Mitch on February 27, 2012 2:29 PM:

    Off topic, but interesting. Here's a report of an interesting study that I read this morning. I thought it might be of some interest to my fellow politcal junkies.

    Headline: The Poor, in Fact are Less Likely to Sue Their Doctor

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120227111204.htm

    Many of my conservative friends often claim that the cost of medical care in America is due to malpractice suits. Often this turns into a tirade against "those people" who aim to get rich through legal action.

    So, while this may not be directly related to politics, I still thought some of you might find it interesting.

  • bob h on February 27, 2012 2:31 PM:

    "Iranian regime hails Best-Foreign-Film Oscar for “A Separation” as a triumph over Israel, despite director’s denunication of the politicization of cinema and culture."

    This film should be required viewing for those seeking to nuke Iran now.

    One reaction I had to the Oscars is that most of the really good this year were European, and many of them seemed to have government participation (the UK lottery, for example). The free-enterprise system Hollywood embodies produces mostly mediocre, juvenile crap.

  • stormskies on February 27, 2012 2:34 PM:

    Gallup is simply utterly corrupt. Few remember their poll results when Bush left office and Gallup pretended that as he exited office the public still had a 35% favorable while every other poll had him at 25 to 28%.

    They were also the most wrong for the presidential election in 2008 .. their final poll results just prior to the election. The most wrong.

    Gallup is simply corrupt.

  • Ken on February 27, 2012 2:52 PM:

    Speaking of the Buckeye State, there was a school shooting today in Chardon Township, in NE Ohio, that left one student dead and four wounded.

    Anyone know anything about Intrade? I want to set up a bet (er, market) on which Republican will first be tasteless enough to blame this on Obama, and I probably only have a couple more hours before we have a winner.