Wednesday Open Thread [2.8.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 8, 2012

The next Republican primary contest is in Arizona on February 28th. And there is no new polling on that. So here is some Virginia polling, showing President Obama doing very well there.


VIRGINIA (Quinnipiac): Obama d. Rmoney (47-43); Obama d. Santorum (49-41); Obama d. Gingrich (51-37); Obama d. Paul (47-40)


VIRGINIA (a href=””>Quinnipiac): Tim Kaine (D) d. George Maccaca Allen (R) (45-44)

Nate Silver:

“These are not the hallmarks of a race with a dominant candidate. Nor, even, of a race with a candidate like John Kerry, the best of a somewhat weak lot of Democrats in 2004, but one whom the party settled upon fairly quickly. Instead, this race bears more resemblance to something like the 1984 Democratic contest or the 1976 Republican race. There was a favorite in each of those contests — Walter Mondale in 1984 and Gerald Ford in 1976 — and they were ahead in the delegate count more or less from start to finish. But both contests progressed through all 50 states and were not that far from going to the convention.”

Good. Chuck Todd:

“You know the economy must be improving when cultural and social issues come roaring back into the national spotlight. Just days after the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3%, we’ve seen a raging debate over funding to Planned Parenthood, a skirmish between the Obama administration and Catholic Church over contraception, and now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California’s Prop. 8 — which outlawed gay marriage in the state — is unconstitutional. As we’ve said before, the economy will likely remain the top story in November’s general election. But events overseas, as well as inside this country, can change the issue matrix in the blink of an eye.”

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  1. Aoine says:

    Man !! this pisses me off – dont these clowns relize that a lot of our Democratic form of government came from the Native American peoples – specificlly the Iriquois COnfederacy??

    Dumb religious nut jobs!!

    WHEREAS, Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil
    government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence
    and the Constitution of the United States;

    do we need to go out a start slughtering bulls and virgins again?? how about first borns??

  2. Delaware Dem says:

    Aoine, do you have another link? That link is not working. Or can you summarize what the travesty is?

  3. Joanne Christian says:

    Well, they are only asking for a year of that……:)

  4. liberalgeek says:

    It’s a declaration from the PA legislature making 2012 “The Year of the Bible”

  5. Joanne Christian says:

    DD–I can give you an anecdotal polling from my kids at ASU–Ron Paul people totally underwrite and send speakers continually, and have been the last 2 years. His son is always showing up and the groups there tend to embrace it. The kids say it’s like no one else is running. Don’t know if there’s been any shift away from that in the last few months. I’m out there next week….I’ll send you a live feed :)!!

  6. MJ says:

    Glad to see that the PA rethugs are concentrating on jobs and the economy.

  7. Marriage equality just passed in Washington state and is now going to the governor’s desk for a signature. It’s been a great week for civil rights!