The Broder-gene is embedded deeply in Mark Halperin…along with a sizeable, okay, predominant streak of shallowness and fraudulence. When is the New York Times giving him Kristol’s column-space anyway?

It all started with Mark Halperin’s brief note in Time Magazine…which stated "Poll: Obama Approval Rating Drops". It goes on to say that Obama’s job approval level is 64%, "down from a pre-Inauguration high of 83%".

Chris Matthews on MSNBC and Anderson Cooper on CNN jumped on this information and promptly repeated it on each of their shows on Friday. What’s the problem? It combines information from two different polls that ask different questions and reaches an unsupported and erroneous conclusion.

The earlier poll asked about approval for how Obama was handling the "transition", the other on his presidential job approval for the period January 30 to February 1.

However, his job approval for the week of January 21-23, his first three days is office was … 68%.

Stupidity and shallow thinking rules the day in the Beltway…as always. Hence, I predict Morning Joe will be off on this tangent within its first 15 minutes this morning.

(photo from here)

Attaturk

Attaturk

In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .

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