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October 9th, 2006  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

Foley Poll

It appears I’ll be on tomorrow’s edition of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, only with no Kojo Nnamdi but NPR’s Corey Flintoff as the interviewer. The topic is going to be instant messaging. See also my cogent and incisive two sentences in the Washington Post.

I’d have thought this groundswell of interest in IM and its attendant perils would be ebbing, but evidently there’s still plenty more of the Foley business to go around, so it’s still on the radar until at least tomorrow.

Speaking of the Foley business, a poll linked by TPM had all sorts of dire predictions for Republicans, plus the grim underlying reality of the public’s perception of politicians in general. Look at that chart above and note that only 25 percent of the respondents think the Democrats would have handled the whole thing any better. When I’m talking with friends about similar proportions of respondents saying they’re still on board with the Republicans in other polls, I assume that 25 percent is the hard, dead-ender core of the party faithful … people who wouldn’t be convinced, as dad was fond of saying, if you convinced them. I assume the same with the 25 percent saying Democrats would have done the right thing in this instance.

It would be really heartening to see Democrats propose, design and implement real reform if they take power. You know … before the shine wears off and they go back to sleeping in beds in the farmhouse and walking around on their hind legs.


  1. pk says:

    October 10th, 2006 at 7:18 am (#)

    PUNDIT! And even though you were a “technical expert,” you still got in a SUBTLE POLITICAL DIG! And the story links back to your BLOG!

    Oh, you ROGUE! And now you’re going to banter with Flinty Flintoff?! The next time you’re in New York, he’s going to take you to his favorite drinking hole, some oak-and-brass redoubt where he’ll initiate you in the rites of single malts and being hard-bitten. You are SO IN THERE!

    You know what this calls for? This calls for you to chuckle modestly, tap out your pipe, lean back ruminatively in your chair, and stroke your beard. You sweet, sexy son of a bitch.

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