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Oh, well. Heav­ens. In­side the Belt­way will du­ti­fully pass that in­for­ma­tion on to some­one in a higher pay­grade who will doubt­less note that part about “sup­pos­edly.” More im­por­tantly, the pre­cise pro­fes­sor has cal­cu­lated dele­te­ri­ous ef­fects of a lib­eral press be­yond its an­noy­ing shrill­ness, ob­serv­ing, “The gen­eral left­ward bias of the me­dia has shifted the PQ of the av­er­age Amer­i­can by about 20 points, on a scale of 100.” and other con­verts — have ended up car­ry­ing out sui­cide bomb­ings or have other­wise been killed, of­ten with­out their fam­i­lies even know­ing where their sons have gone. There has not been suf­fi­cient co­op­er­a­tion from mosque lead­ers.” Who’s buy­ing into White House scare tac­tics? Not Repub­li­cans, and not tea par­ty­ers ei­ther, says a new Pew Re­search Cen­ter poll gaug­ing pub­lic re­ac­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama’s pre­dic­tions that cer­tain doom looms if the debt ceil­ing isn’t raised by Aug. 2. Oh, the drama. Even Reuters points out that the “lan­guage of Ar­maged­don”and “bib­li­cal rhetoric” has sur­faced dur­ing the pro­tracted po­lit­i­cal stale­mate.

The method is not work­ing with the in­tended au­di­ence, how­ever: 65 per­cent of tea party sup­port­ers say the dead­line is no ma­jor prob­lem and the nation can sail past it; 53 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 39 per­cent of the over­all pub­lic and 28 per­cent of Democrats agree. But the Dems are sup­port­ing the com­pany line: 56 per­cent also say it is “ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to meet that dead­line to avoid an eco­nomic cri­sis.” Twenty per­cent of tea par­ty­ers and 30 per­cent of Repub­li­cans would agree with that.

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