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Darn It! I Don’t Have Time to Explain Today’s Morning Jolt!

Two bits from today’s Morning Jolt . . .

The Time For Talk Is Over, Mr. President. We Mean Your Talk.

Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen spelled out what many of us have suspected: President Obama can no longer move the public opinion numbers on health care. “The overwhelming majority of voters have insurance coverage, and 76% rate their own coverage as good or excellent. Half of these voters say it’s likely that if the congressional health bill becomes law, they would be forced to switch insurance coverage — a prospect hardly anyone ever relishes. These numbers have barely moved for months: Nothing the president has said has reassured people on this point. The reason President Obama can’t move the numbers and build public support is because the fundamentals are stacked against him. Most voters believe the current plan will harm the economy, cost more than projected, raise the cost of care, and lead to higher middle-class taxes. That’s a tough sell when the economy is hurting and people want reform to lower the cost of care. It’s also a tough sell for a president who won an election by promising tax cuts for 95% of all Americans.”

He’s turning into President Telemarketer, incessantly bugging you, trying to get you to buy a product that you don’t want, can’t afford, and have heard terrible things about. But he’s convinced that this call at dinnertime will be the one that changes your mind.

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And from the addenda . . .

John Hawkins was kind enough to rank the Campaign Spot at 24 on his list of his 40 favorite blogs. In honor of that numerical designation, I’m going to swear, declare that I don’t have time to explain, and torture answers out of someone. (The Corner was number 4.)

. . . That beloved show, “24”, is hanging it up after this season. It’s probably for the best, as many watchers have not enjoyed the past few seasons as much as the early ones. While there are undoubtedly some creative missteps (Audrey, you wet noodle of a love interest, I’m looking in your direction) it’s kind of hard to top yourself once you’ve nuked the Mohave Desert AND Valencia, California. (How exactly did President David Palmer’s reelection speeches go? “As President, I’m proud that over the past four years, only one nuclear device has been detonated by terrorists on American soil.” ) Lots of conservatives loved the show, and not just for the little shout-outs to the right – a citing of the Heritage Foundation, a cameo by John McCain, unapologetic interrogations, actual Islamist terrorists, etc. because for the better part of eight years, it was great, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat television. Television had spy and cop shows, but few shows so explicitly focused on terrorism (or had the guts, in the post-9/11 era) or had the nerve to depict what happens when the good guys fail and those like al-Qaeda succeed. The world depicted on “24” might have been unrealistic with its almost-science fiction spy tech, dashing heroes, wise presidents, perpetual ambitious, coup-plotting vice presidents and CTU, the counter-terrorist agency that occupied a nebulous spot within the federal bureaucracy (who do they report to again? Department of Defense? DHS? CIA?) but it was strikingly realistic in that, like the real world, the bad guys achieved their goals sometimes. Planes blew up, CTU headquarters was bombed, Air Force One was shot down, the aforementioned two nukes, nerve gas released. No easy answers and no guarantees of a happy ending, just like life. I’ll miss it, and I see no obvious successors. (I love Adam Baldwin and Chuck, but that’s a different breed of

cat . . .)