In a very short period of time, FNC pundits Bill O’Reilly, Brit Hume, Bernie Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer have made fools of themselves by telling the world that Republicans are getting whipped on the debt ceiling debate.
What’s particularly embarassing is that they’re all basing their opinion on a CBS poll that isn’t worth the bandwidth it’s printed on. Ed Morrissey mockingly dismantled the poll in this post:

Have Democrats leaped to an eleven-point registration advantage in the last five weeks? In early June, a CBS News poll showed a D/R/I sample of 30/30/40, which undersampled both parties slightly in favor of independents, even weighting it to slightly favor Republicans. In their latest poll today on the debt ceiling debate, CBS offers one of its most egregious poll samples in recent memory to pursue the “public blames the GOP” meme:

Americans are unimpressed with their political leaders’ handling of the debt ceiling crisis, with a new CBS News poll showing a majority disapprove of all the involved parties’ conduct, but Republicans in Congress fare the worst, with just 21 percent backing their resistance to raising taxes.

President Obama earned the most generous approval ratings for his handling of the weeks-old negotiations, but still more people said they disapproved (48 percent) than approved (43 percent) of what he has done and said. …

Approval drops to 31 percent for the Democrats in Congress, and only 21 percent of the people surveyed said they approved of Republicans’ handling of the negotiations, while 71 percent disapprove.

Gee, a 10-point difference, huh? What a coincidence!

What’s most embarassing is the fact that this poll polled 810 adults. For a national poll, that’s a tiny sample. Second, polling adults is the least predictive type of polling. Scott Rasmussen’s polling always polls likely voters. Ditto with KSTP-SUSA polling.

It’s easy to believe a blowhard like O’Reilly got this wrong. O’Reilly getting things wrong isn’t news. It isn’t easy to believe that Goldberg, Hume and Krauthammer getting the PR war angle this badly wrong. What they’re telling me to believe is that America has reverted back to gullible Obama-trusting idiots from the 2008 cycle.

Poll after poll shows people don’t trust President Obama’s handling of the economy by 15-20 point margins. Despite this fact, I’m supposed to believe that the American people suddenly trust the man they rejected in the 2010 midterms.

That’s absurd.

If their theory was right, Minnesota Republicans would’ve been forced to cave in their budget talks with Gov. Dayton. That didn’t happen. Instead, Gov. Dayton caved. Minnesota Republicans held the line on taxes, Dayton’s signature issue, while getting most of the reforms they passed during the regular session.

The Minnesota experience tells me that John Q. Public still trusts and prefers the Republicans’ policies.

There’s another factor that Mssrs. Goldberg, Hume and Krauthammer aren’t factoring in: people don’t think that President Obama has gotten over his big spending ways. People know that he’s the same guy who went on the biggest, longest-lasting spending spree in this nation’s history.

Suddenly, I’m supposed to believe that he’s changed totally? I don’t think so. President Obama is who he is: the most liberal president in American history.

Krauthammer, Hume and Goldberg are telling me that I should forget about an historic midterm election that was the deepest changing of the nation’s mood. In addition to the 63 seats Republicans gained in the U.S. House, they added 680 legislative seats, 19 legislative majorities and 5 governorships in 2010.

People at every level and in every section of the country rejected Obamanomics and the Democrats’ policies but they suddenly trust President Obama on the debt ceiling debate?

That’s insulting. Mssrs. Goldberg, Hume and Krauthammer should be ashamed of themselves for thinking such things.

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3 Responses to “FNC’s Pundits Looking Stupid”

  • walter hanson says:


    In one sense the poll makes sense.

    The Democrats are on the same message point which the Repubicans aren’t.

    The other thing is some people point out that they’re not happy with Obama on healthcare wasn’t a view point that they hated the plan. They wanted things to the plan which wasn’t in it. I think part of the poll is reflected that some people don’t like the Repubicans caving.

    Example you criticized my point lets takes $200 billion of instant budget cuts. There are people who think lets not increase the limit at all. They’re going to say since everybody wants to raise the debt ceiling that everyone is doing a bad job.

    With the plan being put out today maybe we can get the Republicans on one voice and the public understanding one plan while Obama still hasn’t put a real plan on the table.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Bob J. says:

    The only name on that list that should surprise anyone is Hume, who really should know better. Krauthammer is still trying to live down his 2008 Obama-love among conservatives and Goldberg is pure dinosaur media.

  • eric z. says:

    My understanding is Ron Paul said the Fed should simply cancel the debt instruments it holds. Since it prints the money and controls the money supply, it makes sense.

    That would moot all that other stuff, the BS from both sides.

    And explain, I don’t understand, why taxpayers should pay money to the government so the government can give that taxpayer money to the banking system, to the bankers and banks through the Fed as a conduit; because that’s social welfare transfer payments and I have been told by more than one Republican that social welfare transfer payments are bad.

    Perhaps Professor KB can explain to me why Ron Paul’s idea is bad economic policy.

    I await that.

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