Non-Sequitur Cartoon About Contraceptives

Timely.

Rush Limbaugh Has Lost 7 Advertisers–Keep Up The Pressure!

UPDATE–Now it is 12 Sponsors

Our voices are being heard!

Keep the pressure on those corporations that need to feel the heat concerning the outlandish “slut” statement by Rush Limbaugh.  Make sure to let others know that we will not take a back seat to those who wish to undermine women’s health, or allow others to get in the way of making personal decisions about contraceptives.

Seven companies have dropped their advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s syndicated program since the radio host called Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out in support of President Obama’s birth control policy.

Pro Flowers said Sunday on its Facebook page that it would no longer advertise on Limbaugh’s popular show. Limbaugh drew an estimated 15 million listeners in 2010, according to Talker magazine.

Limbaugh apologized for remarks made last week in a statement released Saturday, amid intense criticism from Republicans and Democrats. President Obama telephoned Fluke on Friday and offered his support.

The Associated Press says the six other advertisers that have pulled ads from Limbaugh’s show are Quicken Loans, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citrix Systems Inc., Carbonite and Legal Zoom.

Americans Just Do Not Like Mitt Romney

Regardless of where a candidate stands on any given issue there is a deeper ‘sense’ and comfort that voters need to have with someone who wishes to be president.  A candidate can not get to the Oval Office without first being considered likable by the ones who are to be governed.

That is one of the big hurdles facing MItt Romney.

Americans just do not like him.

There is no reason to suggest, after Romney’s nearly 6 years of running for president, that voters will like him any better in November.

Not since the 1996 presidential candidacy of Republican Bob Dole has a party’s likely nominee been viewed negatively by a plurality of Americans at this point in an election. Yet Mr. Romney’s challenge in building a favorable image is steeper than Mr. Dole’s was then.

The poll found that nearly 40% of Americans view Mr. Romney negatively, compared with 28% who view him positively, a gap of close to 12 percentage points. Messrs. Gingrich and Santorum suffer from even larger likability gaps. By comparison, Mr. Dole’s gap in March 1996 was four percentage points.

After several widely publicized off-the-cuff comments that highlighted his wealth, Mr. Romney’s image took a hit among independent voters, who gave him far lower marks than in January on whether he “cares about average people.” While moving closer to capturing the nomination, Mr. Romney “hasn’t been capturing the hearts and minds of voters,” Mr. Hart said.

In a head-to-head matchup against Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney would lose, 44% to 50%, if the vote were held today, the poll found—little changed from January, but three times the gap from December.

Mr. Obama would beat Mr. Gingrich, 54% to 37%, and Mr. Santorum, 53% to 39%. An Obama-Paul race would be much closer, with Mr. Obama winning 50% to 42%.

Republican Nomination Fight Has Been “Corrosive” On Party

If the past months of a highly contentious Republican primary process has undermined the eventual nominee, and sapped the energy of Republicans for the general election, (and I think in some respect it has since the Tea Party will have to settle for Mitt Romney) than the past couple weeks will be seen as one of the final nails as the GOP embraced a view of 1959 America.  The contraceptive fight has been a wet dream for out-of-touch conservatives for years, but who could have predicted that this fringe element would have been allowed by the establishment GOP to run with the ball.

Rush Limbaugh’s statement about a woman being  “a slut” for making the point about contraceptives and health care sent women of all political stripes, and independents running away from the GOP.  There is no good news to report for the GOP when it comes to this most personal issue being allowed to get out of control, as we have witnessed..

While there was never a real threat that a Tea Party type could win the GOP nomination, there was the potential that one long fight for delegates could cost the eventual nominee, long though to be Mitt Romney by almost everyone (this blogger included), by forcing him to the right on various positions.

The stance that Romney had to take in Michigan regarding unions will cost him support in November, perhaps the most from those “Reagan Democrats” that Mitt will need in a close election.

As we look at the political landscape this morning there is evidence that the GOP is tiring of the internal fight, know it is not helping the party, and coming to grips with the fact, for better or worse, they are tied to Mitt Romney heading into the general election.

Mitt Romney has regained the lead in the Republican presidential contest thanks to new support from conservatives, while evidence emerges that the bitter nomination fight has damaged the GOP candidates’ standing among the wider public, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

The resurgence of Mr. Romney, who hadn’t led the Journal poll since November, lays the path for a potential matchup against a president whose own position is strengthening. President Barack Obama’s approval rate hit 50% in the poll, its highest since last May, as more voters expressed confidence in the economy.

The survey, conducted as the GOP contest has taken up contentious issues such as contraception, found signs of fatigue with the process. Even among Republicans, voter interest in participating in the general election has fallen sharply since January, a rarity in an election year, while negative views of the GOP candidates have risen among independents and moderates.

Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who conducted the survey along with Democrat Peter Hart, said he could think of only one word to encapsulate the effect of the nomination fight on his party and its candidates: “Corrosive.”

The process, Mr. McInturff said, “is sanding down both the Republican candidates and voters’ feelings about the party.”