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"From the very beginning Limbaugh was on offense, and he never turned the ball over. It started with an innocent compliment from Leno, to the radio host who just lost '82 pounds.' Somehow Limbaugh was able to turn his weight loss into an attack on the mainstream media. . . .

"If the Limbaugh interview were done on the Late Show with David Letterman, it would have tense and awkward and great TV. If it were done on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it would have been deep and potentially argumentative, with a soundbite or two sure to get major media pick-up. If it were done on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, politics would largely be avoided in favor of comedy. But at least it would be funny. Instead, we're left with more than eight minutes of an interview with a rarely seen, divisive megastar, and very little to pick out and say 'here's the takeaway.' "


Drilling down into the latest NYT poll, Washington Monthly's Steve Benen says whatever the doubts about Obama, the figures aren't great for the GOP:

"While the numbers for Democrats aren't as strong as they were, Republicans haven't been able to capitalize at all. For example, most respondents maintain a favorable impression of Democrats (47% favorable, 41% unfavorable), while the GOP fares far worse (30% favorable, 57% unfavorable). Asked who can be trusted to make the right decisions, President Obama's lead over congressional Republicans is nearly two to one (53% to 27%).

"More than three out of four believe Republicans have not explained what they would do to improve the system, and while a clear majority believes President Obama has tried to work with the GOP, a clear majority believes the GOP has not done the same with the White House. What's more, 64% believe Republicans are fighting against health care reform for purely political reasons, not because of principle."

Joe Scarborough isn't the only one looking at Beck. Nate Silver finds that . . . not everyone has an opinion:

"Buried in the cross-tabs of the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is a question that takes a temperature reading of Glenn Beck. Beck actually makes out pretty well. While just 24 percent of Americans have a favorable view of him (13 percent strongly so), only 19 percent have an unfavorable one (14 percent strongly). That leaves 57 percent who either don't know Beck or are indifferent toward him."

Indifferent? Is that possible?

In case you were spending a lot of time thinking about 2012, Public Policy Polling offers some general election matchups:

Obama 53/Palin 38

Obama 50/J. Bush 37

Obama 48/Huckabee 41

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