It has long been debated whether Democrats or Republicans make better lovers, but this much can now be said for sure: Cohabitators make better Republicans.
A new survey has found that married people or those "living as married" are far more likely to be Republican and to support President Bush than their single, widowed, divorced or separated peers. The poll, by the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey, found that marital status is more closely tied to a person's political views than gender.
The poll found that 54 percent of married people or those "living as married" approved of Bush's job performance, compared with 42 percent of those living alone. Likewise, 32 percent of married people pronounced themselves Republicans, compared with 19 percent of single people.
Annenberg theorized that married people tend to be Republican because they are older and have higher incomes.
Nosticators Brew New Prog
It's official: Bush defeats John F. Kerry. That's the view of political scientists who use quantitative formulas to predict election winners. Reuters surveyed some of these statisticians and reported last week that most are predicting Bush will get 53 to 58 percent of the vote. This is the most lopsided victory prediction since, well, 2000, when many of these same prognosticators told The Washington Post that Al Gore would defeat Bush with 53 to 60 percent of the vote.
Nader Biting the Ballot
Ralph Nader's ballot raiders are 0 for 2. In Indiana last week, the ballot deadline passed with Nader signature collectors gathering fewer than half of the necessary John Hancocks, the Indianapolis Star reported. And in Arizona on Friday, the Naderite forces abandoned their ballot quest when they declined to contest a lawsuit filed by state Democrats. Democrats are also challenging a Nader petition with 80,000 signatures in Texas.
Nader, branded a spoiler by Democrats, has yet to qualify for a ballot in any state. But by accepting the Reform Party endorsement, he could get himself on the ballot in seven states -- if Democrats don't force him to spend all his money fighting lawsuits.
Consumer advocate Nader has long championed Americans' access to the courts, but Nader spokesman Kevin Zeese complained about "this unfair harassment" by litigious Democrats.
Candidate Turns Green
In other third-party news -- what would Sunday Politics do without them? -- Green Party vice presidential candidate Pat LaMarche announced that she will be voting for herself in November, after all. This disclosure ordinarily would not be newsworthy, but the Portland Press Herald in Maine quoted LaMarche as suggesting she might vote for Kerry. LaMarche "said she'll vote for whoever has the best chance of beating Bush."
But LaMarche put that notion to rest with a news release stating: "I want to reassure all members of the Green Party that, on November 2, I will be voting Cobb/LaMarche."
Is 'Bleep' Short for 'Blog Veep'?
This should be a scream. With Kerry's vice presidential pick due as soon as this week, former Kerry foe Howard Dean has about as much chance of being selected as Karl Rove. But that has not stopped a group calling itself "draftdeanforvp.org," which promises a convention fight if Dean is not selected. "The dismal Kerry campaign is in danger of losing badly at the moment," the group declared last week, and "polls show that Howard Dean is the only possible VP candidate that stops the bleeding."
Alas for Dean, the group's backing appears to be rather modest. The group said in a solicitation last week that it has raised more than -- wait for it -- "$1,200 since the last newsletter. You helped us buy ads on eight prominent political blogs."
Howard Dean: Veep of the blogs.