President Obama can talk about gay marriage until the cows come home, but that’s not going to decide this election. “Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Barack Obama’s weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. . . .The poll shows that optimism on an economic recovery earlier this year has all but stalled. The share of Americans describing the economy as ‘good’ dropped 10 points since February, to 20 percent. Two-thirds see the economy as ‘poor’ and about one in seven say it’s somewhere in between. And just 22 percent say the economy got better in the past month, down from 28 percent saying so in February.”

You can poll from now to doomsday, but the large majority of voters who oppose gay marriage were never going to vote for Obama anyway. “A majority of Americans, 60%, say President Barack Obama’s newly announced support for same-sex marriage will make no difference to their vote. Twice as many say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama as say more likely, though roughly half of the ‘less likely’ group are Republicans who probably would not support Obama anyway.”

Media apologists insist that the press isn’t biased, conservatives find the Obama-rooting obvious and absurd, and never the twain shall meet. “Media tougher on Romney’s past than Obama’s?”

Not in a thousand years would the mainstream media call this “bullying”: “Those are some ugly details that our Kimberley Strassel has been turning up about the effort to smear Mitt Romney’s campaign donors. The dirt-digging exercise reflects the character of President Obama’s re-election campaign, as well as what’s really behind the drive for more ‘transparency’ in political donations. . . . If Democrats think it is ‘legitimate’ to prowl and publish the divorce records of Romney donors, no one should feign shock if some right-wing investigator is soon doing the same to Mr. Obama’s bundlers and super PAC donors. A President who claims to want ‘civility’ in political discourse will reap what he sows if he plays by Nixonian rules.”

Liberals can say morning, noon and night you can’t attack the debt without tax hikes, but it just isn’t true. “Harvard University’s Alberto Alesina and Silvia Ardagna looked at 107 attempts to reduce the ratio of debt to gross domestic product over 30 years in countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. They found fiscal adjustments consisting of both tax increases and spending cuts generally failed to stabilize the debt and were also more likely to cause economic contractions. On the other hand, successful austerity packages resulted from making spending cuts without tax increases. They also found this form of austerity is more likely associated with economic expansion rather than with recession.”

If you had believed the pundits, not in a month of Sundays would New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have gotten to be this popular after governing like a conservative in deep blue New Jersey. “Chris Christie is really, really popular — by New Jersey standards. Christie’s 56 percent approval rating in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll this week may not seem all that remarkable, but when it comes to New Jersey, it is.”

Obama can talk about human rights for forever and a day, but his actions tell us he doesn’t give a darn. “Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa came to Washington this week to attend his son’s college graduation, but he left with hands full of gifts from the U.S. State Department, which announced new arms sales to Bahrain today. . . . Opponents of arms sales to Bahrain were quick to criticize the package, arguing that the administration is sending the wrong message to the regime at a time when the violence between government forces and protesters is actually increasing, as are allegations of prisoner abuse by Bahraini security forces.”