According to one man's gleaning of Saturday morning's news reports, if Democrats agree to destroy unions AND redistribute your tax dollars to rich people so they can send their rich children to private schools, Jones Vargas government affairs spokesman Brian Sandoval will support public schools and stuff at exactly the same job-killing cheapest-in-the-nation levels he has recklessly preferred for weeks.
Hell, what's the hold-up?
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Now please excuse this random discussion of Something That Bugs Your Gleaner: Seemingly about once a week, for analytical color, s'pose, some news story or other invokes the significant political force of Brian Sandoval's popularity -- "the popular new governor," as the R-J phrased it Saturday.
The most recent polling the internet seems to be aware of is a bit more than a month old and had Sandoval's approval rating at 44 percent. Not horrible. As the pollster notes, that's better than some of the nation's other new knucklehead wingnut governors. But the same poll had Harry Reid's approval rating at 43 percent, so will the R-J start calling Reid "the popular Senate Majority Leader"? And according to TPM"s poll tracker, Barack Obama's average approval rating is 51 percent, so by the R-J's metric, Obama must be "the wildly popular Kenyan socialist."
When Sandoval says he "believes" that no new taxes will turn the economy around, the media reports that without asking, "Excuse me, Mr. Dashing Strapping Young Governor, but can you prove that? Do you have any evidence? Or facts?" Despite -- no, especially with the campaign cycle revving up, there is absolutely no reason to expect heightened media curiosity and scrutiny vis-a-vis economic policy.
But when it comes to the media's forte -- interpreting image, the meta-analysis of messaging effectiveness and all the rest of the peripheral horse race horseshit up to and including off-hand references to a politician as "popular"-- you'd think their standards would be more rigorous.