The Democrats are in a tizzy over the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, coming to speak before Congress on March 3rd.
Yesterday, the Washington Post Plum line’s “Morning Plum” headline read “Democrats flummoxed by Netanyahu Speech.”
The first thing Greg Sargent writes is “A CNN poll released this week found that 63 percent of Americans think House GOP leaders were wrong to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without notifying President Obama. Eighty one percent of Democratic respondents agree.”
Okay, before we go any further, let’s take a look at this CNN poll and see how it breaks down. CNN states that it polled 1027 adults. Right off the bat, if you understand how to read a poll, this is a problem, and the pollsters understand full well what they are doing.
Here’s the way it works. Polling “adults” generally favors Democrats by a net of 7%. Polling “registered voters” generally favors Democrats by a net of 4% and polling “likely voters” is always the most accurate. So naturally, if you’re a lefty news outlet like CNN or the Washington Post you will want to poll adults to get the desired outcome, which is what they did.
Of those 1027 adults, 29% were Democrats, 23% Republican and 48% described themselves as independent or belonging to another party. Additionally, 172 blacks were sampled separately, although it doesn’t explain why.
Well, I can tell you why. It’s because CNN knows that blacks overwhelmingly support anything Obama does or says, which will further skew the poll.
Although it doesn’t come out and say in so many words, the Washington Post article seems to be trying to convince us that the American people are firmly against Netanyahu speaking. That is not at all what the poll reflects. The poll simply asks whether the Republicans in Congress should have notified Obama ahead of time.
Sargent continues, writing: “Some House Democrats have circulated a letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner to delay the speech, on the grounds that it represents a partisan effort by Republicans to enlist the help of a foreign leader in scuttling one of the President’s chief foreign policy goals, i.e., reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, which Netanyahu bitterly opposes.”
Well, the Democrats are right about that. Republicans are enlisting the help of Netanyahu to talk some sense into those who would make a deal with the devil — Iran. We all know that Obama and the Democrats will give away the store to make a lame deal with Iran just so Obama can make some bogus “peace in our time” declaration. And of course Netanyahu “bitterly opposes” any such deal with Iran. He’s already in their crosshairs. Iran has vowed to wipe Israel off the map. Unlike the big bad United States, tiny Israel is but 1000 miles away from Iran’s border.
And I wonder which Democrat spearheaded the effort to boycott the speech? Oh, that’s right — it was Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison, our one and only Muslim representative. What a surprise that is.
“It’s true that a number of Democrats have said they will skip the speech. But many of those have clarified that this isn’t due to any organized boycott, and far more are attending,” writes Sargent.
No, of course it’s not an organized boycott. Democrats never march in lockstep.
I know it’s a lot to ask of politicians, but why don’t they all just show up and hear what the man has to say. Netanyahu may actually make some sense, and that’s what they’re afraid of.