Playing the Percentages

17% and losing out…

A week ago, I posted a rant about the lack of positive activity — or indeed any signs of intelligent life — in our U.S. Congress. Most Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing, as evidenced by the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Only 17% approve or have no opinion, one way or the other. I had some theories about who these mysterious 17% might be, among them comedians, Congressional spouses and SuperPACs.

16% and staying in…

Yikes. Anthony Weiner.  He can’t keep his private parts private. He can’t even keep his private chats private, because his sexting partners seem to like the publicity that nudeness and lewdness bestows. Now a Quinnipiac University poll of New York city residents reveals that only 16% would vote for Weiner. This was less-than-gracefully followed by the resignation of his campaign manager, a tell-all interview with a former intern, and an expletive-laced conversation between his communications director and ABC news. Wow. Way to do damage control.

Hmmm…17%, 16%…too close to be a coincidence?

I think we have found the intersection of the mathematical sets of “I don’t give a damn” and “What’s wrong with taking a picture of your junk?”

I knew 7th grade math class would come in handy some day.


For actual information on these sad, sad topics, click on the following links:

“Weiner drops to fourth in NYC mayoral poll,” Catalina Camia, USA Today, July 29, 2013

“NBC/WSJ poll: Faith in DC hits a low; 83 percent disapprove of Congress,” Mark Murray, NBC News

“More bad news for Weiner,” Kevin Liptak, CNN, July 29, 2013


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