People trust military more than politicians

I’ve always agreed with Mark Twain that there are three levels of falsehoods: lies, damn lies and statistics. Polls are a universal proof of this; if we went by polls, George W. Bush never would have been nominated, let alone elected, and we’d always elect a Democrat in the White House, just like the Aaron Sorkin-created drama, NBC’s now-defunct The Left Wing (known to most as the West Wing) told us life should be.

But sometimes the media screws up and the truth slips out, as in the recent CBS News-New York Times poll that said America trusts its military leaders like General Patraeus to navigate the US through the clean-up and stabilization operations in Iraq, far more than it trusts any politicians, be they in the White House, the US House, the Senate, or running to be the next resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.

At last, some common sense from the media? Nah… that’s too much to hope for. In the meantime, maybe it’s time to offer Hillary a Florida vacation… before the hurricane season is over!

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