William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 9:04 P.M. ET:

USED TO BE BIKES AND DOLLS – From The Inquisitr (spelling is correct):  "A recent Nielsen study found that 48 percent of children ages six to 12 years old asked for an iPad for Christmas. The study also found that 36 percent of those same children wanted an iPod touch while 36 percent asked for an iPad mini and 33 percent requested an iPhone."
I'm an Apple fan, but maybe we're carrying our device mania just a bit too far.  These are basically receiving and sending devices.  They don't allow for much creativity, and certainly don't involve physical exercise.  Texting is not the ultimate good.

AYOTTE – She suddenly seems to be everywhere.   Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is getting the big buildup.  Today she was one of three GOP senators to meet with our UN ambassador, Susan Rice, regarding the Benghazi foul-up.  There is an informal group in the Senate known as the "three amigos," made up of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman.  They take the lead on national-security issues.  Lieberman is leaving the Senate in January.  Ayotte may well be taking his place.  She is widely mentioned as a potential GOP vice-presidential pick in 2016, and even a possible presidential choice.  Watch her closely.

DISCOURAGING – We've cautioned here to avoid making premature judgments about the recent election and what needs to be done.  More information is coming out all the time.  For example, our side has believed that we could be confident that the Cuban-American vote would stay reliably Republican.  In fact, there is an alarming trend in the other direction, as reported by Dennis Prager:  "Democratic presidential nominees went from 25 percent of the Cuban-American vote in 2000, to 29 percent in 2004, to 35 percent in 2008 to 48 percent on 2012."  Prager attributes the Democratic advance to generational change and the left-wing biases of the educational system. 

PROBABLE CHOICE – It is widely reported today that Jeff Zucker, best known for producing "Today" during some of its fattest years, and who now produces Katie Couric's daytime talk show, will soon be named to head CNN.  CNN's ratings are weak.  Many CNN groupies feel the network's "political neutrality" may be part of its problem, making it less exciting than Fox or MSNBC.  That is simply a delusional view.  CNN's problems begin with the fact that it is not politically neutral.  It is liberal, and worse.  Is Soledad O'Brien neutral?  How about Fareed Zakaria?  If CNN elevated its journalism, and turned truly neutral, I suspect conservatives would return and the network would thrive.

November 27, 2012