Immediately after watching this week’s two Democratic debates, I wrote this:
“I don’t think the needles will move much after this debate…Biden probably won the night by default just by being better than in the first debate and having his chief poll rival Harris off her game. Biden only brought his B-minus game, but B-minus is Joe’s A-game, so you could honestly say he was as good as anyone could reasonably expect.”
Well, the Morning Consult just published the results of the first post-debate polls, so let’s see how my predictions fared.
From one week before the debates to one day after, most of the lower tier candidates who register in the polls at all didn’t budge a silly millimeter. Yang, O’Rourke, Booker and Buttigieg started the week at 2%, 3%, 3% and 6%, respectively, and they ended the week at 2%, 3%, 3% and 6%. Bernie went into the debates at 18%, and he came out of the debates at 18% (so Alice Cooper is no longer the only famous septuagenarian who can go around yelling, “I’m Eighteen!”)
Elizabeth Warren rose from 13 to 15%, while Kamala Harris dropped from 13 to 10%. The decline for Harris is interesting, in that most analysts expected her to capitalize on her first debate showing with a big rise (Tulsi Gabbard’s exposure of her California Attorney General record might have drawn blood.) But since both Warren’s uptick and Harris’ drop are within the poll’s margin of error, they’re even more meaningless than the usual poll taken 18 months before an election.
That brings us to Biden, who started the week as the frontrunner with 31% and gave a performance just impressive enough to leap to 32% (again, well within the margin of error.) I’d say that’s about a B-minus result.
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The latest Market Force survey on fast food brands found that Chick-fil-A is now America’s favorite fast food chain with a 79% “loyalty rating” (you’re welcome, Chick-fil-A!) Coming in second with a 73% approval rating was In-N-Out Burger.
Interestingly, both chains were founded by Christian families who put their faith-based values into their business practices, as reflected by their exemplary treatment of both customers and employees, their quality food and their charitable donations. Both have been the targets of boycott attempts by the intolerant left, although even Democrats and liberal media outlets in California dismissed the boycott call for In-N-Out, realizing that politics be hanged, Californians couldn’t live without their Double-Doubles.
The assault on Chick-fil-A has gotten a lot more media traction because of the political clout of the LGBTQ lobby, which has spurred some politicians in liberal cities like San Antonio to enact unconstitutional blocks on Chick-fil-A’s right to open businesses (it also spurred Texas' GOP state government to pass a “Chick-fil-A Protection Law” to slap that down that kind of partisan abuse of power.) Nobody better try to take away Gov. Greg Abbott’s chicken sandwich!
Congratulations to both chains. I hope that other business owners will look at how popular and successful they are and how unaffected their sales are by boycott threats from leftist activists angry that everyone isn’t toeing their PC line (they’re mostly a handful of malcontents being amplified by Twitter accounts that nobody reads), and I hope that everyone will start running their businesses according to their consciences, not their groundless fears.