Conservative writers Byron York, from the Washington Examiner, and Andrew Malcolm, from the Los Angeles Times, had some fun at the expense of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi this week, highlighting the Democrat's high negative ratings from the latest NBC/WSJ poll.
Laughed Malcolm [emphasis added]:
[T]hat gives Pelosi the same negative national rating as black-hat international corporation BP, whose successful discovery of oil in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year turned into a disastrous spill and the country's worst environmental disaster.
Pelosi's negative rating is precisely the same as oil giant BP, which has taken a public relations beating in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
But guess what polling nugget York and Malcolm both left out? The fact that statistically, Sarah Palin's negative rating is just as high as BP.
According to the NBC/WSJ poll, both Pelosi and BP's negative rating is 50 percent, while Palin's is 48 percent. But considering the poll's margin of error is three percent, it's accurate to say that all three have essentially the same negative rating.
But oops! York and Malcolm forgot to mention how widely disliked Palin is while belittling Pelosi.
In fact, in the same poll, when asked what the least acceptable outcome of the upcoming midterm elections would be, look at what the No. 1 answer was:
Sarah Palin becomes the leading spokesperson for the Republican Party