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Gibbs: Then & Now

It appears that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' Southern charm has run its course with the press corps (or as the president might say, the "corpse" people).

Just 24 hours after his lame attempt at mocking Governor Sarah Palin, a study reveals that Gibbs' jokes are falling flat more and more often in the briefing room. According to Politico.com, back in May the briefings were interrupted more than 10 times a day by laughter. However, in recent months the number of laughs have been cut in half.

According to one White House reporter, "Robert's little digs and evasions have lost their power to amuse.... Reporters know how close the press secretary is to the president and yet the quality of information we get doesn't often reflect that."

Robert, it sounds like the jig is up.

Bad News, Benedict

The jig may also be up for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter.

We know how much Benedict Arlen loves polls (after all, he switched parties because of them):

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SEN. ARLEN SPECTER, D-PA., APRIL 28, 2009: And public opinion polls observe other public opinion polls and have found that the prospects for winning a Republican primary are bleak. I'm not prepared to have my 29-year record in the United States Senate decided by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate.

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As it turns out Specter's fate will instead be decided by the Pennsylvania electorate at large, and his prospects in 2010 are not looking good. The latest Rasmussen Poll shows him trailing GOP challenger Pat Toomey by nine points at 47 to 38 percent.

Mr. Senator, I think that's something they like to call karma.

Storm Spinners

The Meltdown is brought to you by global warming alarmists growing more and more desperate with record snowfalls and freezing temperatures along the Mid-Atlantic. Some in the media are searching for new ways to spin their climate change theories:

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DYLAN RATIGAN, MSNBC: The snowpocalypses that have been going through D.C. and other extreme weather events are precisely what climate scientists have been predicting, fearing and anticipating because of global warming.

In fact, you can argue these storms are not evidence of a lack of global warming but are evidence of global warming.

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Time magazine is also doing its part to advance Al Gore's agenda. They write, "There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snow storms more common, even as the world continues to warm."

It's such a shame there are thousands without power up and down the East Coast who are not able to hear this message thanks to all the "warming."

Captain Controversy

It looks like everybody is jumping on the bandwagon to mock the Tea Party movement these days. Even Marvel Comics is getting in on the act. One of the company's recent "Captain America" cartoons makes one of those old and tired "tea bag" jokes.

In the cartoon Captain America and another character, the Falcon, stumble on a rally with protesters carrying signs like, "Tea Bag the Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!" The Falcon jokes that "angry white folks" wouldn't welcome him there.

Very funny.

In better news, the comic's writer told Fox News that Marvel has vowed to remove the "tea bag" reference in the future. No word on whether they will keep the jab at those "angry white folks."

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