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Hope you're having a delightful Obamacare Deadline Day, what with the website partially borked* due to high traffic, and Rick Santorum assuring us no one's going to actually pay for their new plans, and the actually encouraging news that about 9.5 million previously uninsured people now have coverage. And now here's Fox News with a helpful chart to show you just how pathetically short Obamacare enrollment has fallen of its goal for the deadline. As you can plainly see, only about 6 million people have signed up, which is plainly about a third of the 7 million and some goal that had been estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.


We suspect a Fox spokesperson (D - Alaska) will explain that there's nothing misleading at all, since the background of the chart isn't labeled, or maybe because the bottom three lines stand for 2 million people each, while the lines above that represent 200,000 people each, just so you can see the difference more clearly. Besides, the chart clearly says the information source is the Department of Health and Human Services, so it's not Fox's fault that the numbers came out looking weird. Blame Big Government!

For laughs, Media Matters provides another chart in which "6,000,000" and "7,066,000" are compared using accurate bars. Strangely, this one also comes from Fox, and ran on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures, where some people have obviously just not been reading the memos from Roger Ailes:

Obviously, when you view the two charts side-by-side, you get a much better sense of the reality of the situation:

Obamacare enrollment before the deadline has clearly dropped precipitously in just one day. INPEACH!

Besides, as Media Matters' Jeremy Holden tweeted, this screenshot from a bit later today says all that Fox viewers need to know about Obamacare:

[HuffPo / LA Times / Media Matters]

* we wouldn't be so irresponsible as to idly speculate that today would be the perfect day for haterz to launch a DDOS attack; there is no evidence of that whatsoever. But you can speculate all you like in the comments, which we don't allow.

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On Monday, someone attempted to murder George Soros by putting a bomb in his mailbox. Also on Monday, someone threw a rock into House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office. Also, I spilled some hot coffee on myself. These are all things that happened on Monday, and were by some measure unpleasant. While most people might say, "Yes, all of those things are unpleasant, but they are not equal degrees of unpleasant," most people are not Chuck Schumer.

In what appears to be an attempt to get someone on Fox News to describe him as a "reasonable guy," Schumer sent out a tweet today lamenting the "despicable acts of violence and harassment" being done by "both sides."

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Republicans are KILLIN' IT in Florida, you guys! No worries about election day, Gators. It's all smooooooth sailing for the Sunshine State GOP. Just take it from Governor Rick Scott's lead pollster Wes Anderson, who produced a whimsical, unskewed poll for the campaign, featuring nostalgic jams about high Republican turnout in those good old days, telling the Tampa Bay Times,

As the linked slides indicate, Governor Scott currently leads Senator Nelson 51% to 46%, a lead that is outside of the margin of error.

It should also be noted that this sample from last week is very robust at 2,200 interviews of likely voters, stratified by county to reflect historic mid-term turnout. Our sample shows the Republicans with a one-point turnout advantage, even though we believe we will end up with a two- or three-point advantage. For historical context, in the past two mid-term elections Republicans had a four-point advantage in 2010 and a three-point advantage in 2014. At R+1, that makes our current sample a very conservative take on the likely partisan composition of this year's electorate.

NEEDZ MOAR BILL MURRAY.

No other pollster has replicated those numbers, with SurveyUSA, Quinnipiac, and CNN/SSRS all finding Bill Nelson in the lead, but if OnMessage, Inc. says Scott is running way ahead, then it must be true! Only OnMessage promises to "take your principles, your experience, and your opponent's weaknesses to develop a winning message plan that the voters will embrace." And who wouldn't trust a push pollster, right?

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