CNN's GUT CHECK for February 3, 2014
February 3rd, 2014
06:23 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 3, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 3, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … OBAMA'S APPROVAL INCHES UP
According a new CNN/ORC poll Barack Obama's approval rating has inched up, but the number of Americans who hope that his policies will succeed has dropped 12 points since last year:

CNN/ORC POLL
Jan. 31-Feb. 2
How Obama is Handling
His Job as President

Approve 45%
Disapprove 50%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

CNN/ORC POLL
Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Approve of How Obama is
Handling His Job as President

Now 45%
December 41%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

CNN/ORC POLL
Jan. 31-Feb. 2
You Hope That Obama's
Policies Will Succeed

Now 58%
Jan. 2013 70%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

BILL O’REILLY GIVES OBAMA LAST WORD – PRESIDENT OBAMA ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S THE O’REILLY FACTOR TONIGHT: "Here’s what I believe. First of all, the biggest honor I’ve ever had and will ever have is serving as commander-in-chief. And when you meet our military families and our men and women in uniform, they are so outstanding, you just have to want to help them. And you have done great work, Bill, on behalf of our veterans. Number two, I think self-reliance is alive and well in America. I think the problem is people don’t see as many opportunities to get ahead. My job as president, as long as I’m in this office, is to give them the tools to get ahead.They’ve got to work hard. They’ve got to be responsible. But if they are, let’s make sure that they can make it in America. That’s what it’s all about. That’s how you and I ended up sitting here talking.”

2016 MATCH UP: CHRISTIE’S DROP IS CLINTON’S GAIN: Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2-point lead over Hillary Clinton in hypothetical 2016 matchup in December has evaporated, and Clinton holds a 55%-39% lead, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. The survey also indicates that Christie has lost his lead over other potential GOP White House contenders in the race for the Republican nomination. The poll's release comes after a month of intense media scrutiny of Christie over a couple of controversies.

CHRISTIE FIGHTS BACK: THE NEW YORK TIMES IN THE BULLEYE:
Gov. Chris Christie’s office on Monday will send to supporters a list of tweets and stories that highlight criticism of The New York Times' coverage of the latest development in the George Washington Bridge scandal that is roiling his administration, a source in the governor's office told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.

FIRST ON CNN: MAYOR BEHIND CHRISTIE ALLEGATIONS FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS … The Democratic mayor at the center of one of the controversies swirling around Republican Gov. Chris Christie is, to put it politely, a woman of contradictions. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the New Jersey governor threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy relief funds unless she got behind a redevelopment project he favors. It's a story that has changed with the telling. The inconsistencies don't stop there. – Chris Frates (Follow the @frates)

ONCE SNUBBED, CHRISTIE TO APPEAR AT MAJOR CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE … New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will appear next month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of grassroots activists. Christie was not invited to the meeting last year, sparking a war of words between the governor and the American Conservative Union, which organizes the conference. The ACU criticized Christie for not being conservative enough to address the gathering. – Mark Preston

THE BUZZ … Super Bowl Gets 111.5 Million Viewers, 25.3 Million Tweets.According to preliminary results from Nielsen, the telecast of Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX drew an average audience of 111.5 million viewers … The game, in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos by a score or 43 to 8, was viewed in over 53 million homes and had a preliminary 46.4 U.S. household rating. Additionally, Nielsen SocialGuide noted that 5.6 million people in the U.S. sent 25.3 million tweets over the course of the entire game.”

MARKET WATCH: Stocks tumble on a brutal trading day, with the Dow closing down 325 points. The index has now shed 7% this year.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
Which show's finale did it take the Super Bowl 27 years to surpass in ratings?

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Obama will visit Saudi Arabia amid worry over Iran deal
While in the country he’ll meet with Saudi King Abdullah to discuss Middle East peace and common interests in the Arabian Gulf, the White House said Monday. Aside from the recent nuclear accord, struck last fall, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf state neighbors have expressed frustration at the United States’ role in Syria, where rebels continue to battle against the Iran-backed regime.- Kevin Liptak

Leading Monroe News Star: Second term for New Orleans Mayor Landrieu
Boosted by a drop in the city’s murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has won a landslide victory in his bid for a second term. Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday’s election. – Kevin McGill

Leading Drudge: The Humiliation Of Manning
The Denver Broncos soared into the Super Bowl riding the NFL's best offense on the arm of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and limped away a 43-8 loser. – Ryan Gorman

Leading HuffPo: Governors' Tax Plans Get Pushback From Their Own Parties
An examination of 50-state data by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that for the first time, total state tax revenue appears to have recovered from its plunge in the Great Recession. Receipts for the 50 states combined were 0.5 percent higher in the second quarter of 2013 than at their peak in 2008, adjusted for inflation. The extra money is making governors and legislators a bit starry-eyed. – Elaine Povich

Leading Politico: Liz Cheney: I shall return
The former State Department official told her team that she had decided to end her campaign for personal reasons, the same explanation she offered the press. In private, Liz Cheney gave a clearer indication of her continuing political aspirations. One listener recalled the candidate’s message, paraphrasing her words: “At some point, I will be running for something else. This isn’t the right time for my family.” A second listener confirmed the general message she expressed on the call. – Alexander Burns

Leading New York Times: Glitches in State Exchanges Give G.O.P. a Cudgel
Republicans have seized on the failures of homegrown exchanges in states like Maryland, Minnesota and Oregon — all plagued by technological problems that have kept customers unhappy and enrollment goals unmet — and promise to use the issue against Democratic candidates for governor and legislative seats this fall. – Abby Goodnough

Leading Roll Call: The Other Backroom: Breast-Feeding on the Hill
There’s a new backroom on Capitol Hill: the lactation lounge. … “It’s the new ‘backroom,’” said a Democratic House staffer, who, like many of the mothers interviewed for this article, declined to be named. “There is a line of women who come at the same times each day and you get to know one another. It’s one of the best-kept secrets on Capitol Hill.” – Rebecca Gale

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– O’Malley not waiting for Clinton decision –
MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WASHINGTON POST: "I have a great deal of respect for Hillary Clinton …But for my own part, I have a responsibility to prepare and to address the things that I feel a responsibility to address. . . . To squander this important period of preparation because of horse-race concerns and handicapping concerns is just not a very productive use of energy. . . . Right now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing – the thought work and the preparation work.”

– Jindal: This is not the Chris Christie show –
L.A. GOV. BOBBY JINDAL TO CANDY CROWLEY ON CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION SUNDAY ON WHETHER CHRISTIE SHOULD RESIGN AS RGA CHAIR: "No … Here’s what the media doesn’t understand how the RGA works. Reality is, within the RGA no one governor is more important than the other … The RGA isn’t about one governor. It’s about all 29 races."

– Obama responds to testy questions on Sebelius –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO BILL O’REILLY ON FOX DURING A PRE-SUPER BOWL INTERVIEW: “I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable."

– Congresswoman: Clay Aiken failed at singing so he’s trying Congress –
REP. RENEE ELLMERS, R-NORTH CAROLINA, ON WMAL RADIO ON A POTENTIAL CHALLENGE FROM CLAY AIKEN IN NC-02: “Apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored … You can throw in there that he (couldn’t win on Celebrity Apprentice). ... So I guess the next step is Congress.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)
It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked!

Ryan Matthew Mahoney (‏@Ryan_Mahoney)
Maybe @HillaryClinton wouldn't get "blitzed & sacked" by FOX if she came clean about #Benghazi. #gapol #gagop http://ow.ly/tdMKo

Maria (‏@chiquitaz529)
@GOPMommy Meanwhile, didn't it appear that @HillaryClinton was gleefully subtweeting about her pal the POTUS having 2 endure the hot seat?

Sen. Mark Udall (@MarkUdall)
Win or lose, #CO is still #UnitedInOrange – & Peyton will be back for #SB49. What an amazing season by our @Broncos

Sen. Maria Cantwell (‏@CantwellPress)
Cantwell: 'Congratulations to Pete Carroll and the Seattle @Seahawks on bringing the Pacific Northwest its first Lombardi Trophy!' #SB48

DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza)
YO, THIS GAME IS LIKE A DIGIORNO PIZZA BECAUSE IT WAS DONE AFTER TWENTY MINUTES #SuperBowI #SuperSmack #DiGiorNOYOUDIDNT

Barack Obama (‏@BarackObama)
Make a healthy choice—enroll in a new health care plan today: http://ofa.bo/d3L pic.twitter.com/Xi1sf2hAuD

Rep Tim Walberg (‏@RepWalberg)
http://Healthcare.gov can’t handle appeals of enrollment errors http://wapo.st/1fna6AS @washingtonpost We need a #YearOfAction, not errors

Donna Brazile (‏@donnabrazile)
Some folks have tried to make President Obama a lame duck since his first inauguration. He hasn’t quacked yet. Let's move forward.

Brad Dayspring ‏(@BDayspring)
The last thing Harry Reid & Senate Democrats need is a legacy seeking Barack Obama mucking up their '14 elections. http://e.nrsc.org/t/j-0FD2139E6ECF484E

Sarah Reese Jones ‏(@srjones66)
GOP Receives Shock To The System As Democrat Michelle Nunn Leads In Georgia Senate Race http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/30/gop-receives-shock-system-democrat-michelle-nunn-leads-georgia-senate-race.html … via @politicususa #p2 #P2b

Igor Bobic ‏(@igorbobic )
Ready For Hillary Launches 'Black Americans Program' At Barbershops And Beauty Salons http://bit.ly/1foRb8S

Jill Schupp ‏(@JillSchupp)
Historic day with Janet Yellen being sworn in as the first ever Federal Reserve Chairwoman.

AmeriCAN ‏(@TheCanKicksBack)
Millennials are going to make up 75 percent of the workforce in 10 years #FactADay

New Jersey 101.5 ‏(@nj1015)
Tonight, Gov. Chris Christie will be in studios for Ask the Governor. The show starts at 7pm.

The Lead CNN ‏(@TheLeadCNN)
Rudy Giuliani advice to Christie ahead of his "Ask the Governor" radio show? Be yourself. #TheLead

Eric Weisbrod ‏(@EricWeisbrod)
#OneDirection's @NiallOfficial & @JustinBieber both had #Superbowl tweets retweeted more than @HillaryClinton's. How bout that?

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

In 2010, the Super Bowl telecast beat the 1983 series finale of the hit CBS television series “M.A.S.H.” for the record for all-time high ratings with 106.5 million viewers. M.A.S.H. previously held the record for 27 years with 105.97 million viewers.

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  1. GI Joe

    Try a different shade of lipstick, Christie. We just aren't that into you.

    February 3, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Patty Winfield

    If this situation with Gov. Christie is so bad....why did it happen in September and the press didn't blow it out of proportion until December.

    February 3, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. tom l

    I wonder if the msm is having a beer saying "we did it!"

    February 3, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Put this in your pipe and smoke it !

    The amount of harmful pollutants released in the process of recovering oil from tar sands in western Canada is likely far higher than corporate interests say, university researchers said Monday.

    We need the keister pipeline now , it's a job creator !

    February 3, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |