by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann at Townhall.com
While the smoke rises from the Capitol building where the health care debate proceeds, Obama is losing his political base on the left.
His decision to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan, an odd move for a peace candidate, his failure to close Guantanamo, our continued military presence in Iraq, and his failure to act on liberal priorities like gays in the military and immigration reform are all sapping his support from those who voted for him.
And, even in the health care debate, the under-30 voters are learning that they are targeted — just like the elderly — for special punishment in Obama’s health care bill. When they realize that they must spend $15,000 on average per family for health insurance or face a fine of 2.5 percent of their income or go to prison, the bill loses its appeal. And, when they find out how shallow the subsidies are (only after they spend 8 percent of their paychecks if their household income is $45,000 a year and 12 percent if it is $65,000), they begin to turn off both the bill and the president for whom they were once so enthusiastic.
Then there is the loss of popularity that has nothing to do with ideology. It all begins with unemployment. While voters still believe by 50-42 (Rasmussen) that George W. Bush is more at fault than Obama for the economy, Bush is not on the ballot. The high jobless rate nurtures a belief that Obama doesn’t really know what he is doing. This discontent need not take the form of ideological opposition to the stimulus package or the deficit spending. It can merely be a sense that things aren’t going right.
And then come the adjectives. Voters are increasingly complaining that Obama is weak, vacillates, does not keep his promises, spends too much time on other priorities than jobs and seems egotistical.
from by Toby Harnden at telegraph.co.uk
The decline in Barack Obama’s popularity since July has been the steepest of any president at the same stage of his first term for more than 50 years.
Gallup recorded an average daily approval rating of 53 per cent for Mr Obama for the third quarter of the year, a sharp drop from the 62 per cent he recorded from April.
His current approval rating – hovering just above the level that would make re-election an uphill struggle – is close to the bottom for newly-elected president. Mr Obama entered the White House with a soaring 78 per cent approval rating.
The bad polling news came as Mr Obama returned to the campaign trail to prevent his Democratic party losing two governorships next month in states in which he defeated Senator John McCain in last November’s election.
Jeffrey Jones of Gallup explained: “The dominant political focus for Obama in the third quarter was the push for health care reform, including his nationally televised address to Congress in early September.
“Obama hoped that Congress would vote on health care legislation before its August recess, but that goal was missed, and some members of Congress faced angry constituents at town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. Meanwhile, unemployment continued to climb near 10 per cent.”
Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey is in severe danger of defeat while Democrats are fast losing hope that Creigh Deeds can beat his Republican opponent in Virginia. Twin Democratic losses would be a major blow to Mr Obama’s prestige.
by Austin Hill at Townhall.com
It’s one thing to be offensive.
It’s yet another thing to be offensive, and to be clueless about it.
And President Barack Obama seems to be landing in the “another thing” category these days.
It has been quite well established that August was a bad month for the President, himself, as well as for his legislative agenda. Today he clearly needs to do some repair work with the American people, so as to prevent further free-fall of his approval ratings, and perhaps more importantly, to prevent further decline in the level of “trust” with which Americans view him.
So what has the President chosen to do, in an attempt to regain our trust? Well, for one, he’ll be delivering a primetime, televised address next week, to Congress, and to the nation, about his nationalized healthcare plans.
Perhaps he’ll be able to use this speech to reset the national debate over the subject. But he runs the risk of reminding many Americans why they began to distrust him in the first place – it was, after all, President Obama himself who spent several years before becoming President, traveling the country and lecturing about his vision for a “single payer,” government-run health insurance system. And now we’ve watched as President Obama, realizing just how wildly unpopular his ideas are, has changed his position on the “single payer” approach, all within the last few weeks.
Is it his insistence on imposing government-run healthcare on a leery populace? Or could it be that calling the cops stupid for arresting his loud mouthed friend?
It doesn’t matter.
Just a few months ago, liberals were digging the grave for the conservative movement. Certain they’d permanently prevailed on the heels of Obama’s historic election, they set about ramming their Socialist agenda down the throats of all Americans in an attempt to bury conservatism forever. Using tactics more common among union thugs and other organized crime, they seized control of private industry, spent hundreds of billions on wasteful projects to line the pocket of special interests, and cut the legs from under an already staggering economy.
All of this happened with virtually no support from Republicans in Congress. Liberals everywhere warned Republicans were further alienating themselves in the eyes of the American public, calling the GOP “the party of NO.” Some RINOs trembled with fear while those of us who truly believe conservative principles make our country stronger and more prosperous insisted the path back to victory wasn’t to fall in step with our liberal foes, but to charge headlong into the center of their ranks. Ignoring warnings from Dems and RINOs alike, real conservatives in the Republican party stood our ground and took the fight to the enemy. Rather than retreat we went on offense.
It took a few months, but now we have them on the run! Blue Dog Democrats are feeling the pressure from their constituents and our constant bombardment of their complicity in quadrupling the national deficit to squander our hard-earned money on legislators’ pet pork projects. Harry Reid announced yesterday the Senate would not meet Obama’s mandate to rush a health care bill through Congress by the August recess. Then Obama stepped on his own land mine when he called a good cop stupid. Their battle plan is being shredded and their troops are beginning to desert!
The best of news came today in the form of Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. I’ve been following this poll for a couple of months now and until today, Obama had always enjoyed a higher approval than disapproval rating. Today that all changed.
For the first time in his Presidency, more likely voters in America disapprove of his job performance than approve. As of today, 49% approve and 51% disapprove of Obama’s leadership.
It looks like America wasn’t ready to swallow Obama’s “change” after all.
As President Obama’s dream of a government run health care system slips away, he’s becoming ever more desperate.
This month we’ve seen poll numbers indicating the American public is becoming more and more uncomfortable with his vision of “change” for America.
Rasmusssen’s Presidential Approval Index turned negative on June 30 and hasn’t seen positive territory since. In the same surveys, the number of Americans who approve of the President’s job performance fell to its lowest point of his presidency. Even more surprising results appeared yesterday in a Rasmussen poll where respondents were asked who they would vote for if a presidential election were held today between Mitt Romney and President Obama, and again if such election were held between Sarah Palin and Obama. The hypothetical Romney-Obama race would be a dead heat with 45% of likely voters preferring Romney and an equal number supporting Obama. Most surprising of all were the results if such an election were held between Obama and Sarah Palin, the now resigned Alaskan governor who was so maligned by the left-wing media. After months of vicious personal attacks by left-wing (and even RINO) attack dogs, the embattled governor trails the MSM’s messiah by only 6%, with Obama favored by 48% of voters and Palin by 42%.
Today, on the President’s signature issue of health care reform, Gallup released a poll showing 50% disapprove of Obama’s approach while only 44% approve. Though 74% of Democrats continue to support the President’s plan, only 40% of independents and 11% of Republicans are convinced he knows what he’s doing. In each of the four domestic issues rated by respondents, more disapproved of the President’s performance than approved. Healthcare: 50% disapprove, 44% approve; taxes: 48% disapprove, 45% approve; economy: 49% disapprove, 47% approve; and budget deficit: 55% disapprove, 41% approve.
For a president who, until recently, has been able to get his every wish through Congress, whose own party holds super majorities in both Houses, and was elected in what most considered a landslide, the President’s waning public support is telling. Especially considering we’re only 6 months into his term.
Obama managed to quadruple the deficit, dramatically increase wasteful spending, and seize control of large segments of the American economy with a strategy of blaming his predecessor. That may have worked for the first five months, but now the public is beginning to identify the President as culpable for the failings of his policies. After all, it was the President who pointed out we’d see peak unemployment of 9% if we didn’t ram his “stimulus” through Congress before members even had a chance to read the bill. Now we see his so-called “stimulus” was nothing more than a liberal’s dream spending bill that actually had a de-stimulating effect. What else can we infer since unemployment is now worse than it would have been without the “stimulus.”
Recall the President repeatedly claimed there would be no earmarks, no waste in his “stimulus” bill, it would fund shovel ready jobs and provide an immediate jolt to the economy. Perhaps if Congress would have had time to read the bill, it would have been so. Three million dollar turtle tunnels and projects that won’t begin until next year may have been caught and culled from the bill. But it wasn’t to be. Now the President has tried to convince us that earmarks are good things, Vice-President Biden tells us they knew waste was inevitable, and the waste and abuse is coming to light.
It’s no wonder Americans are losing faith in our President as he tries the same worn out promises to sell his government health care system. He’s already proved he either doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing or he’s incredibly dishonest. Either way, Americans are no longer buying his health care plan.
Yesterday I posted that Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll found the number of Americans who ‘Strongly Approve’ of Obama’s job performance fell to a new low. The polling company’s Presidential Approval Index is calculated as the difference between the percentage of Americans who ‘Strongly Approve’ and those who ‘Strongly Disapprove.’ Monday was the first time since Obama took office the index was negative. Though the ‘Strongly Approve’ number came up one percent today, the index is still negative with 33% strongly approving and 34% strongly disapproving of the President’s performance. This makes it obvious yesterday’s results weren’t a fluke, now that we see the index in negative territory for two days in a row.
Early in the month, the index reached zero for the first time, but quickly rebounded following Obama’s Cairo speech to the Muslim world. His rhetoric and promises weren’t enough to hold the numbers for long though as North Korea became evermore belligerent, firing missiles, refusing to honor UN sanctions, and even threatening war against the US. The Islamic Republic of Iran also took its toll on the President’s ratings following the landslide victory for anti-American President Ahmadinejad in an election his opponents insist was rigged by the council of clerics who really run the terrorist sponsoring nation. Days of protests by supporters of Ahmadinejad’s opponent, Moustavi, turned violent Saturday after Iran’s Supreme ruler, Ayatollah Khamenei, warned protesters of a crackdown that would result in bloodshed.
Freedom-seeking protesters defied the Ayatollah and the bloodshed began while Obama remained silent, refusing to offer even moral support for the oppressed citizens of the Muslim theocracy. When he finally did speak out on behalf of the demonstrators, he refused to do so on camera–incredulously clinging to his campaign calls for dialogue with the Iranian rulers who’ve long referred to the US as ‘The Great Satan’–and instead released a three-paragraph statement to the press. This from a President who’s not shy about asking to stand in front of the lens whenever he seeks to read from a teleprompter to promote his latest attempt to convert our economy to a Socialist system.
It probably didn’t help the President when he decided to slip away and enjoy an ice cream cone while the Iranian supporters of Mousavi, who sought to lower tensions between the US and Iran, died in the streets. The graphic images broadcast via cell phone on Twitter and YouTube allowed the world to see young men and women murdered, beaten, and dragged from their homes while the American President appeared unconcerned, going about as if the travesty wasn’t even occurring.
Even his domestic policies are now contributing to the decline in the number of Americans who support his Socialist policies. The President’s health care plan, once expected to pass Congress with relative ease, has suffered possibly mortal wounds in recent days. Critics are landing blows that must be resonating since even the President’s own party are backing away. Of course it didn’t help either when last week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its report that found Obama’s plan would only insure about 1/3 of the nation’s uninsured at a whopping cost of $1 trillion.
Add to that the President is now considering new taxes that he campaigned against to help pay for his expensive plan. Recall that Obama lambasted McCain for supposedly considering a tax on employer paid health insurance premiums during the campaign, but now the President is considering doing just that to pay the astronomical costs associated with his plan to seize control over another 17.7% of the US economy. He’s set an August deadline for Congress to pass his plan and have it ready for his signature because he knows it won’t pass public scrutiny if allowed to be thoroughly and publicly debated.
Today’s Rasmussen poll is just the latest in a string that are showing a downward trend that may indicate the public is losing patience with the President’s radical reforms. We recently saw that more Americans call themselves Conservatives than any other ideological political group and that 80% disagree with Obama’s Socialization of the US auto industry. A majority now say the President has abandoned bipartisanship, though he’s repeatedly called for it from Republicans and campaigned on the idea that he would bring people together.
It’s apparent the President is watching these polls and taking notice, since he’s recently made statements that contradict his actions but pander to dissatisfied Americans. Obama is so narcissistic, he’s obviously convinced the American people believe him when he claims to support a pay-as-you-go (Paygo) budget so full of loopholes it will allow him and the Democratic Congress to continue their historic deficit spending while claiming to be fiscally responsible. He expects us to believe he doesn’t want to run private companiies even while he seizes control of them. But voters can’t be fooled forever.
Obama has enjoyed quite a honeymoon with American voters but, as the recent polls indicate, that may just be coming to an end. Though he continues to blame most of his problems on Bush, people are realizing it’s Obama’s show now–for better, or worse.
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