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It first releases a fact not in the public eye since 2000
Clinton left office with an approval rating of 68 percent according to the CBS poll at the time, so his continuing popularity is not surprising.
It then has a clue.
presidential favorability ratings reflect a lot more than ideological agreement with the president’s agenda. The strength of the economy, the proximity of a flag-rallying moment like the attacks of September 11, the president’s charisma, and the effectiveness of his opposition’s attacks are all factors.
Yeah, peace and prosperity are ratting getters.
And a disingenuois clue
, the successful shift in GOP animus from Clinton to Obama among Republicans suggests that a significant portion of Republicans can be whipped into a fervor against any Democrat when their leaders and news sources criticize him, even if they would be softer on him once the attacks subside and they can assess his record more rationally.
Anyone who lived through the 2008 primaries knows that this is not just about Republicans and THEIR news sources. Newsweek which has been a print partner on MSNBC knows about whipping in fervor.
Obama’s young fans were the ones who didn’t remember “peace and prosperity” so they bought the “fervor whipping”
Now it’s their own turn to be whipped – by their own choice, Obama.
The fallacy that the two had the same agenda is belied by the opposite results.
Clinton was a Democrat not a circle D.
Had Obama had the same agenda as Clinton, unemployment woudn’t be so prevalent. A real stimulus would have turned this around.
A real healthcare reform as well.
And as people herd Clinton recently: he doesn’t insult voters. On either side of the spectrum.
Ni hissy fits “why don’t you adore me”? either.
So the conclusion of the article is as misgiuded as is disingenuous
None of this proves that President Obama’s agenda is, or isn’t, popular on the merits. But it does suggest that a decline in his popularity should not be overinterpreted as a major rejection of his policies when the last president to articulate the same agenda is much more popular than he is.
The truth is as they love to say: unprecedented!
or maybe they stumbled on the answer here
And how do you explain that George W. Bush left office with an abysmal 22 percent approval rating despite aping not only Reagan’s policies but getting many of the same results, such as increased inequality and big budget deficits?
And considering the efforts Newseek and the rest of the media made to keep Clinton down and Obama up, one could almost call this headline “whining”.
while here, one in 5 people can’t make their mortgages Read the rest of this entry »
Remember Howard Dean? The guy who said he didn’t notice the sexism during the 2008 campaign because he didn’t have cable? But now that he found out about it, he was so incensed?
He always had the gift to say either the right thing at the wrong time or the other way around.
In this case, the timing is out of Dean’s control. Someone included his quote in a book and Huffpo chose to write about it
Of course, like in the case of the sexism remarks, Dean’s good words come out a bit late.
Little did he know when he was settling accounts with his political arch-rival that Obama will run around with the same sharp scissors by the time his comment got out. But the words are pretty good:
“I’m not looking to pick another fight with Rahm Emanuel, but the contempt with which he held the progressive wing of the party was devastating and incredibly demoralizing,” Dean said. “That’s basically saying to your own people — you got us here, now FU.”
and this is right on too
Dean is quoted as saying. “The principal problem with OFA is the same one the president’s having. You can’t dictate to your base what’s going to happen. It’s got to be a two-way deal, and it hasn’t been.”
Of course, now that this became the official 2 step strategy to move the country to the right (lose election, blame the left), Dean’s words are twisting in the air…
Asked to comment on this article, he predictably refused.
On DU, a loving tribute to Dean was posted, with some engaging in happy, safe Rahm kicking.
One of Obama’s apologists though noticed the flaw
“Dean did not immediately return a request for comment about the most recent round of Obama-Biden statements.”Yeah, let’s pull out old statement by Dean to give the impression that he disagrees with the President.
Howard Dean said recently that health care was real reform. Want to pull out his old statements about the bill? Permalink
and even finds a recent dean appearance where he predicts victory in Novemver and praises Obama
Ad yea, I am petty enough to chalk one more mark for Dean in my Schadenfreude list
Many of us know for decade that shock therapy is a quack remedy with adverse side effects. Nobody told that to Obama who is determined to cure Democrats by showering attacks and insults on them – which DC express deems “cajoling”
Which almost makes me wonder if there’s a connection with this headline: HELPING HANDS FOR TORTURE SURVIVORS Read the rest of this entry »
“if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.
I guess they were all racist bible and gun clingers after all. They only appeared to be decent people.
yes, even you creatives, urban, affluent male educated who thought he really really liked you!
More people notice what’s wrong with Obama’s sense of entitlement to people’s votes.
I guess none of us deserve him!
Adding this brilliant commentary at the Confluence
Saint Obama under attack, again, irrationally of course, and again by That section of the formerly not needed Base now newly named “unenthusiastic Democratic voters”. The sins this time, or so the Obama-Biden tale goes, is the groups rejection of Obama as irrational, “inexcusable”, apathetic, not serious, “irresponsible”, and so asleep as to be incapable of grasping Obama’s hard working wonderfulness as real. And as proof of his (Obama) righteous indignation and rant against the Unenthusiastic Democratic voters rejection of his accomplishments as myth, he offers his own checklist which he says he keeps of his campaign promises and by his reality his determination that he has meet about 70 percent of them.
One more thing: When General McChrystal gave his interview to Rolling Stones, a pink slip followed.
Let’s hope Obama keeps this tradition alive.