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Mr. Unpopular

By Alan Caruba
web posted August 17, 2009

"I'm melting! I'm melting!" cried the Wicked Witch of the West after Dorothy threw a pail of water on her when her broom caught on fire. I cannot seem to get this image out of my head as I watch Barack Obama's polling numbers head south.

Barack ObamaThe August 13 numbers released by Rasmussen Reports which tracks a daily presidential approval rating reveal that 29% of the nation's voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President; thirty-seven percent (37%) strongly disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8. (Minus 8!)

If only 28% strongly approve, that means that 72%, minus the 37% who strongly disapprove, still leaves 35% who are not happy campers. A total of 72% who share varying degrees of disapproval for the President's performance is an ugly number for Barack Obama.

By the end of July, six months into his term, a blog at Real Clear Politics noted "Barack Obama's public approval rating has fallen faster than presidents from George W. Bush to Jimmy Carter, based on a Real Clear Politics review of historical Gallup polling."

By October of his first and only term, the public had already figured out what a lemon Jimmy Carter turned out to be. He hit 54% by mid-September and, gee, Obama has already hit 47% by August!

You have to screw up spectacularly to do that after starting out with some of the highest popularity ratings of any new president since Eisenhower and Kennedy. Both Clinton and Bush43 actually started with approval ratings 10 points lower than Obama, but gained those points rapidly, reaching 5l% and 53% respectively within a month after their inauguration.

Every single president since Eisenhower has fared better than the boy wonder, the One, the Messiah, Barack Hussein Obama.

Why? Because he's an idiot and because he has no plan, no program, nothing more than a bunch of Chicago-style political tactics and a lot of socialist mush between his big ears.

Worse yet he has tried to jam some horrendously expensive and bad legislation down everyone's throats, insisting it has to be done "now" or terrible, terrible, terrible things will happen.

Well, guess what? Terrible and extremely well-deserved things are happening to President Barack H. Obama. He earned them. He lied his way into them. He cannot lie his way out of them.

Watch the Democrats in Congress jump ship. The so-called Healthcare bill has already been pared from over a thousand pages down to around 600. The Democrats want to be able to say they voted on something, but just not the something Obama wants. They are looking for cover.

For all the criticisms leveled at the Republicans for not saying much at this point, let me suggest they are doing just the right thing. Every time Obama speaks, his polling score heads south.

Here's a prediction: Watch the Democrat candidates for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia both lose in November.

Watch for a movement within the Party to get rid of Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker and Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. The gods of politics demand their sacrifice!

Obama has done a wonderful job of unifying Americans. Against him! ESR

Alan Caruba writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. A business and science writer, he is the founder of The National Anxiety Center. © Alan Caruba, August 2009


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