The latest Gallup poll showing President Obama’s approval rating at 47 percent is indicative of something. Once the media-induced honeymoon ended, it has been a steady decline for this rookie, in-over-his-head executive neophyte.
Pollster.com, a compilation of dozens of polls, pulled together a chart of his approval/disapproval ratings during the year since his election.
It is indeed a steadily declining approval rate — and a correspondingly increasing disapproval rate.
Obama has mismanaged his first year so horribly that he might not ever be able to get himself back to his honeymoon highs — the mid-70s, in some polls.
He has: Veered left on federal spending and bailouts. Thus the deficits are exploding. Lurched way left on bringing the 9/11 terrorists to New York City. Totally mismanaged the healthcare debate — to the point where he has devoted seven months to something — and then settled for the removal of the troublesome public option that he could have had with bipartisan support last June. Dithered on Afghanistan, and then given a speech last week, which has confused us all, probably including the Taliban! And then Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have subtly changed the time line since the West Point speech to indicate we will be in Afghanistan for perhaps five more years. Seemed to be standing by while the economy — and the jobs situation — has deteriorated. None of his “cures” is seen as working. Thus talk of yet another stimulus. But Obama is seen now as behind the 8 ball on the economy — primarily because he has only been talking healthcare for seven months.
What’s more, the jobs summit was a total PR farce that hurt him even more. That was a sham — all for show — and it demonstrates that Team Obama is just paying lip service to this crucial problem.
Copenhagen and the global warming issue are seen as another sop to the Left — not as something vital to the economic survival of the country.
Make no mistake about it: We are at a critical time in this nation, with a political vacuum, a deteriorating economic and global position and a president in over his head.
The way things are going now, 2010 will be a good year for the GOP. But it will be more an anti-Obama-Reid-Pelosi vote than a pro-GOP vote. The Republicans still need to get their act in gear. Being “anti” is OK for now, but in order to win in 2012, we will have to have a good, tight, positive message.
Sarah Palin is sucking all the oxygen away from any other GOP presidential candidates. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and the others are getting nowhere — as of now — as long as she is on stage.
Many things will change by 2012. Whoever is up today will be down — and vice versa. That’s how it works.
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