Rich Lowry: Obama's Presidency at a 'Dead Point'

Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:22 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama, whose popularity is continuing to drop on both his domestic and foreign programs, is at what late President Abraham Lincoln referred to as being at a "dead point," says National Review Editor Rich Lowry.

The president, Lowry wrote in an opinion piece for Politico Magazine Wednesday, is "weak abroad, frustrated at home, and looking at a brutal November" as his ratings continue to slip.

There was a bit of hope at the end of March, said Lowry, when a Washington Post-ABC poll showed 49 percent of Americans support Obamacare.

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But just a month later, the Obamacare ratings started to plummet again, according to an Post-ABC poll that revealed 44 percent supported the law, putting its ratings where they were in January.

The numbers are consistent with a Wall Street Journal-NBC poll that showed 36 percent of respondents thinking Obamacare is a good idea, and a Kaiser poll showing support for the law at 38 percent.

"The more Obamacare’s standing with the public changes, the more it stays the same," wrote Lowry. "The president keeps saying the debate over the health care law is over. If so, he lost it — at least the debate over whether the law is worthy of support."

As a result, Obama will be "as much of a drag on his party in November as anyone would have expected a few months ago," said Lowry. "According to every indicator, the public is sour, the economy lackluster and Republicans much more motivated to vote than Democrats. The general environment looks to be November 2010 all over again, except it hasn’t been preceded by an interlude of historic Democratic accomplishments."

And, Lowry agreed with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who called for Obama to "stop whining," after she was provoked by his trip to Asia.

"He has no real interest in foreign affairs," said Lowry. "He has always wanted, not to “pivot to Asia,” as the slogan would have it, but to pivot to home."

Obama's foreign strategy, said Lowry, is to "duck and cover" and hope matters stay slow until "say, Hillary Clinton's first term."

Americans want to see the United States less active worldwide, but not "powerless or [being] humiliated by thuggish adversaries," Lowry said.

But Obama's ratings are at all-time lows, including a ratings in the 30s for his handling of the Ukraine crisis. the WSJ-NBC poll said, and as the news came in during Obama's trip to Asia, the ratings continued to spin.

Americans have grown increasingly weary of intervening in other countries’ affairs, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, which shows nearly half want the United States to take a less active role on the world stage. 

The recent poll results jibe with one from Pew Research Center last year that found 53 percent of Americans -- a record figure -- believe America "should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can." In 1995, 41 percent of Americans felt that way, compared with just 20 percent in 1964.

The president also lacks ability to win any significant legislative victories, said Lowry, and instead of looking to international affairs like other presidents have done, "Obama has been gradually liquidating our position abroad, while his domestic agenda is permanently stalled."

And as a result, after the midterms, Obama could be a "step closer to certified lame-duckery" and worse off than he is now, said Lowry.

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