Seems like the American people have just about had enough of our transformative god-like Change-Master; now we just have to figure out a way to limit the damage over the next three-plus years:
Among all Americans, 49 percent now express confidence that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark in his presidency. Forty-nine percent now say they think he will be able to spearhead significant improvements in the system, down nearly 20 percentage points from before he took office.
As challenges to Obama's initiatives have mounted over the summer, pessimism in the nation's direction has risen: Fifty-five percent see things as pretty seriously on the wrong track, up from 48 percent in April.
Disapproval of Obama's handling of the health-care issue reached 50 percent in the new poll, the highest of his presidency, and 42 percent of those surveyed say they now "strongly disapprove" of the way he is dealing with his main domestic priority. Views of the president's actions on reform have dropped most sharply among seniors and independents.
Seems like some of the best and brightest in the polling business see this as easily translating to a Democratic party meltdown:
Charlie Cook, one of the best political handicappers in the business, sent out a special update to Cook Political Report subscribers Thursday that should send shivers down Democratic spines.
Reviewing recent polling and the 2010 election landscape, Cook can envision a scenario in which Democratic House losses could exceed 20 seats.
"These data confirm anecdotal evidence, and our own view, that the situation this summer has slipped completely out of control for President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
Paul Krugman suggests it's because Obama and the Democrats are being too tolerant of the opposition. Gee, calling them un-American Nazis wasn't enough for Pauli K.? Want does he want for Republicans, internment camps? And will that swing the electorate back to Barack Obama?
Well, it seems as if Obama is toeing Krugman's line:
President Obama took to the conservative airwaves Thursday to charge that Republican leaders are engaged in a vast right-wing conspiracy to kill health care reform in order to repeat the 1994 mid-term takeover of Congress, which followed the defeat of President Clinton's reform plan.
Or maybe Obama can win back the love of the nation by intensifying his elitist disdain:
The Obama team is saddled with a foundering health- care strategy. But it has a fallback plan -- relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are?
We're not. And that, for Obama and the Democrats, is the crux of their problems...