Friday, August 21, 2009

Obama's Poll Crash: Blame Republicans and Stupid Citizens!

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...


Anonymous said...

Hey Wing Nut,

It's pointless for me to waste energy arguing with someone whose goal is to bring down Obama no matter what it takes, but I will waste it because maybe someone with an open mind will read this. I continue to be amazed that people actually believe that the healthcare system in the US, which is twice as expensive as other "western" societies, is somehow going to be ruined because a public option is offered and because the huge, immoral holes in the exisiting system will be closed up, is somehow bad for America!

What faltering health-care strategy are you talking about? The one where 40% of the plan goes to insurance company "administration" and forces the insurance companies to close the loopholes where they can decide to drop your coverage or deny you coverage? How about the strategy that forces the insurance companies to actually have a real competitive option to go up against? Gee, capitalism works only when you have the game fixed like it is now? Go ahead, defeat the plan that provides you with significantly more protections than you have now with the insurance companies who are rewarded for finding new ways to deny you healthcare! Continue rooting against your own self interests.

Birthers, teabaggers, radical right wing "christians", secessionist, healthcare anti-reformist,etc., are all the same core group of poor, uninformed ultra-conservative pawns tricked by the corporate masters and cheerleadered by AM conservative talk radio to get these people to believe and vote against their own self interest.

It isn't any wonder that the main weapon to keep the rank and file conservatives in check is FEAR. Conservatives fear that their guns are going to be taken away, they fear that U.S. will become socialist, they fear that health care reform will kill off the elderly, they fear that the president is a muslim, they fear that when minorities are in power that reverse racisms will run rampant, they fear that every nation under the sun wants to destroy the U.S. and on and on. This is the main message of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, et al. to be afraid. After 8 hours a day at least 5 days a week conservatives literally become
brainwashed through the radio and then some on Fox news to be afraid and angry.

Conservatives don't even know what exactly they are trying to conserve. They speak of fair play and freedom but when a group other than their circumscribed group speaks about and want such things (i.e. gay rights, immigrant rights, minorities, the poor)these ideas suddenly become liberal pandering.

Conservatives don't realize that what they fear most is change. The changing of American society and of the world. Thus their behavior is not much different from other conservative movements around the world, i.e. Taliban, Al Qaida, Likud, Abadgaran. These groups want to maintain the status quo and use fear and sometimes violence to achieve their means. These groups target the same type of people to believe in their ideology. These are usually the poor, rural denizens who feel that the rest of society is moving too fast and that they are being excluded because the city centers are thriving and they are not.

Again, I know that I have just wasted a half hour trying to enlighten someone who enjoys looking for the big bad guys around every corner, but I feel better that I tried.

Anonymous said...

"Birthers, teabaggers, radical right wing "christians", secessionist, healthcare anti-reformist,etc., are all the same core group of poor, uninformed ultra-conservative pawns tricked by the corporate masters and cheerleadered by AM conservative talk radio to get these people to believe and vote against their own self interest."

There's that "Stupid Citizen" meme you just mentioned in the post. So cool to see it in action, and so funny to see a commentor use it in defense of Obama after proof that it is one of the things that is destroying him politically.

Man, these lefties are just not the sharpest knives in the drawer, are they?

Anonymous said...

Now it is obvious to me why there are no successful nations govern by orangutans. It don't take no Albert Einstein to see which way America has gone in the six months Obama has been in office. In my personal opinion Obama and the Communist Media are steadily destroying America. Anyone with half a brain can see that Obama's stimulus package is doing nothing but passing today's problems on to our grandkids. And with him trying to add another trillion dollars to insure the blacks on top of what we are already in the hole makes the problem even worse. What I can see is this man and the Communist Media could care less what they are doing to our nation and this just may be their goal. Remember Obama is trying to destroy our nuclear weapons. My Personal Thoughts and Comments. Sincerely, Ronald Chambers