Friday Five: Obama=WTF?

It was a week full of bad new for President Dear Leader. Good news for those of us who think the stimulus was a crap sandwich and ObamaCare would be bad for America, but bad for Obama. Here are five articles summing up why:

Krauthammer: Obama, the Mortal
What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?

Sabato: Democrats Likely to Lose 23-41 House Seats Next Year
It now appears that Republicans will make above-average gains in the U.S. House of at least +23 seats. Average for first midterm election=17. The natural, normal state of midterm elections is opposition party gains. Only real question is size of gains. Crystal Ball says ’sizeable’. Under what might be considered a worst case scenario for Democrats, if President Obama’s approval rating sinks into the low 40s next year, which would produce a net approval rating of around -10, and Republicans take a 5 point lead on the generic ballot, the GOP would still be expected to gain only 4 seats in the Senate.

Charlie Cook: Big Election Wave Alert “should terrify Democrats”
With 14 months to go before the 2010 midterm election, something could happen to improve the outlook for Democrats. However, wave elections, more often than not, start just like this: The president’s ratings plummet; his party loses its advantage on the generic congressional ballot test; the intensity of opposition-party voters skyrockets; his own party’s voters become complacent or even depressed; and independent voters move lopsidedly away. These were the early-warning signs of past wave elections. Seeing them now should terrify Democrats.

Obama’s speech: Wrong setting for a sales job
Is Obamacare such an issue? Hardly. So it will be the president’s job to convince the public that the need to pass a national health care bill is so urgent that it ranks alongside war and other national emergencies. It can’t be done. No matter what Obama says on Wednesday, the audience will see the speech for what it is: A president speaking not as the nation’s leader in time of crisis but rather as a salesman pushing a troubled product.

It’s Time for Obama To Change Course
As we all know, President Obama’s poll position has been sliding for some time. In the last two months, his net approval rating has gone from +25.5 to +11.1 in the RealClearPolitics average. Contrary to the suggestions of some, the President should be worried about this. There are three reasons why.


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