Obama approval drops to 41% in Rasmussen tracking poll

posted at 10:55 am on June 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

On Wednesday, when Barack Obama hit a new low in his approval ratings in the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, I predicted a short-lived bump that would disappear by the weekend.  The initial response to his Tuesday-night Oval Office speech would be seen on Thursday and today, and I expected a small increase in approval despite the delivery of a widely-panned address that many are now comparing to Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech.  Yesterday, Obama’s job approval went from 42% to 43% — but today, it’s dropped even lower than on Wednesday:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 (see trends).

These results are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, more than two-thirds of the interviews for today’s update were conducted after the president’s speech to the nation. Tomorrow’s update will be the first based entirely upon interviews conducted after the speech. …

Overall, 41% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. That’s the lowest level of approval yet recorded for this president. Fifty-eight percent (58%) now disapprove.

In other words, the Wednesday survey did improve his standing enough to raise his rating by a single percentage point — hardly moving the needle, but in a three-day rolling poll, an indication of something moving in the right direction.  Yesterday’s survey, however, must have been bad enough to wipe out the gain from the previous day and be lower than the pre-speech polling.  That indicates that the extended reaction to the speech has been especially bad.

Rasmussen also released its weekly issue polling today, and it also looks bleak for the administration.  Almost two-thirds (65%) believe government spending will go up, while only 11% believe taxes will go down.  Obama only scores a 34% approval on the economy, with 68% of independents rating him only fair or poor, above the 59% of the general population giving Obama a thumbs-down.  He also only gets a 38% job-approval rating on energy, and only 33% among independents.  On national security, Obama gets a 38%, with 63% of independents disapproving.

Obama may not be in Bush-approval territory, but that’s the direction he’s heading.  One thing is certain: Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.


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Time to appoint a suicide czar…

right2bright on June 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM

“Did you stop your polls from dropping yet,daddy?”

portlandon on June 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

According to all the “folks” on today’s Morning Joe, the President is set for a major turn-around….all on the backs of the Barton apology and appearing “strong” on BP shakedown. Supposedly Gibbs was tweeting up a storm about it, and you know the media will now push that meme.

Get ready for an “Obama’s Coming Back” onslaught from the MFM.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

One thing is certain: Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.

Which is bad news because that’s about all he’s got at this point. Can you imagine his 2012 campaign? He can’t run on his record. He can’t blame it on the “last 8 years” since half of that will include his Presidency. And his oratory skills alone can’t carry him like they used to. What’s he got left?

Doughboy on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The thrill is gone.

Jocundus on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

This is even after the $20 billion escrow account. That doesn’t seem to have helped him. Oh well, maybe he can get a few more days out of the Barton narrative. That will surely turn things around for him.

JohnInCA on June 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Hide the decline.

sammypants on June 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

It doesn’t matter what his poll numbers are, he is still president until January 2013 at least, if not longer. Although after January 2013 the title of the office might change to something more respectful of Obama’s personage.

Skandia Recluse on June 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Get ready for an “Obama’s Coming Back” onslaught from the MFM.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Yep. Leave it to a stupid Republican to jump into the fray and give the dems ammo. Barton is a damned fool who should have kept his mouth shut.

portlandon on June 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Approval could be at 5% and he will still be on the path to destroy the country.

O-Care
Cap N Tax
Amnesty

All will be complete this year.

angryed on June 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Strongly Disapprove 46%
Approve 41%

Tar and Feather Index: -5%

Emperor Norton on June 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

One thing is certain: Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.

He would get a huge bounce with a three-word speech: “I resign immediately.”

Daggett on June 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Obama may not be in Bush-approval territory, but that’s the direction he’s heading.

If he’s not there yet, why not. Is there kool-aid in our drinking water?

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president.

These voters are on industrial strength kool-aid IVs!

donh525 on June 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

According to all the “folks” on today’s Morning Joe, the President is set for a major turn-around….all on the backs of the Barton apology and appearing “strong” on BP shakedown. Supposedly Gibbs was tweeting up a storm about it, and you know the media will now push that meme.

Get ready for an “Obama’s Coming Back” onslaught from the MFM.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

They still think this Alinsky crap works. As if Barton’s remarks made the entire oil spill disappear, the last 60 days a mirage, and Obama’s horrible speech only a dream. But keep using the same losing playbook, Dems. Why not send Obama out on the campaign trail again while you’re at it?

Doughboy on June 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Get ready for an “Obama’s Coming Back” onslaught from the MFM.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

You know, they’ve tried that before though. Remember after Obamacare passed, he supposedly had his mojo back. Tuesday’s speech was supposed to be an inflection point. Didn’t work. And don’t worry about Barton’s comment. That’s already yesterday’s news.

JohnInCA on June 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

This needs to be covered like the experts cover the economic numbers:

“Obama’s approval recovery has slowed unexpectedly, snow storms in March may be to blame”

forest on June 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Turd in the Bowl!!!
Who’s got the over/under on when he breaks 40? I say before Independence day!

abobo on June 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

He would get a huge bounce with a three-word speech: “I resign immediately.”

Daggett on June 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

But then the retarded clown would assume office. I know it wouldn’t be any worse, but would it be better?

jaime on June 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I don’t see the Barton story getting too much traction. The dullards who don’t understand his overall point, are already o-bots. People with an ounce of intelligence will understand his point and realize he just said it in a clumsy way.

That’s not to say the LSM won’t try to redirect the story from Obama’s incompetence to Barton. I just think it will fall on dead ears for the most part.

angryed on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.

Well, since that it the only thing he has done since taking office I do not predict his numbers will ever go up. Teleprompter reading might be good, but it does not a leader make. The more he talks the more damage he does to himself and America.

BetseyRoss on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The public is worn out of his campaigning…it will help his base, but everyone else has caught on.
They take one “mis” statement by one person, and campaign on that…well it won’t help Louisiana, it won’t help our economy, it won’t put people back into jobs, and the public knows that.
Each time he has done this, the effects are less and less…and they are beginning to go negative.

right2bright on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Well it is about week-end time, so a few games of golf will help take this bho mind off his cratering polls!
L

letget on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Scarborough looked like a complete idiot this morning…and I just watched him for 5 seconds. Scooter is playing that B.B. King CD today: The Thrill is Gone.

kingsjester on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Barton will be a major topic on the Sunday shows, despite the fact that they merit less than a passing comment.

If we took a week to analyze every ridiculous things Democrats said, we’d need more shows on Sunday. I mean, it’s not like he warned about an island sinking from the weight of military materials on it, or explained away the money in his freezer.

hawksruleva on June 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

One thing is certain: Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.

That’s an understatement. I’m sure I am not the only one who actually likes him less and less the more I hear his voice.

Logic on June 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

That’s not to say the LSM won’t try to redirect the story from Obama’s incompetence to Barton. I just think it will fall on dead ears for the most part.

angryed on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Unless the MSM somehow manages to totally block any news from the Gul oil spill, Obama will continue to slide in the polls. For better or worse Obama owns that spill just like Bush got saddled with Katrina.

Johnnyreb on June 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

11% believe taxes will go down?

And the vote of these morons holds the same weight as mine.

Sigh . . .

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Plug the Po daday …

tarpon on June 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

But then the retarded clown would assume office. I know it wouldn’t be any worse, but would it be better?

jaime on June 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Yes, it would be better. Biden is an idiot, he’s an idealogue, but he’s not ambitious enough to go up against resistance to really try to “fundamentally transform” the US. Biden could screw up the country by accident, but Obama is doing it on purpose with a vengence.

Daggett on June 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I still say Obama’s approval numbers are seeing the bradley effect in the polls. If people disapprove of him on every issue his approval rating can not be right it must be lower. People are still afraid to say they disapprove of the first black president.

unseen on June 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Approval could be at 5% and he will still be on the path to destroy the country.

O-Care
Cap N Tax
Amnesty

All will be complete this year.

angryed on June 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

-
Let’s include the KSM trial in lower Manhattan.

diogenes on June 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.

His speeches are as meaningful as voting, ‘present,’ which is all he’s ever done.

Maybe Rasmussen and some of the other pollsters should just ask people if they’re sick of hearing from him. Just ask. They would probably be shocked at the answer.

Cody1991 on June 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Cancel all orders!!!!

Weight of Glory on June 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

President Obama will never reach Dentists-Who-Recommend-Suragy-Gum territory, like President Bush did, because he has 20% of the population he just can’t lose, no matter what.

But if you take those 20% of core Obama supporters out of the equation, he is losing persuadeable people in droves.

I predict his “Strongly Disapprove” number will be over 50% by July 15. Then it’s time to turn out the lights (and save energy!!!), because the party will be over.

Haiku Guy on June 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Sell short!

dczombie on June 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I’m getting sick of the MSM and even some folks on HA dumping on Barton. If everyone thinks a SMALL gaffe on his part (mind you his words were badly articulated, but he was exactly right in what he was saying) will suddenly rescue the Marxist, are sorely mistaken. Even Gregory on the Today show was touting what a great week it was for Obama. What??? Because of a SMALL gaffe by Barton? Bottom line, we still have a long way to go, but the Marxist is heading into dangerous territory and no media spin and White House talking points are going to work this time. Will be interesting to see what Gallup puts out today.

davek70 on June 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Scarborough looked like a complete idiot this morning…and I just watched him for 5 seconds. Scooter is playing that B.B. King CD today: The Thrill is Gone.

kingsjester on June 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I don’t know what Scarborough’s been on lately. He’s worse than Fat Bastard Matthews or Uberdouche. I don’t mind if he wants to cut Obama some slack on this(although I personally wouldn’t), but to be a complete apologist and do nothing but recite DNC talking points is pathetic.

Ordinarily, I’d chalk it up to the MSDNC bigwigs giving their on-air personalities marching orders, but given how harsh others on that network have been towards Obama lately, there has to be some other explanation.

Doughboy on June 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

This poll shows a lot of people are not paying attention. This president is a disaster and he’s not even finished with his agenda.

scalleywag on June 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Who are these 41 people who approve he lost Fineman, Olberdork and Tinglelegs after his last magnificant lie fest so that explains his drop from 44 -3 to 41 people still approving who are these 41 guys and gals?
Idiots?

dhunter on June 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Barton and no other Republican should be keeping their mouths shut. Somebody in DC needs to stand up for the people. Grow a pair and stand up to the onslaught against the citizens of this country and our freedoms.

This proves to me once again, that the Republicans in DC have a disconnect with Americans. The Democrats in DC are pure rotten scum, and most Americans have seen this now. So we’re stuck with a party of scum, and a party that doesn’t hear the people and is prone to cowering in the face of conflict.

Wonderful!

Thank God for the solid Republicans outside of DC…

Keemo on June 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

From Gibbs’ Twitter feed:

Who would the GOP put in charge of overseeing the energy industry & Big Oil if they won control of Congress? Yup, u guessed it – JOE BARTON

They’re going to try to make a big deal about this.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

But then the retarded clown would assume office. I know it wouldn’t be any worse, but would it be better?

It would be better. I would have a retarded clown in charge than an evil clown.

GTR640 on June 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I don’t know what Scarborough’s been on lately. He’s worse than Fat Bastard Matthews or Uberdouche. I don’t mind if he wants to cut Obama some slack on this(although I personally wouldn’t), but to be a complete apologist and do nothing but recite DNC talking points is pathetic.

You seem to be describing OReally over on Fox pretty well too. Are these two dimwits just slow to the Obama leg tingle party or did Pinnochio sprinkle some stimulus change their way?

dhunter on June 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

But… but… he gave speech just the other day…!

Akzed on June 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Barton? Barton? Who is Barton? He made a……. Oh look! A squirrel!

Vince on June 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

OT, but another good job by Elton John.

lorien1973 on June 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

From Gibbs’ Twitter feed:

Who would the GOP put in charge of overseeing the energy industry & Big Oil if they won control of Congress? Yup, u guessed it – JOE BARTON

They’re going to try to make a big deal about this.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Republicans should focus on pushing the words “shakedown” and “slush fund” it cuts through the noise like “death panels”.

the_nile on June 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

You all remember the uproar over Kerry calling soldiers in Iraq stupid in 2006? It got a few days of coverage, he apologized, the blogs went nuts. Then the Dems still took over Congress in a landslide a few weeks later.

Same thing with Barton. Stupid thing to say. A few days of uproar, until the next stupid thing is said by someone.

angryed on June 18, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Barack Obama = EPIC FAIL

J_Crater on June 18, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Remember during the primaries and elections, there was much talk surrounding the “Bradley Effect”. Strange how it is not referenced anymore. Could we be seeing that effect in these polls which might indicate his disapproval is actually higher than it actually is due to those, you know, closet racists??

el hombre on June 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I remember after Joe Wilson yelled out “You Lie”, that was supposed to change the narrative and be hugely damaging to Republicans. It didn’t work out that way and the Barton comments won’t last either.

Americans are not really interested in sideshows right now, they are interested in competent governance and Barton’s comments don’t change that narrative. Not when we keep getting headlines like this:

Obama’s spill recovery chief will be part-time

Nothing shows how seriously Obama takes this situation (it’s a war) than to appoint someone who will work part-time on it. Real commitment.

JohnInCA on June 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Republicans should focus on pushing the words “shakedown” and “slush fund” it cuts through the noise like “death panels”.

the_nile on June 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

I’d imagine we’ll be seeing Chicago as being effected by the oil spill and be a major recipient of the slush fund.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Below 40 by the Fourth… The floor is busted… Obamalaise has been found out by the left…

phreshone on June 18, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I think the best punishment for Obama would be to take him far out into the midwest and make him walk back home. I think he needs to take a long, long walk. Like a four-month’s walk. Maybe during that walk he would learn that he doesn’t have an identity and maybe he would decide that was something he wanted. Then when he got back home he could resign the presidency and start a new life, like, doing something constructive. Like making bread, or construction. Because he’s just faking it as president, and everyone knows it. Even Malia knows it. Think how sad that is, to have your own kid know you are a faker.

GTR640 on June 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Not only is Obama cratering, in a manner somewhat odds with their collectivist Eutopian dream, they are collectively circling the toilet bowl.

From yesterday’s RCP averages, which usually trail the trending considerably as its a 30day average of all polls, things are edfinately looking up in November.

Thursday, June 17
Race (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
North Carolina 2nd District – Ellmers vs. Etheridge vs. Rose SurveyUSA Ellmers 39, Etheridge 38, Rose 13 Ellmers +1
Arkansas Senate – Boozman vs. Lincoln Rasmussen Reports Boozman 61, Lincoln 32 Boozman +29
Tennessee Governor – Wamp vs. McWherter Rasmussen Reports Wamp 44, McWherter 33 Wamp +11
Tennessee Governor – Haslam vs. McWherter Rasmussen Reports Haslam 50, McWherter 32 Haslam +18
Tennessee Governor – Ramsey vs. McWherter Rasmussen Reports Ramsey 44, McWherter 33 Ramsey +11
Iowa Senate – Grassley vs. Conlin Rasmussen Reports Grassley 54, Conlin 37 Grassley +17

Across the board the Dhims are collectively sinking aboard the USS Obama.

Archimedes on June 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Yes, it would be better. Biden is an idiot, he’s an idealogue, but he’s not ambitious enough to go up against resistance to really try to “fundamentally transform” the US. Biden could screw up the country by accident, but Obama is doing it on purpose with a vengence.

Daggett on June 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Biden plays Stimpy to Obama’s Ren. Six one, half a dozen the other.

jaime on June 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Even Gregory on the Today show was touting what a great week it was for Obama.

Great week? He gave an awful speech, but he got lucky because a Republican said something bad about him. Notice, Obama’s great week has nothing to do with anything he did, he just caught a break because a Republican said something they can use against him. If that’s a great week, then we have set the bar so low for this President that it’s embarrassing.

JohnInCA on June 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Barton was correct!
The President of the United States and his Attorney General do not have the authority under the constituion to shakedown businesses of any size. I read yeaterday where this and another action by Pinnochio actually limits the liablity of this coorporation.
5$ Billion a year for 4 years?
There has been no finding of fault, no trial, no proof of cause of the leak.
What if its’ terrorist related or Environutjob sabatoge?
Probably not, but the principle stands. There are laws and courts and remedies within the American system!
You let Pinnochio and his merry band of socialists decide which laws and rmedies to abide by and you are ushering the Fox into the henhouse and you will find yourself under martial law with no fair and free elctions at the next imagined or manufactured crisis!
Barrack Petroleum, a company that is pushing cap and tax, and contributed heavily to Obamas campaign just gave the administration a huge slush fund with which to buy votes in the mostly Republican south.
Why would Pinnochio stop the leak?
He looks like a hero everytime a check goes out with US Government stamped at the top.
The tragedy is that the Repubs are such bedwetters that they again threw our constitution and capitalism under the bus.
I bet someday Barrack Petroleuim gets exclusive rights to oil drilling, wind farming or some other such payoff from the Dems!

dhunter on June 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Republicans should focus on pushing the words “shakedown” and “slush fund” it cuts through the noise like “death panels”.

the_nile on June 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

The “shakedown” was more a shakedown of future plaintiffs, since BP got to put a psychological cap of $20-billion on the restitution fund, with the President’s help. I know they say it’s open-ended, but coming back for more money later will make BP look almost generous the next time. After BP parts with the $20-billion, they’re more than happy to let Obama get all the flack for not doling it out fast enough. He’s welcome to it.

RBMN on June 18, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Imagine how stupid the average person is
And the know that half the people on earth are dumber
Than that.
George Carlin

TheSitRep on June 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is our capacity to shape our destiny – our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there.

It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.

Not inspiring to give the ‘cool’ cat a bounce. Americans are not this naive.

Wait until the unemployment from the moratorium and all the other gulf impacts goes up. It will be the economy and jobs which will kill the thugs at the polls.

The wasted their stock on healthcare, voluntarily, and now have to focus on the “gulf”, even though they don’t want to. Ultimately it was and will be the economy and jobs. Carville will be “king”. Obama will be an incompetent fool, just like he always was.

Even Gregory on the Today show was touting what a great week it was for Obama.

Heh

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM

This poll gets more racist by the day.

greggriffith on June 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

There is a huge disconnect with this polling. The poll regarding his impact of campaigning for a given candidate demonstrated a much wider margin (Obama causing harm instead of helping).

I strongly suspect that we have a great many folks expressing some form of approval that, in fact, do not. Makes me wonder what the REAL numbers are….

CC

CapedConservative on June 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

My take on MSNBC’s new found objectivity towards Big O is this:
1. NBC was just sold to Comcast
2. Comcast just neutered Zuckerman because he is an ideological dolt.
3. Obama’s non-response to the oil spill and his malaise speech gives NBC and MSNBC cover to “PIVOT” to a new place that they call “objective Journalism”. Ha!
4. The NBC’ers will run like rats from a sinking ship because they want to keep their jobs and HOPEFULY Comcast will bring the Peacock Network back to America.

I know it is unlikely and maybe I will wake up in time to hear about another thrill up Mathews’ leg.

SayNo2-O on June 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Even Gregory on the Today show was touting what a great week it was for Obama.

It’s just amazing how brazen the media is to rescue their boyfriend.

To quote Jim Geraghty:

“This is not even bias anymore; this is information management”

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

SayNo2-O on June 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Your analysis is sound. I’d like to add that Zuckerman has written a few very scathing articles about Obama’s vacuity.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM

USA USA USA!! OMG!! Down 2-0, tied game now.

El_Terrible on June 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Obama can’t get a bounce any more just from giving a speech.

Only a very small percentage of people actually listen to these things — and all their minds are made up. The “swing morons” base their opinions on the spin they year.

Right after the speech, all most people knew was that Obama GAVE a speech. It couldn’t possibly matter what he actually SAID.

That’s where the 1% bounce came from. Like Pavlov’s dogs, people been conditioned to expect to hear that every time Obama opens his mouth, what comes out will magically solve everything.

Then, for the first time ever, the NEGATIVE spin came out. So now they’re all running around barking in confusion. It’s going to take a while for the pack to get back in synch again, but once that happens, the conditioning is going to be re-set for a bunch of people.

logis on June 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I wouldn’t make too much of the Barton thing. It doesn’t have legs. Yes they will probably try to use it in ads, but they will be preaching to the choir.The important thing to Americans is JOBS.It’s the economy stupid. I’m not sure Obama and Bidens magical jobs tour will resonate with the folks.We shall see.

sandee on June 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM

The dead cat bounce bit, compels me to recall the joys of the Iron Lady. For your viewing pleasure,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ6TgaPJcR0

Archimedes on June 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Me like…..dear leader will wish he has W’s poll numbers soon

Heh

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM

From Gibbs’ Twitter feed:

Who would the GOP put in charge of overseeing the energy industry & Big Oil if they won control of Congress? Yup, u guessed it – JOE BARTON

They’re going to try to make a big deal about this.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Yeah, of all the things that bug me about Obama, his hypocrisy is probably the biggest.

I clearly remember him during the campaign saying that we shouldn’t seize on every gaffe or soundbite to score political points.

But, look at them now, just reveling in this. Gibbs can barely contain his glee over Barton’s soundbite.

JohnInCA on June 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM

SayNo2-O on June 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Your analysis is sound. I’d like to add that Zuckerman has written a few very scathing articles about Obama’s vacuity.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I think the poster SayNo2-O to made a mistake…it was NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker who was neutered….but, your right, Mort Zuckerman’s columns were classic.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Barton’s ‘shakedown’ charge is more beneficial that folks realize. Added to Nobama’s stimulus bill and the healthcare disaster, a charge of potential corruption sticks to this administration quite easily. And, if Gibbs wants to hammer Barton all day long, fine. Zero has benefitted quite nicely from BP money in the past. Maybe he can discuss that, too.

joejm65 on June 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Bad polls will make him double down on cramming his agenda down our throats. The more opposition he gets, the more defiant he becomes. He’s an egocentric brat. Unable to be informed by criticism, he responds to it by lashing out at his critics.

Republicans should focus on pushing the words “shakedown” and “slush fund” it cuts through the noise like “death panels”.

the_nile on June 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Yep, every time they bring up Barton, beat it like a drum. Beat it until they don’t want to mention his name any more.

petefrt on June 18, 2010 at 11:48 AM

TO SOCCER HATERS

USA has make a huge come back in the World Cup. From losing 2-0 and now is tie.

Falz on June 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

The thrill is gone.

Jocundus on June 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The thrill is gone
Stop-the-drill is drawn
BP is shaken down
Gibbs still makes us frown
Obama feels put upon

The media’s still in “Kick Ars”‘s pants
Their loins sill full of ants
Matthews and Olbermann have lost some tingle
With some reasoning began to mingle
The Kos kids kicked them in the shin (er ants)

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

40% will be the breaking point at which the donks will start clutching their throats and shouting for oxygen STAT.
At that point, we might hear a meme on how ungovernable the American public is, and musings about how there must be a more efficient way to govern than by the traditional electoral process.:) Time for Chris Christie to go Atkins.

a capella on June 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The Msm will push the Barton story as long as possible to prop up dear leader….address? What oval office address?

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

It worries me that 41% are still drinking the Kool-Aid. All he needs is a good campaign and a 10 point bounce & he’s in for another 4 years of misery.

Also, according to the Internet, the “malaise speech” was terrific!??

HellCat on June 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

aquaviva, thanks for clarifying.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Over at NRO, there’s a post that the oil “leak” is far worse than believed. Who knows.

Great, Obama helped to secure $20 billion (in 4 tranches), but there really are four general aspects to this fiasco.

First, initial explosion and ongoing leak. Largely BP’s fault. But how much the fault of lax regulation? And how much of that lax regulation attributable to Obama?

Second, cleanup response. Here, Obama’s a total failure.

Third, near-term economic impact for Gulf Coast. Here, Obama gets a B+ at best. Thanks for the fund, but why not delegate it to one of the federal district courts or either of the two circuit courts (Fifth or Eleventh) in the region, just to eliminate or minimize the politics?

Fourth, the six-month moratorium. This is kicking the region while it’s down. Here, Obama’s a failure again.

Dems might get some mileage for another day out of Barton, but the oil is still leaking and little seems to be getting done on mitigation and nothing is being done on the moratorium. People may cut Obama some slack on the leak not getting fixed, but the mitigation and the moratorium are squarely at his feet.

He may be below 40% by July 4. I’ll say he’s at the low 30s by Labor Day, with the mitigation and moratorium serving as the millstones around his neck.

BuckeyeSam on June 18, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Barry buddy, embrace the suck.

jnelchef on June 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM

joejm65 on June 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Don’t forget BP’s eagerness to cash in on the global warming scam. Lots of chewable meat on that bone.

a capella on June 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM

As soon as Kagen’s comparison of the NRA to the KKK is all over the news, Oblahblah should lose another 3-5 points.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 18, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Here’s something I have never understood about people talking about O!.

Being a “great speaker” means more than having good diction and enunciation. Or even a good voice and good rhythm.

To be a great, or even really good, speaker, don’t you need to have good substance? Good lines?

Now, because I disagree with O!’s political philosophy, I don’t think I could ever agree that any speech he gave had good substance. I think objectively though, most people would agree that his speeches have not been filled with substance – they have been filled with generalizations and cliches.

Also, he has not uttered one single great line in any speech. Name one line from anything O! has ever said that will be recalled and quoted 10 years from now, let alone 50 years from now? “Yes we can”? “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”?

Thus, I have never understood why anyone describes him as a “great speaker”. Sure, he’s a good speaker in the sense that he has a decent voice and good diction. But 70% of the population probably have the same.

Monkeytoe on June 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

You can fool all of the people some of the time and about 35% of the people all of the time; they’re called Democrats.

29Victor on June 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Third, near-term economic impact for Gulf Coast. Here, Obama gets a B+ at best. Thanks for the fund, but why not delegate it to one of the federal district courts or either of the two circuit courts (Fifth or Eleventh) in the region, just to eliminate or minimize the politics?

Because I think we’ll find out in the future just how bad Chicago was affected by the oil spill and they’re in need for the reparation.

aquaviva on June 18, 2010 at 12:02 PM

This proves to me once again, that the Republicans in DC have a disconnect with Americans. The Democrats in DC are pure rotten scum, and most Americans have seen this now. So we’re stuck with a party of scum, and a party that doesn’t hear the people and is prone to cowering in the face of conflict.
Keemo on June 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Correct. It’s the anguish of our time. And here’s the strange, sad truth: the more Obama fails and falls, the more the GOP will avoid conflict and cower. Why? An abject lack of self-confidence and a paralyzing fear of the media. On one hand, they’re terrified of saying or doing anything that might alter whatever incomprehensible forces of fate are taking Obama down (as they lack the principles or clarity to know why Obama is failing in the first place, thus couldn’t press home his failures even if they had the courage to do so). And because they’re terrified of being characterized as bullies by the liberal media.

Republicans aren’t worthy of the power they’re poised to regain.

This is why a dynamic, confident, inner-directed leader from outside this world of the closed, self-defeating loop of inferiority and fear is so important.

That’s why Sarah Palin is so important.

rrpjr on June 18, 2010 at 12:02 PM


Anyone who believes that the Joe Barton affair will benfit the ONE is doing too many recreational or prescriptive drugs!

tomshup on June 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM

In January of 2007, Bush was 41/57. Was he being described regularly as unpopular yet?

exception on June 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM

It worries me that 41% are still drinking the Kool-Aid. All he needs is a good campaign and a 10 point bounce & he’s in for another 4 years of misery.

HellCat on June 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Always remember….47% of the public pays $0 income tax. Think of elections like a playoff game in sports. The Dems always have the home field advantage. Sometimes the visiting team wins, but it is rare.

angryed on June 18, 2010 at 12:05 PM

The S.S. Obama is taking on water and rats are jumping ship.When the Queen rat jumps you will know it over.

thmcbb on June 18, 2010 at 12:06 PM

WHY CAN’T YOU MONSTERS LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!

Chuck Schick on June 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Here’s something I have never understood about people talking about O!.

Being a “great speaker” means more than having good diction and enunciation. Or even a good voice and good rhythm.

To be a great, or even really good, speaker, don’t you need to have good substance? Good lines?

Monkeytoe on June 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Nope. It’s called “eloquence” and it relies upon the skill of the speaker alone, and not the power of his arguments, to persuade an audience. It’s the skill of the used car salesman, heretic, cult leader, dictator, Satan and President Obama. It relies entirely on knowing what to say and how to say it and is entirely separate from logic or even facts.

The problem is that once people know that they are being snowed by an eloquent speaker, his words tend to have the opposite of their intended effect (except for those who really, really want to believe him). That’s why you and I never liked to hear him speak and why so many are getting sick of hearing him now.

29Victor on June 18, 2010 at 12:08 PM

In January of 2007, Bush was 41/57. Was he being described regularly as unpopular yet?

exception on June 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The same reason he & Biden aren’t described as bumbling morons who can’t string two words together in a coherent fashion. “Um….uh….um….corpesman?” You get the picture.

29Victor on June 18, 2010 at 12:11 PM

WHY CAN’T YOU MONSTERS LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!

Chuck Schick on June 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM

LEAVE BARACK ALONE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM8l3X_7Hkg

RBMN on June 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM

construction folks in OH aren’t too happy with dear leader today…he cost them a day’s wages so that he can look good on camera…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM

The problem is that once people know that they are being snowed by an eloquent speaker, his words tend to have the opposite of their intended effect (except for those who really, really want to believe him). That’s why you and I never liked to hear him speak and why so many are getting sick of hearing him now.
29Victor on June 18, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Millions of jobs destroyed, trillions of dollars damage to the economy and environment…

All that means nothing. Barack Hussein Obama’s career will REALLY be over the day major media sources finally start pointing out: “Hey, doesn’t he sound just like a southern preacher to you?”

logis on June 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

tomshup on June 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM

gibbsy must be doubling his dose

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

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