CNN: Golly, why is Obama unpopular?

posted at 9:30 am on July 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

At least we don’t have media outlets attempting to play Chip Diller and tell us how popular Barack Obama is, but the alternative so far hasn’t been much better.  CNN’s Julian Zelizer attempts to explain that Obama’s problem is that he has the misfortune to have been a very successful President while coincidentally having a high unemployment rate.  Putting aside Zelizer’s apparent disconnect between Obama’s policies and that unemployment rate, the measure of success is part of Obama’s problem — and that of other media analysts attempting to explain the obvious:

What explains this paradox? How should we understand the fate of a president and a party who have been relatively successful at passing their agenda, yet don’t seem to be enjoying an electoral bounce?

The quick answer is, of course, jobs.

With the unemployment rate over 9 percent, many Americans are unhappy and scared. But there is more to it than that.

Several factors have lined up to put the president in this spot.

The first factor has to do with President Obama’s decision to focus on controversial issues that he felt were important to the nation, even if they were not the most beneficial issues for his party. In other words, Obama selected issues such as health care and financial regulation that were sure to stimulate conservative opposition and cause concern among moderates.

At the same time, the president is a pragmatic politician who has been willing to cut deaerls to survive a notoriously difficult legislative process. In making those compromises, he has often angered many of his supporters on the left. The strategy of going big, yet doing so through big compromises, has resulted in an energized conservative movement, uneasy independent voters and a frustrated liberal base.

The main hurdle that most analysts can’t clear is the idea that passing an agenda through Congress equals success.  It does — when a President passes an agenda on which he specifically ran in a manner that the President built into the platform.  That’s not what happened in Obama’s first 18 months at all.  Instead of being a post-partisan centrist who would reach across the aisle, Obama shoved his agenda down the throats of his opposition in Congress.  Republicans got cut out of negotiations on the stimulus package — a decision that Democrats should now regret — and Obama scoffed “I won” when challenged on it.

Second, that agenda turned out to be highly unpopular, and Obama and Congress pushed it anyway.  When Americans began reading ObamaCare, they discovered that they didn’t like it.  It became so unpopular that a majority of Americans want it repealed as soon as possible.  The push to adopt it motivated millions of Americans into organizing on the grassroots level.  And yet Obama didn’t bother to listen at all but instead demanded passage of a takeover of the American healthcare system that less than 40% of the nation wanted.

With that in mind — with Obama basically telling the other 60% of the country to pound sand — why should anyone be surprised at his falling numbers?  It’s actually amazing that he’s still above 40% after that.

And, of course, we have the economy, and not just the jobs.  Obama’s gimmicky stimuli have all petered out and left us in the same position as last summer, but about a trillion dollars more in debt.  Instead of taking the opportunity to get state governments to reorganize more efficiently, we bailed out the bureaucracies for just a year and stuck the tab on our Bank of Beijing credit cards.  We now have fewer people in the workforce as a percentage of the civilian population than we have seen in a generation, and still have a high unemployment rate despite the lower level of people in the workforce.  On top of that, Obama just spent the last 90 days proving that he has no executive crisis-management skills — but does have a pretty good golf game.

There is no mystery to Obama’s falling popularity.  It comes as a consequence of his incompetence and political tin ear.


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blatantblue on July 20, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I can’t believe he’s at 40%. Stoopit sheeple…

ladyingray on July 20, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Why is he not more unpopular?

publiuspen on July 20, 2010 at 9:35 AM

At least we don’t have media outlets attempting to play Chip Diller and tell us how popular Barack Obama is, but the alternative so far hasn’t been much better.

I think by 2012, the people at CNN will have gone well past the Chip Diller stage in talking about people who don’t support Obama all the way to channeling Eros talking about humans from “Plan 9 From Outer Space”.

jon1979 on July 20, 2010 at 9:36 AM

KP alert
on Fox, debating Rich Lowry

blatantblue on July 20, 2010 at 9:36 AM

At least some of that 40% must represent people who are just afraid of being viewed by the poll taker as racist.

Daggett on July 20, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Family Circus parody: “Not Obama!”

Mervis Winter on July 20, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Said by the same stooges who can’t figure out why Reagan was and remains popular with the majority of America.

veni vidi vici on July 20, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Tells you quite a lot about the pundits at CNN doesn’t it? If Obama ordered the white conservatives off to re-education camps the CNN pundits would wonder why Obama was so unpopular since everyone they know understands the reason why white conservatives need to be sent to the gulags.

Skandia Recluse on July 20, 2010 at 9:39 AM

You call passing an agenda through Congress successful? Closed door meetings, bribes, threats and the public screaming to the deaf ears of Congress and all this and more and you wonder why?

mixplix on July 20, 2010 at 9:39 AM

That’s right CNN ,Obama made the “tough” choices for the good of the people even though it wasn’t beneficial to the Democrat party.So now it riled up Conservatives and some Moderates? Dream on. Obama could care less what the “people” wanted, it’s all about control. He realizes that he must push through every Socialist program and take over as he can before the “people” can try to take charge by throwing his minions out.He ran on change, and change is what we got. Just not for the better.

sandee on July 20, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Those 40% will continue drinking the kool-aid….

Will continue calling us racists….

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM

So what would CNN have us do? Give him a mulligan?

cartooner on July 20, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Family Circus parody: “Not Obama!”

Mervis Winter on July 20, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Good one , looks like the take on medias “Who’s fault is it behind all Obamas failures?”..

the_nile on July 20, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I don’t believe BHO is incompetent. I think he knows exactly what he is doing. Marxism is so anti American that is easily mistaken as incompetence.

d1carter on July 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM

“Why do people refudiate Obama?” CNN.

the_nile on July 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM

At the same time, the president is a pragmatic politician who has been willing to cut deaerls to survive a notoriously difficult legislative process. In making those compromises, he has often angered many of his supporters on the left.

Difficult process? Cut deals? The Democrats have massive majorities in both houses. He’s having to “cut deals” and break rules because his agenda is so radical and reckless he has to make concessions to barely get enough Democrats to support it.

He’s a reckless radical, and the media can’t cover for him anymore.

forest on July 20, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I can’t believe he’s at 40%. Stoopit sheeple…

1. Most people are not political junkies like you find here. There are millions of very smart people who just aren’t interested in analyzing the difference between Left and Right. They may vote for shallow reasons, but they’re not stupid.

2. Is it stupid to vote to “hire” the government to take money out of someone else’s pocket and put it in yours? It’s venal, selfish, and short-sighted, but not stupid IMO.

Bat Chain Puller on July 20, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Excellent, Ed.

The main hurdle that most analysts can’t clear is the idea that passing an agenda through Congress equals success.

Yes, the more he crams down our throats, the more unpopular he will become.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 9:50 AM

CNN: Golly, why is Obama unpopular?

Americans are all teabaggin’ simpletons who don’t know what’s good for them, or even which Hawaiian state is the largest.

Am I close, CNN?

mudskipper on July 20, 2010 at 9:50 AM

If they can’t blame Obama,

At least blame Barney Frank for pushing the domino that started all of this in motion.

tomg51 on July 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Obama is unpopular because he said he was a problem solver and precventer. All he seems to do is whine and identify problems. He makes problems worse when he said he would fix them.
He exhibits the ruling class blindness.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Yes, Obama suffers low approval ratings even though he has succesfully managed to advance his agenda through legislation that has been consistantly and overwhelmingly unpopular and counter to what the American people want or are asking for. Yet still he is unpopular….baffling.

Koa on July 20, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Gosh, why wasn’t Bush more popular? Tax cuts(in both 2001 and 2003), No Child Left Behind, the Patriot Act, the creation of DHS, Medicare D, and two wars. And all that in his first term. I mean, if we’re going by accomplishments, he did a helluva lot too.

It’s not about how much stuff a President gets done, CNN. It’s about WHAT the President does. Quality, not quantity, morons. Do they seriously expect us to believe that the lingering recession and high unemployment are just random occurrences that Obama has the misfortune of dealing with? It’s precisely because of everything he’s rammed through that nobody is hiring and people and businesses are terrified to spend any money.

Doughboy on July 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of “Arsenal of Democracy” and a book on former President Carter to be published next fall by Times Books.

I hate to generalize but that tells us a lot doesn’t it?

By the way, when “affairs” become public, are they still considered affairs?

Vince on July 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM

The media are scorekeepers. That’s why their reporting during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal was all about who scored points and “got over” on the others. The underlying legal and moral issues didn’t matter, just who won. Same with Obama, but since their agenda matches his, they are inclined to score him generously. “Truth” is something they plan on getting around to…eventually.

Extrafishy on July 20, 2010 at 9:56 AM

political tin ear

I don’t so much think that it’s a tin ear, it’s a middle finger aimed right at the heart of most Americans.

acleaver on July 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM

CNN: Golly, why is Obama unpopular?

Should not CNN be more concerned with their own popularity, or lack of it?

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2010 at 9:59 AM

At the same time, the president is a pragmatic politician who has been willing to cut deaerls to survive a notoriously difficult legislative process. In making those compromises, he has often angered many of his supporters on the left.

He may have been pragmatic in cutting the deals but there is nothing pragmatic about his agenda.

chemman on July 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM

“B-b-b-but HE QUOTES NIEBUHR!!!!

CDeb on July 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Ed, please check your tips box.

Not sure if you saw my e-mail.

I’m offering you exclusive reporting on tomorrow’s Rally For Economic Survival in Lafayette, Louisiana, protesting the drilling moratorium, which I’m attending on a press pass.

Please let me know if you’re interested in reporting this story. Thanks!

cane_loader on July 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM

political tin ear

I don’t so much think that it’s a tin ear, it’s a middle finger aimed right at the heart of most Americans.

acleaver on July 20, 2010 at 9:57 A

And painted by Lindsay Lohan’s manicurist

tomg51 on July 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM

A perfect storm for America: Downturn in economy + anti-business/big government Obama + liberal Democrat Congress + Media that covers for Obama & Dems = Malaise (worse than the Jimmy Carter kind).

Plus there is a new shift in thinking…Can Europe and Asia grow their economies together without a depression-ridden, debt-handicapped, over regulated, no leadership, heading for a crash, anti-business United States???

albill on July 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM

the president is a pragmatic politician

That’s more than generous .. it’s gushing

J_Crater on July 20, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.

rollthedice on July 20, 2010 at 10:08 AM

But…
He told us Exxon would pay for healthcare,
And fixing NAFTA would create jobs.

Or am I just stuck in the past?
I wish he would go back to voting “Present”

tomg51 on July 20, 2010 at 10:08 AM

acleaver on July 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I agree totally. He seems to be unaware that people in this country are not only unhappy but a little bit scared. I find his behavior bizarre.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Marxism is hard.

Has anybody else detected (worse) hopenchange in their internet searches?

Liberal bias incredibly seems to be on the uptick.

Speakup on July 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM

What is “CNN”?

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Obama just spent the last 90 days proving that he has no executive crisis-management skills — but does have a pretty good golf game.

Are you serious? His golf is worse than his leadership. I know you’ve seen some of those videos, Ed. Obama’s a hacker. He’s the one that’s either way left or way right, hacking away, or wet or in the sand – and after he 4 putts, tells you he made par or bogey.

av8tr on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I think by 2012, the people at CNN will have gone well past the Chip Diller stage in talking about people who don’t support Obama all the way to channeling Eros talking about humans from “Plan 9 From Outer Space”.

jon1979 on July 20, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Lawsy, that’s hilarious, jon!
Thanks for posting!

Jenfidel on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

The unpopularity of COMMUNISM is a worldwide phenomenon. CNN just got it, but won’t keep it for long …

Journolist proves all you need know about the value of operations like CNN.

tarpon on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Liberal bias incredibly seems to be on the uptick.

Speakup on July 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Times like these, they double, even triple down.

rollthedice on July 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Don’t ssk me. I’m a melanin-deficient(cracker) male chauvinist/evangelistic-extremist/racist/biggot/homophobic pig. Also, my uncle’s brother-in-law’s cousin’s wife had a friend who knew somebody that thought about attending an ‘Aryan Nations’ meeting once.

listens2glenn on July 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The media has been shining the “greatest president since Lincoln or FDR” narrative since BO hit the campaign trail for the first time.

Nothing will deter them from making it so.

rickyricardo on July 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Actually, his golf game stinks.

teacherman on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM

CNN Says…

Everyone I know
Just loves Barack Obama!
The polls must be wrong!

Haiku Guy on July 20, 2010 at 10:25 AM

People don’t like him because he’s a Marxist and a liar. That’s not so hard to understand.

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM

CNN can’t be that stupid. Why is Obama unpopular? Why is ANY President unpopular? Because he’s not doing what Americans want him to do.

In this case, Obama is doing a bunch of stuff that Americans do NOT want him to do. A majority favors repealing health care. They oppose his stance on Arizona/immigration. They oppose cap & trade. They don’t like his handling of the oil leak.

Passing legislation that people oppose doesn’t help you, it hurts you.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Are you serious? His golf is worse than his leadership. I know you’ve seen some of those videos, Ed. Obama’s a hacker. He’s the one that’s either way left or way right, hacking away, or wet or in the sand – and after he 4 putts, tells you he made par or bogey.

av8tr on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I’m convinced that those golf outings are about fundraising and lobbying. I bet a list of his golf buddies would be very interesting.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I can’t get over the fact that “news” outlets like CNN still treat the bumbler and his college of mediocre political hacks as canny politicians who are making deliberate choices. Obama is in it for the parties, golf, Wagyu beef and self-aggrandizement. He and his leftard retinue are utterly clueless about the basic principles that underlie a modern economy.

Cicero43 on July 20, 2010 at 10:38 AM

0bama and the democrat “progressive” party are engaged in a fascist coup d’état against our constitutional republic, most folks don’t know to name it – but they know they don’t like it.

Rebar on July 20, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Could it be that most folks now understand that when his lips are moving he is telling lies ?

You will be able to keep your doctor , etc.

Sandybourne on July 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Crying cause
Nobody
Nods any more

Slowburn on July 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM

I’m convinced that those golf outings are about fundraising and lobbying. I bet a list of his golf buddies would be very interesting.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I’m convinced that the golf games are all about popping the bird to the American people. He doesn’t care that he sucks at it, or that it aggrivates people on the right (in fact he gets a kick out of that). He saw Bush playing golf a few times, so he’s going to do it 3 times as often just to pi$$ us off because he knows there’s nothing we can do about it.

UltimateBob on July 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The real question is: Why did people vote Obama into office?

As they say, fool me once, shame on you. But fool me twice….. :(

poxoma on July 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Just another clueless egghead who can’t see the forest for the trees.

Obama has stuffed his administration full to brimming with functional morons of the same ilk, over-educated “experts” who have never accomplished much of substance in the real world. It is little wonder that they not only are incompetent, they are quite blind to their own shortcomings, and puzzled that they rest of us aren’t awed at their mud-pie accomplishments.

novaculus on July 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Republicans got cut out of negotiations on the stimulus package — a decision that Democrats should now regret — and Obama scoffed “I won” when challenged on it.

This from the man who campaigned partly on bipartisanship. Hahahaha, that’s a good one. Here’s another

“The health care bill will “create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”

Nancy Pelosi, Thursday, February 25th, 2010.

If the GOP was smart they’d use that for an ad.

scalleywag on July 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

It’s almost as if a rapist said, “I was so successful at implementing my agenda and that b*tch complains to the police about my technique. Women, there’s just no making them happy.”

snaggletoothie on July 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Why is Obama unpopular?

I know I’m going way out on a limb here… because he’s a lying, destructive piece of sh1t?

Daggett on July 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The blame game works. It did for Hitler, FDR, the Red Chinese and countless others.

What the libs forget is that it works much better BEFORE you promise nirvana, spend a trillion bucks and keep serving the BS speeches for two years.

How long can the MSM keep has nose up and out of the water?

IlikedAUH2O on July 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

their agenda,

Not “our agenda.”

Pretty much answers the question.

LASue on July 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Hey CNN, if you did some fact checking you’d find plenty of reasons why people are disappointed in Mr. President

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/rulings/promise-broken/

scalleywag on July 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Ilikedauh20: the msm is already underwater….it’s too late for them

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 11:08 AM

For some reason I am still surprised whenever I am reminded of the number of idiots who are Princeton professors.

Jaibones on July 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Or could this be a contributing factor to Mr. President’s unpopularity?

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jun/24/vern-buchanan/vern-buchanan-estimates-debt-growth-during-maratho/

scalleywag on July 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I know I’m going way out on a limb here… because he’s a lying, destructive piece of sh1t?

Daggett on July 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM

This is a radical new theory, but you just may be on to something here.

Jaibones on July 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Just wait ’till Dingy Harry starts pushing crap’n tax, we haven’t begun to see low Obama poll numbers!

Wyznowski on July 20, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Americans voted for Obama because he was a non-threatening black and they wanted to participate in making history. It’s that simple.
But now that he’s in office, they don’t like what he’s selling. A few more Obama “successes” and his poll numbers will really crater, especially when our energy prices “necessarily skyrocket”.

OxyCon on July 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The first factor has to do with President Obama’s decision to focus on controversial issues that he felt were important to the nation, even if they were not the most beneficial issues for his party. In other words, Obama selected issues such as health care and financial regulation that were sure to stimulate conservative opposition and cause concern among moderates.

The key words are what HE FELT were important, not what the nation wanted or needed. Everything Obama does is based on HIS FEELINGS, like his two autobiographies about audacity of hoping (for what?) and dreaming of his deadbeat dad who left him as a toddler to rabble-rouse in Kenya.

The whole campaign was based on YES WE CAN–do what? Yes, he proved his point, “yes we can” elect a black President and feel good about it. Yes he can feel good about his wonderful self and everything he has done.

But we DON’T feel good! We want to work–we want to build houses and cars and power plants and get paid for it, and send our kids to college, and not get strangled out of existence by Obama’s feel-good pie-in-the-sky dreamy Marxist schemes which sell our nation to China and NASA can’t even afford a rocket, because it’s too busy building mosques!

YES WE CAN rebuild this country, if touchy-feely Gurubama could just GET OUT OF OUR WAY!!!

Steve Z on July 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I don’t believe BHO is incompetent. I think he knows exactly what he is doing. Marxism is so anti American that is easily mistaken as incompetence.

d1carter on July 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM

fully agree!

jimver on July 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

CNN should really be asking why they’re so unpopular also. They might be surprised that the reason are strangly similar.

hawkdriver on July 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

reason”s”

hawkdriver on July 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I’m always surprised that his numbers aren’t in single digits. Who are these dolts that can’t perceive reality?

Mojave Mark on July 20, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Yes, he proved his point, “yes we can” elect a black President and feel good about it. Yes he can feel good about his wonderful self and everything he has done.

And yet, since he’s been elected it seems like everywhere you turn the left is throwing out accusations of racism. I don’t think I’ve heard the “r” word as much in my entire life as I have during the past year or so.

scalleywag on July 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Why should I think Obama has done a good job ?
ObamaCare — he has screwed up my helath care
Financial Regulation — my 401(k) is in the tank
“Stimulus” — interest rates are in the tank

J_Crater on July 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Not sure if it was said but Obama’s golf game is embarrassingly hideous….beyond frighteningly awful….his swing is uglier than the guest list at his first political fundraiser….

I refuse to allow anyone to give him credit for a decent golf game as long as he is out there hacking and flailing his blackberry farther than his drives….

alecj on July 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Perhaps someone can explain to mental midget Zelizer that passing an UNPOPULAR agenda can cause UNPOPULARITY.

Ya think?

GarandFan on July 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Americans voted for Obama because he was a non-threatening black and they wanted to participate in making history. It’s that simple. – OxyCon on July 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Bingo…..

And the MSM is going to be stuck wondering WHY Obama didn’t get re-elected in 2012, seeing as how he was SOOOOO popular back in 2008. They honestly don’t understand WHY he had support from people who wouldn’t have voted for him other than for the fact that they wanted to help “make history”.

TeresainFortWorth on July 20, 2010 at 12:56 PM

How should we understand the fate of a president and a party who have been relatively successful at passing their agenda, yet don’t seem to be enjoying an electoral bounce?

Call me crazy but maybe, just maybe it’s because the electorate doesn’t like that agenda?

Onus on July 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM

It’s actually amazing that he’s still above 40% after that.

And it will be even more amazing when his numbers continue to slide downhill, but he still gets re-elected in 2012. His die-hard supporters may complain to a pollster now, but when the time comes, they’ll blindly pull the lever for More Hope & Change.

KS Rex on July 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM

but does have a pretty good golf game.

A rhetorical flourish no doubt, if you’ve seen Obama’s golf swing you know his golf game is also lacking.

RJL on July 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Who are these idiots who think BO is doing a good job? His numbers should be much lower!!!

vulcannomad on July 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Call me crazy but maybe, just maybe it’s because the electorate doesn’t like that agenda?

Onus on July 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM

No…it’s because we’re all racists!/sarc

redwhiteblue on July 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Let’s not forget his vacations and partying.

I just heard on Fox how Obama wants federal workers to stop driving so much.

Yet nothing stops him from flying here and there for weekend get-aways, does it?

Never applies to him. Never. Nothing EVER applies to him.

Alana on July 20, 2010 at 6:16 PM

. . . I don’t think I’ve heard the “r” word as much in my entire life as I have during the past year or so.

scalleywag on July 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Boy, you can say that again.

Alana on July 20, 2010 at 6:19 PM

with Obama basically telling the other 60% of the country to pound sand — why should anyone be surprised at his falling numbers?

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Really hard to recover from that. I know that I’m more p-ed at the Dems in general every time they do pretty much ANYTHING. Their constant in your face ‘screw you if you don’t like it’ style… Yeah, I’ll not forget that soon.
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RalphyBoy on July 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM

and that of other media analysts attempting to explain the obvious:

Explaining the obvious would be like explaining that the sun will rise a little later each day until sometime in December, what the media is doing is like trying to explain that in Australia

Gwillie on July 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

The man who tells civil servants to drive less is the man who has a separate plane for his doggie, a Portuguese water dog, given to him, naturally, by Ted Kennedy. At least he didn’t name it Mary Jo.

Dhuka on July 20, 2010 at 9:14 PM

What explains this paradox? How should we understand the fate of a president and a party who have been relatively successful at passing their agenda, yet don’t seem to be enjoying an electoral bounce?

Can I help you out here? Could it be because they were relatively successful at passing their agenda to which the majority of the country is vehemently opposed? Maybe people are trying to get the message across that successfully passing legislation that takes away our freedoms is strongly opposed.

/Chiming in late, I know this won’t be read, but I had to get it off my chest.

AZfederalist on July 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM