Obama’s job approval ticks up a point in March, while poll shows he leads “swing independents”

posted at 3:06 pm on April 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Long ago, when I competed in pageants (and I think I’ve referenced this before), a coach told me shrewdly, “You don’t necessarily have to impress the judges. You just have to make them like you.” It’s sad, but true — and as sad and as true when applied to politics as to pageants. (Electoral politics, after all, has a kind of pageantry all its own.) If a judge likes a candidate, he’ll overlook a halting response to an interview question, a slight trip on the stage, an imperfectly fitted dress. Similarly, if voters like a politician, they’ll overlook unimpressive speeches, poor policies, blatant politicization of even the least political elements of our culture. The reverse is also true. If a judge dislikes a candidate, he won’t be impressed with clean execution in competition. If anything, a flawless performance will make him like her less, perceive her as “too perfect” and somehow not “all-American.” If voters dislike a politician, they won’t hand him an election on the basis of an impressive record and impeccable campaign trail performance.

The likability factor just might be Barack Obama’s trump card. Today offers two signs that Obama is as likable as ever.

Firstly, Obama’s approval rating ticked up a point in March, according to Gallup.

President Obama’s average monthly job approval rating has been inching up since last fall, rising from 41% in October to 45% in January, and reaching 46% in March. As his approval rating has expanded, and despite the variety of issues that have emerged at different times during his presidency, most of the demographic patterns of support for Obama seen at the outset of his presidency remain fixed. Groups that are above average in support for the president have stayed at roughly the same level above his overall approval rating from month to month, and those below average have also stayed roughly the same distance below his overall rating.

Secondly, a new poll by Global Strategy Group for Third Way shows that swing independents in 12 key states consider themselves closer ideologically to Mitt Romney than Obama — but still like Obama better. Politico reports:

Obama won 57 percent of this group in 2008. In this poll, which took place in mid-March, he led Romney 44 percent to 38 percent.

Yet when asked to assign a number on a scale of one to nine (one being liberal, nine being conservative and five being moderate), the swing independents put themselves at an average of 5.2 — slightly right of center — ranking Romney at 6.1 and Obama at 3.9.

“There’s definitely some good news for Obama. It’s not shocking to any of us that he’s very likable … Romney’s ideology is much closer to where they see themselves, but the likability factor isn’t there for him,” said Lanae Erickson, the deputy director of Third Way’s social policy and politics program, who has written a 12-page memo on the results.

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level. He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician. He’s not so different in those respects than the Harvard-educated, Boston-honed, aloof Mitt Romney.

It’s hard to gauge how politicians acquire fixed descriptors. The “likable” Obama and the “distant” Mitt Romney are caricatures of both men. Obama is often condescending and insulting, Romney often self-deprecating and awkwardly endearing. The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president. At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.


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Obama’s popularity isn’t so much about him.

novaculus on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Third Way. Why are we headlining about polls from “progressive” think tanks?

FruitedPlain on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Ha. Thanks for proving our point.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

In addition, people have been seeing the “mean” side of the right lately. This long primary process has made the President look nicer in comparison. And after all that, we’ve ended up with the “uncool” Romney.

McDuck on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

No offense, but you must have been living under a political rock for the past several years…this has been an ongoing theme with Mitt for decades.

right2bright on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing? Is the inverse true? Would you be impressed and excited to vote for a HS dropout? How uneducated does a person have to be before you like them?
Do you hold it against your doctor that s/he went to med school?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

conservatives are dumb and proud of it! they don’t need no fancy edumacation!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yea riiiiiiiiiiight. Don’t worry, Sketch has this locked down.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Are you actually dumb enough to believe your neighbors, NYC money-movers, are going to vote Obama again… when one of their own is running?

Please tell me what new demographic Obama has swayed during his tenure as divided-in-chief?

M240H on April 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing?

Being “educated” is not even close to the same thing as being intelligent or possessed with either good instincts or positive people skills.
But the educated elite–who are so often lacking in those other traits–don’t seem to get that.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Tina Korbe says:

The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president. At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.

Why do we [I]have to be willing to say something we [I] don’t believe? I don’t like Mitt Romney because he is not a conservative and does not have a conservative record. I don’t trust Mitt Romney and nothing you say (or, more importantly, he says) will change that between now and November. This Ex-Republican is waiting (in vain, I suspect) to admit that it is making a mistake and change course for the sake of the country.

Perry/West 2012

Pragmatic on April 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Ha. Thanks for proving our point.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

That tool is the perfect definition of “swing voter” isn’t it? Best smile, cutest mole, smoothest waxed chest, biggest lump in the…

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

When I didn’t like Bill Clinton was I racist as well?

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

A lot of folks thought Jimmah Cawtah was pretty nice fellah, too…

How well is that likeability translating into campaign donations for Obama?

M240H on April 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Last week, when the jobs numbers came in at 121,000 jobs created (predictions had been 240,000), liberal4life and a couple of the other libs were arguing that 121,000 was a terrific number, and a sure sign the economy was roaring.

The Dow is below 13,000 again. Looks like people who back up their opinions with money believe that the jobs numbers are awful.

Note: The group “people who back up their opinions with money” is a group that does not include liberal4life.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

So was Bernie Madoff. Using your logic, I suppose the only reason to dislike Bernie is if one is predisposed to dislike Jewish people?

The truth is Obama is a dishonest huckster. I’m inlcined to dislike such folks regardless of their race.

Deafdog on April 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

1. He’s not likeable, unless you are a fool. He has you fooled too.

2. Michelle is NOT beautiful, and it starts from the inside, then to the out.

3. Leaave his kids alone.

4. You are a bigot.

5. Respect is earned, and it’s color-blind.

6. MLK cries in his grave.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

conservatives are dumb and proud of it! they don’t need no fancy edumacation!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

A blanket dismissal of every member of a large and diverse group of people as being homogenous proves your own closed-mindedness.

And the ease with which you succumb to the superficial, carefully crafted and highly transparent public image of Obama and his wife is, quite frankly, mortifying.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

If a judge likes a candidate, he’ll overlook a halting response to an interview question, a slight trip on the stage, an imperfectly fitted dress.

As if you ever had to worry about that!

Thank goodness you are on our side.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Is educated to be put in “quotation marks” or not? I need some consistency out of you.
But answer the question: Is going to Harvard a bad thing? Is a HS dropout preferable over a Harvard grad? Is a Yale grad? Do you want your lawyer to be a law school grad or will any old loser do…just as long as they have never been to Harvard.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

It’s easier to poll dead people than it is to get their vote.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

You sure about that? I hear you can do both pretty easily in Illinois.

RINO in Name Only on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

conservatives are dumb and proud of it! they don’t need no fancy edumacation!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Because nothing says “smart” more than spending $55,000 for a worthless degree with the name “Columbia” or “Harvard” on it. So tell me, chumplett, do you want fried with that Ivy League Poli Sci degree?

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Either the majority of voters in this country are just flat out stupid and deserves Obama or these polls are rigged.

Yakko77 on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Mitt will lost 2012.

He is the worst candidate.

Steveangell on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing? Is the inverse true? Would you be impressed and excited to vote for a HS dropout? How uneducated does a person have to be before you like them?
Do you hold it against your doctor that s/he went to med school?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Your comment is full of illogical premises.

Going to Harvard just meand that you were there. I can only imagine what you say about GWB, who also went. This is just one of the inanities you spewed.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

$55,000 per year. DOH!

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

meand = means

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Obama’s popularity isn’t so much about him.

novaculus on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

“…unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people.”

Are you calling me a racist?

novaculus on April 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I am predisposed to not like liars and socialists. Well that crosses Obama off my likeable list.

jazzuscounty on April 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Mitt will lost 2012.

He is the worst candidate.

Steveangell on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Compelling!

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Tina Korbe says:

The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president. At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.

Why do we [I]have to be willing to say something we [I] don’t believe? I don’t like Mitt Romney because he is not a conservative and does not have a conservative record. I don’t trust Mitt Romney and nothing you say (or, more importantly, he says) will change that between now and November. This Ex-Republican is waiting (in vain, I suspect) for the GOP to admit that it is making a mistake and change course for the sake of the country. Specifically, Mitt Romney should step aside and support the most conservative, electable team available:

Perry/West 2012

Pragmatic on April 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney

That’s one of the things it will take for Romney to win. Conservatives will have to admit that their favorites haven’t prevailed, take another look at Romney, decide he isn’t so bad after all, and stop shooting at him.

Confutus on April 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Obama is often condescending and insulting, Romney often self-deprecating and awkwardly endearing. The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president. At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.

One of the better pieces of comedy I’ve recently read.

lester on April 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Mitt will lost 2012.

Steveangell on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Resist We Much!

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family.

Yes, because being “likeable” is what the job of our President is all about. Not performance, economics, energy policy, defense or securing our children’s future. Apparently.

But he play’s one heck of a great game of golf and has a nice family. Meanwhile, the country burns.

Honestly, how foolish can you be.

Marcus Traianus on April 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

His wife admits she Hated America until he ran for pResident.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Is educated to be put in “quotation marks” or not? I need some consistency out of you.
But answer the question: Is going to Harvard a bad thing? Is a HS dropout preferable over a Harvard grad? Is a Yale grad? Do you want your lawyer to be a law school grad or will any old loser do…just as long as they have never been to Harvard.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

You’re being disingenuous (as usual). You’re setting up a false strawman of Harvard or high school dropout. And yes given that binary choice, I pick Harvard. But add in a Michigan or UVA in there and most likely I’ll go with the Michigan or UVA option.

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American.

Tina, I think the key would be for conservatives would be to stop trying to beat Obama with personal deprecating attacks on his character rather than his policies, because people rather like the GUY.

But when you try to convince them that despite all their better judgement and what they’ve seen that what is REALLY going on is that the President is some cloak and dagger jihadi out to literally destroy America covertly from the inside. You know, the whole “it’s purposeful” attack straight from AM radio.

People are more inclined to defend or stand by an idiot who’s being unfairly attacked since day one before he could even do anything, than they are to abandon him and go with his challenger because they just don’t believe the hyperbole. If you remember, Bush won a second term despite all that as well.

So, I think you got the key part wrong, or at least only acknowledged publicly half of the key point, leaving off any hint of telling you readers that the “Barack Obama is devil” meme might not be the best idea, cause you know they won’t like that.

;)

Boomer_Sooner on April 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Mitt will lost 2012.

He is the worst candidate.

Steveangell on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

No, that is Obama. He is the worst, likeable candidate. Get with it now.

jazzuscounty on April 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Perry/West 2012

Pragmatic on April 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

You think that after Perry utterly failed to convince Republicans to vote for him in the primary that he’d somehow do better in the general?

RINO in Name Only on April 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

But answer the question: Is going to Harvard a bad thing? Is a HS dropout preferable over a Harvard grad? Is a Yale grad?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

A high school grad who went on to learn a trade is more valuable to society than an Ivy League graduate of a worthless major, such as Poli Sci, sociology, Hyphenated-Studies, ect.

Any more questions?

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Political Definitions:

Independent: A person who doesn’t know enough about politics to form a knowledgeable opinion about which party they prefer. Instead of political positions, they make subjective judgements based upon who is the best looking, has the best smile, can shoot a basketball and sings well.

mitchellvii on April 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Or those who were so disillusioned with the Republican positions on prescription-drug entitlements and amnesty that they bolted.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing?

It’s not bad, but it doesn’t indicate any special talent or ability for governing a nation of 300 million plus.

Especially for a guy who got there through a combination of personal contacts and affirmative action.

Ivy Leaguers also seem to have an annoying tendancy to ignore any evidence that contradicts their arrogant view of the world as well as to absolve themselves of the rules they make for others.

NoDonkey on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing? Is the inverse true? Would you be impressed and excited to vote for a HS dropout? How uneducated does a person have to be before you like them?
Do you hold it against your doctor that s/he went to med school?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

conservatives are dumb and proud of it! they don’t need no fancy edumacation!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

O’bama set a new US Record in 2008 when he won 70% of the High School Dropout Vote.

You two must be so proud of Him.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Obama 2012: If you think gas is expensive now, wait until 2013!

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

And there it is. Is racism really all you people have left? Do you ever think that maybe this is why you’re losing?

WarEagle01 on April 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

O’bama set a new US Record in 2008 when he won 70% of the High School Dropout Vote.

You two must be so proud of Him.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

70 per centers

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Do you want your lawyer to be a law school grad or will any old loser do…just as long as they have never been to Harvard.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Sure, but I don’t necessarily think my President has to have been a law school grad. I’d rather my President had some business experience or executive chops than be some faculty-room theoretician who hasn’t spent much time ever making a go of it in the real world or working in the private sector.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

When I didn’t like Bill Clinton was I racist as well?

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I never heard Clinton called un-American, muslim, traitor, terrorist, kenyan, etc

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Obama 2012: Vote for ME unless you hate Black people!

Somehow, that is a turn-off now.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Is going to Harvard a bad thing?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

For 8 years the Left shrugged off Dubyah’s MBA from Harvard, saying it “proved nothing” because “even Idiots can get into Harvard if they’re related to the right people.”

Funny how this vanished down the Rabbit Hole when a Harvard AA student became pResident.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The term “swing independent” is rubbish.

There are swing voters of both parties, and naturally independents will pick whoever represents their beliefs (or promises them the most). This term ‘swing independent’ is an angry stab at those who refuse to commit and donate to a party that either wants to enslave them (democrats) or just stab them in the back with progressive bullshyte (progressive repubs, obv.).

Wolfmoon on April 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

6. MLK cries in his grave.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

True. You can’t judge anyone by their character if they are black. You can’t allow any truth to surface if someone is white. What the man said was that we were to all be judged on the “content of our character”. Yet we are here talking about the “likeability” of our President.

It’s shameful how we on the right have allowed honest political and racial discussion to be kidnapped by the race-bating bigot’s of the left.

We should not be ashamed of the truth. We should not be ashamed to point out how bad this President has been. We should not be ashamed to point out this President’s complete lack of good character.

MLK might not have agreed with us Politically – (who really knows for sure). But he would have at least welcomed the discussion and not hid behind false racial accusations.

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I never heard Clinton called un-American, muslim, traitor, terrorist, kenyan, etc

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

You must not have been alive in the ’90′s then. Clinton is a traitor and un-American.

Buckshot Bill on April 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I’ve never understood how anyone could think that a man who publically supports the most hideously vile action of leaving a struggling baby to die, cold and alone on a store room shelf, is ‘likeable’. Monstrous, even pure evil, yes, but likeable…/mind boggling

That’s who you like, liberals. God have mercy on your souls. (and Obama’s, as hard as that is to ask.)

pannw on April 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Obama 2012: Vote for ME unless you hate Black people!

Somehow, that is a turn-off now.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Romney 2012: Vote for ME unless you hate Mormons! – crosspatch

Buckshot Bill on April 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

For 8 years the Left shrugged off Dubyah’s MBA from Harvard, saying it “proved nothing” because “even Idiots can get into Harvard if they’re related to the right people.”

Funny how this vanished down the Rabbit Hole when a Harvard AA student became pResident.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Seems to me that Dubyah also had a better GPA than Algore

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Obama 2012: If you think gas is expensive now, wait until 2013!

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

After his election (thanks to those who vote based on how cute that waxed chest is) he will have more flexibility, so don’t worry. And since I’m a swinger, I won’t ask myself, “flexibility to do what” as I’m voting for the cutest.

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

O’bama set a new US Record in 2008 when he won 70% of the High School Dropout Vote.

You two must be so proud of Him.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Not only that, those without a degree were more likely to vote for Obama than those with.

CNN EXIT POLL 2008:

Did you attend College:

YES: 52% 46% 2% (McCain, Obama, Other)
NO: 54% 44% 2% (McCain, Obama, Other)

How about 2004:
No High School: 50/49 (Kerry, Bush)
College Degree: 46/52

It’s quite clear. The less educated favor the Democrat.

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Have you ever thought maybe you are the one with the problem?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Says the poster who claimed with a straight face here on Hot Gas this morning that Dick Cheney had committed numerous violations of international laws. And then ran away when challenged to provide credible multi-sourced evidence of same.

Still waiting…

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I might be far more impressed by Obama’s Harvard pedigree if I knew what his grades were at Harvard, or if I were given a chance to read anything he actually had published when he headed the Harvard Law Review.
What possible reason would there be to keep these things concealed, if we are to be wholly impressed that he attended Harvard?

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

That should be
YES: 52% 46% 2% (Obama, McCain, Other)
NO: 54% 44% 2% (Obama, McCain, Other)

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I never heard Clinton called un-American, muslim, traitor, terrorist, kenyan, etc

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Actually, I called him rapist, molester and liar.

Thanks for the setup, chump!

This boy be none too bright…

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This boy be none too bright…

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

He’s a liberal. We knew that already.

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Or those who were so disillusioned with the Republican positions on prescription-drug entitlements and amnesty that they bolted.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

After record high unemployment, a down graded America, socialized healthcare, cronyism run rampant, idiots running the administration and a mind boggling deficit, they should be bolting back to the Republicans.

jazzuscounty on April 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Have you ever thought maybe you are the one with the problem?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

What problem? Susceptible to street hustling grifters? Not me, dear.

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

After his election (thanks to those who vote based on how cute that waxed chest is) he will have more flexibility, so don’t worry. And since I’m a swinger, I won’t ask myself, “flexibility to do what” as I’m voting for the cutest.

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You know whatn they say!

Once you go Bah-RACK, you never go back!

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

This boy be none too bright…

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM
He’s a liberal. We knew that already.

angryed on April 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

…a liberal who is clearly overmatched on this forum by us dumb, toofletthh, Neanderthal comsurvativz.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

“When did going to Harvard become a bad thing? Is the inverse true? Would you be impressed and excited to vote for a HS dropout? How uneducated does a person have to be before you like them?”

This President joined in the attacks on bush’s intelligence; however, we don’t even know how smart….or how stupid….this President is. We know he graduated without honors. From what I read, his grades were probably not good enough to get into Harvard to begin with. This President is SO embarrassed by his own grades that he has sealed them. If the last 4 years has been any indication of his grades and his Intelligence, he must have been a rather poor student. he openly acknowledged he did at LEAST pot and cocaine while in college – how good can grades be while one is delving heavily into pot and blow?! I find it amazing the we were told by the media that his being mentored by Communist Frank Marshall Davis & Racist/hate-spewing Jeremiah Wright did not matter and that his grades/how smart this man really is was of no consequence regarding his possibly becoming President….and we actually allowed them to get away with that simply because they threatened to call us ‘racist’ for bringing them up. If anyone was the dummies, it was the American people for allowing themselves to be buffaloed in such a way!

easyt65 on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I never heard Clinton called un-American, muslim, traitor, terrorist, kenyan, etc

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

This would indicate that you were only an infant while Clenis was pResident, or not even born yet. If you are 18 years old today, you were born 2 years after he was first elected.

Clinton while running for pResident was called “un-American” for being a draft dodger. Much of this was based on evidence that he pulled strings to keep from being drafted, as well as his participation in the anti-war movement.

And as pResident, he was called a “traitor” for selling intel to the Chinese. As well as for treating the growing threat of Islamic Terrorism not as a National Security issue but as a simple law enforecment problem.

We all know how that one turned out.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

[It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level.]

Are you kidding? It’s no mystery at all. It’s called “public relations”, and Obama’s public relations firm is the US news media!
When 80-90% of the US public doesn’t closely follow political news, it’s no wonder why half still view him favorably. An unrelenting tsunami of “Obama is great!” floods the information streams, so what little political info most Americans pick up is HEAVILY colored by the media’s fawning bias.

The good news is that those people are going to start paying much closer attention when the summer gets here.

If Americans were forced by law to vote, 40% would consistently vote Democrat while 40% would consistently vote Republican. Period. It’s the 20% of independent, unaffiliated voters who will matter, along with the turnout amongst the base voters. And in both categories, I believe that Republicans have the advantage. Republicans have a greater desire to get rid of Obama than Democrats have to keep him, so more Republicans will show up at the polls.

As for independent voters, what’s the landscape they’re looking at?
Weak economy…high unemployment…ObamaCare.

Considering that reality, of the independents who show up to vote, far more will show up to vote against Obama than will show up to vote for him.

Barring some “I’m suspending my campaign” McCain-like meltdown by Romney, my bet is that we see a repeat of the 2008 results…53% to 47%…just with Obama on the right end of those numbers this time :)

rvastar on April 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Once you go Bah-RACK, you never go back!

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I think he has a mountain named after him. Our buddy Kenny could probably enlighten us further.

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

DBear, Clinton (like W and every other President) was called un-American, traitor, etc. I will grant you that the birther and “he is a closet gay” nonsense are new. Some of that probably is a racial thing, but mostly it is just stupid conspiracy garbage.

McDuck on April 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I don’t think my president needs to be a law school grad either. I just can’t understand how being a Harvard alum somehow became the mark of Cain in modern conservative politics. As people have pointed out here – in a highly d*ckish manner – GWB is a Harvard alum. I can’t recall the rightwing blogs taking issue with that. Going to one of the most prestigious schools in the country – let alone the world – has to be either all good or all bad. Maybe people on both sides should make up their mind.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Says the poster who claimed with a straight face here on Hot Gas this morning that Dick Cheney had committed numerous violations of international laws. And then ran away when challenged to provide credible multi-sourced evidence of same.

Still waiting…

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

My bad! Some of us have jobs you know. We don’t spend all day posting extremist and hateful vitriolic comments online.

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

GWB is a Harvard alum. I can’t recall the rightwing blogs taking issue with that. Going to one of the most prestigious schools in the country – let alone the world – has to be either all good or all bad. Maybe people on both sides should make up their mind.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I never said Harvard was a litmus test one way or the other. But Bush also had some real-world business and executive experience. Obama never had any experience outside of government and street organizing.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

His wife admits she Hated America until he ran for pResident.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

LIAR

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Define torture.

Buckshot Bill on April 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

….as of this morning…currently vying for the DUMBEST troll title on Hot Air. (…tell your boss…there may be a bonus involved).

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

As people have pointed out here – in a highly d*ckish manner – GWB is a Harvard alum. I can’t recall the rightwing blogs taking issue with that. Going to one of the most prestigious schools in the country – let alone the world – has to be either all good or all bad. Maybe people on both sides should make up their mind.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

lol, you must mean me.

For 8 years the Left shrugged off Dubyah’s MBA from Harvard, saying it “proved nothing” because “even Idiots can get into Harvard if they’re related to the right people.”

Funny how this vanished down the Rabbit Hole when a Harvard AA student became pResident.

Nothing “d*cksh” about posting Facts. Gosh, but you Bruise easily!

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Dee2008 on April 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I didn’t say I didn’t believe it, I just said I don’t get it. It’s incomprehensible to me that people will concern themselves with the opinions of some anonymous caller who bothers them in the middle of dinner/supper, and asks them leading questions. It’s one of those shaking my head moments, I guess.

totherightofthem on April 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

easyt65 on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Mirror mirror on the wall
Who’s the mostest d*ckish of them all…

Looks like someone is a little touchy that not everybody feigns proper worship for a piece of paper that says “Harvard” on it.

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Prove Cheney lied.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

That is the great thing about this country. Real men with testicular fortitude are out there doing the dirty work to keep us safe, and integrity-less, priggish, ignoramuses like youself can whine away.

God bless the USA!

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Perry/West 2012

Pragmatic on April 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

..like so many before me, I am on my knees begging ya to petition Ed for a new nickname ore befitting of and consistent with your comments. Ummm, I don’t know. “Delusional”, “unrealistic” or something similar come to mind.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

sorry! …didn’t preview and the 2nd paste should have been this one….

conservatives are dumb and proud of it! they don’t need no fancy edumacation!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I will admit that these polls are bothering me. Obama is coming off the worst week of his term, and his polls numbers haven’t gone down.

It really really really helps to have the media actively ignoring your incompetence while hyping misdemeanors from the right.

johnboy on April 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

You know, I hear my elders perfected spitting in the early 70′s, when servicemen came back from overseas. Reliving your glory days, grandpa?

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Likability is all he has. Sad that voters can’t see that’s not nearly enough.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I’m still struggling to understand how a large number of people can find a stuttering communist fool who promises them a free lunch & never delivers attractive as a representative.

he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Why is the torture that Dems & Liberals do to the taxpayer OK?
The self employed, like my husband & I, are dying a slow death from the government’s 1000 cuts.
Why do you not care about that torture?

Badger40 on April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

no you didn’t. but if you think this was written as a compliment than you can’t read very well.

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level. He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician. He’s not so different in those respects than the Harvard-educated, Boston-honed, aloof Mitt Romney.

To be clear I dont prostrate before Harvard grads and consider them my betters. I simply dont consider it something to be used as an insult either.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I can’t recall the rightwing blogs taking issue with that. Going to one of the most prestigious schools in the country – let alone the world – has to be either all good or all bad. Maybe people on both sides should make up their mind.

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Everything about W was laid bare to the world. We haven’t seen a transcript or a grade yet. No comparison.

jazzuscounty on April 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.

I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

..good news. You’ll have your chance. I just got off the phone with the former VP and he says when he gets out of the hospital he’d like to go hunting with you.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

conservatives are dumb and proud of it! they don’t need no fancy edumacation!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I have an Ivy certificate on my office wall. Where did you matriculate?

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

The self employed, like my husband & I, are dying a slow death from the government’s 1000 cuts.
Why do you not care about that torture?

Badger40 on April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Perhaps if you and your husband SELL goods and services people really want, you wont be dying a slow death.
Why do far right conservatives like to blame everyone else for their failures?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I never heard Clinton called un-American, muslim, traitor, terrorist, kenyan, etc

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Aside from the fact that Muslim and Kenyan don’t apply because Clinton didn’t have a Muslim, Kenyan parent, the other names were de-rigeur on the Right throughout the 1990s.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Dubya was a very likable guy with a great smile and a beautiful family, but that didn’t stop Dems from calling him a Nazi Satan-spawn for 8 years. I guess they all were predisposed to not like white people.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Perhaps if you and your husband SELL goods and services people really want, you wont be dying a slow death. Why do far right conservatives like to blame everyone else for their failures?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

How incredibly condescending. Have you ever run a small business through a recession?

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.

I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Do you spit on your messiah Obama as well? Or does he get a pass because he outsources the torture?

HumpBot Salvation on April 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Perhaps if you and your husband SELL goods and services people really want, you wont be dying a slow death.
Why do far right conservatives like to blame everyone else for their failures?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Ahahaha! Yeah, UES, you’re just such an advocate of the free market, right? If only Badger40 and his family sold energy efficient cars powered by lichen spit, then they’d be living high on the hog!

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

You know, I hear my elders perfected spitting in the early 70′s, when servicemen came back from overseas. Reliving your glory days, grandpa?

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I salute our men and women in uniform whenever i see them. I spit on career politician traitors who send them to meaningless wars.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

My bad! Some of us have jobs you know. We don’t spend all day posting extremist and hateful vitriolic comments online.

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Translated: “I still can’t answer Del’s Question.”

As you may or may not recall, I asked you for credible, multi-sourced cites proving that Cheney violated international laws. I’m still waiting.

All you offer here is your own Leftist Opinions, unburdened by Facts.

I know in your sheltered coccoon, Dick Cheney was the only one to “lie” about WMDs. No one in your own Party ever claimed Iraq had WMDs, not even pResident Clinton.

But the Truth is that WMDs were only 1 of 12 reasons cited in the 2001 Iraq Resolution for taking out Saddam Hussein. You really should read the text from beginning to end some time.

At the time Congress approved the Resolution in the Fall of 2002, the then Junior Senator from New York said she based her yea vote not on what Dick Cheney told her about Iraq’s WMDs, but instead on what her own husband’s intel people told her about Iraq’s WMDs. That Senator is now Secretary of State.

As for the “torture” hogwash, O’bama himself used the intel generated by the “Cheney Waterboarding” to take out bin Laden.

Are you going to spit on O’bama too?

(laughter)

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

HumpBot Salvation on April 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

If you show me evidence of him authorizing torture, i will spit on him as well. No discrimination here my friend.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

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