New poll: Obama’s executive-privilege assertion not as popular as WH imagined

posted at 8:41 am on June 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via Jammie Wearing Fool, the numbers are as brutal as he says.  In a poll taken by The Hill after last week’s assertion of executive privilege by Barack Obama in the Operation Fast and Furious probe, only 29% of likely voters supported Obama’s move to block access to Department of Justice documentation, while a clear majority disapproved:

A clear majority of likely voters believes President Obama has exercised his executive power inappropriately — particularly in blocking the release of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a new poll for The Hill. …

The Hill Poll found that likely voters disapproved by an almost 2-to-1 margin of Obama’s assertion of presidential power in the case. Overall, 56 percent of voters disapproved of his action, while only 29 percent approved.

The news is even worse among independents, and it’s not exactly a slam-dunk among Obama’s base, either:

The defense is not proving an easy sell with voters, particularly independents.

Sixty-one percent of independents said they disapproved of the president’s actions, and just 25 percent approved. Among Republicans, opposition to the president’s use of executive privilege was more entrenched at 78 percent.

Even 28 percent of Democrats, and 30 percent of self-identified liberals disapproved of Obama’s position.

When asked more generically (“Has President Obama used his Executive Authority appropriately or inappropriately?”), the numbers narrow, but not all that much.  Obama still loses by a majority, 43/52, and does slightly worse than that among younger voters (42/56) and independents (40/55).  On the specific question, younger voters — on whom Obama depends for support and enthusiasm — give him worse marks than the overall rating, at just 24/60.

Congress doesn’t do terribly well in this poll either, but still fares better than Obama.  A plurality believe that Congress has been obstructive (48/41), with a majority of independents agreeing (51/38), but that’s of small comfort to Obama.  That point is now moot.  Now that Obama has asserted executive privilege to block access to these documents, the onus has shifted to the White House to explain itself.  Clearly, the explanations given have not sufficed, and Obama’s supporters are a small minority on this issue.  The more he pushes it, the more damage he will do even within his base.

Don’t be surprised to see the White House cut a deal on this if more polling corroborates this result.  If not, then it’s further confirmation that whatever they’re hiding is more damaging than the political hit they’ll take from pursuing a Nixon strategy four months before the election.

Update: I had “abused” in the poll question where it should be “used.” I fixed it, but in truth the actual poll report has the word “Oabamused” (I edited it for clarity), so it was a little difficult to get right.


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“Has President Obama abused his Executive Authority appropriately or inappropriately?”

There are appropriate ways to abuse authority?

backwoods conservative on June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

SCOAMF

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

When congress fares better than you in a poll, you are Scoamf.

tom daschle concerned on June 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Bullet, meet foot.

petefrt on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

But but but, “Newsroom” star Emily Mortimer: Americans are dangerously uninformed. “The Newsroom’s” Emily Mortimer calls the Tea Party a “lunatic fringe,” and says Americans fall too easily for lies.

So, what do we know? She is an actress, after all.

“Is there anything celebrities don’t know?” -Homer Simpson

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

But..but..Fluke…Bain..war on women…

msupertas on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

The public can cut through the spin and wants answers. Three hundred dead Mexicans and two dead Americans deserve close scrutiny and a full investigation. The people demand it.

stvnscott on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Its jyst gop going after holder because of voter id suppression
-rosen

They’ll double down…..

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Well, at least Obama’s corruption is transparent.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

mmmmmm, tasty post

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

There are appropriate ways to abuse authority?

backwoods conservative on June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Sorry, I mistyped it. It’s fixed now.

Ed Morrissey on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

“The Executive Branch was intended by the Constitution’s authors and ratifiers to be precisely that – the executor of policies made by Congress, not a competing power center empowered to thwart Congress’s attempts to gain information.

If the Executive can simply refuse to allow Executive Branch personnel to testify before Congress and refuse to pursue congressional contempt referrals, Congress will be altogether unable to perform its legislative functions. It will be subordinate to the Presidency in the way that Parliament was subordinate to English kings before the establishment of Parliament’s unlimited power to investigate in the 17th century….

The first Congress, full of framers and ratifiers of the Constitution, passed legislation requiring the treasury secretary to provide Congress with information “respecting all matters referred to him by the House of Representatives, or which shall appertain to his office.” Rep. Elias Boudinot had noted that, “this power is essentially necessary to the Government … it is absolutely so.” No one argued to the contrary.

Secretary Alexander Hamilton, a framer, drafted that bill, and he advised President George Washington, also a framer, to sign it. Which he did.

It is true that there were a few instances in the early history of the United States in which presidents refused to supply Congress with information. For the most part, however, the idea of Executive Privilege, like the term itself, is a post-World War II innovation….

The Legislative Branch is, as James Madison noted, the leading branch in a republican government. It is up to Congress to decide on behalf of the American people what information it needs, what questions Executive officials must answer.”

The Myth of Executive Privilege

Dante on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

“Has President Obama abused his Executive Authority appropriately or inappropriately?”

Really? Really?

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

There are appropriate ways to abuse authority?

backwoods conservative on June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

hahaha

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

It would be interesting to detail the demographic breakdown of that 29%.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

“Is there anything celebrities don’t know?” -Homer Simpson

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Yup, their a$$ from a hole in the wall.

msupertas on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Last minute EP….epic fail

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I have to say it.. but 29% supported it? 1 out of 3? Are we that close to desiring a dictatorship?

tflst5 on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I’m sorry, but the 25% of “independents” that approve of this can’t honestly be independent.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

only a blind partisan idiot would not want to know the truth about operation “fast and furious”.

losarkos on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

So why don’t we see the media referring to this as “Holdergate” and starting to ask all the real tough questions of who knew what when, instead of their circling the wagons around B.O. and Company?

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I bet this was another Valerie Jarette special.

Vera on June 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Don’t be surprised to see the White House cut a deal on this if more polling corroborates this result.

If they really abetted the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans & Mr Terry for political purposes, they’d rather hold firm on this & lose the election than get caught & be impeached.

itsnotaboutme on June 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

What we really need here right now is the 2012 answer to “Woodstein”!

So where the hell are they?

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Don’t be surprised to see the White House cut a deal on this if more polling corroborates this result. If not, then it’s further confirmation that whatever they’re hiding is more damaging than the political hit they’ll take from pursuing a Nixon strategy four months before the election.

Let’s remember what this ploy really was- a way to stall any disclosure until after the elections. The only way that Holder will suddenly cut a deal is if it is politically expedient and that is hard to see since damage will be done either way. Holder tried to split the difference and “brief” on the documents being withheld the committee in exchange for a promise that there would be no prosecution as a result. When that didn’t work, EP was invoked to play out the clock. I suspect the administration would rather be accused of Nixonian behavior than have to explain why Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder were discussing an operation that supposedly was known to nobody but a rogue ATF agent in Phoenix.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

……………here it comes.

SCOTUS Freedom watch.

http://scotusblog.wpengine.com/

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I don’t care
Obama is awesome.

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

We’ll see if polling holds up on this. I watched the American people take the Clinton line about “he lied about a bj” hook, line, & sinker with no thought whatsoever to the seriousness of perjury, the context of the Paula Jones lawsuit, the rule of law, etc.

Then again, maybe voters are finally getting wise to the fact that the Obama presidency is an ugly synthesis of the worst aspects of FDR, Nixon, and Carter.

SAMinVA on June 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

+1 happy nomad

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Sorry, I mistyped it. It’s fixed now.

Ed Morrissey on June 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I thought that might be the case. It was amusing while it lasted, though. It was a rather appropriate typo, considering who we’re talking about.

backwoods conservative on June 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

we’re gonna go faster and furiouser all over ya ***

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I don’t care
Obama is awesome.

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

me too and stuff

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

But but but, “Newsroom” star Emily Mortimer: Americans are dangerously uninformed. “The Newsroom’s” Emily Mortimer calls the Tea Party a “lunatic fringe,” and says Americans fall too easily for lies.

So, what do we know? She is an actress, after all.

“Is there anything celebrities don’t know?” -Homer Simpson

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I posted a response on the Salon site. It’s a shame. I like(d) her as an actress and she looks a little like the wife, but I’m probably gonna go out of my way to avoid anything she’s in from this point forward after those remarks. What’s amazing is how she trashes Bush for making decisions that left her “unsettled”, yet she absolutely adores Obama for what he’s done. And she has the temerity to call Americans “dangerously uninformed”?

Doughboy on June 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

The Hill Poll found that likely voters disapproved by an almost 2-to-1 margin of Obama’s assertion of presidential power in the case. Overall, 56 percent of voters disapproved of his action, while only 29 percent approved.

…hopefully things look ^ THIS WAY ^ around the first week in November

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I have to say it.. but 29% supported it? 1 out of 3? Are we that close to desiring a dictatorship?

tflst5 on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

As long as the dictator provides the freebie there are enough stupid people not to care about anything else.

bgibbs1000 on June 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

……………here it comes.

SCOTUS Freedom watch.

http://scotusblog.wpengine.com/

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

PappyD61:I was just going to post it,excellent work!:)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

29%……OUCH!!

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

What sort of deal would TFGRP cut exactly? Two Americans are dead because of this incredibly stupid scheme and then the administration stone-cold lied about it, where is there a deal to be made?

Bishop on June 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Don’t be surprised to see the White House cut a deal on this if more polling corroborates this result.

This line should tell you everything you need to know about Obama and his administration. Coverup of hundreds of murders? Perjury? Contempt of Congress? Who cares. That’s not enough to motivate them to do the right thing. Yet give them a few bad polls…

joekenha on June 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

it’s not exactly a slam-dunk among Obama’s base, either:

Here’s a shocker. I went to the slime pit commonly known as The Daily Kos the day the EP was announced. There were several of the more intellectually honest Kos Kids (a rarity, I know) questioning why he would assert the EP if the administration has nothing to hide.

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Three hundred dead Mexicans and two dead Americans deserve close scrutiny and a full investigation. The people demand it.

stvnscott on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Don’t forget the two “retractions” of Holder’s sworn testimony that would put anybody else in line for perjury charges.

But here’s the reality. Holder will be held in contempt and the case will go to the US Attorney for DC (an Obama appointee and Holder crony) who will decline to prosecute. This will cause the House to file a lawsuit enforcing the contempt charge and forcing disclosure of the documents. In all this legal process will be months after the election. The only way for quick resolution is release of the documents by President Romney after taking office.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

we’re gonna go faster and furiouser all over ya ***

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I’m sure if the first Government Fast and Furious didn’t flop so fast and furiously, I’m sure they would have made more sequels than the movie versions.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

You know what this poll proves?

It proves that people are misinformed. That’s all.

This F&F situation is the first time that Obama has used the EP, so it would stand to reason that his use of it in this particular instance would poll the same as when the question is asked generically.

Stupid people.

jwally on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Obama is remarkably scandal free

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

But but but, “Newsroom” star Emily Mortimer: Americans are dangerously uninformed.
Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Well would you look at that, a B-List star that you couldn’t pick out of a two person line up just happens to toe the liberal line and has nothing but knee-padding praise for Aaron Sorkin’s work. The woman damn near got spittle on me while I read that piece, she can’t lick Sorkin’s boots any cleaner.

Bishop on June 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Let’s give Emily the benefit of the doubt and say she was referring to the 29% who believe Obama did the right thing as woefully uninformed.

bflat879 on June 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Ding ding ding bgibbs

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

MobileVideoEngineer on June 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

haha

I live my live a quarter mile at a time — Diesel

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What we really need here right now is the 2012 answer to “Woodstein”!

So where the hell are they?

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

As far as the “mainstream media” goes, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS is it.

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

LOL! I was just looking for that quote so I could post it. crr6 still lives in infamy!

stvnscott on June 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

C’mon, everybody lies about gun running.

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

all the cool kids are gunrunning

Slade73 on June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals. crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Never. Gets. Old.

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Actual orders, release of opinions….start at 10am Eastern Time.

Just think this could be America’s last moments of Individual Liberty and personal choice in your own health decisions.

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

No deals GOP. When you’re winning the race you don’t stop to try on another pair of shoes.

fogw on June 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Actual orders, release of opinions….start at 10am Eastern Time.

Just think this could be America’s last moments of Individual Liberty and personal choice in your own health decisions.

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

@MonicaCrowley The men & women in black are assembled at the SCOTUS. My prediction: AZ law today, OCare later in the week. I could be wrong. LOL.

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

What we really need here right now is the 2012 answer to “Woodstein”!

So where the hell are they?

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

That only matters in Republican scandals.

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Obama’s Watergate.
It’s the cover up that gets you…
What did he know, when…and how far up did the decision go to supplying guns to criminals to kill Mexicans?
(And why isn’t this an election issue to Mexican-heritage people in the US? As in.. “Democrats give guns drug gangs to kill Mexicans”.)

Can Obama postpone this until after the election?

albill on June 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The question to be asking is simple. Why would this Administration being sticking to a politically stupid and unpopular stance?

Equally simple answer. The alternative is much, much worse.

Most of your typical uniformed electorate have no idea what executive privilege is let alone why it is inappropriate in this case. And as has been mentioned time again, the media can easily sweep this under the rug as ‘partisan’ politics.

But Zero knows that if the truth gets out and we find out where the body’s are buried and who buried them, he is finished.

Not even the media will be able to cover it up then.

SittingDeadRed on June 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The thing that impresses me the most is that more than 80% of the respondents knew about the issue and had an opinion about it. I guess all that talk about the liberal media covering up the scandal was overblown.

Mahna Mahna on June 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

DNC Press Release!

Where StoneWalling!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

O/T but important.

The Boss Emeritus needs our prayers and good thoughts.

@michellemalkin: ICYMI – A personal note: Evacuated from Waldo Canyon Fire http://t.co/VJpFqr15

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

You know there really is a national security angle here. If Obama allowed these documents to see the light of day, people would find out that the Obama administration is a bunch of criminals. This would undermine our image in the world, which would lead to a national security crisis.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The Rogue Tomato on June 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

ROFL! You know… I thought that would get old over time. Boy was I wrong! Keep posting that when appropriate!

dominigan on June 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Smartest man in the world gets it wrong again!

His reverse Midas touch is working overtime. Every golden thing he touches turns into a dog turd.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

You know what this poll proves?

It proves that people are misinformed. That’s all.

This F&F situation is the first time that Obama has used the EP, so it would stand to reason that his use of it in this particular instance would poll the same as when the question is asked generically.

Stupid people.

Yeeaaahhh…that’s the ticket
.
Denial ain’t just a river in Mississippi.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Shorter Obama: Yeah we were selling guns to the Mexican drug cartels, but shut up.

CitizenEgg on June 25, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Obama got Bin Laden!

-lib

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Actual orders, release of opinions….start at 10am Eastern Time.

Just think this could be America’s last moments of Individual Liberty and personal choice in your own health decisions.

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

PappyD61:

Just think,we can watch the Hopey Titanic go down,
in Real-Time!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

What needs to be publicly asked is why are these Fast & Furious docs more secret than the name of a double agent, our cooperation with Israel and cyber attacks on Iran, Obama’s ‘kill list’ and other national security leaks that make Obama look like Rambo?

cartooner on June 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I do not think we can assume the president did it because he thought it would provide a popular response. All we can say is what we know: He ordered it and we don’t know why.

Weebork on June 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Over the weekend I actually saw a CNN host shut down a democrat talking head who was saying that “it started under Bush.” If CNN is worried about the truth, Obama is toast.

Mini-14 on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

But but but, “Newsroom” star Emily Mortimer: Americans are dangerously uninformed. “The Newsroom’s” Emily Mortimer calls the Tea Party a “lunatic fringe,” and says Americans fall too easily for lies.

So, what do we know? She is an actress, after all.

“Is there anything celebrities don’t know?” -Homer Simpson

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Other than the lunatic fringe part, she’s right.

Dante on June 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Smartest President EVAH!

Did he consult with the crease in his pants before making his EP decision?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 25, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I’ve said it a hundred times, Obama has the Midas touch alright, everything he touches turns into a muffler.

Oh look, a puppy!

D-fusit on June 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Obama has surged to 51% approval on Gallup.

gumbyandpokey on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 AM

You know what this poll proves?

It proves that people are misinformed. That’s all.

This F&F situation is the first time that Obama has used the EP, so it would stand to reason that his use of it in this particular instance would poll the same as when the question is asked generically.

Stupid people.

jwally on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The two questions are not interchangeable. They are completely different.

Dante on June 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Don’t be surprised to see the White House cut a deal on this if more polling corroborates this result. If not, then it’s further confirmation that whatever they’re hiding is more damaging than the political hit they’ll take from pursuing a Nixon strategy four months before the election.

Huh? Cut a deal? They’re already in BUNKER MODE.

GarandFan on June 25, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I guess Obama’s hope that nobody would be paying attention to the Fast and Furious scandal except for a few right wing extemists has been somewhat misplaced (cough cough).

eyedoc on June 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

This FF stuff has the real potential of doing the one thing that is fatal to Obummer. And that is bringing the left and right together on an issue.
No matter what, unless you are a brain dead occupier type or a true loon left (same thing), 300 dead Mexicans and 2 dead border agents is wrong. The libs may be able to overlook, ignore that but when you throw in EP, Obummer gets a little scrutiny here.
Our dear leader can not stand up to scrutiny.

ORconservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Obama has surged to 51% approval on Gallup.

gumbyandpokey on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Wouldn’t get too excited-that’s an “old” Gallup 3 day average that came out Saturday. It covers the days June 21, 22, 23.

However, Gallup’s previous 3 day average, which included the days June 20, 21, and 22 (in other words, it included 2 of the 3 days of the subsequent poll) had him at 46%.

His numbers always go up on the weekends; it’s Settled Science. Zogby even admitted once he would only poll on weekends if he wanted a poll to favor Democrats, because more Democrats than Republicans are likely to be at home during the weekends.

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

from the SCOTUS BLOG:

Tom:
My prediction: SB1070 decided; by inference we learn CJ Roberts is writing health care.

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

9:58

Amy Howe:
Two minutes to go.
9:59

Amy Howe:
What is the capacity of the Live Blog. 52K right now. We’ll find out.
9:59

Amy Howe:
No retirement announcements expected today or this year, for that matter. Not until after the election at the earliest, barring some extraordinary developments.
10:00

Amy Howe:
Yes, seniority is by time served except for the Chief Justice, who became most senior the day he arrived.

PappyD61 on June 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

There are appropriate ways to abuse authority?

backwoods conservative on June 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Are you serious? Are you serious?

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Montana Case Reversed

jake-the-goose on June 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The decisions of Ark. S. Ct. and Alabama Ct. of Crim. Appeals are reversed.

jake-the-goose on June 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I figured it wouldn’t be popular.

My guess is that the Dems will eventually try to blame F&F and Obama’s dumb decision to go with EP for his major defeat in November when the seeds have been there for months thanks to some of the swings and misses by his campaign that have made them exceedingly more desperate.

teke184 on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

If CNN is worried about the truth, Obama is toast.

Mini-14 on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Jay Carney was slapped down by a reporter over the same issue. He started with the clearly documented lie that Eric Holder did not shut down an operation that started under the previous administration. After repeating the lie twice and being called on it, he talked about Holder shutting down the tactic that originated under the previous administration, whatever the hell that means. Bottom line, Fast and Furious is Obama’s from beginning to end and there is no escaping that fact.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Even 28 percent of Democrats, and 30 percent of self-identified liberals disapproved of Obama’s position.

So…let me get this straight…

Only a third of self-identified liberals disapprove of a president invoking executive privilege to withhold disclosure of documents involving a U S government assault weapon gun running operation, which resulted in the deaths of two American law enforcement officers, and hundreds of Mexican citizens.

Yet liberals, by overwhelming margins, profess moral outrage over a Watergate office break-in, which resulted in exactly zero homicides?

Cavalry on June 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I bet this was another Valerie Jarette special.

Vera on June 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Obama’s Rasputin.

29%……OUCH!!

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Even more dramatic when you figure that blacks probably back him 100% on this one. After all, we’re talkin’ about second guessin’ Shaft, man.

BuckeyeSam on June 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Update: I had “abused” in the poll question where it should be “used.” I fixed it, but in truth the actual poll report has the word “Oabamused” (I edited it for clarity), so it was a little difficult to get right.

How about “Obamabused”?

Steve Z on June 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Don’t be surprised to see the White House cut a deal on this if more polling corroborates this result.

You mean the Obama Administration would cave on an important constitutional matter based on the politics of the moment ?
In other words, it was all politics from the start ?

J_Crater on June 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Warm up the bus Michelle I’m going to see Eric……Love Barack

Herb on June 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Obama has surged to 51% approval on Gallup.

gumbyandpokey on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 AM

That’s because all of those insighful Lefists are rallying behind 0bamessiah, understanding that He selflessly declared EP over F&F in order to help the Terry family find that closure they’ve been looking for, right?

Bizarro No. 1 on June 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I posted a response on the Salon site. It’s a shame. I like(d) her as an actress and she looks a little like the wife, but I’m probably gonna go out of my way to avoid anything she’s in from this point forward after those remarks. What’s amazing is how she trashes Bush for making decisions that left her “unsettled”, yet she absolutely adores Obama for what he’s done. And she has the temerity to call Americans “dangerously uninformed”?

Doughboy on June 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

As infuriating and insulting as it is for celebrities to be given automatic credibility on subjects they know little about, it is their 1st Amendment Right. And at the very least, they’re doing me a favor: by displaying their ignorance and arrogrance in the public forum, I know which products featuring said entertainers to avoid.

Ultimately, it won’t make a difference to them, but at least I have a clean conscience. Besides, excessive TV- & movie-watching can be a waste of valuable time & money that can often be better spent elsewhere.

SnarkySam on June 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM

So…let me get this straight…

Only a third of self-identified liberals disapprove of a president invoking executive privilege to withhold disclosure of documents involving a U S government assault weapon gun running operation, which resulted in the deaths of two American law enforcement officers, and hundreds of Mexican citizens.

Yet liberals, by overwhelming margins, profess moral outrage over a Watergate office break-in, which resulted in exactly zero homicides?

Cavalry on June 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

When you factor in Emotion, replacing Logic in the formula for how Liberals behave, their hypocrisy is quite easy to comprehend.

SnarkySam on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals. crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Never. Gets. Old.

Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I wonder if old crr6 knows she has been elevated to the status of cultural icon here at Tepid Air.

“Is there anything celebrities don’t know?” -Homer Simpson
Akzed on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

The wisdom of Homer Simpson. I have committed that one to memory, and I will trot it out every time some fool quotes one of these celebrity air heads.

As infuriating and insulting as it is for celebrities to be given automatic credibility on subjects they know little about, it is their 1st Amendment Right. And at the very least, they’re doing me a favor: by displaying their ignorance and arrogrance in the public forum, I know which products featuring said entertainers to avoid.

Ultimately, it won’t make a difference to them, but at least I have a clean conscience. Besides, excessive TV- & movie-watching can be a waste of valuable time & money that can often be better spent elsewhere.

SnarkySam on June 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM

They may have a bigger soapbox, but they have zero credibility unless they make sense, except with idiots for whom Kim Kardashian’s fingernail polish is more important than the welfare of their country.

novaculus on June 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

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