AP poll: Obama at 37% approval

posted at 8:41 am on October 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Readers have to get halfway into the Associated Press report on its new AP-GFK poll to find this out, but Barack Obama’s job approval numbers have cratered in the shutdown.  His overall job approval is now 37/53, and a majority want Obama to start cooperating more with Republicans, as 63% want Republicans to meet Obama part-way, too:

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. …

Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.

Indeed, anyone making headlines in the dispute has earned poor marks for his or her trouble, whether it’s Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, or Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, both with a favorability rating of 18 percent.

The amusing headline in this instance is “GOP gets the blame in shutdown.” However, the data shows that plenty of blame is being heaped on all sides, by all sides:

— Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).

— Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren’t doing enough to cooperate with him.

Only 30% approve of raising the debt ceiling, clean or otherwise.  And despite the best (that is to say, most malicious) efforts of the National Parks Service, more than 80% have had no impact from the government shutdown.  That’s not exactly the kind of momentum Obama and the Democrats hoped to generate for pressure on Republicans, and their “no negotiations” stand is practically designed to backfire, if this poll accurately reflects public temperament.

Maybe that’s why Obama has “invited” House Democrats to the White House tonight:

House Democrats have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama Wednesday evening.

“Members of the House Democratic Caucus are invited to a meeting with the President today, Wednesday, October 9 at 4:35-5:35pm at the White House,” an email from the White House to House Democrats reads.

The original report read “summoned” rather than invited, but the latter version reflects the e-mail more accurately.  Shortly after this Politico report, Fox’s Chad Pergram reported that all four Capitol Hill caucuses would get invitations to meet with the President:

Looks like Obama is about to ditch the “no negotiations” strategy. It’s also possible that he may want to give one try to talking around Republican leadership, but I don’t think that the rank-and-file in either GOP caucus will decide to dump John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in favor of President No Talks Until You Surrender. We’ll see.


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According to sesqui, Dog Eater’s approval is actually at 73%.

Someone here has the link if you’re interested in how she comes to that conclusion.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

As for Dog Eater, could it be that kicking sand in the face of every American by closing places that are never closed otherwise had the opposite effect than what he intended?

Man, it’s like Bark isn’t actually a god figure standing above it all.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

The 37% have to be some real geniuses.

Dingbat63 on October 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

It should be lower.

I’ve known all along that Obama has as much in common with average Americans like you and me, as Meghan McCain does with MENSA, however, the shear brazen despotism which he has shown to the very country he is supposed to be serving and protecting, is so unabashedly tyrannical, it makes Caligula look like St. Augustine.

kingsjester on October 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Not surprising. The sheeple are beginning to see Obysmal, like global warming, is a state run media creation:

Obama Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the unions
And to civil unrest in America
And to the Republic
I plan to destroy
Two Nations
Under funded
Divided
With misery and poverty for all

DeweyWins on October 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

AP poll: Obama at 37% approval among his followers

Fixed for accuracy.

chewmeister on October 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

That’s getting into Free Shit Army™ territory.

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Now when are they going to give us the REAL unemployment numbers….been a waitin 6yrs for those!!

justonevictory on October 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Approval at 37%. Hmmm…I wonder what demographic those people occupy (no pun intended)? It boggles my mind that this fraud could perpetrate all of the illegal activities and blatantly violate his oath of office without consequence. He, Holder, and pretty much every high-level appointee in his administration is guilty of criminal behavior. We could literally overcrowd Gitmo with all of them.

HomeoftheBrave on October 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Time to stop focussing so hard on jobs Mr preznit. Go on a charm offensive.

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Pathetic

Blame the gop on his numbers!
-lsm talking point

Nothing is his fault

cmsinaz on October 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

I’m not allowed to say “‘tarded,” am I? So, “about 25% of the population is ‘tarded to begin with” is probably just out . . .

Fine. No comment.

Axe on October 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I can’t wait for Ms 52% to tell us how s’wonderful, s’mahhvelous Mr 37% is.

Can you?

#winning

Resist We Much on October 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Looks like Obama is about to ditch the “no negotiations” strategy.

Despite all the bluster from this lazy stupid coward, he isn’t going to get a complete cave from the Republicans. Not with the rat-eared bastard’s numbers taking a bigger hit than the GOPs (the Republicans were always going to take a hit thanks to the MSM). Obama expected a repeat of 1995 and it is a surprise that he isn’t able to dictate terms of surrender as he thought he could. But he has painted himself into a corner with this continued no negotiation rhetoric.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

…Dog Eater’s approval is actually at 73%.”

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Gee, Dog Eater’s kinda tough. The man is our president and perhaps even a secular messiahship is his, so we need to have the correct tome when speaking of him.
Canine connoisseur is much more appropriate, I would think.

Don L on October 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Wow, I’ll admit I never thought it was possible for him to drop below the low 40′s thanks to his idiot, sycophant base. But given how poorly his 2nd term has gone so far(which is saying something considering how low he set the bar for himself the first 4 years), even his supporters have had enough.

BTW, I’m sure the media will ignore this poll. You know, since they’re incapable of discussing anything other than the shutdown.

Doughboy on October 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Axe on October 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Off to the penalty box with you!

Oh wait, wrong place.

Too bad, the penalty box has Calf Fries…and cheese curds if you prefer.

cozmo on October 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Ahhh couldn’t have happened to a better wanna be dictator.

gophergirl on October 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Obummer is running out of problems to “pivot” to. He’s ruined everything and there’s nothing left to screw up. Good job, Champ!!

Deano1952 on October 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The poll also explains Obama’s off-the-record meeting with conservative columnists (and Kathleen Parker) on Tuesday. He doesn’t lower himself to meet with anyone who doesn’t agree with him 100 percent unless he already had a heads-up about the falling approval numbers in the AP poll.

jon1979 on October 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Too bad, the penalty box has Calf Fries…and cheese curds if you prefer.

cozmo on October 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

A man who reads. :)

Axe on October 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Axe on October 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Because the number is closer to 33%.

Steve Eggleston on October 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

RINO forced cave coming soon to pull the marxist out of his hole.

bgibbs1000 on October 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Torches and pitchforks would be preferable, though.

Cleombrotus on October 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The 37% have to be some real geniuses.

Dingbat63 on October 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

With degrees from the Wile E. Coyote School of Hunting.

Steve Eggleston on October 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM

While we all rag on the little emperor with no clothes shutting down all the parks and monuments, where is congress? Why can they pass a law to pay govt workers not going to work but can’t stop Barry from adding waivers to obummercare and closing parks and monuments?

These actions are those of a little boy who demands his own way. Then the “news” media gives him a free pass to goon tv and straight out lie about who is refusing to negotiate.

Pay furlough workers but not benefits for fallen soldiers fighting Barry’s failed war?

katablog.com on October 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM

37%. Chad Ocho Pinko hardest hit.

TXUS on October 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM

It should be lower.

I’ve known all along that Obama has as much in common with average Americans like you and me, as Meghan McCain does with MENSA, however, the shear brazen despotism which he has shown to the very country he is supposed to be serving and protecting, is so unabashedly tyrannical, it makes Caligula look like St. Augustine.

kingsjester on October 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

He’s not quite at Caligula levels yet. That happens when the Park Police start enforcing the closures with live ammunition.

Steve Eggleston on October 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Come to think of it…hot tar and lots of feathers, as well.

And a rail.

Cleombrotus on October 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

This guy’s going to eventually turn ‘world power’ responsibilities to China & Russia. Two countries who have no reservation with mass killing & human rights abuse.

RdLake on October 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Just wait till he takes us to Candy Mountain.

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I don’t trust McCain Collins or murkowski

cmsinaz on October 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

If AP (Administration Propaganda) says 37%, you know the numbers have to be worse than that.

GarandFan on October 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I think we might actually get to crack 35% once more people find out about how the families of five fallen soldiers are getting jacked around on a death benefit and on transportation allowances.

This is an absolute disgrace.

Obama is an un-American POS.

BuckeyeSam on October 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

He’s not quite at Caligula levels yet. That happens when the Park Police start enforcing the closures with live ammunition.

Steve Eggleston on October 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Pretty sure those guns the rangers carry are loaded with live ammo.

bgibbs1000 on October 9, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Canine connoisseur is much more appropriate, I would think.

Don L on October 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

“Connoisseur” connotes a discriminating palate, and Bark ate dog in Indonesia in some crap-ass little village, probably from a roadside vendor waving flies off the meat.

This dude and his wife try to give the impression that they’re upscale when the truth is they couldn’t identify a Two Buck Chuck from a Silver Oak.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Obama is an un-American POS.

BuckeyeSam on October 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

It’s his entire administration. All of them.

Cleombrotus on October 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM

He’s not quite at Caligula levels yet. That happens when the Park Police start enforcing the closures with live ammunition.

Steve Eggleston on October 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

They were armed at Yellowstone.

chewmeister on October 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

While we all rag on the little emperor with no clothes shutting down all the parks and monuments, where is congress?…

katablog.com on October 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I think you meant the Senate, the House has been passing budgets and CRs aplenty.

I’m just concerned that the House leadership will figure out some way to cave and save face for Obama at the last minute. You know they want to ever since they purged all the conservatives from leadership positions.

Fenris on October 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Always reminds me of Richard Epstein’s description of him, “He’s not an intellectual; he’s adept at mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual.”

Cleombrotus on October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

HomeoftheBrave on October 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Why…? Because the Legion of the Willfully Ignorant is depressingly huge.

The Zero-Awareness People haven’t been punched in the face… yet.

Their favorite coffee shop is open, their internet works, and Jon Stewart isn’t ashen-faced and shatting himself.

For them, the world doesn’t extend any further than their circle of hipster friends, hulu, and their favorite dealer.

CPT. Charles on October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

This guy’s approval rating could be 6%, and leftists would crow,

“yeah, well Congress (Republicans)is at 5%!!!!!!!!!

So he’s doing good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

ToddPA on October 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

It would be even worse if the MSM wasn’t protecting him 24/7.

WisCon on October 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

According to sesqui, Dog Eater’s approval is actually at 73%.

Someone here has the link if you’re interested in how she comes to that conclusion.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

But…but…but…graphs is hard.

bigmacdaddy on October 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/09/military-foundation-offers-to-cover-military-death-benefits-amid-outrage-over/

I think he might go down a few more points.

katy the mean old lady on October 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

That’s getting into Free Shit Army™ territory.

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Lolz.

Bmore on October 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM

They were armed at Yellowstone.

chewmeister on October 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

“Armed” and “firing” are two different things.

Steve Eggleston on October 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

In honor of that weird dude from NY:

37 percent is TOO DAMN HIGH!

somewhatconcerned on October 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Families of soldiers killed on the battlefield are told to suck it up, but there’s plenty of money laying around to pay cops to monitor the toilets at war memorials to make sure tourists don’t use them.

Something wrong here, something very very wrong.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

What is the sample for the poll? If they oversample dems as usual then Zero is really hovering around 30%

Did you all see this:

http://freebeacon.com/report-department-of-energy-discriminated-against-veterans/

A new report from federal watchdogs reveals that discrimination against military veterans at the Energy Department and retaliation against whistleblowers who spoke out about the practice were more widespread than previously believed and could cost taxpayers millions.

dogsoldier on October 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Something’s been wrong for the past 5 years.

chewmeister on October 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I wonder what the approval rating is from the districts of these congressmen. The overall congressional approval rating doesn’t mean much.

Obamas dip to 37% is huge. His meeting with Dems is more likely to show leadership and involvement, not to really solve anything. He wants some chaos in hopes of changing 2014. Ed IMO is underestimating his radical ness again.

FreeManOtis on October 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

thank you en Cruz Sen Lee and every GOP “leader” that decided to fight.

Note to GOPe this is why you fight even if “you can’t win”

unseen on October 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

According to a congresswoman on Bill Bennet, this am, there are actually house DEMs voting yea on these ‘piecemeal’ CRs.

That cannot continue, donchaknow !!
Gotta ‘reign’ in those traitors, hence the mtg., no ?
Just watch.

(I’m horrible with names, and can’t remember who that was on the radio, sorry)

pambi on October 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Perhaps it’s a little tough to live in such hypocrisy:

Senator Obama, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. . . . Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

You rest your case, Mr. Obama.

Rovin on October 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Whyaren’t Brutus and the rest of Trolls here today, telling us that Boehner and the GOP should capitulate, like they did all day yesterday?

kingsjester on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

the poll also explains Obama’s off-the-record meeting with conservative columnists (and Kathleen Parker) on Tuesday.

jon1979 on October 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

And here’s what Byron York, who attended that meeting, tweeted:

It was good meeting; really helped me better understand WH perspective on current matters…

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).

You know its been 8 or 9 days now and not one person I know has been impacted one bit from the shutdown. they have all continued to go to wo0rk, buy things, live their lives. It’s like they don’t need the gov or something. Imagine that.. Sure there might be some people impacted by the shutdown but at the end of the day its a very small minority of the population. the truth is most of the gov is still funded and this shutdown is small beans. The longer it goes on the more people will know government spending was out of control.

unseen on October 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Rovin on October 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

addendum:

When Obama made these remarks, the debt ceiling in question was $9,000,000,000,000. The upcoming debt ceiling is $16,700,000,000,000 — $7,700,000,000,000 deeper in debt.

Rovin on October 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Overheard at the latest WH strategy session (perhaps J Biden):

Time for a ‘pivot’ to Jobs?

socalcon on October 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

And here’s what Byron York, who attended that meeting, tweeted:

It was good meeting; really helped me better understand WH perspective on current matters…

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

It’s amazing how quick the quislings jump ship

unseen on October 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Obamas dip to 37% is huge. His meeting with Dems is more likely to show leadership and involvement, not to really solve anything.

FreeManOtis on October 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I think you mean “give the illusion of leadership and involvement.”

He’s treated any of these issues as beneath the Presidency to weigh in on other than to attack Congressional dissent. As if he need only call up Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi with his demands and expect them to produce- like ordering a pizza. The reality is that nothing is going to get done so long as the starting argument is do everything I want and then we’ll talk. That isn’t how this stuff works. Especially when the House clearly has a leading role in funding government.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

And here’s what Byron York, who attended that meeting, tweeted:

It was good meeting; really helped me better understand WH perspective on current matters…

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Byron got himself bedazzled; amazing what a glass of champagne in the Oval Office can do to someone of the chattering class.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

And here’s what Byron York, who attended that meeting, tweeted:

It was good meeting; really helped me better understand WH perspective on current matters…

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

What is there to understand? It has been “my way or the highway” from the beginning. Congressional dissent has been called kidnapping, arson, blackmail, terrorism, and a host of other slurs.

York is an establishment tool.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Holding out hope that the ‘better understanding’ gained in that mtg scared the living poop out of everyone there.
Could happen.

pambi on October 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Buffalo News front page:

“GOP deniers depict default as no big deal
Dire predictions globally prompt political disbelief”

mjbrooks3 on October 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Rovin on October 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Make Hypocrite Harry Eat His Own Words, too!

Resist We Much on October 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Alternate headline:

“One third, likes the turd”.

Joe Mama on October 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Holding out hope that the ‘better understanding’ gained in that mtg scared the living poop out of everyone there.
Could happen.

pambi on October 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Government totalitarianism will do that. First come the goose-steppers who are only “following orders” carrying weapons and live ammo around vacationing elderly in a national park. So here’ what we do: Toss them in a large inn and threaten to shoot them if someone bucks The Won’s demands.

I’m sure the press would be all over it if they weren’t already gushing over the messiah’s brilliance.

Turtle317 on October 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Quelle horreur! The Hill is reporting that Congressmen are having to re-use their towels at their gym because there is no laundry service. No wonder Dems are so pissed off at Ted Cruz.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

His overall job approval is now 37/53, and a majority want Obama to start cooperating more with Republicans

Quick, Boehner. Time to cave!

rrpjr on October 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The balrog is at the bridge. Either you flee or you fight. Hold your ground for once GOP and fight! Thanks again Ted (Gandalf) Cruz for giving the GOP some spine.

neyney on October 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Byron got himself bedazzled; amazing what a glass of champagne in the Oval Office can do to someone of the chattering class.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I couldn’t help myself…I sent Byron a tweet asking him if Obama’s pants really do have a nice crease.

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Pretty soon there will be French’s, instead of Gray Poupon in the Cafeteria.

Oh, the shame of it all.

kingsjester on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I couldn’t help myself…I sent Byron a tweet asking him if Obama’s pants really do have a nice crease.

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I laughed so hard I snorted.

Turtle317 on October 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

This just can’t be right. We were assured by the surrender wing of the republican party(including many who post here) that Obama couldn’t possibly be harmed.

If you click on the Drudge link it takes you to NPR with an article titled “GOP To Blame For Shutdown”:)

Clink

Earning that big check they got from Obama the day after the shutdown started.

xblade on October 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

19% marxists/progressives
13% african american
5% hispanic

HumpBot Salvation on October 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Time for a pivot to, uh, um, FOREIGN POLICY. No! No! Wait, it’s time for a pivot to, uh, THE ECONOMY! Argh! No, can’t do that! Um, let’s see, ah, uh, let’s pivot to… CUTE, ADORABLE PUPPIES PLAYING WITH KITTAHS!

Yes! :-D

Punchenko on October 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

York is an establishment tool.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

He also later tweeted:

Before the meeting started, each of us had to bow down before Obama and chant:

Oh wah tay foo lie am

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

37% would seem to be about right. It would be about equal to his election numbers if we threw out the dead/multiple voters.

teejk on October 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I hate to keep being a party pooper here, but someone has to be.

His RCP average is stable over the last 60 days. In fact, if anything it’s up a little over the last week.

Today, it’s -5.2.

All time low for his Presidency was -10.2 at the end of August, 2011.

Chris of Rights on October 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Before the meeting started, each of us had to bow down before Obama and chant….

ziggyville @10:01

..with the exception, of course, of Dr. K. Joe Biden, also present at the meeting, told him he could just stand up.

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Make Hypocrite Harry Eat His Own Words, too!

Resist We Much on October 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Just tweeted the link directly to Harry RWM, thanks.

Rovin on October 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

York is no lackey – I don’t think you need to read anything more into his comments than that he better understands the WH’s stated reasons for its positions.

Learn from your enemy – then use it to your advantage.

I have enjoyed everyone expecting or demanding a GOP surrender on this. Obama is in a box he created. When he had the chance to get off easy – to offer Boehner some optics in order to come to a deal before the “slowdown” – he failed to do so. This was the sign of either rank pettiness or just plain stupidity. I tend to view it as a combination of the two.

Since the slowdown began – Obama has actively threatened the citizens of the country with his thugs at the Parks (all the leadership of which need to be fired)and had Harry Reid talk about not treating little kids with cancer. The failure to pay the death benefits of fallen soldiers is another new low – with optics that will further erode Obama’s position.

Boehner – his pressure is gone. If he settles for nothing his base will hate him and the polls will still be bad. If he gets something, his base will be happier and the polls will still be bad. See the picture? Boehner has no incentive to get Obama out of his box. Obama had incentive and leverage to get a deal with Boehner and chose not to.

Smart power – love it.

Zomcon JEM on October 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

And here’s what Byron York, who attended that meeting, tweeted:

It was good meeting; really helped me better understand WH perspective on current matters…

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Means he got to see the 8 x 10 glossies from his FBI file.

Cleombrotus on October 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Resist We Much on October 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

:p

Axe on October 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The first President that allowed himself to be taken hostage. What a dope.

faraway on October 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Of course, the GOP is getting the blame though. Smart strategy.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Exit question: Is 37% a record low?

faraway on October 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Pretty soon there will be French’s, instead of Gray Poupon in the Cafeteria.

Oh, the shame of it all.

kingsjester on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

And paper napkins instead of starched linen! Which, of course means plastic cutlery is inevitable. Our precious Congressional snowflakes are losing all their perqs.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Of course, the GOP is getting the blame though. Smart strategy.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

You can see how well it’s working. Say it with me: 37%.

kingsjester on October 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I couldn’t help myself…I sent Byron a tweet asking him if Obama’s pants really do have a nice crease.

ziggyville on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Byron was too close to Bark’s pants to see a crease, though I’m sure he could tell you the zipper was smooth and quiet.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Ooh now its my turn: These polls are skewed! Skewed I tell you! If its not a D+6 sample, as we’ve seen in the last two elections, then its a useless poll!

Or how about this: This is what happens when you have an uneducated population. Just look at the results of those tests which assessed U.S. adults vs. the rest of the world.

Or how about this: MEDIA BIAS!!!!

Wow, that was fun. No wonder you guys live in that place.

libfreeordie on October 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Of course, the GOP is getting the blame though. Smart strategy.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.

And that’s with a media non-stop blaming everything on the GOP. Nice try tho.

HumpBot Salvation on October 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

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