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  •  I have a question. (5+ / 0-)
    Though I'd like to see President Obama's approval rating climb even more, maybe to over 50%, FSM (and MSM) willing.
    Why?
    •  I guess because I think it deserves to be higher (18+ / 0-)

      Apologies if it sounded gratuitously rah-rah. Srsly :)

      I ♥ President Barack Obama.

      by ericlewis0 on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 06:53:14 PM PST

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    •  I do too (23+ / 0-)

      The non-stop negative coverage of everything Obama is so ridiculously over the top - if the people can see through that enough to approve of the job he's doing then I am all for it. Maybe the things he WANTS to accomplish can creep in there - my belief is that many of his ideas and plans are actually helpful to real people. Unfortunately, only the fuckups are loud.

      •  Don't overestimate this sales campaign. (1+ / 0-)
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        It's one thing selling a McCain or a Romney.

        They're disfunctional narcissists.

        This time they have to convince the country that peace and prosperity are bad for them.

        And that having a nxggxr in the White House means End of Days ruin.

        •  Funny they've been doing that for years IMO (1+ / 0-)
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          Or have you missed the reports on all the overtime the secret service have been pulling chasing after the latest death threats from the extreme right? There's been no shortage, hell FB is a constant warzone between those convinced Obama is either illegitimate as PoTUS, needs to be gotten rid of (however isn't a big concern), and two terms of legislation completely tossed out the window so the world can watch as our economies collapse in the aftermath.

          hulibow is right though, there's a lot that Obama's had on his public agenda that in the long term looks promising if it can just get past the non-stop rain of turd and get support. I've said before I never saw Obama achieving single payer (know the citizens and players well enough to know the opposition), that the ACA got through even as poor as it is was a victory, even a white president would have faced a lot of the opposition, so that he pulled it off and is the first black president was definitely a highlight of the last decade. The economic stimulus was far from perfect, too much cronyism seemed to occur (most businesses that got money shouldn't have period), a lot more of the money back in the pockets of the lower income brackets would have driven spending more and kept the economy in better shape IMO, knowing when you have nothing to begin with money gets spent very fast when you do have it. But that's an argument I've been fighting for years with people, even before Obama got stuck with an economic disaster.

          Still we've got time to see more good come of BHO in the oval office, if we can get the repugs to stop crapping on everything in sight.

          •  That's their job. (0+ / 0-)

            "Crapping on everything in sight."

            •  No it's not, but they definitely seem to think it (1+ / 0-)
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              is. Their job is meant to be doing the right thing by their constituents.
              The Australian Liberal Party (in name only, it's these conservatives that got a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman into our constitution in the first place) did the same thing during the Labor administrations, now sadly they're in power and they're still trying to screw over services.
              It's like no current group of conservatives know how to build, only destroy.

          •  What cronyism occurred? What (0+ / 0-)

            businesses got money that shouldn't have? Or do you just repeat Repub talking points for fun?

            The stimulus including extending the tax cuts which if they had expired would have cut a hole in middle class pockets. It also included extending unemployment benefits, increasing food stamps, LiHeap and subsidizing COBRA — all of which put money in the pockets of those in the lower income brackets.

            It also included sending $300 to everyone receiving Social Security and there were funds for every state and Indian Tribe/Nation for retrofitting and renovating homes for low income people — with preferences for homes with seniors and children in them. Oh and the home retrofitting programs were designed to give training to young unemployed people to learn how to analyze a house, decide what was needed and then do the work from adding insulation, filling cracks, even new windows and doors and sometimes even new furnaces in a few cases. That would put a lot of money into local economies and save low income people money for the next decade.

            To help people with health care the stimulus had a billion $ to build new Community Health centers and another Billion $ for current operating costs.

            I supposed you picked up on the Repubs favorite line with Solyndra as the crony in chief. A new process for solar could be the type of business to help get off the ground — and it was a public private partnership; they had other financing. Yes, some businesses that applied for grants get them. Isn'[t that what the government always does? Help new businesses, industries even, get off the ground? We did it with railroads, air travel, now even private space freight and travel.

            And the ACA, "even as poor as it is" you say shows you don't even know what it does beyond the insurance regulation and financing part of it.

            Why do most on the left always piss on our own projects? "Crapping on everything in sight" seems to be a universal characteristic.

            I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

            by samddobermann on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:27:35 AM PST

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    •  My opinion for that is (3+ / 0-)
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      A higher approval rating will boost Democratic spirits and crater Republican ones.  If it is able to be maintained during the whole long campaign and election year, it could lead to a move back to Democrats in office at all levels.

      It will also give Democrats cover to run as Democrats.  They'll be inviting the popular President to campaign events, using his accomplishments like ACA in their campaign materials and they might be able to achieve some actual laws if Republicans in the House don't block any and every bill that might also pass the Senate from being voted upon.  That would further cement their lousy reputation in America and people would be reminded not only of the good Democrats do while in charge but also the consequences of voting for a Republican('t).

      In general, it will also mean that the country is more positive and is shifting away from the scary black man in the White House along with fearful bogeymen behind every tree as the MSM, especially Fox, and the Republicans are trying to sell.  With a more positive attitude, more people will be spending money, the economy will pick up, more people will go back to work as businesses expand - it could be wonderful.  Which is why the Republicans have to sell doom and gloom 24x7.

    •  Why not? Why should we not (3+ / 0-)
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      express a desire for a Democratic President to be perceived as more popular in order to be perceived as more powerful in order to accomplish more?

      With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 05:48:45 AM PST

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