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  •  Obama is managing to energize the Rethugs (3+ / 0-)
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    while having the opposite effect on Democrats. Very impressive.

    -6.75,-3.85 Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck.

    by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 03:17:55 PM PST

    •  Well to be fair (0+ / 0-)

      this is in concert with Democrats in Congress.

      -6.75,-3.85 Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck.

      by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 03:19:36 PM PST

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    •  This pretty much happens to all presidents (1+ / 0-)
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      after their first year.  

      Obama 7/09: "Don't bet against us" (unless the Dems screw it up).

      by Drdemocrat on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 03:23:40 PM PST

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      •  Not really (1+ / 0-)
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        http://www.gallup.com/...

        Obama's current 53% job approval rating (for the week of Oct.26-Nov. 1) is ahead of Bill Clinton's rating one year after his election, and essentially tied with Reagan's in 1981 and Carter's in 1977. The other five presidents -- George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, Richard Nixon, and Dwight Eisenhower -- all had significantly higher ratings a year after their election.

        -6.75,-3.85 Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck.

        by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 03:45:19 PM PST

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        •  Addendum from same Gallup link (1+ / 0-)
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          The public's view of a president's first year in office is far from being an effective predictor of how well he will ultimately be judged as president, nor is it a good predictor of his probability of being re-elected. Still, for the moment, the data show that President Obama is performing below average in the context of other presidents a year after their election, and that Americans have become less sure that he will be able to accomplish a number of his administration's goals.

          -6.75,-3.85 Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck.

          by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 03:47:53 PM PST

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        •  Misleading (2+ / 0-)
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          You left out Reagan, who was at 49% on November 26, 1981.  He would hit a low of 37% a year later.  What they had in common?  A bad economy.  None of the others you mentioned had that.

          "And the biggest self of self is, indeed, self." Mark Sanford

          by Paleo on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 03:56:52 PM PST

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          •  Not as misleading as saying (1+ / 0-)
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            that "this pretty much happens to all presidents after their first year."

            As is stated in the article you referenced above:

            The biggest drop has been on his handling of the economy, down 12 points since February; his disapproval is up 19 points. The most erosion has come not from Republicans or independents but among his own Democrats.

            That would include Democrats like myself who aren't blaming him for the bad economy but, rather, see his economic policies as not adequately addressing the problems that need to be addressed - largely due to having an economic team that holds a great deal of the blame for getting us into this mess.

            No matter what the reason for the decline happens to be, this is not just something to blow off as a "normal" decline.

            Again, quoting from the article you linked:

            ...a president's standing at the moment is more than a matter of vanity. It affects his ability to hold the members of his own party and persuade those on the other side to support him, at least on the occasional issue.

            "Approval ratings are absolutely critical for a president achieving his agenda," says Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

            -6.75,-3.85 Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck.

            by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 04:14:04 PM PST

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        •  enough with the facts... (0+ / 0-)

          "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

          by justmy2 on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 05:54:33 PM PST

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    •  Rethugs energize themselves (0+ / 0-)

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