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Dissatisfaction with Obama Revealed in many ways

by | Jun 4, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

For the last item on National Right to Life News Today, let me pull together three quick indices that together tell us quite about the prospects of pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

#1. Anything that has to do with the future—for example, whether the country is on the right track/wrong track—is an excellent barometer of the public’s underlying confidence/lack of confidence. Under the headline “Majority in U.S. Dissatisfied With Next Generation’s Prospects,”  Gallup’s Lydia Saad today reported

“Nearly six in 10 Americans are currently dissatisfied with the opportunity for the next generation of Americans to live better than their parents. Older Americans are particularly unhappy on this question, but on balance, the majority of young adults are negative as well.”

Somehow Saad concludes that there is question whether this hurts Obama:

“Whether this pessimism hurts Obama’s chances for re-election isn’t clear, but it suggests there isn’t a broad sense of optimism about American economic opportunity to help him.”

#2. The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, among the earliest and most ready to swoon over then-candidate Obama, just obliterated the President in a piece that ran Sunday. You could quote the whole column but her deep dissatisfaction is summed up nicely here:

“Once glowing, his press is now burning. ‘To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,’ John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney.

“In his new book, ’A Nation of Wusses,’ the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how ‘the best communicator in campaign history’ lost his touch.

“The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.”

#3. One of the most successful, probably because it was the least sincere and hardest to pin down in advance, was Obama’s “outreach” to people of faith, specifically people who attend church regularly. He was given cover by the usual suspects and a few who weren’t. As the Associated Press described it, the initiative worked in 2008. According to exit polls,

“Obama made gains over the 2004 nominee, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, with voters who attend religious services more than once a week, 43 percent to 35 percent. Obama also won 26 percent of the evangelical vote, compared with 21 percent for Kerry.’

But Obama is scrambling this time around; he has a record to run on. Beyond his stance on issues, which is turning off people of faith, there is the lack of commitment by the Democratic National Committee to its faith outreach staffing. According to the Washington Post, “from 2008 to 2010, when control of Congress was at stake, the DNC cut its faith outreach staffing from more than six people to one part-timer.” As for the Obama re-election team, the AP reports it wasn’t until last month that it named a national director for religious outreach: a 24-year-old kid.

And all this takes place in the context of what many, many members of faith communities (starting but not ending with the Catholic Church) believe is an all-out assault by the Obama Administration on religious liberties. By that they mean, of course, requiring religious institutions and individuals of conscience to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs and consciences.

Not a good week or two for the President. As the numbers continue getting worse—and they will—we will keep you up to date.

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