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The Obama Administration bordering on meltdown?

by | Sep 2, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

In 1968, during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson was reported to have lamented, “If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite [the famous CBS News anchorman], I’ve lost America.”

Well, if even California is finding President Barack Obama less and less to its collective taste, it’s surely indicative that public opinion in the bluest-of-the blue states is shifting away from our 44th President. His numbers are at a record low. Jonathan Topaz, at POLITICO, wrote today

“According to a Field Poll released Tuesday, 45 percent of California voters approve of the president’s job performance, while 43 percent disapprove. Obama’s approval rating in the state has been at 50 percent or above during the past year, but Tuesday’s results show his approval rating down 5 points since June. …

“Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, told The Sacramento Bee that the results indicate the president is struggling even with his liberal base in the Democratic stronghold.

“’These are constituencies that have been strong followers,’ he said, referring to results that show Obama’s approval rating down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area.”

And, as NRL News Today discussed last week  and today, the areas of the country in which the President is not a liability to Democrats seem to be shrinking by the week. (Indeed, as Tom Blumer pointed out, it’s actually worse than most accounts are conceding it is.)

Here are a couple of very revealing paragraphs from the Associated Press’s Julie Pace:

“President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents.

“Mindful of his precarious political position, Obama is charting a midterm election strategy intended to help where he can and, perhaps most importantly, do no harm to Democrats.

“Thus far, that has meant embracing his status as the party’s most prolific fundraiser. While Democrats have grumbled in past election cycles about Obama’s level of commitment to the party’s success, the president has been an aggressive fundraiser during the 2014 campaign, headlining 40 money events this year, with more to come this fall.

“Obama is also expected to do targeted outreach as Election Day nears, using radio interviews, online appeals and other strategies to encourage young people and African-Americans to vote. ….

“Yet the president will be largely sidelined in nearly all of the races that will determine November’s biggest prize: control of the Senate for the remainder of his presidency.”

It’s come to this for the President? “First do no harm”? Actually, it’s worse than that.

Not only are disasters-in-the-making overseas growing worse, there are decisions Mr. Obama could make domestically that have imperiled Democrats shaking in their boots. Add to that what POLITICO describes as “White House officials locked in an intense debate” over [fill in the blank], and the conclusion of an Administration bordering on meltdown is impossible to avoid.

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