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Obama’s Trifecta of terrible headlines

by | Oct 1, 2014

 

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Put yourself in President Obama’s shoes and you read these headlines:

“Pres. Obama’s Approval Rating Drops To All-time Low In New Jersey”

“Only 36 percent of Democratic candidates have expressed support for Obamacare”

“Obama’s Pass-the-Buck Presidency”

It’s enough to make you want to play 36 holes of golf, not just 18. Let’s fill in a few of the details.

The numbers in the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll are bad enough among all adults in New Jersey, but even worse among registered voters. Of the latter, “[J]ust 41% approve compared to 54% who disapprove. That’s the president’s lowest rating since he took office in January 2009.”

And there is no gender gap. “Fifty-percent of the state’s women currently disapprove of the job Pres. Obama is doing, compared to 46% who didn’t approve back in June.”

What about ObamaCare and Democrats running for Congress this fall? The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake writes

“According to an extensive new research paper from the Brookings Institution’s Elaine C. Kamarck and Alexander R. Podkul, only 36 percent of Democrats running for Congress this year have expressed a position in support of Obamacare.

“Another quarter (25.5 percent) of Democrats have offered a nuanced position that wasn’t clearly in support of the law or against it, while 1 percent outright opposed it and 37 percent have offered no opinion.”

Blake concludes, “For Democrats on the campaign trail, though, supporting Obamacare isn’t really their deal.”

But it gets worse. The National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar just crushes the President. Start with the subhead: “The president has a pattern of deflecting blame and denying responsibility,” and then his opening paragraph:

“In attempting to downplay the political damage from a slew of second-term controversies, President Obama has counted on the American people having a very short memory span and a healthy suspension of disbelief. The time-tested strategy for Obama: Claim he’s in the dark about his own administration’s activities, blame the mess on subordinates, and hope that with the passage of time, all will be forgotten. Harry Truman, the president isn’t. He’s more likely to pass the buck.”

[President Truman is famous for having a sign on his White House desk which read, “The buck stops here.”]

Kraushaar then cites a partial list (a complete list would take pages) of instances where the President passed the buck/said he wasn’t informed/just learned about [whatever the crisis is] from press accounts.

To borrow from another Democratic President, John F. Kennedy, what Kraushaar calls “[T]he administration’s blame, deny, and wait-it-out communications strategy” is not exactly a profile in courage.

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