Friday, August 21, 2009

Disapproved Even Further

So we read in the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, seeking to rally his base, accused Republican leaders Thursday of trying to block a health-care overhaul from the start and again threw his weight behind a government-run insurance plan. ...

On the Michael Smerconish radio show Thursday, the president said: "Early on a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, 'Look, let's not give them a victory and maybe we can have a replay of 1993-94 when Clinton came in. He failed on health care, and then we won in the midterm elections, and we got the majority.'"

Obama having made the comparison, and we having been stuck on polls lately, let's run with this. So far we've used approval polls from the Real Clear Politics average and Rasmussen.

Onward to Gallup. Let's compare Obama and Clinton from each president's inauguration through mid-August. Only this time, let's look how each one performed compared to his numbers in the first Gallup poll after his inauguration. What kind of movement did each experience in his approval and disapproval numbers in those first seven months.

Obama v. Clinton Aprroval Ratings

In their first seven months in office:

  • Clinton's approval dropped 14 points and his disapproval rose 27
  • Obama's approval dropped 13 points and his disapproval rose 27

Being change he can't believe in, Obama wants to blame it on the VRWC, Republicans in Congress and concerned citizens evil mongers at Congressional townhalls.

Whatevs. Even if true, he is admitting that his hindsight is nowhere near 20/20 (the Clinton experience isn't exactly a secret, is it?), his ability to drive a national debate is nowhere near presidential (he's passed many more bucks than bills so far, and the pace will only likely accelerate) and his skin is nowhere near thick enough (he's getting more wee wee'd up than anyone else in this whole process) to take the rigors of the job from what we've seen so far.

It's time for a "gird your loins" pep talk from VP Biden. And that's a pretty sad state of affairs.

If you're Obama, that is, which I'm not. Or if you support Obama, which I don't. So it's a state of affairs that is not sad. If you're me, that is, which I am.

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