Sunday, May 19, 2013


This new CNN poll shouldn't really surprise us:
President Barack Obama comes out of what was arguably the worst week of his presidency with his approval rating holding steady....

According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president's approval rating was at 51% in CNN's last poll, which was conducted in early April....

More than seven in 10 in the CNN poll say that the targeting by the Internal Revenue Service of tea party and other conservative groups that were applying for tax exempt status was unacceptable....

But more than six in 10 say that the president's statements about the IRS scandal are completely or mostly true, with 35% not agreeing with Obama's characterizations. And 55% say that IRS acted on its own, with 37% saying that White House ordered the IRS to target tea party and other conservative groups.

Only 42% of the public is satisfied with how the Obama administration has handled the September attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left the U.S ambassador to that country and three other Americans dead. Fifty-three percent say they are dissatisfied. But those numbers are virtually unchanged from November.

... 59% now say that the U.S government could have prevented the attack in Benghazi, up 11 points from last November....
Let's start with the IRS. The message of the right is that Evil, All-Powerful Obama used his Nixonian superpowers to crush opposition. But this is a guy who can barely manage to deal out a love tap to his opposition -- yeah, he won reelection, but he lost on the sequester and he couldn't even get approval in the one house of Congress his party controls for a gun control proposal with 90% national support. You and I know his problems with Congress are the result of serious flaws in our system -- the filibuster in the Senate, gerrymandering of House districts, an opposition party determined to nullify yet another election, a press that never stops trying to blame both sides equally. But the general public just sees a president who's not particularly powerful -- and can't square that with the notion of an all-powerful partisan crushing his enemies.

Wingnuts, of course, have no problem holding these two completely contradictory notions in their head simultaneously. That's just their nature. Obama is horrible in every conceivable way, even in ways that cancel other out.

The one argument wingnuts are possibly getting across to the general public is the notion that the four dead in Benghazi could have been saved -- note the uptick in the number of people who believe that. But that jibes with the center's sense of Obama as a guy who often doesn't get done what he sets out to do. The public doesn't think he wanted the Benghazi attackers to succeed -- only idiot wingnuts would believe that of the guy who ordered bin Laden killed and who sends out all those drones. The public just thinks his administration failed there, and maybe tweaked the narrative at first to downplay the errors made. The non-wingnut population doesn't see a massive coverup because Obama doesn't seem like a powerful evildoer to them. He just seems like a guy with generally good intentions who frequently falls short.


Victor said...

Still lurking out there?

I think Steve's talking to you.

Victor said...

You know what doesn't help their own cause?

When the Republicans, and their butt-buddies in the MSM, try to add the suffix, “gate,” to everything a Democratic President does, except maybe his bowel movements, the pubic has learned to ignore them.

I guess they never heard the story of, “The Boy Who Cried, ‘Wolf-gate!!!’”

Feckin' Eedjit's!!!

Ten Bears said...

I have to chuckle at the irony of using Nixon as a yardstick of evil.

I remember Nixon. Environmental Protection Agency. Dente`. DARPA NET. Expanded the space program. Assassinated John Lennon. Kent State (why I went to war - to learn how to fight back).

The dogs are desperate.

No fear.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

I don't lurk the comments so often, so maybe someone can help.

Is Dennis one of those clowns who is only concerned about political targeting, drones, etc. when a Democrat is in office--i.e. a butthurt Republican?

Or is Dennis one of those clowns who is only concerned about political targeting, drones, etc. when a Democrat is in office--i.e. a butthurt Progressive?

Victor said...

The problem, Dennis, is that Obama is cock-blocked from getting anything done, ever since the 2010 midterms, by the Republican and MSM circle-jerking one another.

He got a lot done his first 2 years, even with the Red Dog Democrats (I call 'em that, 'cause thar ain't nothin' blue 'bout 'em).

And that's why Conservatives hate him, and are begging Jesus for a terrorist act(s) in America that will be more on the scale of 9/11 (YOUR SIDE'S EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!), than what happened with the two losers wielding pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon.

Your side offers NO idea's.
No solutions - except cutting taxes for the rich.

Your side brings nothing to the table - except dog-whistled racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and/or homophobia.

Your party is no longer a speed-bump on the road to progress.
Your party is an IED trying to blow-up anything that's trying to move forward.

And your party won't be happy until they send this country, and the world, back to pre-Magna Carta days, when The Church and Royalty, ruled - unquestioned!

If your side had its way, we'd have an Un-enlightenment.

A world of faith, allegiance to royalty, and obedience to church and king - lit only by candlelight.

A world where children obey and pray, the rich prey, and n*ggers, sand-n*ggers, and women, all know their place.

Victor said...

I can't control what Ten Bears says.

But you do have a point. Steve needs to tell Ten Bears to cool-it on his verbiage.

Sometimes, Ten Bears sounds like a right-wing radio host, who knows his mic is off.

So, please cool it, Ten Bears.
Not that you'll listen...

Steve M. said...

It's my house, Dennis. I run it by my rules. Don't like the way I run my house? Door's that way.

Dark Avenger said...

Dennis's life isn't complete if he doesn't have something to whine about on a librul blog/

Ten Bears said...

Almost seven years now I've been an on and off host of a talk radio show with the local community radio, A Progressive Voice for the Oregon High Desert. Never been called rightwing. Yes, I know when tje mic is off.

There's a reason why I don't allow comments at my place: I tend to get hot under the collar and fly off the handle. And yes, I'm an Old Logger, I tend to express myself at times... colorfully. Oft as not, expression of rage and outrage in a manner that even the least amongst us can understand. Oft' as not turning it back on their faces. I have studied rightwing radio and yeah, stooping to their level outrages them.

It's kinda' satisfying. I'll lighten up. I may even show up in suit and tie.

An overlooked aspect of the Goebel Doctrine is the constant barrage of ignorant reichwing faux outrage succeeds as well in beating down the "liberals" as blaming the "liberals". Which, ot should be clear by now, I am not. Remember the Tea Party Towne Hall Talking Points of a couple years ago? Those who shout the loudest "wins"?

I will not be shouted down.

No fear.

Steve M. said...

If you were "fine with" what's going on here, Dennis, you wouldn't spend so much time trying to work the refs. Of course, I'm the only ref here, and I don't really care about your poor, bruised feelings. So shut it.

Dark Avenger said...

Put down the iPad and get back to production, Dennis.