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Friday, June 17, 2011

Little Change in Liberal Democrats' Strong Support for Obama

Is President Obama losing favor with “progressives” or liberals in his own party? Obama’s White House Communications Director David Pfeiffer drew fire (and boos) from those attending the Netroots Nation gathering in Minneapolis for his boss not being liberal enough on issues like gay marriage.
As one of the attendees said, there isn’t much of a chance that liberal Democrats are going to turn Republican; just that they won’t be enthusiastic -- “They might not show up the way they did in 2008.”

That appears to be a correct assessment.  Here’s a chart showing Obama’s approval ratings from his inauguration through last week for all Americans and among liberal Democrats.

Note that Obama’s approval rating among liberal Democrats has stayed high, at right around 90% -- even as his overall approval rating has fallen.

Pawlenty Apparently Gets the Message

I predicted the other day in this space that Tim Pawlenty’s consultants would be mad at him for not taking the opportunity to go for Mitt Romney’s jugular in Monday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire. Not so much based on the policies involved -- but rather because Pawlenty missed the opportunity to gain media attention with a dramatic and/or harsh criticism of Romney, and thus to gain the highly needed name identification that comes from a sharp, media-friendly incident.

Pawlenty apparently got a talking to. On Fox News' Hannity program Thursday night, Pawlenty admitted that he should have been “much more clear” in responding the moderator John King's question about Romney's plan, and that “I should have answered it directly . . .” and that he should have called Romney’s plan more into question.

No doubt if the opportunity arises again, Pawlenty won't hesitate to be more harsh in his comments.


Anonymous said...
June 27, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

I am puzzled over the liberal support for Obama. Some of his promises of closing Gitmo, ending the wars, unemployment will not go over 8% if we pass the stimulus package, transparency, working with both parties and etc. have not happened and in some cases gotten much worse.

Anonymous said...
July 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM  

The worse part of the debt crisis scenario is that everyone is looking out for their own interest. The way the government was set up is a check and balance. The president cannot do anything without the approval of the house or the senate. Everyone tends to blame the president. Hey he didn't keep his promises. Well as I see it this way, for years now no one in the government has kept a promise. When a law gets passed someone has to compromise. That is when you see money being funneled for a tennis court or a new swimming facilities for someone's country club. The main objective is to keep those votes in your pocket for the next election, no matter how many people are out of a job or suffering. The rich don't want to pay taxes. When you do the math, they pay the least amount of tax compared to the middle American. The loopholes don't help middle Americans. Either you don't make enough or you make too much to qualify for anything. You can't send your kids to college, you don't get a break on taxes, and you can't even afford the American dream anymore. What can be done? What will be the outcome? Who will win? I believed we were one nation, the reality is that we are divided by politics, economic, and social issues. Maybe at the next election, we should clean house and nominate and vote for a new president, replace everyone in the senate and the house of representatives. A clean slate and see if old money and old ties can be broken and replaced by individuals that still believe in one nation.

Anonymous said...
July 25, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

Politician's should give up their pension's if we need to give up SS ! Return the SS I paid in with intrest and I can retire without it!!

Anonymous said...
September 23, 2011 at 8:38 AM  

It's understandable that Obama's plan to increase job creation is losing approval. The amount he stated was to be used, $447 billion, is too inadequate to stimulate the U.S. economy, it being as big as it is. That being said, the tax cuts he had proposed won't necessarily create new jobs. Millions of jobs were lost, and the high class were the ones to receive generous tax cuts. It is small businesses that are the main source for new jobs, and, as mentioned above, the tax cuts won't necessarily create new jobs because small businesses are limited credit and would be doing so under uncertain conditions. As the second person to comment said, it is just a plan spewed out to gain votes for the next election. There are too many promises that this will stimulate the economy, and it's unclear that Obama's jobs plan will actually work.

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