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.