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Obama’s Poll Panic

The president's numbers are in free fall with no glimpse of the bottom yet.

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Rich Baehr

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November 21, 2013 - 9:50 am
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For the White House, November has been the cruelest month, with increasing worry among Democrats that a year from now could mean another midterm electoral disaster, similar to the results in 2010 when Republicans picked up over 60 House seats to gain control and netted six Senate seats as well.

Each day produces a new poll with terrible numbers for the president and his policies. The Obama approval level has dipped below 40% in several surveys in recent days, and yesterday hit an all-time low of 37% in a CBS poll — a survey that in the past has often been better than average for President Obama. Disapproval of the president in the CBS poll reached 57% — a record 20% negative gap. In one month, the president’s approval score has dropped by 9% in the CBS poll, a collapse mirrored in pretty much every survey where there is  frequent polling.

In mid-October, the Republicans in Congress appeared to have damaged their chances in 2014 and muddied the party brand, with self-inflicted wounds created by very negative public reaction to the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight. President Obama’s approval numbers also suffered a bit from the bitter fight, but between the two parties, the Republicans in Congress were assigned far more blame than congressional Democrats. The generic ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives shifted from a small Democratic lead to a high single-digit margin for the Democrats in that two-week period in October, suggesting that GOP control of the House was in jeopardy. The leads of seven, eight, and nine points for the Democrats in October have now been eliminated, and for the first time since August, the Republicans are leading in the latest generic ballot tests.

The poll shifts are not happenstance, of course. The rollout of the president’s signature first-term “achievement,” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare to pretty much everyone these days), has been a disaster. The Department of Health and Human Services produced a non-functioning website, failing after three and a half years of work to get one ready.  The professionals who have been brought in to oversee a “fix” are now publicly stating that large parts of the site need to be redone or created.  The designation of “incompetence” now hangs heavy over the White House, supposedly a hangout for the best and brightest. Worse, President Obama seems to have been disengaged and unaware of the calamity headed his way, publicly bragging in the days prior to the rollout about how easy the healthcare.gov website would be to navigate once the signup process went live on October 1.

Columnist Mark Steyn described the president’s AWOL behavior this way:

So, if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; he’s not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; he’s not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience they’re in for. But he is smart enough to know that he’s not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if he’d already been informed that it doesn’t work. So he’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing. The country’s in the very best of hands.

The president’s credibility suffered an even more severe blow when millions of Americans who already had health insurance policies in the individual market  received cancellation notices from their insurer in October and November. That number now exceeds 5 million, and may be double that fairly soon if the administration’s own estimates from 2010 of the number who would be dropped prove to be accurate. President Obama, of course, is on the record dozens of times stating that no one who liked their insurance policy or their doctor would need to change either due to Obamacare.  That was a bald-faced lie, regardless of what the New York Times calls it.

After several mealy-mouthed attempts at damage control, the president has now admitted there is a problem. He threw out a bone at his press conference last week, offering to relax the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act so that the plans he labeled “substandard” and “bad” could continue for another year, if insurance commissioners in the states went along and agreed to reissue what they had cancelled.  In essence, the president was setting up a blame-shifting process, where insurance companies would become the bad guys, rather than the president and his dutiful servants in Congress who backed Obamacare legislation in 2010 and have defended it ever since.

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You were forced to buy inferior STATE goods and services against your will.

To accomplish THAT, you were told:

1) If you liked your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
That was a lie.
2) if you liked your policy, you can keep your policy.
That was a lie.
3) Premiums were going to go down.
That was a lie.
4) The website and enrollment processes were going to be handled by experienced, qualified and diligent professionals and not political hacks, campaign bundles and government flunkies.
That was a lie.
5) The website and enrollment process were ready and able to handle the launch.
That was a lie.
6) The "fix" by Obama is a legal and workable maneuver that is intended to let insurance companies continue to simply and easily keep offering the plans they were forced to cancel.
That was a lie.

Benghazi was brought on by a YouTube videographer...who remains jailed.
That was a lie.

That the IRS was not serially attacking political opponents of Obama...it was rogue agents confined to Cincinnati.
That was a lie.

That Holder and the DOJ did not know about running guns to drug lord gangs which led to over 300 deaths.
That was a lie.

That Solyndra was a healthy corporation worthy of millions of dollars of our tax money.
That was a lie.

That you were going to be "transformed", that if you wanted to know what was in a legislation the Democrats write...you have to pass it to find out, and elections have consequences.

Well, finally...we found some things where they told the truth.

How are you liking Socialism so far?


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"He who dares, wins."

Had the Tea Party Republicans not gone full tilt against Obamacare in October, then the rest of the party could not now enjoy the benefit being derived from Obamacare imploding so spectacularly.

That opposition cemented the connection in the public mind between opposition to Obamacare and the Republican brand. The pundits and consultants (talking about you, Rove) insisted it was a bad idea at the time, and likely won't give credit where it's due now, but that's the end result.

That short term pain in lower polling numbers is now translating into huge gains for the entire party.

The Republican party leadership owes the Tea Party folks in Congress both thanks and apologies - but I'm not holding my breath...

20 weeks ago
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If we had a media establishment with integrity and honor (actually told the truth), his poll numbers would be around 12-13%....blacks folks will never abandon him no matter what.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Democrats are going to put and end to Obamacare - and soon. The Democrats have dug themselves into a hole and the size of the hole now means either Democrats end Obamacare now and suffer by the size of the hole they have dug, or they let things go on and dig a bigger hole for themselves and then end obamacare and suffer worse.

Obamacare is poised to commit far worse harm and damage on Americans than the bad stuff that it has already visited on us. We have had lies, people who bought their own health insurance have had the rug pulled out from underneath them, the log on servers don't work, when they do the plans offered are a lot more expensive, and there is no security at all.

But in the future here is what is in the wings. A lie that will break the Camel's back - remember Obama lied, he confessed and admitted his lie; and spoke sympathetically of fixing things.

So some of the people who lost their policies might be able to keep them, and it was only about 5% of the insured anyway. Wait until the majority of the other 95% get cancellation letter - the group that participates in their employer's health offerings. Most of them won't keep their policies either - and the one's that do will be subject to a 40% premium tax.

Then besides this lie waiting to happen that will be the lie that breaks the camel's back - there is another calamity waiting to happen. When people get their expensive policies the gap between what is covered by their policy and what is allowed is going to grow exponentially.

The places in Obamacare where rationing considerations will be made are numerous and many thousands and hundred of thousands of form letter will be going out explaining why what you doctor ordered will not be performed outright or will be allowed with significant modification.

The insured will spend their lives negotiating with the government for coverage.

The Democrats know this is coming. They will end it soon.


20 weeks ago
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We were warned: In 2012 BO was caught on an open mic assuring Putin that he'd be "more flexible" as soon as he had bamboozled those bitter clingers one last time.
51% -- Ye suckers!
20 weeks ago
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You jus' done watses til the "working" Obama supporters findses dem is paying real money ffo' all dat free stiuff!
By duh way. Whass a de duck table, anyways?
20 weeks ago
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What difference does it make that Obama's numbers are down? The Republicans, in case you haven't noticed, are NOT a conservative party. They don't oppose because they don't want to oppose. This is a moment when they should be aggressively moving mountains to repeal Obamacare. Obamacare, which is the death knell of this country as we have known it, of the middle class as we have known it, of The People! And what are the Republicans doing? Crickets.
20 weeks ago
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They have tried 40 times or more to repeal Obamacare, and Harry Reid just spikes everything they send up from the House. Exactly what more can they do at the moment? Even if they had enough Dem's in the Senate to get a repeal bill to pass, BHO will veto it and they certainly wouldn't have enough votes anywhere to override a veto.

I keep hearing "The Repubs need to repeal this now" but I have never heard of any feasible plan to do so. Tell me how you think this could happen right now.
20 weeks ago
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The House can stop anything it likes. It has one tool to fight treason, yet they refrain to use it, or use it wistfully, without any real steel behind it, which is worse.
Milk pussies like Bonehead and Company won't, because it might be bad for them.
I'm sure glad Washington and Lincoln weren't like that.
20 weeks ago
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I had been skeptical that the repubs could take the senate in 2014, because despite plenty of dem seats to take, it would take another wave election like 2010 to do it. But now it looks like that wave is building, and it is actually possible. One thing to worry about though, even if we take the senate in 2014, it will be hard to hold it in 2016, because in that year the open seats favor dems. So we may have to wait till 2018, when open seats again favor repubs, to get an enduring senate majority.
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I'm tired of repeating: The Republicans didn't shut down the government. Reid and Obama refused to negotiate on anything. And why the Republicans keep taking blame is beyond me.

That said, the government has been shut down numerous times and I don't know of anyone hurt over it. At least a third of it could shut down permanently as far as I'm concerned.
20 weeks ago
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That's a load of bull.

The plan to defund Obamacare by handing the Dems an ultimatum--defund or shutdown--had been in the works since January 2013.

And every time anyone tries to spin this, I'm going to set the record straight.
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Have it your way sinz. Blaming Republicans for the government shutdown, because they attempted to defund Obamacare before it caused millions to lose their insurance, their doctors, their jobs, and their freedom to chart their own healthcare decisions, is kinda like blaming your cab driver for screwing up your vacation cruise because he didn't get you to the dock before the Titanic sailed. (snicker)
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You are the one spinning bull, rosegarden is right. Remember the house immediately compromised on the defunding demand, and offered a 1 yr delay, a sensible compromise proposal that many dems now favor (given the rollout disaster), and indicated they would settle for even less. So did Reid/Obama try and negociate something they could live with? No they came out with their completely absurd No Negociations With Terrorists position, and shutdown the gov. And how was the shutdown finally settled, when Reid/Obama finally reversed their absurd no negociations position, and the negociations resulted in a compromise that ended the shutdown. The problem is the MSM, and even a few rhino repubs, have never faced the simple truth I just outlined, and thus the public still falsely beleives the house is totally at fault for the shutdown.
20 weeks ago
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For those too young to recall, there was a tipping point for Nixon when his dishonesty couldn't be denied. The response of the majority of the American people was a silent approval of those who wanted him removed from office. It wasn't a national catastrophe, but simply that which had to be done. Nixon knew it and resigned. Obama has reached that tipping point and he knows it. I predict he will not resign. He will continue to spin his web of lies until the very end, but the end will come and he will go. Kicking and screaming, the pretend president will go.
20 weeks ago
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But that time couldn't be more different than today.
I'm not blaming America.
I'm blaming the Pubbie elite, who must have all had bilateral orchiectomies (to be fair, they probably offer them to Repubbies at an incredible discount at the Senate Barbershop. Who could resist?)
Bonehead's weiner probably doesn't work anyway, what with all the booze.
20 weeks ago
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It's strange that you are still mumbling about the self destructive government shutdown now that the entire public is beginning to understand why Cruz and his gang decided to do it. It turns out that they were right and the fact that they tried to get the publics attention to this monster coming their way was spot on. Since when did it become stupid to risk one's career to bring attention to something foul like Obamacare? Had Obama one ounce of leadership ability he could have made a grand gesture to the Repubs and delayed this horrible bill for one year and looked like Solomon in the process. But his arrogance and narcissism would not allow him to do it. The TEA party may be the only rock in the middle of this river of sewerage called Congress.
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Sorry, that's a load of bull.

The original plan for the shutdown had NOTHING to do with raising the public's consciousness about Obamacare.

Go read it for yourself. Go read what Redstate.com had been saying about it: It was about DEFUND and NOTHING ELSE.

In fact, it had been formulated in February 2013 on the knowledge that the voters had just re-elected Obama, who had pledged to keep Obamacare going.

So instead they were going to try a strongarm tactic in Congress to do an end-run around the voters.

And every time someone tries to spin this,
I'm going to set the record straight.
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And discussing the difference has some obscure point, you think?
"A person's a person, no matter how small"
What makes you think we all trust those scummy Pubs in leadership?
Leadership to where, the Gulag?
I have no clue why you needed to bring this up on this forum.
Unless the Jewhunter has you in his pay.
None, whatsoever.
20 weeks ago
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"And every time someone tries to spin this,
I'm going to set the record straight."
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When you stick your widdle chest out in defense of O'Care and Obummer I'm truly frightened!

No! Really!

Because it is truly frightening that you 'just don't get it'. That is scary!

Does nothing ever sink into that progressive scull of your's? Defend the indefensible if you wish. It is what progressives are best at though - isn't it?

The shutdown had *everything* to do with O'Care. Get your news from somewhere other than MSLSD for a change and you might learn something.



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You are the one spinning bull, inspectorudy is right. Remember the house immediately compromised on the defunding demand, and offered a 1 yr delay, a sensible compromise proposal that many dems now favor (given the rollout disaster), and indicated they would settle for even less. So did Reid/Obama try and negociate something they could live with? No they came out with their completely absurd No Negociations With Terrorists position, and shutdown the gov. And how was the shutdown finally settled, when Reid/Obama finally reversed their absurd no negociations position, and the negociations resulted in a compromise that ended the shutdown. The problem is the MSM, and even a few rhino repubs, have never faced the simple truth I just outlined, and thus the public still falsely beleives the house is totally at fault for the shutdown.
20 weeks ago
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this means that 63% of the country is racist
20 weeks ago
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He's earned every dropped point by ripping off America. Pleased to see it. Hope it hits Ø....
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