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February 17, 2014 - 8:32 am

Having worked politics and punditry in Texas for a few years now, Battleground Texas amuses me. They believe that they can turn red Texas blue just by waiting around on demographics. They believe that policy doesn’t really matter, and that their longstanding disagreement with the majority of Texans on a range of issues won’t really halt their inevitable path to power.

A funny thing happened to that kind of thinking: Facts.

Minnesota, perennially blue, is now rejecting what Battleground Texas and their hero Barack Obama are selling.

Half of the residents of Minnesota now disapprove of President Obama’s performance, according to a new poll.

Results of The Star Tribune survey represent the first time that his approval rating has turned negative in the state since the president took office in 2009.

Obama’s job approval rating in the poll has fallen to 43 percent.

Men had an especially unfavorable opinion of the president. According to the poll, 60 percent of Minnesotan men disapproved of his job performance, compared to 40 percent of women in the state.

People under 34 had the highest approval rating for Obama, with 59 percent saying they thought he was doing a good job in office.

So Obama still has the youth vote, but Obamacare could change that once younger Americans recognize that they voted for a guy who thinks forcing them to subsidize older, mostly richer people’s health care is “just part of growing up.”

At any rate, I await Democrats and their Battleground groups rushing to condemn Minnesota’s racism and intolerance. That’s the only explanation for why their champion isn’t doing so well there now, right?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How many Republican candidates are running on a "REPEAL OBAMACARE"
platform?

I'll be damned if I vote for anyone who says, "We can't do anything, it's settled law."
43 weeks ago
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For all you that are wondering ... here it is: there will be NO third party; but the GOP will be reformed and will not resemble the old GOP. The Tea party has played a pivotal role in the awakening of Americans to our true heritage and constitutional republic and it is from the Tea Party that a new POTUS will come. Let's unite and take down the totalitarian cabal that has bullied us for so long.
We are NOT surrender monkeys like Boehner et al.
43 weeks ago
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Keep in mind that Minnesota is one of the great exemplars of Democrat vote fraud. Ballots are manufactured and turned in long after the polls close, at will, in whatever number is necessary to give the Democrat victory. And all this is done with impunity, and more that a certain amount of bravado. How the people vote has less and less to do with the outcome of elections in this country. Any non-Democrat has to win be a greater margin than the fraudulent ballots created by the Democrats. If the non-Democrat is a Conservative, he has to win by a margin greater than that created by the Democrats plus the Institutional Republicans.

Plus, we know that the Star Tribune conducted the poll. We know that they are lying in whichever direction they believe will do them the most good. Not being privy to their innermost thoughts; we do not know if they are lying making things look worse for them to rally the troops, or are lying to make things look better than they are because how it really is would be demoralizing. But we know they are lying.

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Ronald Reagan was a popular Governor then President....from California! It didn't take all that long to change the wine in that bottle and give it the blue flavor. How long do you think Texas can last?

And realllyl, didn't Drudge have a link that said someone had done a 'study' and found that 25% of Americans weren't aware that the earth circles the sun. I do appreciate you trying to boost our optimism.
43 weeks ago
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Obama was already re-elected, so what difference does it make now?
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I disapprove of Obama.

He promised to close Quantanamo Bay in 2008 and promised it again in 2012. I figure that whoever the Democrats pick to run in 2016 will be making the same promise.

The ACA is a horrible piece of legislation that will stall universal single-payer by at least a decade.

He has done less than nothing about ending the NSA abuses. Nor has he done anything to repeal the Patriot Act.

Of course this doesn't mean I'm voting Republican.
43 weeks ago
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If all that doesn't make you vote Republican then it means you must be idiot and there is no help for you.
43 weeks ago
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obama has the youth vote because youth are lacking in one vital component: experience in the real world. As long as the "emperor's new clothes" president can keep convincing them his is the only way, the younger generation is lost until reality slaps them in the face.
43 weeks ago
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They haven't figured that's what the Medicare Tax is yet, so why do you believe they will get it this time????????
43 weeks ago
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And yet, the country appears to be on a slow, but steady, march toward socialism; even though countries that tried it 75 years ago have since rejected it.
Are the pockets of common sense enough to prevent our slide into the abyss? I hope so. But between the Dems demonizing of everyone else's ideas, and the Republicans becoming more like Democrats every day, and also demonizing half their own party, it appears inevitable that even when Obama is done, the people will look to Hillary for redemption. She's even worse, but what option does the opposition offer?
43 weeks ago
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Young people are not paying attention to politics. They were energized by MoveOn.org in 2008 and haven't paid attention since then. They still support Obama, when they are forced to think about it, because they don't know any better. Do you think they know anything at all about the Affordble Care Act? Not on your life.
43 weeks ago
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Think for a moment about the under 34 demographic and the 59% approval rating. If this continues, Obama and Democrats will continue to rule Minnesota as usual. Once they raise another generation of low information voters who blindly vote Democrat, the increase in party numbers will grow exponentially with the birth rate of the 59%'s children.

This is one state where it is almost hopeless to consider a Republican victory at any low level, much less so for a senate seat.
43 weeks ago
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the Rethug Establishment is too stupid to realize involvement in 'social issues' ( ie sex, abortion, religion - evolution ) is ALWAYS a loser among youth
43 weeks ago
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For all you that are wondering ... here it is: there will be NO third party; but the GOP will be reformed and will not resemble the old GOP. The Tea party has played a pivotal role in the awakening of Americans to our true heritage and constitutional republic and it is from the Tea Party that a new POTUS will come. Let's unite and take down the totalitarian cabal that has bullied us for so long.
We are NOT surrender monkeys like Boehner et al.
43 weeks ago
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I can't wait for that. Third parties usually don't amount to much in this country and the current GOP sucks.
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One. The geographic breakdown is what I'd expect. Inside the city limits of St. Paul-Minneapolis Obama still has strong support. He's failing in the suburbs and most of the out state region gives him an F. There are three Democrat members of the eight seat Congressional delegation who represent outstate seats. One (Collin Peterson) is said to be contemplating retirement. This poll could certainly effect Peterson's decision as Cook rates his district R+5.

Two, this is a Star Tribune polls so the results are probably far worse for the Democrats than reported. The Trib, often called the most PC newspaper in the nation, is notorious for overstating support for Democrats in its polls.

Three, Minnesota politics are complicated. It has only rarely been a pure two party state. (The local Democrats are known as the Democrat Farmer Laborites because of a coalition that formed in the 1940s) During the last few election cycles support for the Independence Party of Minnesota has allowed the Democrats to prevail with a mere plurality of votes while running left wing candidates like Al Franken (41.99%) and Mark Dayton (43.6%). Despite this poll, both could be in for a serious challenge. Several times more money has already been raised by the Republicans competing to run against Franken than Senator Amy Klobuchar's Republican opponent spent in all of 2012. The wild card, as always, is what will the Independence Party do?
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