So, we’ve got a poll which shows Obama’s approval rating cratering to 37% – this it the territory last plumbed in Presidential terms by George W Bush towards the end of his term. With vital information like that in the news, what is the headline?
Poll: GOP Gets the Blame in Shutdown
To be sure, that isn’t a lie – the GOP is getting a lot of blame for the shutdown. But, also, we already knew that. We also know that Congress, as a whole, usually has approval ratings lower an ill-tempered woodchuck which then dies under your front porch. That isn’t news – what is news is that Obama’s popularity is rapidly declining…which means that in the 5th year of Hope and Change, people are starting to take a long, hard look at the President and not liking what they find. It is a pity people didn’t wake up this much by September of 2012 (Obama was just this bad all along, after all), but at least they are waking up…and in spite of the GOP losing points during the shutdown, the fact of an unpopular President is the crucial story.
This is because as his popularity ebbs away his own party will start to distance itself from him. Fewer and fewer, especially in red or purple States, will be willing to go to the mat for him. More and more red and purple State Democrats will find it advantageous to start coming out in public opposed to the President. Additionally, Presidential unpopularity has a drag on the party, itself…it dispirits the party base and makes them less enthusiastic about getting out there and doing the work necessary for victory. Finally, a weakened President emboldens the opposition – they sense he’s on the ropes and so press him all the harder, even if a particular action is technically unpopular. Bottom line, in Obama’s drooping polls is the prospect of GOP victory in 2014 and 2016 – just as Bush’s drooping polls in 2005 opened the path for Democrat victory in 2006 and 2008 (this, by the way, is an argument in my mind to amend the Constitution so that the Presidency is a one term of six years affair).
But, there’s our MSM – always willing to cover for President. Its ok – it’ll just make the shocked look on liberals faces more delicious in the long run.
UPDATE: Obama shut down theater gets even more absurd:
A popular youth sandcastle contest on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is the latest local victim of the federal government shutdown, event organizers said today.
The Leap 30th Anniversary Sandcastle Contest was planned for Saturday, but the continued standoff in Congress over the federal budget is causing organizers to postpone the event until a later date.
Thousands of people were expected to attend the free event, with more than 20 local schools participating. Leap, a local arts advocacy nonprofit, has held the contest for the past three decades.
The beach has no government personnel, its open year round to the public and it would cost the government nothing to have this event go forward. It gets shut down because Obama wants us to feel pain.