Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Obama's Falling Approvals -- What, Me Worry?

   So at today's White House press gathering, press secretary Robert Gibbs mocked the reliability of and the significance of Gallup's daily Presidential Approval numbers. Mind you, Gallup has been doing the exact same thing since 1938, which makes it the longest continuous poll of presidential approval in the nation's history.
   Gibbs had reason to try and 'delegitimize' the poll, because it shows that Obama has sunk to a new low of just 47% after serving only 10 1/2 months in office. This makes him the lowest regarded president at this point in his tenure in, well, ever...
   Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, is quoted in a Fox News article as saying, "There's no doubt Obama's 47 percent is mainly a result of the continuing bad economy, but there is also a growing concern about government spending and debt, and a sense that Obama is trying to do too much, too soon."
   You think?

   This White House has tried to do a lot of 'delegitimizing' lately. They tried to 'delegitimize' Fox News for the heinous crimes of pointing out news stories that other networks wouldn't. Stories that happened to be contrary to the administration's aims, but were newsworthy nonetheless. This tactic didn't work out too well for the Prez.
   Then they tried to 'delegitimize' the popular news site, Politico, and that also didn't work out too well for 'em.
   They're still trying to 'delegitimize' the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 3 millions businesses (you know, those things which actually employ people?) and whose mission is: "To advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility." Of course they'd disagree with an organization with those beliefs; why if everybody thought like THAT, then the dems would NEVER get reelected!
   Now they're trying to 'delegitimize' a 71 year old and highly respected polling institution known as Gallup by comparing their methods to something a six year old would do... The only thing being 'delegitimized' with attacks like this, is Robert Gibbs' and this administrations' qualifications to lead.
   You know, one of the commonly held descriptions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over, while expecting different results. By that measure, I'd say this administration is crazy as a freaking loon.
   I have some advice for this petulant bunch of whiners: rather than wasting your time 'delegitimizing' others, why don't you start defending your positions in a way that makes sense to the public. Maybe your numbers will go up. On the other hand, if you don't feel your positions are defensible, then maybe you shouldn't be trying to ram them down an unwilling public's throat.

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