Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Doesn't look good for the Jackass Party

From Rasmussen Reports:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13. That’s just a point above the lowest level ever recorded for this President. It’s also the sixth straight day in negative double digits, matching the longest such streak (see trends).

Just 31% of voters believe that Congress has a good understanding of the health care proposal.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Republicans have a favorable opinion of their party’s national chairman, Michael Steele.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter and Facebook.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.

The New Jersey Governor’s race remains a toss-up. Over the past week, both Jon Corzine and Chris Christie lost ground while support independent candidate Chris Daggett grew and so did the number of undecideds. Republicans hold a five-point advantage on the Generic Congressional Ballot. In Illinois, the race for Barack Obama’s Senate seat is a toss-up.

During his term as president Bill Clinton maintained undeserved high approval ratings while the Democrat party suffered severe losses.

Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, suffered well deserved low approval numbers while Democrats managed to retain control of the legislature (except for a 2 year period where the GOP controlled the Senate).

It would appear that B. Hussein Obama is going combine Carter and Clinton's worst aspects (from the Democrat perspective).

Clinton raised taxes, attempted to socialize the nation's health care system and passed the buck on Islamic terrorism ahead to the Bush administration but other than those things his day-to-day governance, especially on economic matters, was more or less center-left.

Clinton stood out of the way of the growing digital economy (rather than heavily taxing it as some of his advisers wanted him to do) and so allowed it to become the engine which drove the 90's economic boom (that the boom turned into a bubble which burst causing a recession is a topic for another day). This economic boom caused people fear "rocking the boat" by seeing Clinton removed from office (by electoral defeat or impeachment) so he enjoyed two terms of high approval ratings.

No matter what came out about Clinton (Monica, selling nuclear secrets to the Red Chinese, "Troopergate") people took their disgust out on the party (which had its own corruption problems) rather than the President.

Carter, on the other hand, governed like a Frankenstein cross between a 70's flower child and a Soviet era Politburo apparatchik managing to get literally everything both foreign and domestic totally wrong.

People saw the nation being made a laughing stock before the world and saw their personal economic situation going down the toilet and attached James Earl Carter's stupidly grinning face to the entire debacle and voted him out in a landslide after one failed term.

So Obama is going to go the way of Carter except that he is also going to be a Clinton-style drag upon his party.

Like Carter he is getting everything both foreign and domestic totally wrong and the almost inhumanly incompetent congressional leadership (Pelosi and Reid) are so joined at the hip with him that they are well within the blast radius of the public's rage.

Even if the Jackass Party does manage to pull off edge of their teeth wins in the deep blue states of Illinois and New Jersey the problems they are having bodes very ill for the party's prospects of retaining control of the House after the 2010 mid term elections.