In today’s Rasmussen survey, Barack Obama’s approval rating is down to 59%. His “approval index,” the difference between those who strongly approve and those who strongly disapprove, has declined to +11. There’s little doubt that Obama’s eroding support over the past week is linked to his strident backing of the Democrats’ pork extravaganza, which many people (including the Congressional Budget Office) fear will make the economy worse, not better.
The “stimulus” debate was a golden opportunity for Obama to follow Bill Clinton’s triangulation strategy, staking out a middle position between Congressional liberals and conservatives. If he had brokered a stimulus bill that was stripped of Pelosi-Reid pork and included a healthy dose of tax cuts, he could have cemented and enhanced his popularity as well as promoting good (or at least better) public policy. Obama’s preference for jamming a hard-left bill down the throats of the American people bodes poorly, I’m afraid, for the future of his administration.
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