Is the Obama Boomlet Over?

Over the last week or so, there has been a lot of news coverage of Barack Obama’s comeback in the polls. I noted his modest bounce here, and Scott Rasmussen wrote us to say that he thought Obama’s rise was due to increasing optimism about the economy.

After all that hype, it appears that the Obama boomlet may have been overrated. In the Gallup Poll, Obama has dropped back to 44/48. In Rasmussen’s Approval Index, Obama, after a week or so of slightly less gloomy numbers, is back to an ice-cold -18:

Moreover, Rasmussen’s overall approve/disapprove numbers among registered voters are back to 45/54.

Putting all of that together, it appears that reality has reasserted itself: the economy continues to be lousy, and the Obama administration’s achievements continue to be pretty much nonexistent. So whatever minor improvement Obama may have experienced seems to be dissipating.