Rich Galen

I bet, that if you wanted to start a real shouting match with the Obamanistas, it wouldn't do to compare President Obama to George W. Bush, or even Richard Nixon.

The "Fightin' Words" would be: Ted Cruz.

On the comparison to President George W., the latest NY Times/Wall Street Journal poll has President Obama's job approval rating at only 40 percent approve; a staggering 54 percent disapproving.

The last time the President was above water in this poll was way back in February 2013 - 2013 - when he was at 50-45 approve/disapprove.

One of the few bright spots for the President in this poll is the approve/disapprove on the Congress: 14/79. The only polling number worse than Congress' was the question about whether a respondent had a positive or negative feeling toward ?

?Vladimir Putin who came in with a startling 4 positive/68 negative. The NSA is busily searching through cell phone calls to find those 4 percent who think Putin is swell.

But, I don't want to talk about dreadful polling numbers. I want to talk about the fact that Barack Obama appears to be hell-bent on setting up a fight to the finish with, at least, the Republican-led U.S. House, if not with the Congress as a whole.

This is totally in line with Sen. Ted Cruz' (R-Texas) view of legislating which is: It's all about me and what I think is the right course of action.

Just before the Congress went home for the August recess, the House passed a bill to spend some money helping with the current crisis on the border. That is the young people mostly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala coming to the U.S. because they believe if they can get across the border they can stay.

An earlier version was thwarted by the aforementioned Ted Cruz who came over to the House side of the Capitol - maybe the first in American history that a Senator went to visit House Members on their own turf - and convinced the Cruzettes to vote against a bill that had been proposed to help the situation.

The President did his Ted Cruz act and set the stage for the showdown by saying a few days ago:

"House Republicans suggested that since they don't expect to pass a bill I can sing, that I should go ahead and act on my own to solve the problem."

House Republicans, of course, suggested nothing of the sort, but the Washington Post's David Nakamura wrote:

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at