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Not Too Much Clout

591 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 1:52 PM
Obama seems totally unconcerned about approval or non-approval. The only thing that will stop his rush toward "fundamental change"" (aka socialism and redistribution) would be impeachment OR The House of Representatives. He needs to be reminded constantly that the MONEY starts and stops with those pesky republicans in the House. Our founders were geniuses. Children in school and politicians need to be periodically reminded where the power is.
katepatate Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 2:46 PM
None of the progressive, liberal, leftist, democrat posters here have a clue what you are talking about. House of representatives? What's that???
BIGSKYER Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 3:01 PM
katepatate, I couldn't have said it better! But their attitude is dangerous as best, as we ride this sinking ship 3rd World status!
upwithRomney Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 5:37 PM
You do realize that the House can fail to pass funding legislation. Do you really think that they will continue to frustrate the will of the people who want compromise, balance, and actual concern for the people and who elected Obama? Where is West, Walsh, Quale, etc?

Generally, presidents enjoy a post-election approval rating bounce.  Nate Silver notes that since Harry Truman left office in 1952, the median bounce in approval has been 6.25%; the average has been 7%.  The bounce for Obama is the smallest since Truman (who actually lost a percentage point); he has enjoyed a bounce of only 2%.

As Silver points out, this may represent the hardened partisan divisions of the present day.  But it also makes it hard to argue that President Obama is sweeping into a new term on a resurgence of public approval -- and his inability to make that claim...