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Not Too Much Clout

AmericanLiberal Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:21 AM
..coming up to the election. Or the way you dealt with data in the lead-up to Iraq. Or the way you handle economic reports that reflect how little you know about inflation, or the direction of interest rates, or the impact of austerity. You just tell that stuff to "go away." American right-wingers prefer their juvenile fantasy-world, where they are stroked by pundits and their oligarchic masters, to tough realities. And as a result, when they are in power, they crush and crash the country. Even as they are trying to do now, with this stupidass "fiscal cliff" nonsense.

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...