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Not Too Much Clout

D G Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:00 PM
Over 1.2 million workers have been laid off in the three weeks following the election. .... (Labor Department Weekly Unemployment Claims).
Lance8762 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:04 PM
Republicans forced 'em overseas. The reason unemployment went up in the Euro-zone.

..............It'll work!
D G Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:08 PM
Can you re-phrase into something that makes sense?
Lance8762 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:11 PM
Nope!.............catch up!

rmt5 in MA Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:01 PM
This is Obama's Amerika. He is not about to change course.

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...