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Not Too Much Clout

homernoble Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 9:36 PM
"ching chong China" You have now exposed yourself as simply a bigoted fool. Maybe a foolish bigot? Your intellectual sphincter filter is malfunctioning and the malodorous stench of your nonsense is appallingly sickening. You are giving liberalism a much worse reputation than it already has. Democratic republic? Obama representing Americans at the table of power? Obama wants all of the power reserve unto himself and there is no table to represent anyone.

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...