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Not Too Much Clout

homernoble Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 10:37 PM
"Actually, the troublemakers and their tools are on your side of the aisle. Relentlessly agitating against government of the people, against government that governs with the consent of the governed..." says the foolish AL in his liberal stupor. "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama the power to unilateral increase the limit on the U.S. government’s debt. In effect, under the plan Pelosi is endorsing, the only limit on the national debt would be President Obama’s willingness to borrow money in the name of American taxpayers." So much for consent of the governed. Get smart, jerk, and go away; we are tired of your 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...