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Not Too Much Clout

homernoble Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:32 PM
Pelosi and the democrats want to give Obama carte blanche which will effectively negate the consent of the governed. It is fortunate that Congress is controlled by Republicans so we can prevent this radical liberal democrat attempt to seize more power. Liberals never want to govern and manage, they just want to dictate and control.

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...