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Not Too Much Clout

rman859 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:05 AM
Wait till the EBT cards run dry.
rhinegarten Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:12 AM
As long as Helicopter Ben Bernanke will keep printing money, the EBT cards will never run dry. They will simply become worthless to purchase anything with, just like the dollar.
Lance8762 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:18 AM
Long as I's kin still buys ma Thunerbir!

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...