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Not Too Much Clout

wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:07 AM
As much as Republicans keep claiming that Obama's hand has been "weakened" in these debt negotiations, he certainly seems to have made an opening proposal from a position of strength. I don't know that he could have fired off a proposal like that, and then sat back to watch the response from the right, if his negotiating position was substantially weakened as the right proclaims. In reality, Obama won the election, as well as the popular vote, handily. And now he is enacting the policies for which the electorate voted.
Texaslady58 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:36 PM
I doubt that just wait and see wvwn the left might start to wonder some befor to long, but you hang o to that if it floats your boat.
westriversd Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:39 AM
Says a lot about the "electorate". A bunch of uninformed zombies plus voter fraud equals a less than 2% margin of victory. What a mandate? Also, just what did those voters really want from Obama? Just keep the freebies coming cause I sort of like watching day time tv.

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...