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The Stupid Party Rides Again

A CBS poll taken in early November showed that only 43 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama’s performance as President.  Obama’s approval rating was even lower on the economy, with 34 percent of Americans approving and 60 percent disapproving.  An overwhelming 86 percent said that the economy was in bad shape, and 32 percent expected it to get even worse.  These numbers are not surprising.  Unemployment is over nine percent, with millions more underemployed.  The stimulus package President Obama sent to Congress did little more than shower money on Democratic constituencies, and he will have managed to increase the national debt by some 50 percent by the end of his first term, thanks to successive annual federal deficits exceeding one trillion dollars.  Perhaps even more significant politically, Obama largely ignored joblessness while the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, focusing instead on securing the passage of an unpopular healthcare bill.  In the process, the President has alienated tens of millions of mostly white Middle Americans—the same Americans who, as Obama told a San Francisco fundraising audience in a memorable display of condescension, were bitterly clinging “to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment.”  Yet the same polls that...

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