Friday, June 25, 2010
It doesn't take a lot of attention paid lately to come to the conclusion we have extremely incompetent leadership in Washington these days. The lip service paid to the Gulf coast States, the White Houses lack inaction in helping to protecting Louisiana’s wetlands and the Florida beaches, even now blocking attempts to save coastal areas because of potential environmental impact of non-endangered areas in the future......the many foreign policy blunders which show us as weak, indecisive and unreliable, the administrations seemingly cold shoulder to Israel, goofy rambling public statements and an egotistical attitude from the President, and a Vice President who can't seem to show up at any event without acting like a manager of a used car lot...etc..etc...etc.....
It seems the American people, despite the cheerleading from the media, are starting to see the empty suit for what he is........an empty suit!
From Thursdays Wall Street Journal:
Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama’s leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
The survey also shows grave and growing concerns about the Gulf oil spill, with overwhelming majorities of adults favoring stronger regulation of the oil industry and believing that the spill will affect the nation’s economy and environment.
Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election. Just one-third think the economy will get better over the next year, a 7-point drop from a month ago and the low point of Mr. Obama’s tenure.
Amid anxiety over the nation’s course, support for Mr. Obama and other incumbents is eroding. For the first time, more people disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance than approve. And 57% of voters would prefer to elect a new person to Congress than re-elect their local representatives, the highest share in 18 years.
The results show “a really ugly mood and an unhappy electorate,” said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducts the Journal/NBC poll with GOP pollster Bill McInturff. “The voters, I think, are just looking for change, and that means bad news for incumbents and in particular for the Democrats.”
And Karl Rove's WSJ column highlights other difficulties for Democrats:
The most important indicator is the president’s job approval. In the Real Clear Politics average of the last two weeks’ polls, President Obama has a 48% approval and 47% disapproval rating. This points to deep Democratic losses. The president’s approval rating last November was 54% when his party was trounced in New Jersey and Virginia.
On the economy, a mid-June AP poll reported that Mr. Obama has 45% approval, 50% disapproval. That’s a dangerous place for any president when jobs are issue No. 1. The problem is worse in swing areas. Last week’s National Public Radio (NPR) poll of the 60 Democratic House seats most at risk this year showed just 37% of voters in these districts agreed Mr. Obama’s “economic policies helped avert an even worse crisis and are laying a foundation for our eventual economic recovery”; 57% believed they “have run up a record federal deficit while failing to end the recession or slow the record pace of job losses.”
Mr. Obama also suffers because his handling of the catastrophic Gulf oil leak has undermined perceptions of his competence. Both national and Louisiana polls rate Mr. Obama’s handling worse than the Bush administration’s Katrina response.
It's clear Americans are seriously questioning President Obama’s leadership abilities. People started wondering about his competence when it became obvious that the stimulus didn’t revive the economy. Add to that the mess in Afghanistan and the gulf coast inaction, you’ve got a three-ring circus of disasters. In 1994, Republicans gained a net of 52 House seats. While I won’t be so bold as to predict a similar result this year, I won’t rule it out either. Right now, voters are looking for candidates that they think are real leaders because they rightly see Washington as the cradle of incompetence.