September 09, 2009

Yeah, put me in the disapproval column

What a loser...

According to a fresh Associated Press poll, public disapproval of President Barack Obama's handling of health care has increased to 52 percent. The poll was released hours before Obama pitches his version of a health care overhaul in a prime-time address to both houses of Congress.

Obama's marks are also poor on the economy, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of how he's handled that issue. The survey of 1,001 adults with cell and landline telephones was conducted from Sept. 3-8. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., a top Senate negotiator, conceded that the government-run insurance program demanded by the president's supporters cannot pass the Senate.

The same poll concludes that with health care reform crawling and unemployment reaching ever higher, Obama's overall approval rating has also plummeted. The survey showed that 49 percent now disapprove of how he is handling his job as president, up from 42 percent who disapproved in July.

OK, this isn't just about health care... this is about financial services re-regulation, the stimulus and, well, EVERYTHING ELSE HE'S DONE. He's taken a mandate and through action or inaction turned it into, well, shit. Oh sure, things could be much worse, but he's wasted a ton of time playing politics and footsy with the nutter teabaggers instead of driving through, hard, what he should know needs to be done.

It's weakness and a need to compromise even when it's unnecessary. We've gone from having a President who was steadfast and drove home what he wanted, but was always wrong, and replaced him with a President who is usually right but won't fight to get his way aggressively.

Not that I think McCain would have been any better, I just thought it worth mentioning to all of you who were so supportive of the President in the primary. Who were overawed by weak concepts of change and hope. Idealism is wonderful but without tenacity, it turns into what we have now... a President elected with the largest majority in 20 years who can't even get members of his own party to do the right thing.

And letting Sen. Baucus relay the bad news is just chickenshit, Mr. President. Especially after a former health insurance exec wrote the bill and he already ran it past K Street for approval.

I hope and pray that the President develops and spine, shows it tonight and forces the issue. We need a leader who is willing to fight tooth and nail, not someone who compromises everything they believe in.

Posted by mcblogger at September 9, 2009 02:59 PM

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