September 12, 2013

Heading in the right direction. “Americans remain highly critical of the job Congress is doing, but the 19% who approve is up significantly from 14% last month, and the highest in any month since October 2012. Congress’ approval rating has exceeded the current 19% on only a few occasions over the last three years, a span that includes the all-time low ratings of 10% in February 2012 and August 2012.” Maybe it’s the opposition to Obamacare.

Barack Obama
President Obama (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

It is almost like he wanted to head off a humiliating loss in Congress and do nothing. “Like millions of other Americans, I listened to President Obama’s speech last night with a sense of growing dismay. We wanted decisiveness; we got delay. We wanted clarity; we got contradictions. We wanted strategy; we got simplistic moralism. We wanted principle; we got peevish pedantry. We wanted honesty; we got hypocrisy.” And this is from a former Obama State Department official.

President Obama’s poll numbers head the other way. In the Economist/YouGov poll, “Obama currently sits at 38% approve/56% disapprove with all adults. Polling in the thirties is danger territory for any American president. . . . With registered voters, Obama is doing a little better with 43% approving, 55% disapproving. Another poll released today shows that ‘a majority of Americans believe that President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy is worse than or no better than President George W. Bush.’”

The DNC prefers not to believe the public opinion heading against gun control. “Successful recall elections Tuesday of two Democratic state senators in Colorado  were because of ‘voter suppression, pure and simple,’ Democratic National  Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday.” Republicans are hoping the Dems double down on anti-gun efforts.

Obamacare costs are heading through the roof. If all the people who’d be better off under the exchanges than with employer health care switched, the Obamacare price tag would skyrocket. If they do “switch to the exchanges, the government stands to spend up to $132 billion more in subsidies than they projected.” Don’t worry, the untrained “navigators” are sure to give them bad advice.

For a detailed analysis showing the NSA surveillance program is constitutional and complies with federal law, head over to the Lawfare blog. A sample: “Even if reports are correct that the program also involves the brief machine scanning of international Internet communications, including of U.S. persons, for references to specified foreign targets, such machine scanning would entail minimal intrusion into legitimate privacy interests, since (1) it would be limited to international communications, for which expectations of privacy are significantly diminished, (2) for the vast bulk of communications, it would involve only the initial brief scanning of data packets by a machine, not any monitoring or retention of the communications and not any review by human analysts, and (3) any monitoring, review, or retention of U.S.-person communications would be limited to communications that specifically relate in some way to a specified foreign target of the program.” Read the whole thing. 

Nate Silver gives liberals a heads up: PPP polls are bunk. “ESPN’s Nate Silver ripped into Public Policy Polling after the left-leaning firm admitted Wednesday that it decided to not release a poll this week showing a Colorado lawmaker being recalled by a wide margin, because they didn’t believe the results. . . . Silver called the practice ‘indefensible’ and said he’s “especially skeptical when a pollster puts its finger on the scale in a way that matches its partisan views.” We’ve been on to PPP for some time now.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.