The Post’s Scott Wilson penned a provocative piece over the weekend that cast President Obama’s current political problems through the lens of his loner tendencies.
This president endures with little joy the small talk and back-slapping of retail politics, rarely spends more than a few minutes on a rope line, refuses to coddle even his biggest donors. His relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill is frosty, to be generous. Personal lobbying on behalf of legislation? He prefers to leave that to Vice President Biden, an old-school political charmer.
Four in 10 Americans “strongly” disapprove of how President Obama is handling the job of president in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the highest that number has risen during his time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a second term.
Last week, we took note of a piece of data from a CNN survey that showed 42 percent of Republicans said Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a better chance of beating President Obama next fall while 26 percent said former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was the stronger of the two choices.
The conclusion? That Romney’s electability argument — the core of his attack against Perry now and going forward — didn’t have the numbers to back it up.
Amid stories of dissatisfaction among high-level female staffers in the White House, it’s easy to extrapolate that Obama has a “women” problem.
Except that he doesn’t.
In the most recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, Obama’s approval rating is at 47 percent among women as compared to 38 percent among men.
From the time that then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama made the decision to run for president in early 2007 until today, the Democrat and his team have held firm to one core belief about the political-media world: the D.C. chattering class doesn’t have any idea what regular people think.
It was pundits who predicted that Obama could never beat then-New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, talking heads who declared the race over when Obama was stuck in place in December 2007 and professional talkers who speculated that his relatively thin political resume would be a handicap against Sen. John McCain in the 2008 general election.
President Obama can’t go a single day without some new poll re-affirming the idea that his re-election race in 2012 is badly imperiled.
But, not all of the news is bad. New polling on his American Jobs Act suggests that the American public sees it more favorably than unfavorably, potentially providing him with an opening to begin turning the corner when it comes to the economy.
We examine Obama’s opportunity in today’s Fast Fix video.