National Journal Poll
shows 50% would probably or definitely vote for someone else, if they could vote now. According to the poll, fully 37% say they would definitely cast a ballot against Obama.
Meanwhile, just 39% would vote to re-elect the pres. to a 2nd term, and
only 23% say they definitely would do so. How the President Obama lost his authority one year into his term probably merits a long conversation. I can't do that but I can say a sentence or two (you guys do the rest, as you please).
I would say that his rather un-political disposition has been revealed. Hillary may have been right about him. He doesn't understand politics, especially American politics (he reminds me of Edmund Morris the guy that wrote the bad biography of Reagan, yet could write a great one of the young Teddy Roosevelt). He thinks he is cool and collected and very smart. Maybe he is. But folks also want a little eros and a little spiritedness, depending. He is either unwilling, or unable to deliver. His insistence on moving along on a health care bill (of any kind) when people either question it or are opposed to it, has cost him dearly. Perhaps if the context was not a bank crisis, then a huge expenditure of almost $800 billion, then running GM, all the high unemployment not getting better, never mind being reminded that there are bad guys out there....perhaps then he could have gotten away with it. Even if he gets a bill passed, it will do him no political good. The fact that he hasn't been able to persuade the people reveals that there is more to persuasion than intelligence. He has lost the trust of the people (if he ever really had it); even progressives don't really trust him It is possible the he will regain it, but that is unlikely. The good good news for him is that he can only uphill from here. Maybe.