1.Ramesh Ponnuru points out that Obama's job approval ratings have been remarkably resilient given the circumstances and that they have moved within a very narrow range (from the mid 40s to the low 50s) for almost two years now. Up until now, Obama's Real Clear Politics job approval floor has been 44%. This week his job approval average has dipped below 44% for several days. Pretty much every voter who isn't powerfully tied to the Democratic Party (and some who are) are not approving of Obama's job performance. I haven't seen crosstabs on the most recent polls (including the ones putting his job approval at 41%), but I suspect that his job approval numbers among whites are spectacularly low. Ponnuru is still right that Republicans should assume that they will need more than just a warm, non-scary body to win in 2012.
2. Dear People Who Schedule Republican Presidential Debates,
Could you please stop scheduling these debates up against new episodes of World's Dumbest?