A big reason for the electoral victory for Barack Obama in 2008 was the ability of the Obama campaign to turn states that had gone from supporting Bush in ’00 and ’04 to supporting Obama. Part of this success was due to the sheer nature of a change of party in the White House, but part was also due to the supposed moderation and pragmatism of a Barack Obama that few really understood beyond amplified campaign outlines and a blank slate on which many projected whatever policies they thought a good President would follow.
Now, a bit more than one year later, a suprising verdict has been delivered by those states that went from red to blue in ’08: every single one of them disapproves of his job performance. The bad news is delivered by Public Policy Polling, hardly a right-wing outlet:
-In Colorado a recent Rasmussen poll found his approval at 45/53. Research 2000 found his favorability at 46/47 in January.
-In Florida Rasmussen found his approval at 45/54 and Quinnipiac’s latest found it at 45/49.
-In Indiana Rasmussen has his approval at 44/54 and Research 2000 finds his favorability at 46/49.
-In Iowa Rasmussen has him at 45/54, and the latest Des Moines Register poll put his approval at 46%, though I can’t find the disapproval number anywhere.
-In Nevada Rasmussen finds his approval at 46/54. We found 44/52 in January.
-In New Mexico we found his approval last week at 45/48.
-In North Carolina our last poll put him at 45/51.
-In Ohio Quinnipiac’s last poll put him at 44/52.
-In Virginia Rasmussen’s latest has him a 48/51. SurveyUSA last had him at 44/54, and we put him at 42/52.
The article makes mention of Clinton being able to turn it around after disastrous midterms. The big difference is that Obama has shown none of Clinton’s political survival skills or pragmatism, nor has he shown any proclivity to tack to the center. Unlike Clinton, Obama appears to be a liberal ideologue, vastly different from the open-minded moderate portrayed in the 2008 campaign.
That disparity is becoming more and more obvious to the American people, and they aren’t happy about Obama’s willingness to ignore the voters and follow his own ideological agenda. Voters must give their elected leaders some latitude to follow their own solutions, but when your constituents loudly and consistently demand a change of course, dismissing their concerns with a “we know best” attitude is poor governance and the diametric opposite of a representative republic.