2010 Washington may resemble San Francisco in 1906
Rick Richman stands in awe of what Barack Obama has accomplished in only 11 months.
In todayâ€™s Rasmussen presidential poll, only 26 percent of the nationâ€™s voters strongly approve of Barack Obamaâ€™s performance as president, while 43 percent strongly disapprove â€” giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating, a sum calculated by subtracting the number of strong disapprovals from the number of strong approvals, of negative 17. His overall disapproval rating is 53 percent (it has been 50 percent or more for over a month). But it is the extraordinarily high proportion of those who strongly disapprove that bears noting.
In January, George W. Bush left office with a â€œStrongly Disapproveâ€ rating of â€¦ 43 percent. It took Bush eight years to achieve that level of strong disapproval, despite how the mainstream media pummeled him for years. Obama has reached that level in 11 months, despite a media that for months could not use his name in a sentence without also adding â€œLincolnâ€ and â€œFDR.â€
To appreciate the magnitude of Obamaâ€™s ratings fall, consider that after his first full day in office, his presidential index was positive 30. Todayâ€™s index of negative 17 reflects a swing of 47 points in less than a year.
A commenter at the Huffington Post today observes that Obama has â€œaccomplished the remarkable feat of both demoralizing the base and completely turning off voters in the center.â€ The president has also unified the Republican party and created a tea-party movement that in some polls is more popular than both the Democratic and Republican parties.