And they aren’t going back up. The story from The Washington Examiner begins, “Support for President Obama’s health care law has dropped 16 points in the past month — and that’s just among Democrats.
“The finding, from a CBS News poll, is one of several startling numbers from polls released in recent days showing rapidly eroding public support for Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment in the wake of its botched rollout.”
The piece runs the numbers with polls from CBS, ABC, Gallup, The Washington Post, and Time magazine.
The point is that Bush’s popularity did a permanent nosedive after Iraq, and Obama is likely going to suffer the same fate as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
It ends, “To be sure, there’s still nearly a year before the 2014 elections, so there’s time for public attitudes of Obamacare to change. But it’s no surprise that vulnerable Democrats are starting to get nervous.”
The only thing more amusing than the headline is the story. Read it here.
Take a look at Senator Obama during the Bush years arguing against the “nuclear option,” and then watch the President–the same man–applaud the Senate for passing it today.
And then ask yourself if Obama can be trusted.
Ms. Hopkins tells the story of her mother being forced from her private health care plan into Medicaid. Her premium went from $276 to $415.
Read the story here.
More lies from the administration. And the fact that Fox News is the only one reporting it is a tribute to Fox, and an embarrassment to other news networks purporting to be thorough.
This, from the Ludwig von Mises Institute, elaborates on what we talked about on the show tonight–i.e. WalMart is the apotheosis of the free market at work.
Nick Gillespie’s piece at The Daily Beast is bad news for Democrats next year.
“A new Quinnipiac Poll,” he writes “finds that only 36 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 approve of the job the president is doing while fully 54 percent of the kids give him the thumbs down (10 percent didn’t know or care enough to respond to the topic). Back in March 2009, 62 percent of 18 to 29 years approved, compared to just 20 percent disapproving.”
The numbers don’t lie, nor are they likely to turn around in Obama’s (and by extension his party’s) favor.
Over at National Review’s “The Corner,” Mona Charen writes, “No matter what you may think of our drug laws (I happen to think possession of drugs should be decriminalized), there is no question that Radel flouted the law. He offered, on the court house steps, that he hoped to emerge from this crucible ‘stronger,’ and ‘continue to serve this country.’ It’s all about his mental health, hisrecovery, his hopes. It should be about his duty to serve his constituents with honor.
Speaker Boehner issued a milquetoast statement dismissing Radel’s troubles as ‘a matter for the courts, his family, and his constituency.’ Not so. He should be pressured to resign his seat.”
Watch this exchange on Fox News this morning.
From Al.com: “Doug Hoffman, whose job in Alabama is to help people get enrolled in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act, says he would like to see a ‘work-around’ of the troubled healthcare.gov website.
“Hoffman, picking up on an idea from some major insurers as reported in the New York Times, said he would like to begin help processing applications with an assist from insurers — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama being the predominant one in the state. He said he has turned in 200 paper applications and have yet to get a response back.”
Folks are learning, firsthand, that statism doesn’t work.
John Hawkins wrote this piece last year, but it’s timely, given Bill Clinton’s attack on Obama today. The salient rule is number four: Make the enemy live up to [his] own book of rules.
The story at NJ.com begins, “Steve Schmidt, a senior advisor to U.S. Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid and New Jersey native, tonight called Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign a model for the national GOP.”
You can read the whole thing, but you needn’t in order to be convinced that Christie isn’t the future of the Republican Party.
John Bolton’s assessment of Obama’s foreign policy is always worth the read.
Michael Barone, political exegete, writing at The Washington Examiner, begins, “Looking over last week’s referendum votes in the states, I believe I see a common thread in most — not quite all, but most — of the results. It’s similar to what I describe in a Washington Examiner column last June, in which I saw libertarian trends on marijuana, gay rights and gun rights. True, Colorado voters, who approved marijuana legalization 55 percent to 45 percent in November 2012, this time imposed a 25-percent tax on it. But this is justifiable for the same reasons that we heavily tax alcohol and tobacco — the substance is harmful to some folks, and we want to discourage overuse. It’s an attempt to encourage restraint in the exercise of liberty — and to fatten the public coffers at the same time.”
More and more, it seems as though libertarians and conservatives might reconcile simply because big government repulses both camps.
…with Bill evoking Alinksy’s rule number four: “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”
His enemy, of course, is the sitting President.
Poor Hillary. She was poised to win in 2008, and then the first viable African American candidate came along. And now, argues Noam Scheiber at the liberal New Republic magazine, “With the Clintons’ penchant for melodrama and their checkered cast of hangers-on—one shudders to consider the embarrassments that will attend the Terry McAuliffe administration in Virginia—Clinton-era nostalgia is always a news cycle away from curdling into Clinton fatigue. Sometimes, all it takes is a single issue and a fresh face to bring the bad memories flooding back.”
Elizabeth Warren may not have Bill on her side, but Hillary is no Elizabeth Warren.
This is only a news alert to CNN. But at least they’re aboard the trolley of truth. We said this years ago.
The story is here.
Eureka! Reuters is skeptical of the mullahs. Perhaps the world isn’t coming to an end after all.
On Veteran’s Day, this is a story of hope–even if it comes from NPR, and it happened in England.