The Hill – Surely, Obama’s Low Approval Ratings Can’t Be Blamed On Any Scandal
This article at The Hill by Amie Parnes gets the inside the beltway tone deaf award of the day…
Where did it go wrong for Obama?
Fewer than two years ago, President Obama was elected handily to his second term, becoming the first Democrat since FDR to twice win an outright majority of the popular vote.
Now, Democrats in competitive Senate races hope he stays as far away as possible, previous heartlands of support such as Iowa have turned against him and his approval ratings are languishing in the low 40s — sometimes lower.
Political observers, from former Obama aides to staffers who served in previous administrations, say something is going to have to change if the president is to achieve anything at all in his last two years in office.
“It is a near metaphysical certainty that in his last two years, he’ll confront the same House he has in the last four years,” said William Galston, a senior fellow of governance studies at the Brookings Institution who served as an adviser to former President Clinton during his White House years.
Here’s the money quote…
To be sure, the decline in Obama’s political fortunes cannot be blamed on the kind of major scandal that has marred other modern second terms, such as Watergate, Iran-Contra or the Monica Lewinsky affair.
So the IRS scandal, Benghazi, lying about keeping your healthcare plan, the NSA, etc. mean nothing?
Obama is worse than Nixon and if he was a Republican, that’s exactly what the press would be reporting.