Republicans’ hatred of Obama blinds them to public disinterest in the so-called scandals


Political  analyst Charlie Cook, who’s widely respected in both parties, SAYS Republicans are too obsessed with their bitter battles against President Obama:

Red-faced Republicans, circling and preparing to pounce on a second-term Democratic president they loathe, do not respect, and certainly do not fear. Sound familiar? Perhaps reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s second term, after the Monica Lewinsky story broke? During that time, Republicans became so consumed by their hatred of Clinton and their conviction that this event would bring him down that they convinced themselves the rest of the country was just as outraged by his behavior as they were. By the way, what was Clinton’s lowest Gallup job-approval rating in his second term, throughout the travails of investigations and impeachment? It was 53 percent. The conservative echo machine had worked itself into such a frenzy, the GOP didn’t realize that the outrage was largely confined to the ranks of those who never voted for Clinton anyway.

These days, the country is even more polarized, and the conservative echo chamber is louder than ever before. Many conservatives made it all the way to Election Day last November unaware that their White House nominee was falling short. How could Mitt Romney possibly lose when everyone they knew was voting for him? Except that he did lose, and it wasn’t even a very close race. Five other post-World War II presidential elections had closer outcomes.

The simple fact is that although the Republican sharks are circling, at least so far, there isn’t a trace of blood in the water.


Maybe that will change. Maybe these allegations will start getting traction with voters. But it might just be that Americans are more focused on an economy that is gradually coming out of the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Most economists say the current quarter will show a slowdown in economic growth from the first quarter’s 2.5 percent pace, but they expect the economy to be stronger in the second half of this year. People may be encouraged by housing prices rising and the stock market setting record highs—and their retirement accounts may actually be looking better…

Republicans and conservatives who are so consumed by these “scandals” should ask themselves why, despite wall-to-wall media attention and the constant focus inside the Beltway—some are even talking about grounds for impeachment—Obama’s job-approval needle hasn’t moved. The CNN/ORC poll suggests that people are aware of and watching the news, but they aren’t reacting, at least not yet. Clearly Republicans hope the public will begin to respond. But at what point do they decide that maybe voters might be more interested in other issues or worries than about politicians on one side pointing fingers and throwing allegations at those on the other side? At what point might the GOP conclude that it is just digging the hole a little deeper?



  1. Steverino

    I see the Obamaphobes of America had their social welfare rally at the IRS today. What a bunch of dimwits.

  2. Swampy

    I wish people would be better informed, this stuff and the commets are getting panful to read.

  3. AmazingScott

    I’m not so sure that the IRS did anything wrong. They’re accused of targeting certain groups who applied for a 501 (c)4 exemption because of their political beliefs, am I correct on that? A 501 (c)4 is for social welfare agencies not engaged in politics as I understand it, so either these groups were not telling the truth about playing politics and therefore were rightly investigated for filing incorrectly, or they told the truth when they claimed no politics on their 501(c)4 application and they weren’t involved in playing politics at all, in which case the IRS couldn’t have been investigating them for politics because they didn’t have any political leanings to investigate…

    So what is it that they’re trying to distract us from noticing? Because this all seems like a tempest in a teapot…

    Personally I sort of enjoy watching the Tea Party/John Birch Society (I think they’re about the same thing) screw things up for the Republicans. I’m glad that their comedic value has been extended.

  4. Robert

    Swampy, what tv networks, internet news outlets, blogs, magazines, newspapers, et al, keep you better informed and with more fact based knowledge than the rest of us?

  5. Brian Opsahl

    Republicans never met a scandle they couldn’t exploit…problem is most of them start with their own…

    Savings and loan..
    Lawyer gate
    Clarence Thomas
    Robert Bork

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