Why are Obama’s job-approval numbers so jumpy and widely varied?

I haven’t bothered to research the historical context for this matter, but President Obama’s job-approval ratings in recent polls seem to be unusually volatile. For example, would you be surprised to learn that Obama’s approval-disapproval numbers are close to even in the two most recent three-day tracking polls? Well, they are. The latest numbers from Gallup for three days of polling early this week  show only a small gap, close to the poll’s margin of error. And the figures from Rasmussen Reports, which has a...

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Obama announces tough new economic sanctions on Russia

The pseudo-macho Republican windbags who argue that President Obama is “weak” will likely dismiss his latest sanctions against Russia. But, of course, that’s what they have to say. Their lords and masters on the radical right insist upon it. Max Fisher of The Washington Post makes more sense with this tweet: “Today Obama became 10,000 times more hawkish on Russia than Bush ever was.” The National Journal has the gist of the story HERE: President Obama took new steps Thursday to intensify the economic isolation of...

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Republicans who say Obama disses Israel ignore Reagan’s far worse record

  Michele Bachmann said the other day that she can’t understand why so many American Jews have supported Barack Obama in light of  his record of working “against Israel’s best interest.” Bachmann’s principal bugaboo is that Obama favors a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, which she thinks would be disastrous for Israel. “What has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the...

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Here’s a delicious smackdown of John McCain and his angry bluster

The perpetually perturbed John McCain made a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs committee yesterday, and it was vintage balderdash. Andrew Sullivan offers a deft analysis of McCain’s rhetoric HERE: It really was a beaut: full of the usual bluster and bravado and bad but winning jokes. And, of course, no strategic sense whatever except bromides about “strength” and “weakness”. Believe it or not, he declared Obama “weak” and all but invited Iran and China and Russia to take advantage of it. This, I surmised, was an act of...

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Republican criticisms of Obama are oxymoronic and thus moronic

Dana Milbank NAILS IT: President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant. That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach to fretting that he is being too cautious. Call it Operation Oxymoron. Last Wednesday, I sat in a House hearing and listened to Republicans describe Obama exercising “unparalleled use of executive power” and operating an “uber-presidency.” They accused him of acting...

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