Regarding the myth of Obama’s so-called sinking poll numbers

It’s no secret that President Obama’s approval ratings in public-opinion polls are less than enviable. And it’s not surprising that the right-wing noise machine would harp on this situation. But it’s irresponsible  — nay, it’s downright dishonest — of the mainstream media to exaggerate the matter with incessant references to “dropping” or “sinking” ratings. HERE‘s the reality: According to the cumulative ratings posted daily at Real Clear Politics, which averages together...

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Republicans never deliver on their promises to impeach Obama or sue him or whatever

I have to admit, I’m afraid, that Republican politicians have been pretty good at placating the angry hordes of Obama-haters with solemn promises that they’re going to sue the guy for something or other or might even impeach him one of these days. All of this rhetoric has given rise to persistent confidence on the part of the more naive wingnuts that Obama’s presidency will never last through two terms. I’ve received countless comments on my blog to the effect that America surely will rise up and send this unpatriotic...

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Former policy adviser to Reagan says Obama has governed as a moderate conservative

Bruce Bartlett, a former aide to Ronald Reagan, is not the only reasonable conservative whose views of Barack Obama’s presidency have not been tainted by the hysterical rhetoric of the Republican Party’s extreme right wing. Bartlett now recalls that other prominent conservatives supported Obama in the 2008 election. “Among the Obamacons,” he says, “were Ken Duberstein, Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff; Charles Fried, Reagan’s solicitor general; Ken Adelman, director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for...

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Surprise! Obama refers to himself in his speeches less than any of his 11 immediate predecessors

Some of Barack Obama’s critics are given to bogus claims that his use of certain personal pronouns (I, me, my, etc.) in his presidential speeches are evidence of his narcissism — or uppityness, if you will. When non-practicing psychiatrist and notorious Fox News crackpot Charles Krauthammer played this card one day last month, I countered with THIS POST. And now the website BuzzFeed is out with the results of research showing that Obama has used first-person singular pronouns in his speeches less frequently than any president...

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Nobel-winning economist, a former critic of Obama, now hails his presidency

At the outset of his lengthy assessment of Barack Obama’s presidency in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, economist Paul Krugman establishes his credentials as an erstwhile critic of Obama and then shifts  to a broad portrayal of the man’s six years in the White House and the challenges he’s encountered: Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most...

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