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Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei (above) of Politico want you to know THIS:
The town is turning on President Obama — and this is very bad news for this White House.
Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama — and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.
A funny thing about problems in the executive branch of the federal government — some of which are actual scandals — is that they don’t always badly hurt a president’s approval rating among the American populace.
And in some cases, the dip in a president’s popularity arising from scandal is relatively short-lived.
Two examples are instructive in this regard.
When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987. But his numbers jumped back to the upper 50s and …
Alex Seitz-Wald wonders whether Barack Obama has suffered the equivalent of Lyndon Johnson’s CRONKITE MOMENT:
If President Obama has lost Jon Stewart, has he lost his base? It’s a question worth considering after “The Daily Show” host tore into the president Monday night for a series of scandals and controversies that seem to be piling up by the hour this week. In a shouty, expletive-laden segment, Stewart said the IRS scandal will be fodder to the right-wing conspiracy theories he’s been battling for years and that it single-handedly ”shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil-behatted to the government.”…
For an already besieged President Obama, THIS STORY could not have come along at a worse time:
The Justice Department secretly collected two months of telephone records for reporters and editors at The Associated Press, the news service disclosed Monday in an outraged letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The records included calls from several AP bureaus and the personal phone lines of several staffers, AP President Gary Pruitt wrote. Pruitt called the subpoenas a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into its reporting.
HERE‘s the story:
President Barack Obama strongly condemned officials at the Internal Revenue Service for singling out conservative groups during the lead-up to the 2012 elections.
In a press conference on Monday, Obama called the reports “outrageous” and intolerable, while saying he would reserve harsher judgement for when a fuller report on the IRS’s actions is formally released.
“This is pretty straightforward,” said Obama. “If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that is outrageous, and there is no place for it, and they …