Since the healthcare bill passed the Congress and was signed into law — two weeks ago — President Obama has simultaneously tried to win back independents (changing his position on offshore oil drilling) and lurch back to the left with his decision to limit the potential use of nuclear weapons.
But the real story is Obama’s approval rating has dropped five points since the supposed triumph of the healthcare passage.
The CBS poll shows his approval rating down to 44 percent — down from 49 percent right after he signed the healthcare bill.
And in the generic ballot question asking which party will you vote for in this fall’s congressional elections, Republicans have taken a 1-point lead over the Democrats for the first time in more than three years.
Furthermore, the healthcare bill is bedeviling Democrats back home. In Harry Reid’s Nevada, a whopping 65 percent oppose it. No wonder Harry’s re-elect number is hovering around 40 percent, a surefire sign that ol' Harry is headed for a humiliating defeat in November.
GOP candidates in Illinois — going for Obama’s seat — and Pennsylvania are ahead.
The GOP candidate for governor is ahead of Jerry Brown by 3 points.
And Democrats running in the four open House seats in upcoming special elections are all in trouble.
Why all the trouble for the majority party? Why are they — at this moment — in trouble even in normally Democratic states and districts?
And why are the president’s ratings dropping to G.W. Bush levels?
1. Because as April 15 approaches, we are seeing that our taxes — whether they be local, state or federal — are going up at a time when we have less money.
2. The jobs situation is still not improving despite some small statistical signs of meager job growth. People know that it is a bleak jobs picture and will be for a long time.
3. Because the president and the Democrats continue to talk about the healthcare bill — even after it has been passed! Why keep talking about a bill that 55 percent of Americans still say they want to repeal?
4. Because the president is avoiding the very problem that is hurting him: the economy.
The Democrats are going to be slaughtered this November for one basic reason: the perception is that they have not made the economy better. Period.
If that perception changes, Democrats then can get away with their other left-wing nonsense.
But until and unless the economy does a major turnaround, the “in” party is “in” the voters’ cross hairs.
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