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Brutal polling tells the story

Barack Obama is a failed president:

Barack Obama is facing poll numbers that are now in the same territory as President George W. Bush’s following Hurricane Katrina.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released numbers on Tuesday showing that just 38 per cent of registered voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president, with a whopping 56 per cent saying they disapprove.

The president has lost his landslide electoral edge among young voters, too, with a negative 41–49 per cent rating among 18- to 29-year-old voters. His once formidable support among Hispanics has also evaporated: They now support him by an historically small 50–43 per cent margin.

Worse for Obama’s fast-approaching legacy-building years, the public believes he is not ‘honest and trustworthy,’ by a 52–44 per cent score. A smaller majority, 51 per cent, said he lacks ‘strong leadership qualities.’

Respondents said by a 41–38 per cent gap that they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives, the first time this year Democrats have had a winning posture in the Quinnipiac poll.

And what is he engaged in doing?  Embarrassing the US taking “selfie” photos at a funeral.

The amazing lightness of being clueless.

~McQ

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40 Responses to Brutal polling tells the story

  • A big story is that the sign language interpreter standing next to him during his speech was a fake.  Well, that makes two of them.

    • No, no.  People mistook the traditional tsetse fly shoo-er for a “signer”.
       
      Cultural insensitivity can be such a bitch….

  • Kanye West says he wants to be the “Obama of clothing.” So, he’s designing looks nobody wants and selling them on a site that doesn’t work.—
    Jay Leno (@jayleno) December 11, 2013
    Heh!
    Preference cascade?  This is how they start.  “Permission”.

  • Barack Obama is a failed president:

    No more so than the state schools system is a failed system; it’s doing exactly what it was intended to do.

    • You can’t tell me they meant for healthcare.gov to be this POS

      • They planned to make it frustrating and inefficient and ineffective.  They underestimated themselves.

        • The WaPo (I think as I can’t find the piece) reported that there was a heated battle between the “economics” group, who thought they should hire “professionals” to do the health care web site, and the “political” group in the White House, who wanted to do it themselves.  When the “political” group won out, the economics” group went about distancing themselves from the White House (I wonder why).

  • This doesn’t mean anything. In politics things go back and forth. And to and fro.


    Over the years, I’ve only noticed one thing that is consistent, year in and year out – whatever happens, I predicted it.


    And that’s certainly not because I talk out of every conceivable side of my mouth and use vague platitudes that are about as specific as newspaper horoscopes. Because I don’t. I post rich, creamy analysis, which of course you dense righties are too ideological to grasp.


    Why, even now you could come over to my blog and find out the new pope who rails against capitalism and preaches marxist concepts is actually conservative. Stop laughing! Plus, there’s a conservative case for marxism, and Marx just adored Adam Smith. Stop laughing, I said! He did! Markets don’t magically adjust themselves, and so we must tame the excesses of capitalism. And use the money we made from taming to assist pure, dedicated people like college professors at isolated rural colleges. I decree it.


    Plus, you can read about 5,000 words on how we are in a new era which I call the quantum era. Which is extremely exciting and which will have peaks and valleys, which is kind of like the to and fro stuff I mentioned earlier. I mean, really, where else can you get that kind of deep thinking?


    And I didn’t even delve into why this quantum era will allow us to use channeled brainwaves to control the future. I forgot to include that. Probably because my quantum spirituality has taken a dip since my girlfriend stopped being interested in sex. I mean, there I was in bed, gleefully explaining to her my game called quantum life and how it leads to quantum sex and quantum orgasms. But somehow my quantum thoughts didn’t quite get her quantum genitals into a quantum state of arousal, and she said it was time to take a break because right now Schroedinger’s Pussy was definitely dead.


    And, at the end of explaining about this new era, I state definitely “Where this new era is leading is yet unknown.” Which doesn’t either make the whole thing pointless, so stop saying that.


    Anyway, I have been away a while because I’ve been busy. Definitely not because Obamacare is crashing worse then the Hindenberg and making all you thick righties look like psychics for predicting it would. And I’m certainly not waiting on some shred of good news about it to come back and crow. Stop saying that.

    • Dude!  I can barely imagine quantum blue balls…
      Life is hard in “the New Era”.
      Or not…

    • Coffee… monitor… etc…
       
      Pure creamy gold!

    • And that one ladies and gentlemen is going over the wall and outta the park!  Ott Scerb grand slam.

    • Hey, and NOW it turns out we’re just a holographic image displayed from a 2d quantum universe using holographic strings.
       
       
      So you have to ask yourself if your 2d quantum reality is sitting at it’s reality 2d quantum monitor reading this!    And you’re flat.   Turns out we’re just a3d movie, or….the corrupted data that Luke manages to get displayed by wedging his sonic screwdriver into the 3.5 floppy drive on the front panel of R2D2.
       
      You’re not even thinking what you think you’re thinking!   Some flat dude(or chick) is thinking it in the real 2d universe.
       
      Help me Otty Ben Scotty, you’re our only hope….
       
       
       

    • “Schroedinger’s Pussy”

      You’re killing me, man.

    • Wouldn’t a “quantum era” imply that there is greater polarization ?

      • Using the phrase “quantum era” indicates complete ignorance of the definition of the word “quantum” and a ridiculous notion on the part of the user that the word is a talisman to convey mysterious awesomeness, useful to suppress critical thought on the matter under discussion.
        In other words, it’s basically the same as “magic”, but in a sciency way.

    • “Why, even now you could come over to my blog and find out the new pope who rails against capitalism and preaches marxist concepts is actually conservative. Stop laughing!”

      Yes, even the Ed McMahon clone and the Cat Lady agree with me! So I must be right!

      • Don’t forget that Marx was an “enlightenment philosopher” and an example of the danger of using “pure reason” in forming political ideas.
        Apparently, predicting a future of massive upheavals, and detailing how things will change by just making sh1t up entirely is what Scott thinks qualifies as enlightenment and reason.

        • And teh Frankfurter School was the quintessence of The Enlightenment.
           
          Except opposite…

      • As for the pope being “conservative”, many have pointed out that his appeal to egalitarianism violates two commandments: thou shall not envy and thou shall not steal.

        • The Pope is no longer Catholic nor “conservative”, but at least bears still sh*t in the woods.

  • I’m guessing that these poll numbers are not going to be of any real consequence to the Democrats. Sad to say that we have reached a period when there is no such thing as failure so blatantly detrimental that it cannot be deflected and/or whitewashed. Especially given today’s ever accommodating fourth estate and incredibly gullible electorate. Moreover, considering the agenda driven academia and tomorrow’s beholden electorate, the Messiah’s legacy is pretty much guaranteed.

  • The bureaucracy tasked with Obamacare implementation may be violating a law that requires government agencies to keep private information safe.
    Under the the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to have an “Authority to Operate,” or ATO. In order to receive an ATO, new information tech systems must perform a set of tests, including “Security Control Assessments” (SCA).
    But according to CMS’s 2014 budget request, no such security assessment took place. The Federal Healthcare Marketplace website was rolled out without full end­-to­-end testing.

    … Cue Judas Priest .. “Breaking The Law”
    So much for the golden future, I can’t even start
    I’ve had every promise broken, there’s anger in my heart
    You don’t know what its like, you don’t have a clue
    If you did you’d find yourselves doing the same thing too

    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law

    You don’t know what its like

  • Pres. ScamWOW:
    “We’ve got, for example, 16 different agencies that have some responsibility to help businesses, large and small, in all kinds of ways, whether it’s helping to finance them, helping them to export. . . . So, we’ve proposed, let’s consolidate a bunch of that stuff. The challenge we’ve got is that that requires a law to pass. And, frankly, there are a lot of members of Congress who are chairmen of a particular committee. And they don’t want necessarily consolidations where they would lose jurisdiction over certain aspects of certain policies.”

    George Will explicates the text:

    Obama, startled that components of government behave as interest groups, seems utterly unfamiliar with public choice theory. It demystifies and de-romanticizes politics by applying economic analysis — how incentives influence behavior — to government. It shows how elected officials and bureaucrats pursue personal aggrandizement as much as people do in the private sector. In the public sector’s profit motive, profit is measured by power rather than money.
    Obama’s tardy epiphanies do not temper his enthusiasm for giving sauropod government ever-deeper penetration into society. He thinks this serves equality. Actually, big government inevitably drives an upward distribution of wealth to those whose wealth, confidence and sophistication enable them to manipulate government.
    The day before Obama shared with MSNBC his conclusion that big government defends its irrationalities but is insufficiently big, his speech du jour deplored today’s increasing inequality and distrust of government. He seems oblivious to the mutual causations at work.”
    —PowerLine

    Well, not so much.
    He just lies. He’s a doctrinaire Collectivist, and for him all questions are answered by BIG GOVERMENT BIGGER.
    BIG GOVERNMENT ruins.
    Leaving people free to choose increases the standard of living for all of us. Plus, it is the only moral course.

    • He and Josef Stalin have met on this big government issue countless times.    It’s just not documented, but it happened.

      • Well, MANY more times than he’s met with She’s-bilious, certainly…
        I think Ol’ Joe was one of the Chooom Gang.

  • Can’t you just wait for them to come up with the number of meetings at the White House and the of course corroborating number that will come out of HHS?
     
    Here’s the thing. Most of us work for a living, with others, and have had meetings with them.
     
    IF such meetings occurred between Sebelius and Obama, there’d be SOME records of that OTHER than a mere tally sheet noting the number of times they met and the dates.   There’d be notes taken, calls to be made, action items, check lists, questions/answers for followup.
    Now I KNOW that Barry is the smartest man in the universe, and he probably doesn’t HAVE to write ANYTHING down because he has a Mr. Data from Star Trek like mind to keep track of all this.  But I’ve watched Kathleen Sebelius testify before Congress.  That woman would need to have notes.

    • Frankly, healthcare.gov is such a POS, I don’t think meetings between Secretary Syphilis and the President would have mattered one bit.
      Some “train wrecks” are preordained, others take effort.  Alas, there are repercussions to always voting “PRESENT.”

      • I agree, I don’t think, what with the genius that is Obama, it would have made spit difference – neither one of them was qualified to lead it, though arguably Sebelius at least had in the past shown the ability to lead a troop of Girl Scouts, whereas Barry has previously shown the ability to lead nothing, continuing today.
         
        But this was his signature achievement, his baby, and he couldn’t even be bothered to have A (singular) meeting with the senior administration official managing the project for 3 years?     It’s a 6th of the economy they’re dicking around with, not taking a little more interest, practically criminal, and certainly not leader like, lofty or brilliant, even if it wasn’t criminal.   Whatever it was, it was not very bright to just completely ignore the implementation while assuring everyone and his dog it was going to be awesome.

        • On Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper unveiled PolitiFact’s 2013 “Lie of the Year”: President Barack Obama’s promise that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.

          This lie was selected by 59 percent of readers polled, and PolitiFact selected it because of its national impact.

      • Of course not, but an executive that would make a difference would also be one to meet with her.

  • In a letter addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) accuses the department of criminally threatening the vendor that developed the troubled HealthCare.gov website. Issa chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has been investigating the extremely rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov on October 1.
    Issa cites a December 6, 2013 letter that HHS sent to Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. In that letter, “the Department claimed that the company is contractually precluded from producing documents to Congress. The letter further stated that the Department will respond to requests from Congress on the company’s behalf.” Issa’s letter states that other HealthCare.gov vendors received similar letters.
    But Issa notes that the actual HHS contract precludes vendors from sharing documents with other companies, not Congress, which is charged by the Constitution with overseeing the actions of the executive branch.
    “The Department’s attempt to threaten CCSI for the purpose of deterring the company from providing documents to Congress places the officials responsible for drafting and sending the letter on the wrong side of federal statutes that prohibit obstruction of a congressional investigation,” Issa states in the letter to HHS. He cites Section 1505 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code

    • House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Friday that an ObamaCare contractor would comply with a subpoena he issued, despite efforts by the Obama administration and some Democrats to keep the documents out of his hands.
      After consulting with its legal counsel, MITRE Corp., a contractor working to assess security issues with the ObamaCare website, determined that it “has no alternative but to comply with the terms of a Congressional subpoena absent some form of judicial intervention.”
      MITRE was the second ObamaCare contractor to say on Friday it would comply with the disputed subpoena, following CSSi.

    • Sure, people laugh at Denmark going to war, until they discover the hoards of fierce Greenlanders and their armored polar bear hoards are really Danish!   Why, all told, there’s…well…almost 60,000 of them….all…told….
       
      all….
       
      Hey Polar bears are big and evil okay!!!!!  Even more dangerous than meese herds from Moosesqueeze!   Obama was right not to offend Helle the Dane.

      • Helle has no fury as a woman scorned…
        so…no problem…
        Now First Lady Stink-Eye…THERE is a problem…!!!!

  • Perfidious poltroon POTUS parades pyrotechnic pantaloons!
     
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/12/12/and-the-politifact-lie-of-the-year-is/

     

  • “the first time this year Democrats have had a winning posture in the Quinnipiac Poll.”
    Should it not say Republicans? Am I the only one to notice this? Am I confused? GOOD GRIEF!