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Tue Dec 16, 2014, 12:56 PM

Barack Obama is back!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/get-ready-for-the-obama-boomlet/ar-BBgPPCP

There are three reasons. The first is that politically, Obamaís immigration gamble is working. Fearful of alienating Hispanics or shutting down the government, Republican leaders have largely abandoned hope of overturning Obamaís move. Whatís more, Obamaís approval ratings are up 15 points among Hispanics but have not dropped among Anglo whites. Add immigration to health-care reform and the fiscal stimulus and more commentators will start noticing that, whether you like Obamaís agenda or not, itís been the most consequential of any Democratic presidentís since Lyndon Johnson.

Second, and more importantly, the economy is improving. The third quarter saw the fastest job growth in three years, and the unemployment rate is now 5.8 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009. Gas prices are also plunging. And thereís evidence Americans are beginning to notice. As Time recently noted, consumer confidence has just hit its highest mark in eight years. Even if the improving economy doesnít boost Obamaís approval rating, itís likely to improve the way heís seen by the Beltway press. And given the role a strong economy played in buoying Bill Clintonís approval ratings in the late 1990s, despite the Monica Lewinsky scandal, itís quite possible that Obamaís will rise too, which will further fuel the journalistic perception that Obama is back.

Finally, the context in which journalists judge Obama is about to change. This yearís dominant storyline was about Obama and the midterm elections. Most key Senate races took place in red and purple states where Democratic candidates distanced themselves from Obama, thus magnifying the mediaís perception that he was a political pariah.
Next year, however, the story wonít be 2014 but 2016. And the Democratic story, in all likelihood, will be Hillary Clintonís march toward her partyís nomination. While Obama was certainly unpopular this fall in states like Kentucky, he remains quite popular among the liberal activists who play an outsized role in Democratic primaries. In fact, Obama retains a connection to many them that Hillary Clinton has never enjoyed.

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yallerdawg Dec 2014 OP
Cha Dec 2014 #1
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Cha Dec 2014 #3
ucrdem Dec 2014 #4
treestar Dec 2014 #5
ismnotwasm Dec 2014 #6

Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 11:31 PM

1. Hey yallerdawg.. Mahalo! I see why you posted this here.. lol

Why let a perfectly good OP get infiltrated with those telling us why this isn't so?

the President is doing great things.. all on his own. Dems sat home in 2010 and he dealt with that.. the gop shutdown the gov in 2013 and the Dems still sat home in 2014..and then whine that they had no reason to vote. Couldn't make themselves get excited about our Planet Earth and everything else the Dems hold Dear.

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 12:04 AM

2. Thank you! I hope to meet your BOG standards.

I want to celebrate President Obama's big D accomplishments.

This must be the place!



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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 12:33 AM

3. That's it.. all that's required it "RESPECT" and you have plenty of that. :)

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:28 AM

4. This is really great to hear.

The delays on Saturday had me worried but thank dog it all worked out:

Obamaís approval ratings are up 15 points among Hispanics but have not dropped among Anglo whites.


If we'd lost that immigration EO we'd be in bad shape for 2016. But hey it's all about Jamie Dimon's cufflinks.

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p.s. here's a link to a downloadable text of the spending bill, from a local NPR outlet :

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CPRT-113HPRT91668/pdf/CPRT-113HPRT91668.pdf

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p.p.s.welcome yallerdawg!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 11:41 AM

5. Yes, and to keep the government running for the next two years

is going to require giving Republicans some of what they want. Screw the people who complain about that over the next two years. Enough. They've had three Congressional elections to get off their asses but all they do is threaten to stay home or to keep other people home (due to their lack of "inspiration" which they claim is all that gets out the vote).

President Obama will make them give him something he wants too. He always does, though they hold the upper hand, since they don't give a shit about the people or the economy.

And they'll leave pretty much every office unfilled unless they get someone they want, which will of course be "corporatists." And the Treasury Department having people with actual banking experience. Oh the horrors! :sacasm:

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 04:59 PM

6. Excellent post

Thank you!

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