By Dave Andrusko
Sometimes the dots are easier to connect than you might think. Here are three pieces of very important information. Draw the line from one to the other to the third and they illustrate yet again how shaky are the grounds underneath the feet of pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
First, the “battle” over the women’s vote which is much, much more nuanced than the “gender gap” would lead you to believe, let alone the nonsensical “war on women” mantra. We talked about that a lot last week, including the fact that Democrats always do better among women and Republicans better among men and that more married women support Romney than support Obama while Obama has a hefty lead among single women. That will change, but that’s a topic for another post.
What I had not seen was a poll conducted by the Hill newspaper a couple of weeks (which I just saw) that was most revealing.
“On the issue of which candidate better understands women’s issues, Obama has a slight advantage over Romney with all voters, 42 percent to 40 percent, but that was a statistical tie given the poll’s 3-point margin of error. When it came to just women voters, 46 percent said Romney better understands their issues while 41 percent said Obama is better.”
“More voters think Mitt Romney and the Republican Party respect women who work outside the home more than think President Obama and the Democrats respect women who stay at home.”
To be specific , 49 % of likely voters believe Romney respects women who work outside the home, as opposed to 27% who said Romney doesn’t respect women who have independent careers. But look at the flipside: only 37% of likely voters think Obama respects women who stay at home, which is only two point more than those who think he does not (35%). Talk about gaps!
Second, regarding ObamaCare, at Rasmussen Reports for Monday we find
“The majority of voters continue to support repeal of President Obama’s national health care law, and belief that repeal would be good for the economy has edged up to its highest level since late 2010.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, while 37% are at least somewhat opposed. This includes 46% who Strongly Favor repeal of the measure versus 26% who Strongly Oppose it.”
The public wants Obama’s “signature” domestic achievement repealed and more than ever believes that would be good for the economy. In an election in which a sense that the government has overstepped its bounds is compounded by serious apprehensions about the economy, this is awful news for Obama.
Third, I have ordered the book but have only read reviews of “The Amateur: Barack Obama,” by bestselling author Edward Klein. Klein has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine.
Obviously, I am not an admirer of Barack Obama, but honestly what has always amazed me is what is the incredible gulf between the common media portrait of Obama as too-smart-for-us-mere-mortals and (to me) his sheer incompetency on multiple levels.
Of late, even his admirers are sending up red flares: you are one cold fish who needs to start cultivating people (including Congress) after years of doing things your own way.
Columnist Richard Cohen—well, if HE is offering Obama lessons on “how to be a better President,” then you know something’s up. Cohen wrote last week
“Washington is thick with stories about Obama’s insularity and distance. We hear how he does not listen to criticism — he sometimes just walks out of the room — and how he sticks to a tight circle of friends. His usual weekly golf game is mostly limited to the same people — and when he played a round with House Speaker John Boehner(R-Ohio), it was treated as an exceptional event. When, for whatever reason, Politico analyzed Obama’s golf outings (June 6, 2011), it found that Obama’s ‘golf circle has actually gotten much tighter over the past 21 / 2 years’ — none of them politicians or, heaven forbid, journalists.”
What strikes me in the reviews of Klein’s book is what stunned me while Obama was running. Obama’s whole history is of getting to ‘x,’ becoming bored in about ten minutes, and looking to move on to whatever was next on his “to do” list.
During the campaign, I remember reading a highly sympathetic profile that tactfully pointed out that Obama had barely been elected Senator from Illinois than he grew bored and started to prepare the way to run for President. That IS who he is: restless, intolerant of even the mildest criticism, surrounded by those who stroke his massive ego, and utterly unprepared to be President.
He was, and is, an amateur.
Connect the dots.
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