There’s been a lot of talk today about Obama’s dipping approval numbers. Many attribute this to the public’s impatience when it comes to the stimulus and unease regarding unemployment numbers. They say it’s just not working fast enough, which, to me, is maddening. Those that have been paying attention know that Obama said it was going to take at least a year and a half and that jobs would be the last to recover. For those that haven’t been paying attention, I’m sure they could bring us up to speed on Michael Jackson’s death, the stunning mix-up, double dumping on the Bachelor, and the latest on Jon & Kate.
Here’s what really gets my goat. This morning on the GOP Today Show, Dee Dee Myers and everybody’s favorite grumpy old man, Pat Buchanan, were on with softball thrower, Matt Lauer, discussing the plummeting approval numbers for the president, which still reside at a respectable RealClearPolitics average of 56.5%. During the conversation, they all decide that the stimulus has failed, because of American ADD and whatnot, and because there weren’t enough tax cuts:
Meanwhile, over at NBC online headquarters, MSNBC First Read asks, “(b)y the way, how has it gotten lost in the public debate that about 40% of the stimulus consisted of tax cuts?”
Andrew T: (Like Horshack in “Welcome Back, Kotter”) Oooo, oooo, oooo, Mr. Kotta, oooo, oooo, oooo. I know! I know!
Mr. Kotter: Yes, Andrew T.
Andrew T: It’s because you have partisans pushing an idea and interviewers to chicken to challenge their assertion!!! At the same time, spineless opponents agree!!! In this case, Buchanan wants 50% tax cuts, without acknowledging the 40% everybody received, and he’s acting like nobody got anything. Meanwhile, Matt and Dee Dee sit there, with their gaping mouths, playing right along, saying “Yes, more tax cuts” like zombies.
And we wonder why the approval numbers are slipping.