If 2016 is a referendum on Obama, the Democrats win

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(AP)

Republicans continue to campaign on the theme that electing Hillary Clinton would be like electing Barack Obama to a third term as president. It’s a message that no doubt resonates with the GOP base, which has been taught to believe that Obama is an undercover agent sent to undermine the country from within, and Republican politicians and media have preached some variation of the “Obama is America’s Doom” sermon so often that they now recite it by rote.

Overall, though, I’m not sure it’s a wise strategy.

Most polls now show that a majority of Americans believe Obama is doing a good job as president, with Gallup reporting that Obama is rated higher at this late point in his presidency than Ronald Reagan was. That’s particularly striking given how low other American political institutions are rated. The Republican-run Congress has a job approval of less than 15 percent in most polls, for example, and the Republican Party itself has an approval rating of roughly 30 percent, the lowest in a quarter century.

Furthermore, if the GOP wants to cast her as Obama’s heir, Clinton herself seems eager to play the part. During the Democratic primaries, she was far from shy about associating herself with Obama, and she is carrying that theme right into the general election as well. She and the president will be campaigning together today in North Carolina, a state that they both hope to put back in the Democratic column come November.

And from Obama’s point of view, he too wants this election to be seen as a referendum on his tenure in the White House. Nothing will cement his legacy better than Clinton’s election, both in policy terms and in terms of history. Conversely,  he knows that a Donald Trump victory would undo much of what he has accomplished, and would be seen by historians as evidence of his own failure as president.

He’s not about to sit back and watch that happen.

 

 

 

 

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St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

'careless with information' is reason to not hold office! - says the bunch that outed a freakin CIA agent, says the bunch that got 4,700 kids killed by lying us into war with a sovereign country.

Starik
Starik

Obama hasn't handled foreign policy well at all.  That keeps him no better than a C President.

honested
honested

@Starik 

I'll pass along your concerns the next time we speak.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

There's no question that Obama's rise in favorability ratings raises interesting questions, ones that could be fruitfully explored without partisan gotcha and gloating.

But of course, being the partisan cheerleader that he is, Jay Bookman passes that up. 


rimsky
rimsky

@lvg @Donnie_Pinko There are too many Educated, Mixican and Blacks (all Dem) voters living that way.

lvg
lvg

@Donnie_Pinko There's a reason Obama is in redneck North Carolina campaigning with Hillary. GOP Southern strategy since Nixon is about to go down the toilet.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

email sheets upstairs

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Obama, a very popular 2nd term President, is getting out on the trail for Hillary starting today


She should see a bump in the polls.

Corey
Corey

"Gallup reporting that Obama is rated higher at this late point in his presidency than Ronald Reagan was." 

No matter where you stand on Reagan, please see CNN's "The Eighties." No, it is not just about Reagan and it allows us to see how we got to where we are when it comes to Wall street and the financial and banking industries. 

lvg
lvg

@Corey How many people did Reagan have who were  indicted and convicted? I think he beat out Nixon.

BabyCakesATL
BabyCakesATL

Obama the "man" is a standalone legacy in and of itself.  His accomplishments as well as the unprecedented congressional obstruction he battled since day-1 will be documented as part of our nation's history.  Obama's popularity outside the US is even greater - I've personally witnessed how foreigners seem fascinated by him. Obama and the First Family have been an exemplary, underappreciated example in the White House and I expect their reputation and popularity to continue to rise long after his presidency. 

lvg
lvg

@gotalife @BabyCakesATL How many Cons in Exec. branch got indicted and jailed under Nixon, Reagan and W?

How many under Obama?

Must be a racial thing -you think? 

Corey
Corey

@gotalife @BabyCakesATL Members of the Canadian Parliament gave him a standing ovation after he address them, while chanting, "Four More Years!" Meanwhile, back in the USA Republicans declared they will never eat Canadian bacon again. 

BabyCakesATL
BabyCakesATL

@Donnie_Pinko I can only rely on personal observations during my annual travel abroad over these past 8 years. 

gotalife
gotalife

@BabyCakesATL His approval ratings tell us he is popular now. Canadians honored him and the leader of Mexico said he is great. It is time for Americans to honor him.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Hey TD........you're just jealous because Hillary looks better in her pantsuit than you do in yours.

gotalife
gotalife

Release taxes now trumpy.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@KUTGF


Dumb comparison but between state and FBI report her trustworthiness won't improve..

gotalife
gotalife

@KUTGF betrayus got a slap on the wrist and he is back in politics.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

So she will not get prosecuted as a criminal.  Seems she is once again guilty of lying lie a rug which was clearly known all along.  So it seems we have the clown against the lying-just-short-of-criminal...


Seems he left the door open for possible security sanctions but we all know that is not likely...


This doesn't change much unless the GOP can dump Trump and get anyone else in there as Clinton, though falling short of being prosecuted as a criminal remains a poor candidate and very vulnerable.

goat diddler
goat diddler

@RaindroidWillBoy So it seems we have the "lying" clown against the lying-just-short-of-criminal..

Fixed your typo...


"This doesn't change much unless the GOP can dump Trump and get anyone else in there as Clinton, though falling short of being prosecuted as a criminal remains a poor candidate and very vulnerable."

All the more reason for Dems to celebrate the candidacy of the Drumpf...

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@foo2u @RaindroidWillBoy


True and thanks. Be good for all of us if they do get rid of Trump. Good for her supporters.."yeah she isn't going to get indicted for criminal actions"...got two swell candidates..

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RaindroidWillBoy 

 So she will not get prosecuted as a criminal.

And exactly what "criminal" charges should she be prosecuted for?

Please, show your work. 

Thanks in advance.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@OldEngineer @foo2u @RaindroidWillBoy


Definitely.  This thing is not over for her but Trump will self destruct.  He's got charity issues relative to statements of 100 million donations which may be true but they weren't cash...free rounds of golf et al..

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

It's probably over from the legal side. Sanctions are only available to discipline employees which she is not.

It's not over from the standpoint that the rage machine will continue to hammer it like everything else since Whitewater.

You're right. This changes little to nothing, except the uncertainty of the FBI investigation.

Now it's on to the debates.