Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Latest Polls And What They Mean

Ace of Spades has the roundup:

Gallup: Obama Falls Again to All-Time Low, 47%

That's his weekly averaged approval. The latest three-day track has him even lower.

President Obama’s job approval rating fell to 47% for the week ending April 11, the lowest of his administration so far by one percentage point....

On a short-term basis, Obama’s latest three-day average (Friday through Sunday) is at 45%, with disapproval at 48% — both of which are the worst three-day averages since Obama took office).

He's underwater on the Real Clear Politics average, too.

Rasmussen has support for repealing ObamaCare at 58%.

Marc Thiessen urges Republicans not to lose their nerve on this issue and to forge boldy ahead:

Polls show that supporters of Obamacare are lukewarm, while the opponents are vehement. Many see Obamacare as just one element of a larger campaign by the Democrats to transform our country in the image of Europe by dramatically expanding the size and reach of the federal government. They want Republicans to repeal those efforts, not simply tinker around the edges.

This is why Newt Gingrich -- who led the successful Republican takeover of Congress before -- told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week that Republicans should think even bigger, and pledge to repeal not just Obamacare but also the economic stimulus and any other big-government legislation enacted by what he calls Obama's "secular socialist machine." To those Republicans who say repeal is a false promise -- because even if Republicans win both houses of Congress, Obama will still veto any repeal legislation -- Gingrich offered a two-stage solution: Stage one, win control of Congress this fall and promise that the GOP will refuse to fund Obamacare. Stage two, take back the White House in the next election and commit that "a Republican president and a Republican Congress in February and March of 2013 will repeal every radical bill passed by this machine."

Gingrich cautions that the GOP must be the "Party of Yes" and explain how it would replace Democratic legislation with something better. He is right. But without a pledge to repeal Obamacare, that message will fail. If Republican leaders can't commit to repealing a radical health care scheme that the Wall Street Journal correctly called the "worst bill ever," they can hardly expect Americans to say "yes" to a GOP Congress in November.

This is the point at which we usually start chomping on our nails because the GOP simply isn't reliable. Let's just take Reagan at his word when he said, "If you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." Yeah, it sucks that we have to fight not only the libs, but also our own weak representatives...but that's the world we live in. There are a few solid conservatives we can count on, but the rest, well, they need to feel the heat.

We should be ready to apply a whole heapin' lot of it.

There's my two cents.

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