Obama’s stock is rising:
President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents’ popularity stands at a record low.
Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18. Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows.
I know a number of you have been bitching about my lack of posting these days, and I confess, I am in a rut and have been since last summer. Much of it can be chalked up to the stress (and really, there is stress) involved with running a blog. I’m not very thin-skinned, which is good, because people as wrong as frequently as I am should have some pretty damned thick skin, but at the same time, the negative emails and bitching in the comments can tend to wear you down.
But a lot of the lack of posting on my part comes from two things- first, it feels like we are just fighting the same battles over and over and over again, and while the Republicans aren’t winning, it never really feels like we are, either. That’s by design- that is what the GOP wants to do. They want all of us to hate government. They love paralysis- it is the mother’s milk for the conservative cause. They don’t actually give a shit about issues, they care that the Democrats don’t win. It is wearying and just breaks you down after a while. This is a very popular President, but between the media and the Republican dead-enders, nothing seems to move forward. Why isn’t everyone else depressed?
The other thing that makes it harder to blog is how the rules of politics have just changed. I don’t understand how a President this popular is still being knee-capped by his own damned party. He has a god damned mandate, but everything he wants to do is basically knee-capped by conservadems.
It’s just the paralysis that kills me. It’s like groundhog day all over again every fucking time I watch the news. I understand institutional inertia, but criminy. For fuck’s sake, the Republicans are blocking a Republican to be Sec Def. Who the fuck do they want, Avigdor Lieberman? The bullshit and malignancy of the GOP just wears you down. Which is what they want.
Also, I just learned that a very close friend has breast cancer.