Friday, June 05, 2009


Ain't so bad

President B. Hussein Obama is polling "very popular" these days. Why shouldn't he?

Time magazine puts Obama or his underbitten wife on its cover every other cover, replete with He's-Saving-The-World headlines, all the while ignoring Obama's "We are out of money" quick fits of presidential honesty.

According to the Campaign for Working Families, Obama ain't so bad (apologies to Rocky III), politically-speaking:

While he remains personally popular, many of his policies poll terribly. For example, yesterday in his speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University, the president reiterated his intention to shut down the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But a Gallup poll released this week finds that 65% of Americans oppose closing GITMO, and 74% oppose bringing GITMO detainees to the United States. And get this: Only 18% of the public is buying Obama’s argument that we must close GITMO because the prison has somehow "weakened" or undermined our national security.

In a column today, Stuart Taylor of National Journal provides another example of how out-of-step Obama is by pointing to the president’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor’s controversial comments about wise Latina women making better decisions than white men question her commitment to colorblind justice. Her ruling in the Ricci case only reinforced the concerns of many Americans about the injustice of special preferences and racial quotas. And as Taylor notes, a "major Quinnipiac poll" of 3,000 voters finds strong opposition to race-based preferences.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, "American voters say 55-to-36 percent that affirmative action should be abolished, and disagree 71-to-19 percent with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s ruling in the New Haven firefighters' case. ... Even Democrats say 59-to-27 percent that New Haven was wrong to throw out the promotional exam because no black firefighters scored well enough to be promoted." And, by 53%-to-33%, blacks also saw the injustice of Sotormayor’s ruling in the Ricci case, as did Hispanics by a margin of 68%-to-24%.

In recent days, numerous Sotomayor speeches have been discovered that indicate her "wise Latina" comment was not just a one-off misstatement, as the White House has insisted, but a deeply held belief she repeatedly expressed. It’s a view that most Americans overwhelmingly reject.

A Rasmussen poll released this morning finds that 66% of voters "believe that well-qualified male and female judges would reach the same conclusion most of the time." Only 17% disagree. And, “By a virtually identical margin, 67%-to-16%, U.S. voters believe the same is true of well-qualified white and Hispanic judges." Yet, President Obama, who as a candidate promised to transcend race, has just nominated a liberal activist judge who is clearly committed – in word and deed – to race-based affirmative action.

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