The confounding paragraph of the day was brought to us by Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic on President Obama’s falling poll numbers:
I have a slightly different spin on this, which is that it's the spending and the modest success it seems to have brought in stopping the total collapse of the banking and financial system. If the economy felt like it was in the same free fall that it was a few months ago, he'd be doing better because there'd be less questioning of government spending and more calls to pour everything on the fire. But with the respite in the fall comes the freedom to question spending. Or, to put it another way: The firemen saved your house but now you're pissed off about all the water damage in the den.
Well yeah, you’d be pissed at the water damage in the den but you wouldn’t be pissed at the firemen who saved your house. Suggesting that Obama is dropping in the polls because his policies are working is ludicrous on so many levels. First, Ambinder must exist an a far different plane than the rest of us if he hasn’t noticed that Americans don’t believe that the President’s policies are succeeding . In fact, on the stimulus and the bailouts people believe that the President’s policies are making things worse.
Second, the public is worried about the President’s proposed policies. Nationalized health care? According to a recent ABC News/USA Today/Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 89 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care. Newsflash Marc, we aren’t feeling real rosy about Obama’s health care policy. Would you rather talk about Cap and Trade? Probably not. Cash for Clunkers? To quote Michelle Malkin, “snort”.
Obama is dropping in the polls because the public is no longer buying his shtick. There's no other way to spin it.