Sunday, February 7, 2010
Well, this past week we had a bit of a scare. Obama went from a -15 Daily Approval Index to -4 after his state of the union. Could Obama, who clearly was not really changing his positions, get away with mere rhetoric to improve his popularity. Obama, no doubt, felt his words could have a magical effect and at first they at least seemed to matter. My view was that the biggest thing was that Democrats and Obama had stopped emphasizing health care restructuring -- that it no longer seemed inevitable that they would pass it.
But happily Obama's numbers have gone back down to -17. This post suggest it was the release of details of Obama's big government budget, which continued support for big government, that did the damage. Perhaps.
But it seems likely that Obama is not going to be able to get away with mere rhetoric. Thank God! He is either going to need to make big, substantive changes or see his numbers remain low.