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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:25 PM

Obama's popularity rising

A new Pew Research survey finds President Obama's approval rate at 52%, his highest since the early months of his presidency. "His personal favorability, currently 59%, has rebounded from a low of 50% in the fall campaign. And increasing percentages describe him as a strong leader, able to get things done and as someone who stands up for his beliefs."

Meanwhile, the Republican Party's image, "which reached a recent high of 42% favorable following the GOP convention this past summer, has fallen once again to a low of just 33%. Much of this decline has come among Republicans themselves."

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Mojo2 Jan 2013 OP
Voice for Peace Jan 2013 #1
global1 Jan 2013 #2
freshwest Jan 2013 #3
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #22
Dpm12 Jan 2013 #4
zipplewrath Jan 2013 #5
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #7
zipplewrath Jan 2013 #9
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #14
zipplewrath Jan 2013 #16
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #18
neffernin Jan 2013 #17
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #19
neffernin Jan 2013 #20
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #21
PerpetuallyDazed Jan 2013 #6
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #8
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 #10
UtahLib Jan 2013 #11
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #12
LiberalLovinLug Jan 2013 #13
phantom power Jan 2013 #15
FleetwoodMac Jan 2013 #23
TroyD Jan 2013 #24
Charles Goya Jan 2013 #25

Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:45 PM

1. "Meanwhile, the Republican Party's image...."

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:54 PM

2. How Long Is It Gonna Be Before Long Time Repugs Become Embarrassed To Admit That....

they are Repugs?

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:56 PM

3. They've already done that. The Freepers are going to vote Libertarian at last report.

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:41 PM

22. Republicans who are embarrassed...

call themselves independents. Of course, they have never vote for an indy or dem.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:58 PM

4. Obama

Obama is cool. I hate it when Republicans stand there with a straight face and say: "Dubya was better!", and I just have to go: "Fuck off, you don't know what the heck you are talking about!" If you think Bush is better than Obama, you obviously are braindead, and a complete idiot.

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Response to Dpm12 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:40 PM

5. I know what you mean

In a particularly bad moment, I blew up at a right wing freak who said such a thing. I point blank asked what would be "better" than the first 2 years of Obama. He said something about taxes and I had to point out that Obama had lowered them, did he think Bush would have lowered them further? He said something about freedoms and I pointed out that Obama had expanded peoples right to carry arms in National Forests. Did Bush ever do that? He mumbled something about war and I mentioned that Obama had tripled our commitment in Afghanistan, did he really think Bush would have? The guy finally just mumbled something about "it'd be better" and walked.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:47 PM

7. By "better" he meant "whiter."

Good for you for standing up to the bully.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:52 PM

9. Probably

Really, probably just more of a case of "Fox Approved".

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:40 PM

14. great reply!! Wish I had those simple facts ready!

For an occasion like that.



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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:53 PM

16. As I said to a moderate conservative

All the reasons I get pissed at Obama are all the reasons you should LIKE Obama and yet you don't like him anyway. Bottom line is that republicans don't like Obama because he calls himself a democrat.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:06 PM

18. another good one. you're right!

Yeah, boils down to leading with the hippocampus. Primitive emotionally reactive brain. The sports team, tribal mentality.

and those tribal-minded evolutionary dead weights sure like to breed.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:58 PM

17. People like that make me sad

Ignorance has kept back humanity for thousands of years, having to deal with the hardcore repubs at my work talking about how facist Obama is stealing their money and taking away their guns without an ounce of proof is saddening. I can't help but feel the stupid people are breeding, and one day life will become Idiocracy.

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Response to neffernin (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:08 PM

19. yeah, see what I just said, #18

"Been around the world and saw that that all the stupid people are breeding....
The cretins cloning and feeding..."
Song lyrics, Greenday, I think?

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:04 PM

20. Flagpole sitta

One hit wonderish song from Harvey Danger in late 90's. What's funny is I happened to look him up today but when i posted that I was thinking of a song called The Decline by NoFX. Below are a few passages that resonate so strongly today.

Where are all the stupid people from?
And how'd they get to be so dumb?
Bred on purple mountain range
Feed amber waves of grains
To lesser human beings, zero feelings

Father what have I done?
I took that .22
A gift to me from you
To bed with me each night
Kept it clean
Polished it well
Cherished every cartridge, every shell

Down, by the creek, under brush, under dirt
There's a carcass of my second kill
Down, by the park, under stone, under pine
There's a carcass of my brother William
Brother where, have you gone to?
I swear, I never thought I could
I see so many times
They told me to shoot straight
Don't pull the trigger, squeeze
That will insure a kill
A kill is what you want
A kill is why we breed

The Christians love their guns
The church and NRA
Pray for their salvations
Prey on the lower faiths

Jerry spent some time in Michigan
A twenty year vacation, after all he had a dime
A dime is worth a lot more in Detroit
A dime in California, a twenty dollar fine


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Response to neffernin (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:15 PM

21. wow. hell of a song.

Serious lyrics there.

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Response to Dpm12 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:43 PM

6. I've always tried playing Devil's Advocate in those debates...

but the best I can ever come up with, "While ultimately proven misguided, he DID try to address education with NCLB." I can never get ANYTHING from a Republican that doesn't frame it as, "He didn't do what Obama did like with blah, bah, blah."

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:48 PM

8. K&R

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:05 PM

10. Pretty much anyone who still supports today's Republican Party

dwells in a parallel universe from reality. Their favorability shouldn't even be at 33% at this point.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:14 PM

11. We can only hope that many repugs will be emerging from the Fox induced fog of deception. n/t

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:15 PM

12. K&R.

This makes me feel happy and just a bit smug.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:34 PM

13. Meanwhile back in 2005...

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0107-11.htm

"Bush's approval rating is at 49 percent in the AP poll with 49 percent disapproving among all of those polled. His job approval is in the high 40s or low 50s in several other recent polls as low as any job approval rating for a re-elected president at the start of the second term in more than 50 years."

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:46 PM

15. it sometimes gets forgotten: Americans like leaders who act like alphas

They respond favorably to leaders who Behave As If They Are In Charge. They like Winners. Obama is starting to act like he's in charge, and a winner. Part of the GOP formula for success has been that they always, always act like they deserve to be in charge, and conversely that their Dem opponents don't.

The more Democrats start acting like they deserve to be in charge, the better it will be for us.

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Response to phantom power (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:42 PM

23. You have a point there...

Although sometimes it is all a matter of perception.
Imagine, if the country actually knew how physically frail Reagan really was, and how the effects of Alzheimer were already manifesting late in his first term in office.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:39 PM

24. Do we have a link to this poll?

I'd like to examine it in more detail.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:41 PM

25. Withdrawing from Iraq/Afghanistan was a great decision

 

People don't like war after what occurred during the Bush years (lies about WMD).

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