Lifted this photo from "Top Democrats Buying Newspapers in Swing States before 2012 Elections" (jookos.com, Feb. 22, 2012).
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In the final full month of his presidency, George W. Bush incurred the Strong Disapproval of 43% of likely voters, according to Rasmussen.
Just five days ago, Barack Obama was similarly at 43% Strong Disapproval. And the day before that... 44%.
But you'd never know it from the "cymbal clashing wind up monkeys of the Gang of 500" (h/t Erick Erickson). I doubt it will matter to them as they are so single-minded (yes, I mean that both ways), but John Podhoretz takes them to the cleaners for their disgusting performance in the wake of yesterday's attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East.
In his column at the New York Post:
.... It’s fine to criticize Romney’s views; that’s how a debate of substance takes place. It’s also fine to question the timing of his statement (though that’s a question of strategy and tactics, not substance).
This was something different. This was an effort — not entirely conscious — to make it illegitimate for Romney to criticize the president’s foreign policy at a moment when foreign policy has suddenly taken center stage.
But that’s exactly when such a debate should take place — because it’s when the public will actually pay attention.
That is not what The Most High want — a debate. What they want is for Obama to be re-elected. And they’ll use the tools at their disposal to achieve their aim.
Apparently the horror of Romney’s evil words was lost on Obama. In a CBS interview yesterday, he converted the business into a one-liner: “Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”
How solemn. How grave.
So it appears one politician can say what he likes and the other can’t. Because, you know, there’s an election to win, and the self-appointed referees are also the fans.