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Barack Obama is losing the country.

His approval ratings and the trust Americans have placed in him have been in a free-fall for days. His 55 percent approval rating is lower than George W. Bush's after the first six months of his presidency, "putting (Obama) 10th among the dozen presidents who have served since World War II at this point in their tenures," according to USA Today .

Our Democratic friends might reflexively want to blame Republicans, but there are two problems with that tack: For one thing, Republicans don't have the votes to stop Obama and the Democratic Party from doing whatever they want; for another thing, according to USA Today , Obama's popularity is slipping the most among -- you guessed it -- Democrats.

It's become apparent to close observers that Obama has over-reached and overestimated his mandate.

That he has over-reached is evident in the mass defection of moderate and conservative support for him, both among the public and in Congress.

That he overestimates his mandate is clear enough from the numbers: Though he only won election by a few percentage points, he has an enormous numerical advantage in Congress, yet his agenda's two pillars -- health care and cap and trade -- appear to be foundering on the rocks.

Consider, too, that Census figures now reveal that the percentage of eligible voters who went to the polls last November was actually down slightly from 2004.

"The reason: Older whites with little interest in backing either Mr. Obama or John McCain stayed home," says the Associated Press.

In other words, it's quite likely McCain lost more than Obama won.

Yet, Obama carries on as if 90 percent of the electorate voted for him. In truth, he is less popular than Jimmy Carter. And we all know how that turned out.

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TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 02:37 am
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The census report mentioned

The census report mentioned also states that 5 million more people voted in 2008 than in 2004 (131 million vs 126 million). The figures I can find of the actual votes show a little over 122 million voted in 2004 and a little over 131 million voted in 2008, a little under 9 million vote increase. Where did they get the extra 4 million votes from 2004? If the actual vote numbers were used, the 2004 percentage of eligible voters voting would go down considerably. Sounds like a glitch from the Census Bureau. Of course I wouldn't expect the eagle eyes at the Chronicle to catch the discrepancy.

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wildman 07/23/09 - 03:25 am
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TL, you ever heard of motor

TL, you ever heard of motor voter? It's easy to get the votes when you have dead people voting.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/23/09 - 03:59 am
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Don't worry about census

Don't worry about census glitches....now that Obama has violated the constitution and seized control of the Census from the Commerce department, I'm sure he will shape it how he wants.

justus4
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justus4 07/23/09 - 04:06 am
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The president is causing some
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The president is causing some folks to lose their collective minds and say almost anything. The article provide more evidence of it, but the picture also provides a glimpse into the mindset of these individuals. Well-informed citizens knew this would happen based on historical evidence, and the fact that republicans and their ideas are fading fast. The few remaining will return to their roots (and "we" know that U know what those roots are) with code words and offensive images to get attention and rally the losers. Health care reform will pass, along with environmental reforms with little assistance from the losers. Can U say: The Wrong Side of History.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/23/09 - 04:36 am
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justus4 on Thu Jul 23, 2009

justus4 on Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:06 AM Any evidence of your assumptions or are you whistling in the grave yard? Obumbler is tanking. Obumbler is operating only on the politics of fear. Obumbler can't get the numbers to work and can't make the sale...The polls show it. Obumbler doesn't have his hands in the sausage making so he really doesn't know or understand what is going on in the House and Seante. All plolitics are local to quote Tip O'Neal. The House and Senate are interested in bringing home the bacon so all these bills end up pork fests because the process isn't being will controlled by Obumbler, Reid and Pelosi. One committee has postponed hearings INDEFINITELY on health care.

draksig
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draksig 07/23/09 - 04:49 am
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In the mad rush to pass a

In the mad rush to pass a health care bill, the democrats are now willing to pass ANY bill, without reading it, just to get one passed in order to give Obama his legacy. It will be four years before anyone will realize how big a mistake it is but by then it will be too late to unto it. Between health care and climate control, these two bills will have the largest change in out country and economy ever and they refuse to take the time to do it right. This is because as time goes, both loose popularity with the people as they contemplate the future under these bills. Both are too important to rush, the government always messes things up, especially when they rush things through.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 05:27 am
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If he is losing the country

If he is losing the country was did GWB do throw it away. Wow, you guys all of a sudden love polls. When Bush was in the 20's all we heard was he is following his convictions not changing in the wind with polls. McCain lost, Obama didn't win. Really last I checked he was President by a larger percentage than anyone since Reagan.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 05:31 am
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Uncle BS, the BS fits your

Uncle BS, the BS fits your post perfectly. Noone has proved that one dead person voted and why they all would be democrat if the did. You are probably a birther too I bet.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 05:35 am
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justus4 5:06am post, hit the

justus4 5:06am post, hit the nail on the head. It has to be racism because I don't know what else could make people so irrational. If he says the sky is blue they say it lime. Just because he can't be right. The guy is in the high 50's to low 60's in all polling and they say he has lost the country. Now explain how having a majority is losing the country. Once again it is just irrational.

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avidreader 07/23/09 - 05:54 am
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I have two words for all the

I have two words for all the Obama supporters -- STIMULUS PACKAGE. All through the election, I kept hearing the term "shovel-ready projects." What a bunch of crap. Educational Title One programs are now lapping up the cash and only an anal retentive beltway insider can actually count the directions in which the money is flowing. And yes, I've checked the web site, which is merely a stab at transparency. What a bunch of horse hockey. I believe that Obama sold his soul to the devil, and now it's time to pay up. And now for a quick digression -- why isn't the international press pounding the birth certificate issue, or am I missing something? I could be. Was Obama born a US citizen?

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 05:55 am
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Maybe it's because most of

Maybe it's because most of the ads on tv are lies and misleading the public about the bill. Good examples are the ones by Conservatives for Patients Rights (by Rick Scott, CEO of Columbia/HCA fined $1.7 BILIION for Medicare fraud. Why is he not in prison innstead of lying to the American public?? and Patients United Now, a part of American's for Prosperity, chairman David H Koch whose companyis resposible for over 300 oil spills in 5 states. Fined $30 million and $35 million. In 1996 one of their faulty pipelines exploded causing the death of 2 teenagers. Court judgement $376 million. Real nice guy who funds most of the right wing projects in the US.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 05:57 am
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concerned: Peter Noone,

concerned: Peter Noone, Herman's Hermits?:>)

carcraft
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carcraft 07/23/09 - 06:00 am
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concernednative on Thu Jul

concernednative on Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:27 AM It took the press 6 years of constant bashing and abuse to get GWB's poll numbers down. OMG could you imagine if Bush were closing Gitmoo..every day Curic would come on the air and say "we are now in day 219 of Gitmo closure and it just isn't happened". Some other news commentator would respond "Yes Katie you know this is just so imcompetant, starting something like this with out a plan" Katie," He will soon realize the limits of his Power"! Response "Of course you know he won the election but he really has no mandate for this". Now on to openess in government. Katie "President Obumbler promised this openess yet refuses to reveal what hospoital he was born in or his college records" . Response" Yes now we can not get the logs for his health care reform meetings. Well Katie we have started a clock and every day we are going to remind the voters of Obumblers lies about openes until he releases the logs of his meetings on helath care" Katie " we now have 8 Obumbler clocks running" "Yes"! How would Obumblers polls look if he can barely hold it together with THE PRESS IN HIS POCKET!

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 06:01 am
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avid:"why isn't the

avid:"why isn't the international press pounding the birth certificate issue?" Because it's BS. Same folks who think the government caused 9/11, the moon landing was fake, and wrestling is real.

jack234
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jack234 07/23/09 - 06:03 am
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Good morning to all the gang

Good morning to all the gang that support President Obama's attempt to revise our health system. Last night he cleared up a lot of questions about how it will work. We are not Canada, we are the USA where everything is possible. PT really had a bad day yesterday - he had about 5 posts removed because of a lot of hateful racists remarks. He has reached a breaking point. Hate can eat you up. And there is no reason for it. He needs to just get aboard and give the new president a chance as he is working very hard. Cut off Rush and Hannity still talking about jeremiah Wright and Ayers in the year 2009. This is a new day for us all and we should be grateful to president Obama for keeping us safe. There were three attacks under GW's watch. Thank you Mr. President Obama. HELLO! HELLO!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/23/09 - 06:08 am
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I will ECHO this day in and

I will ECHO this day in and day out: Since Obama's nomination, election as president a whole lot of white people are losing their minds. Case and point every editorial and LTE about him in the chronicle is evidence.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 06:08 am
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avid:ie. Alex Jones, I just

avid:ie. Alex Jones, I just made up the wrestling part. I really don't know how he feels on that. Unfortunately, the other parts are true.

Boston93
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Boston93 07/23/09 - 06:12 am
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Sick and tired of hearing

Sick and tired of hearing about Obama inheriting the Bush problems. I remember very well how he raised $630 million dollars and spent it to INHERIT these problems. NOW, stop the crying and do what you promised. He says we need to cut back on waste. (after he flies the fuel guzzler all over the place) for what appears to be convenient trips.

Boston93
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Boston93 07/23/09 - 06:18 am
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Why can't the EARMARKS that

Why can't the EARMARKS that will be attached to the Healthcare program be announced before the vote ? Will be many for sure.
While we are dwelling on healthcare, the democrats are dwelling on what can I slip in on this bill while everyone is dwelling on healthcare. I say no earmarks on anything at anytime. Pass a bill on your request and not be able to use earmarks to sneak in items you want. One bill at a time. Get to work Congress and pay attention to what we Americans really want.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 06:22 am
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"Let me put it to you this

"Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style." and "I've got will of the people". After receiving 1/2 million LESS votes than his opponent in the first election and winning by 3.01 million in the second. Obama wins by 9.52 million votes. "Yet, Obama carries on as if 90 percent of the electorate voted for him". I don't remember a similar editorial after W's comments.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 06:24 am
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avid, I don't take any

avid, I don't take any birther like you seriously. It doesn't take but a google to see his birthcertificate and it has been on CNN, MSNBC. But you will then say it isn't authentic or something. You can't win argument with someone who dismisses all the evidence. But, I don't know one sane person who thinks. That in 1961 a white family from Kansas put their teenage daughter on a plane to Africa to deliver a baby. Then knew that one day he would be president so they flew back to Hawaii the next day and had the hospital say he was born there. Had the state place a birth anouncement that he was born there. So in 1961 a white teenager flew to Africa to deliver a baby and all of her family and the govt of Hawaii knew one day he was going to be President so they all lied about where he was born the next day in Hawaii. So they all started the cover up in 1961. Maybe he really is the Messiah if they all did that. You birthers are all crazy.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 06:25 am
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TechLover, hang in there.

TechLover, hang in there. They are irrational.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 06:29 am
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boston: Maybe it's the same

boston: Maybe it's the same as the Omnibus Spending bill. from The Hill:" Of the ten lawmakers who sponsored or cosponsored the largest sums of earmarked funds, 6 were Republicans."

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 07/23/09 - 06:36 am
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Talk about spin. This man is

Talk about spin. This man is so incompetent and clueless. Looks like he wasn't coached very well as he rambled and twisted in the wind. We are told we are racist (the overused word) if we don't agree with every spin by prezbho and those that support every word of this incompetent aren't. We were told he would be a unifier and transparent but this man is more devisive than we've ever seen. Don't think this is the CHANGE we want to believe in. Hang on because we're in for a bumpy ride.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 06:39 am
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converted, What would like

converted, What would like Obama to do differently?

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 06:43 am
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I would like for everyone to

I would like for everyone to name one thing that Obama has done that has directly affected their households in a negative way. Not just random talking points. But did he raise your taxes or send the cops over to take your guns. Just something he has done to you and your family that is tangible that has cause your life to be ruined.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/23/09 - 06:47 am
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coerted: Just because you

coerted: Just because you disagree doesn't make you racist. We can argue policy all day long, however, quite a few folks on these posts like to interject racist remarks in lieu of factual, logical arguments. 55 f 100 is a good example with the constant "mulatto muslim" comments.

2tired2argueanymore
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2tired2argueanymore 07/23/09 - 06:49 am
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Thanks Fox for not blowing

Thanks Fox for not blowing the TV Schedule with something more boring than You think you can Dance. One hour of Prime time Crap on three channels and primetime stink on the other.

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Riverman1 07/23/09 - 07:07 am
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The fact is that even many

The fact is that even many Democrats are balking at Obama's ideas now. Last night Obama seemed to back away from his deadline for Congress to more on health care legislation. Don't blame the Republicans for his lack of support.

joehill
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joehill 07/23/09 - 07:07 am
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I don't know what you wackos

I don't know what you wackos heard in your small minds last night, but what I heard was that our esteemed president wants to model our national health care system after successful ones such as the Cleveland and Mayo clinics. Clinics that emphasize value over profit. And clinics which are recognized for offering the best care in the world to boot. He also said he would not sign anything that led to an increase in the deficit. You all are very backwards in your insistence that anything Obama proposes is wrong. Clean out your ears.

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