‘obama’s silent majority’

Salon (Steve Kornacki): Everyone knows that progressives have been growing increasingly disillusioned with Barack Obama since, well … even before he took office…

And now that he’s gone and cut a deal with Mitch McConnell (of all people!) … no wonder Time’s Mark Halperin says the president’s base is “shattered.” And no wonder the media is filled with speculation about a potential challenge to the president in the 2012 Democratic primaries….

It’s a fun topic for cable news and the blogosphere, where liberal commentators and activists routinely brand the president a Judas and threaten to support a primary challenger in 2012. …

There’s just one problem: The premise on which all of this is based is totally and completely wrong.

Liberal commentators and activists and interest group leaders may be seething over Obama, but their rage has not trickled down to the Democratic voters….

…Obama’s approval rating among Democrats has held steady at or near the 80 percent level throughout all of the turmoil of 2010. This puts him in as strong a position with his own party’s voters as any modern president has been at this same point in his presidency…

Look closer and you’ll also find that Obama’s approval rating among Democrats is actually highest among those who call themselves liberals — an 83 percent score in the most recent round of Gallup polling…

…Obama, in other words, seems to have developed his own silent majority … the party’s liberal base still very much likes him; it’s the elites who have turned on him.

At his press conference Tuesday, Obama noted that many of the “purist” liberals now blasting his tax cut deal also savaged his final healthcare compromise earlier this year, which wiped out the public option. It’s an apt comparison. And it’s worth remembering that the cries of betrayal back then did nothing to lessen rank-and-file’s assessment of Obama’s job performance — probably because the main thing they saw was that Obama, unlike every president before him, had actually gotten healthcare done.

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9 Responses to “‘obama’s silent majority’”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    December 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I am guessing, that would be US? LOL! BWD says it well “the only adult in the room”.

  2. 2 Janine
    December 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I love this analysis of the President’s decision and his press conference. I think he knows how to think strategically and do what is overall beneficial rather than the political flavor of the moment. Doing this now actually exhibits strength rather than waiting until December 30th when he would have looked weak. The naysayers are always looking to be appeased while President Obama does what is meaningful in the short term and long term. Thank you for your website adding sense to news of the day.

  3. 6 Kelly
    December 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Great article.

  4. 7 Bobbie J
    December 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Can I make a suggestion to everyone on here.

    The election is two years out, but it’s never too late to start organizing. It would be nice for those of us who visits these blogs to be able to contact those who live within the same surrounding areas.

    These progressive groups that have the loud microphones will be threatening to hold their support of the president, so there must be other groups to step in and fill the void.

  5. 9 Eleroy
    December 9, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I stand very proudly in support of my brilliant and wonderful President!!!

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