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Despite Republican Efforts, “Scandals” Actually Cause Obama’s Approval Rating to Rise

obamaimageWell, it appears I might have been on to something when I said these “scandals” were good for President Obama.

According to two different polls, one by CNN/ORC International survey and the other Gallup, Obama’s approval rating has largely remained unchanged or gone up since Republicans went all-in with the run of “scandals” this past week.

Hell, even Hillary Clinton’s approval rating went up.

So what does this say?  Well, two things really:

First, Americans are sick and tired of the Republican witch hunt against the President.  It’s been over 4 years and conservatives have been constantly pushing some kind of “conspiracy theory” trying to make Obama look like some corrupt tyrant out to do whatever he wants.

The main problem with that is that the only people who really care about these asinine theories are hardcore conservative voters.  Republicans have spent over 4 years pandering to these people, while appearing more insane, radical and desperate to the majority of Americans.

Second, the American people don’t trust Republicans.  And why should they?  These are the people who perpetuate this myth that the economy is getting worse, headed for demise, and our deficits are out of control—despite the fact that almost every economic barometer shows the economy isn’t only improving, it’s picking up steam, and we’ve reduced our deficits at a pace not seen since World War II.

What Republicans have done is backed themselves into a corner.  They’ve spent over 4 years doing all they can to pander to the most radical within their base, creating the monster known as the Tea Party.  Yet, while solidifying their base—they’ve alienated the majority of Americans.

People don’t trust politicians in general, but they really don’t trust Republicans—especially Tea Party Republicans.

Despite the fact that the President has faced a nonstop attack since before he even took office, he won re-election this past November—becoming the first President since Eisenhower, in 1956, to win both elections with over 51% of the vote.

Not only that, Democrats gained some power back in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

Add to those two bits of information the fact that Fox News continues to steadily lose viewers, while other stations that don’t pander to the right-wing base continue to gain viewers.

What all those events add up to is Republicans bet big on fear, pandered to their base, and now they’re losing.

But it’s not that the American people don’t have some level of concern about situations like what’s going on with the IRS or AP, it’s just hard to take Republicans seriously when they seem as equally “enraged” over a Marine holding an umbrella for the President during a speech.

Especially when you won’t hear on Fox News, or any other right-wing media source, that the IRS also targeted liberal groups as well, actually denying one of them—yet no Tea Party groups have claimed their tax-exempt status was denied.

So what it boils down to is the American people are simply growing tired of right-wing partisan politics.  They’re seeing more and more that these people don’t care one bit about actually governing, all they care about is trying to attack the President.

And in their relentless witch hunt all they’ve done is make the American people trust them less and President Obama more.

Let’s just hope in 2014 we’ll have a repeat of the 1998 elections when Democrats gained more power in Congress after the American people grew tired of these same kinds of tactics Republicans used against Bill Clinton that they’re using against President Obama.

Because as the saying goes, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

And as always, Republicans just appear too damn ignorant to learn from history.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Jim

    I’m puzzled. Wasn’t it Hillary and Obama that said the Benghazi “scandal” (phony of course) was caused by an internet video? The Republicans can only dream of lying to the American people with that kind of bravado. They are lightweights compared to this administration.