Monday, September 14, 2009

Nation is Skeptical About Healthcare Reform

So the black line (now 52%) is the percentage of people who approve of the job that President Obama is doing and the red line (44.4%) is the percentage of people who disapprove of the job President Obama is doing. Even the most senior White House advisers would have to admit that the trend is not good. I imagine they figure that with so many campaign appearances, the numbers will change any day now; remember Iowa last year?

We already know from last week's healthcare speech that Barack Obama's door is open to everyone provided that you agree with him. ("My door is always open. But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this [healthcare] plan than improve it.") I don't think many people will be motivated to stop by for a chat if they think that they might be tossed out on their ear. Threats against legislators and citizens--as opposed to, say, enemy nations--doesn't appear as if it is being well received. It's good to see that when a popular politician resorts to bullying, people are willing to stand up.


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