Greg Sargent takes a look at the latest CBS poll: “Now, 40 percent of Americans polled approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy; 54 percent disapprove. That’s down from 45 percent approval last month. Seventy-one percent of those polled say that their local job market is bad and 70 percent say it’s going to stay the same or get worse.” Sargent then poses a smart query to his fellow Democrats:
At what point does the current Dem message that things are improving become counterproductive happy talk? After all, in the absence of more action, it risks making Dems look out of touch with the reality on the ground and makes it tougher for Obama to point to how awful things are to spur Congress to act.
Well, this has been Obama’s and the Democrats’ problem for some time. They say the stimulus plan is working; voters don’t believe them. They say ObamaCare is going to shrink the deficit; the voters don’t believe them. They say their focus is on jobs; the voters don’t believe them. It is not just that Democrats “look” out of touch — they are! They’ve pursued an agenda the public doesn’t want and expected voters to learn to love their handiwork.
As the Democrats (as well as their media supporters) come to grips with the impending wave election, one likely to sweep many from office, they may finally get reacquainted with reality. Elections have a way of doing that.