October 17, 2011 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman seemingly born to become the first female president of the United States, on Monday again ruled out a race for the top office in 2016 and insisted she is ready to return to private life. In an interview with NBC's “Today” show, Clinton squelched the latest boomlet for her presidential ambitions, emphatically answering “No, no,” when interviewer Savannah Guthrie asked her whether she would ever run again for president. As President Obama's approval rating has been falling in the polls, rumors of Clinton's return to presidential politics have resurfaced, taking on the status of political urban legend, one of those things that everyone seems to think is true despite all evidence to the contrary.
October 12, 2011 |
The Herman Cain juggernaut has reached its peak -- but for how long? The former pizza chain executive had surged into the top tier in the blink of an eye, and now a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has him in first place nationally among potential Republican primary voters. Cain's rise parallels Rick Perry's descent. Cain was the choice of 27% in the poll, up from just 5% in August, while Perry was third at 16%, down from 38%. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, is showing remarkable consistency, in polling at least.
October 12, 2011 |
When Mitt Romney picked up the support of Chris Christie, the question was just how much a big political hug from the governor of New Jersey was worth. Two polls released Wednesday say that Christie's approval rating is on the rise - at least in the Garden State, which in recent presidential races has gone to the Democrats. Christie, who flirted with a late-starting presidential run before announcing that he still had no plans to run this cycle, endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday.
September 27, 2011 |
"You woke the bears! Why did you do that?" That's from one of my favorite scenes in "Anchorman. " In the Oscar-robbed film, Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) loudly leaps into a bear pit to rescue his girlfriend and then falsely blames her for waking them up. Watching President Obama these days reminds me of that scene. In March 2010, liberal columnist Peter Beinart argued that, for decades, Democratic politicians treated America's innate conservatism like a slumbering bear: If you make no sudden moves and talk quietly, you can get a lot done.
September 27, 2011 |
If you are looking for signs of President Obama's vulnerability, there are plenty to be found in the latest CNN poll. But one number stands out: If that hypothetical election were held tomorrow, Obama would beat Ron Paul - yeah, that Ron Paul - by just four points. While it may be a sign that some voters are adopting an anybody-but-Obama attitude, that same poll shows Obama handily stomping candidates such as Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. And, truth be told, Obama still tops everyone in the GOP field with the exception of Mitt Romney, who runs even with the president.
September 16, 2011 |
Is it time to panic at the White House? The whispers have begun to grow louder both inside and outside the Beltway that the answer is yes, and that President Obama's West Wing is in need of a good old-fashioned shakeup. The loudest voice to date is that of James Carville, the boisterous Democratic strategist who helped put Bill Clinton into the White House in 1992. Writing at CNN.com, Carville said the results of special elections this week in New York and Nevada call for an urgent response from the president to change course.
September 15, 2011 |
When Robert Gibbs, then a Barack Obama campaign aide, went to bed on election night in 2008 he knew his boss had won the presidency. But the first thing he did the next morning was check to see if Obama carried a state that was a major focus of the campaign: North Carolina. Obama prevailed, winning by fewer than 14,000 votes to become the first Democrat to carry North Carolina since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Obama's campaign rode several advantages to break through: money, momentum and a compelling message.
September 13, 2011 |
In pushing for his jobs program, President Obama has put Congress right in the crosshairs, urging voters to pressure their lawmakers into acting quickly to pass the administration's package. According to a recent Gallup poll, the president may have found an easy target since Congress continues to enjoy exceptionally low approval ratings, far worse than Obama's own. Congressional job approval is now 15%, up slightly from the record-tying low of 13% recorded in August, Gallup reported this week.
September 1, 2011 |
While official Washington is caught in a debate over when President Obama can present his jobs program to a joint session of Congress, two polls released on Thursday show that the president continues to pay a steep political price for a weak economy. About 65% of those surveyed in a CNN/ORC poll said they disapproved of the president's handling of the economy, while Obama's approval numbers in the latest Quinnipiac University poll fell to their lowest levels, driven by the economic questions.
August 30, 2011 |
For many people facing natural disasters and a turbulent economy, this indeed has been the summer of discontent. Perhaps none has felt that malaise more than President Obama, whose approval rating continues to hover at its record low average of 40%, according to the Gallup daily tracking poll released on Tuesday. The last time Obama's average weekly job approval rating was at least a majority, 50%, among all Americans was the week of May 30 to June 5, according to Gallup. Since then, the president's approval rating has steadily evaporated to where in the group's latest computations, only African Americans, Democrats and liberals continue to give Obama majority support.