Have you heard about this Quinnipiac poll? Thirty three percent of those polled claim Obama is the worst president in history. It’s damning, unless you have a basic understanding of today’s society. Everyone is ignoring the irre-elephant in the room. The numbers are entirely predictable. Nearly 40% of our country are Foxeteers and they keep polling themselves to remind us of how strongly and wrongly they all agree. But where is the other 7%? Should we send out a search party? Should I turn on the Batshit signal again?
This poll is more of a collective case study for a dysfunctional ideology than anything else—the Scheissgeist, as it were, which I believe is German for Vote Hillary 2016. As for our current State of the Union, history will clearly say something more pythonesque, aka, something completely different. Scholars and historians have a way of being scholarly and historical. Funny how that works.
Here’s a more realistic summary of Obama’s final judgment.
Barack Obama: Descent President, Horrible Congress
The Foxteers need to understand, even with their current War on Math, how a 7% approval rating is worse than 40%. And much of Obama’s 40% approval rating can be attributed to that same not-so-magnificent seven. Seven is the lowest in the history of polling, Rasmussen.
Also, when judging Obama we need to keep in mind most of the criticism on the right is entirely fictitious. Quick scandal review:
1. Damning and impeachable but not linked to Obama (The IRS).
Fun Fact: Bush targeted liberals, here, and no one cared. Republicans want to impeach Obama for the same reason, but can’t actually prove any link to the White House. Hey, why not just try to impeach Obama for breaking into the Watergate Hotel?
2. Doesn’t make any sense whatsoever (Benghazi).
My latest coverage here. If this scandal does make sense to you, ask your doctor if an injectable anti-psychotic is right for you.
3. A real genuine scandal (NSA).
Hint: most real shit can directly be attributed to republican policies.
(Fun Fact: it’s harder to impeach someone after you make it legal.)
Fox knows this fact, which is why their always forced to refocus their energies on bullshit.
Meanwhile, Obama’s biggest mistake was thinking he could work with these people. The rest of us have watched as the GOP splintered into a hodgepodge of dangerously misguided ideologies. The splintering of conservative groups into two camps, let’s call them Jeff Daniels and Jim Carey, will only hurt them in future elections. That’s good news for people who like to eat and live and stuff.
More are taking notice of their descent into madness:
“The sense that you could stick it to the liberals by being utterly indifferent to reality actually grew worse on the right after Bush left office, starting with the adoption of Sarah Palin as a right-wing hero. Palin represents this new era of treating the truth like it’s a horrible force of oppression trying to squelch conservative America.”
—Amanda Marcotte, Why does the Right Embrace Ignorance as a Virtue?
At this point this is not a treatable condition. As I’ve said before, we are watching a faction of our society de-evolve before our very eyes. This is causing a predictable backlash of poorly behaving liberals. I’m afraid we passed the polarization point of no return, but ultimately it comes down to this:
“Bad behaviors are now rampant on both sides of the political aisle, but liberals have one thing republicans don’t, valid points.”
—Mick Zano (today)
Well, Mr. Zano, then how should Obama be rated?
Good question, imaginary person. In 2008, I said I would rate his presidency on two things.
His ability to avoid a double dip recession (essentially a 2nd game-ending global economic collapse).
So far CHECK
2. Foreign Policy
His ability to end wars and avoid new ones, especially of the WWIII variety—if you recall, things were ramping up between Iran and the U.S. at the end of the Bush years.
So far CHECK
Sounds easy? A republican would fail both.
“My prediction on inauguration day was this: Obama would do poorly on the economic front and well on foreign policy. He has done a little better on the economic front than anticipated.”
Full Zano feature here.
I always thought Obama would have a much tougher time domestically, but he’s been a bit of an overachiever in this area and, as for his foreign policy, he is doing much better than people give him credit. Many on the right blame Obama for everything going wrong in the world today, but I knew the Middle East would get worse before it got shittier. Thankfully, so did Obama. As an important bullshit journalist, I stand by my foreign policy coverage and predictions. I even went out onto some rickety limbs, like on Syria, yet I’m still hanging on.
If you look at Obama’s top 25 campaign promises, he’s done pretty well. Here’s the PolitiFact score card. The only three issues that there’s been little movement on is:
1. Closing Guantanamo:
He tried, I blame Congress.
2. Creating a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners:
There’s no excuse. Please bailout the people not just the banks, sir.
3. Reeling in lobbyists:
Fun Fact: no one will accomplish this EVER, at least under our current system of government.
He’s either accomplished the rest, or he’s making some progress—another exception might be Immigration Reform—but he does have a better PoltiFact score than his predecessor, here. And, hell, he aint done yet. Can you say “executive orders”? I knew you could.
Domestically, all economic indicators have shifted positively over the course of his tenor, admittedly not as robustly as many would like but in my opinion it was the best we could hope for under the circumstances. Europe and the rest of the world is actually recovering more slowly from Bush, but we’re all on borrowed time at this point. Meanwhile, Despite Republican opposition, Obamacare has started to bring down healthcare costs across the board, so more people are insured for less money. Republican translation = America died.
Also, Obama is the only president in recent history to avoid any major scandal. Admittedly, his pile of imaginary ones have had a real effect on this approval numbers. Fox News’ fuck reality approach has had a clear impact on this man’s legacy. This sounds absurd, but I don’t think Obama can afford another imaginary scandal. And you just know several more are in the works, or: GOP Scandal Factory in Honduras Collapses, Killing 47.
As predicted on inauguration day, Obama will end up ranked somewhere in the middle. Bush is near the bottom and will likely drop further as people come to terms with the irreparable damage he has caused. But there is some good news W., you don’t have far to drop. Sorry, GOP but all of the Foxian bat guano in the world isn’t going to change this eventuality. I maintain that stepping into what Obama did and ranking somewhere in the middle is still an impressive feat, at least for those of us who understood the time period and the historical context involved. Republicans obviously don’t. For a current example, go to Fox News or The Drudge Report, right now, and read a headline, any headline. Then you can laugh a little and cry little, but whatever you do don’t believe any of it. The country you save may be your own.