Where Were These People In November?
I have a few questions pursuant to certain findings in the just released McClatchy-Marist poll that shows Obama’s numbers plummeting like a rock.
The poll found that a whopping 62 percent of the people think the country is heading in the wrong direction under Obama. My question is this: What changed their minds? He won reelection with 51 percent of vote — now we’re told that nearly two-thirds of the people think he’s leading the country in the wrong direction? I’d like an explanation on that dramatic swing in opinion. Unless we’re to believe two-thirds of the people thought he was leading the country over the abyss and voted for him anyway.
Despite the uptick in the stock market and the increase in jobs due to seasonal hiring and manipulation of the numbers, 62 percent of the people believe we are still in a recession, 41 percent of the people believe they will be no better off in the coming year, and 36 percent believe they will be worse off. My question is — did the recession not matter to these people in November 2012 when he was reelected?
I’m not overly surprised that 48 percent of the voters disapprove of his job performance; that number is consistent with the 48 percent who voted against him. But the following numbers raise substantial questions in my mind.
Only 42 percent of the voters think Obama has a better approach to the deficit than Republicans while 44 percent of the voters believe the Republicans have a better approach to the deficit than Obama, with 15 percent unsure. What were these people thinking as Obama was running up $6 trillion in new deficits in less than his first term?
And finally, the statistics that I cannot wrap my mind around find that 65 percent of voters disapprove of Congressional Republicans with 62 percent of voters disapproving of Congressional Democrats. Which brings me back to my oft-stated statistic — that in the 2012 general election 94 percent of Congressional incumbents were reelected to a Congress which had a 9 percent approval rating.
What were these people doing and/or thinking in November when they voted for a mega helping of more of the same? And please don’t tell me Obama stole the election or some falderal like that. I’m not buying into that line of reasoning. What I am prepared to entertain is that we have a tremendous number of low-info voters who believe whatever they are told to believe from hour to hour. I am also prepared to argue that had the Republicans nominated a better candidate they would have won in a landslide.
That said, I am inclined to think that the Republicans committing themselves to another John McCain which ensured they would lose was a good thing because the machinations of Karl Rove and the Party hierarchy so angered conservatives that for many it was the last straw. Which could just lead to enough disgust with the way Republicans are treating conservatives that they will refuse to go along with the establishment dictates.
Seeing conservatives withholding their money and votes from the Republican Party and giving same to authentic conservative candidates is the best thing that can happen for the good of the Party.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here