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Obama and Reagan: The Likability Factor (Lou Cannon) ^ | September 14, 2012 | Lou Cannon

Posted on 09/14/2012 12:48:48 PM PDT by neverdem

Stuart K. Spencer, the grizzled political strategist who helped Ronald Reagan become governor of California and president of the United States, believes Barack Obama holds an edge over Mitt Romney that he compares to the advantage Reagan often had over his opponents...


Two decades later Howell Raines wrote that “Clifford was charged in a banking scandal and the dunce ended the Cold War.”

Reagan was a transformational as well as likable president. He pledged to cut taxes, increase defense spending and balance the budget, carrying out the first two promises at the expense of the third. In his second term, he negotiated effectively with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, reducing the threat of nuclear war and helping lay the groundwork for the Soviet Union’s demise. Retrospectively, the American people in Gallup polls rank him with Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy as the greatest of presidents.

Obama hasn’t reached such lofty heights and he realized that Americans are disappointed that he hasn’t done better at alleviating unemployment or reviving the housing market. But the “likability” of Obama can also be a put-down. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, derided by Republicans as “Obamacare” and advocated and signed into law by Obama, is a significant achievement, like it or not. When it comes to health care, Obama succeeded where other presidents from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton tried and failed.

The election, however, is more than 50 days away and as my editor at The Washington Post used to say, 24 hours is a long time in the life of a politician. Compared to 2008, there are 800,000 fewer Democratic voters in the eight closest swing states listed by RealClearPolitics and only 100,000 fewer Republican voters. Spencer notes that Obama is dependent on a high turnout of the minority and...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; reagan
An 8:1 attrition in voter registration is stunning when most people will be the same registration as their parents. They're losing an assortment of working class whites, especially the Jacksonian Democrats, their historical base, while we're losing as a practical matter a mix of RINOs as well as libertarian and conservative ideologues.

Those numbers were obtained before the latest disasters in the Middle East.

1 posted on 09/14/2012 12:48:54 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

BS. Obama’s likability remains high because, when polled, many people don’t want to say they don’t like him because they fear that it will be seen as racist. And who knows how anonymous such polls really are.

Obama is plainly not likable. He is arrogant, elitist, narcissistic, and unwilling to shoulder even the slightest amount of blame for things that are obviously the fault of his own administration and policies. When it comes to empathy, he is bloodless. Most people either know or knew people at work who are/were just like this. What is/was said about such people openly is usually quite different than what is said about them otherwise.

And the latest example, White House Spokespunk Carney (Baghdad Jay) telling everyone that Muslims are attacking U.S. embassies and consulates because of some stupid movie no one has seen and not because of radical Muslim hatred of the U.S. and all western values - especially the truly good ones! - is as believable as 8 year-old Jimmy telling the teacher that the dog ate his homework. That is the Obama mindset, and it proceeds from a character that is as described above.

2 posted on 09/14/2012 1:39:19 PM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Belteshazzar

If it helps, I hate Obama and will tell anyone that asks.

3 posted on 09/14/2012 2:47:56 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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Obama’s likability remains high because, when polled, many people don’t want to say they don’t like him because they fear that it will be seen as racist.

No argument from me!

4 posted on 09/14/2012 3:10:33 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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