- everybody likes him.
- He's a warm guy."
- He's really unbeatable,
- he's really great.
Byron York says, well, let's go back to 1991, shall we? In 1991, George H. W. Bush had a 90% approval number coming out of the Gulf War -- and what happened? It's almost identical. Back in 1991, leading into the '92 presidential year, I could go back and I could probably get sound bites of me from my own program back then saying, looking at the Democrat field, "Man, the lightweights here. None of the Democrat heavyweights want to even take a run at this. The Democrat heavyweights want no part of this. I mean, it's a guaranteed losing proposition." We all thought that. Ninety percent approval coming out of the Gulf War?
It was almost identical to what's happening today. The Democrat field back then was looked at as a bunch of pansies. But there was one guy in that field that was the Energizer Bunny who didn't get the memo. He kept plugging away and plugging away and plugging away, and even after he got shellacked in debates and he got shellacked here and there, and losing here and there -- he's getting all kinds of embarrassing stories about Whitewater in the New York Times -- they just kept plugging away, Bill Clinton and Hillary out there. Then Perot surfaces and all bets are off and we all know what happened.
So the analogy is: We got a guy with a 48% approval rating who is not all that likable. He's not all that warm and cuddly. He's not coming off of any singular policy success anywhere, and our side says he's unbeatable? "And furthermore, he's so unbeatable that we don't dare talk about him. He's so loved and popular, we don't dare talk about him. No, no! We gotta stay focused on policy. That's right! We gotta make sure that we don't offend anybody, being too critical of the beloved Obama! The independents will run away from us." So we're tying our hands behind our backs.
- We got ourselves tagged as losers before the thing even starts,
- in the sense that he polls higher than his policies do.
- because he's personally off-limits.
You know, this notion he's some warm, nice guy we just happen to disagree with. Wrong. This is a cold man. This is not even cool. This guy is cold. He's arrogant. He's uber-calculating. He's the kind of person most people don't like when they meet him....He's the guy at the country club at the cocktail party standing in the corner with the good-looking girl, the drink, and the cigarette, passing judgment on everybody going by, not deigning to talk to 'em. Good family man, they say. Why would his personal approval ratings go down much
- when there's nobody going after him like they did Bush, like they did Reagan?
- "Don't listen to Limbaugh. That's not how things get done here."
- Obama's a likable guy, very much loved." I said no. No, no, no.
- She's got more courage and more bravery in her little finger than our presidential field has.
- All of that's irrelevant....The sad thing is the geniuses on our side fall right in line with all that.
- (unless they could be spun in his favor).
- We got a rotten economy? Blame it on Bush!
- Poor old Obama can't close Gitmo? Blame it on the Republican Congress! ...
- Some people, though, people on our side think he might be unbeatable, personally popular.
- If he's so popular, how come five Democrats are quitting? Might be more,
- Their side doesn't. "...
The president could also turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years, many of which will cost our economy $100 million or more. And the president should repeal Obamacare and support free-market solutions, like medical malpractice reform and allowing all Americans to buy any health care policy they like anywhere in the United States."...