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..le's all be doin' th' limbo rock.
I think -24% in the stronglies is a record for him. Just dying to see what happens when the first poll cracks the 40 barrier. I believe it will be toast for the POSOTUS.
..A "NOT ONLY THAT" UPDATE: I am sure we all harken back to the days when TEH WON used to fill up American Legion Halls, municipal autidoria, 40-acre fields, and the Southwest corners of Rhode Island with his adoring throngs. Well, it seems those days -- harbinged by a sparse turnouts when he came to pander for Martha Coakley in her race over Scott Brown last January. Ed Driscoll over at Pajams Media recalls that soiree:
But if Obama is so popular, why was the hall at Northeastern University where the president was scheduled to speak not bursting at the seams with good Democrats? Carl Cameron of Fox News reported that there were perhaps 2000-2500 people in attendance in a venue that sat 3000.
Check out Ed's post; there's a lot more
On the other hand, even without that level of analysis, some administrations are simply snakebit, or as John Podhoretz recently wrote, “Something weird happens when presidencies go wrong,” but then, few previous administrations were tasked by their supporters — and themselves — with creating Heaven on Earth.
But back to the main theme of the UPDATE: they had some embarrassingly empty seats in Ohio which sent The Pantload's handlers into the nearby environs for warm butts to stink in those seats:
With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus.
So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.
That's pretty bad; but, come November, you'd better watch out. The Dems might be sticking a lot of dead people in the voting booths.
..and, finally, a TOO GOOD NOT TO UPDATE UPDATE: Remember the WH e-mail kerfluffle where some folks "turned themselves in" to the White House and ended up on the Organizing for America e-mail list?
Well, it seems that the OFA has gone limp as well. According to an article in Time Magazine (and a H/T to Drudge for the link):
What happened to Barack Obama's once vaunted political machine? The outfit that put upwards of 8 million volunteers on the street in 2008 — known as Organizing for America — is a ghost of its former self. Its staff has shrunk from 6,000 to 300, and its donors are depressed: receipts are a fraction of what they were in 2008. Virtually no one in politics believes it will turn many contests this fall. "There's no chance that OFA is going to have the slightest impact on the midterms," says Charlie Cook, who tracks congressional races.
Watch it! It is a Time Magazine link after all. But it's loaded with a lot of rich tidbits as well. Like Jamal SImmons -- yet another Dem strategist -- all but saying of Obama, "Stick a form in him, he's done."
Not even sorcery may be able to rekindle the excitement many first-time voters showed back then. "The popularity of the President with these voters is not a transferable asset," says Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist. "I don't think it's realistic that they would ever be able to replicate the unbridled enthusiasm. It's like a first kiss: you can never experience it twice."
Kissing Obama? Eeeeeeewwwwwwwwww!