Trust us, it wasn't even close.
Even if this is a day old, it's still worth pondering, simply because it provides a glimpse into the crumbling GOP Noise Machine and the lengths it will go to prop up anti-Obama memes.
According to the Times editorial, Obama job approval ratings are "in the basement." He's wildly unpopular as he hits his 100 day mark. Not only unpopular, but Obama's historically unpopular. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't read it with my own eyes:
At the 100-day mark of his presidency, Mr. Obama is the second-least-popular president in 40 years.
No, really. And look, the Times (sorta) provided polling data to back up its Alice-in-Wonderland claim:
According to Gallup's April survey, Americans have a lower approval of Mr. Obama at this point than all but one president since Gallup began tracking this in 1969.
Which is odd because here's what MSNBC.com reported just days ago, using Gallup's own data [emphasis added]:
As we approach President Obama's official 100th day in office, his approval rating in the Gallup poll is average compared with past American presidents -- or is it?
Going back to Eisenhower, Obama's 65% approval rating in the most recent daily Gallup poll is equal to the average Gallup approval for the 10 preceding presidents. Kennedy and Johnson had approval ratings in the low 80s at their 100-day mark. President Ford, in the wake of Watergate and the pardon of President Nixon, had the lowest approval rating at 48%.
But when we look only at presidents in the past 40 years, Obama is near the top. His approval is 7-10 points higher than the approvals of the last three presidents.
Here's the Gallup graphic MSNBC printed online:
Compared to previous presidents at the 100 day mark, Obama is more popular than Bush, Clinton, and Bush. Only Reagan polled better, and that was right after he survived an assassination attempt in March of his first year in office. So if you set aside Reagan's rather extraordinary circumstances, Obama is more popular at the 100 day mark than any president since Lyndon Johnson.
Except, that is, inside the Washington Times newsroom, where it's been decreed that Obama is one of our least popular new presidents. (What a relief for the GOP!)
FYI, click here for Gallup's daily tracking poll results for Obama's rolling approval rating. He hasn't been below 59 percent since Inauguration Day. And as of Tuesday, Obama's daily measured approval ratings stood at 63 percent.
Also keep in mind that in mid-April, Gallup released the polling data for Obama's approval rating for his first full quarter in office:
President Barack Obama averages a 63% approval rating for his first quarter in office -- the highest since President Jimmy Carter averaged 69% in 1977.
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UPDATE: Murdoch's NYPost, lilke WashTimes, does its best to rally the dispirited GOP troops with priceless "100 Days, 100 Mistakes" feature.
UPDATE: More assuring voices, courtesy of Dick Morris: Obama's support is about to crater.
It must not be easy to be a National Review writer these days, what with the most conservative presidency in memory having thoroughly discredited conservatism to the point that people are falling all over themselves in their rush to leave the Republican Party. So, if you're a National Review writer, what do you do to cheer yourself up? You make a lame Al-Gore-said-he-invented-the-Internet joke:
Gore Credit-taking Prediction [Jack Fowler]
I'm calling this way in advance: in 2021 or thereabouts Al Gore will say "I invented the single-molecule nano-vehicle."
Get it? Get it? Ten years ago, Al Gore said* he invented the Internet, so in 12 years, he's going to claim he invented something else. Ha!
It's been ten years. It's probably time to give it a rest.
* No. He didn't.
Fleisher appeared on Fox News this afternoon to criticize Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to jump to the Democratic Party today.
Specifically, Fleisher thought Specter's move was dishonorable and that Specter should have done what Sen. Joe Lieberman did in CT when he faced a tough inner-party challenge: take his lumps in the primary and then run as an independent in the general election.
You know there is a case where somebody actually did it honorably, and that was Joe Lieberman. He stood his ground, stood his principles, lost his primary and said I have more to offer, and ran as an Independent in a 3-way race, and the people of Connecticut elected him. Sen. Specter could have chosen that path. It would have been the more honorable, principled path.
Slight problem. According to PA election law, a candidate who loses a primary challenge cannot run in the general election, even if he/she becomes an independent.
Hint: It ain't good.
Two recent headlines:
Gibbs gives nonanswers at briefing
Obama gets ahead of prompter
The first 'news' story was about how WH spokesman Robert Gibbs did not fully answers all the questions posed to him at Monday's daily briefing, which, in the longview of WH briefings, is equivalent to the headline, "Sun rises in the east." (Think Scott McClellan and Ari Fleischer for the masters of the nonanswer.) But Gibbs did it this week so according to Politico, it was news.
The second 'news' item was, sadly, pretty self-explanatory.
It's like Politico knew I was going to write a column called "100 Days of the media's trivial pursuits."
With Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party, Al Franken will be the 60th Democratic Senator Senator caucusing as a Democrat when he is eventually seated. That has led to a lot of media speculation that Norm Coleman, the Republican Senator Franken defeated last Fall, to continue to drag out his lawsuits, preventing Franken from being seated for as long as possible. Now Politico's Glenn Thrush reports that Coleman's campaign has released a statement "regarding Sen. Specter's party switch" in which Coleman's campaign manager insists they will "keep on fighting."
So, it seems pretty clear that Coleman is not "fighting" to win, but rather to keep Franken from being seated for as long as possible (why else would they have a statement on Specter's switch?) And the media knows this; that has been clear in their comments about Coleman today. So when will they begin asking and investigating the obvious question: What's in it for Coleman? What does he get in return for delaying Franken's seating as long as he can?
Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, talking about the Specter switch, and sounding more like a Republican Party activist than a journalist (for the second time today):
The problem is that the Republican Party has become a Southern, conservative party. Our leaders have been George W. Bush from Texas, Tom DeLay from Texas, Newt Gingrich from Georgia, Dick Armey from Texas. We are a party that talks with a Southern twang. There is good reason why we have been culturally disconnected from New England, good reason why we have been culturally disconnected from the Pacific Northwest, good reason why we've been disconnected from California and the Midwest.
Or it does, and also plays dumb very well. (Distinct possibility.)
Here's Rick Klein's Note lede today, as he props up the claim that Obama gets a free pass from the press:
This is a fun day to play an old game: What would we be buzzing about if George W. Bush was still president? What, that is, would the storyline be the day after a fighter jet and a plane used as Air Force One spooked New York City, all for a photo op?
President Obama probably doesn't have to find out -- and therein rests a very big secret to his early success. This is Day 99, and proclamations to the contrary notwithstanding, the honeymoon is not over.
See, Obama's got it made because the press didn't make a big deal about the plane that spooked NYC. But boy, if it had happened under Bush, the press would have played it up big time!
Yeah, except that the plane story's A1, above-the-fold news in the New York Times today, has been all over the web for 24 hours, and been covered regularly (relentlessly?) on TV. Except for that, The Note is right that the fly-by story failed to create a news buzz.