RUSH: Have you noticed, ladies and gentlemen, that the more Obama falls in the polls, the more power he seizes? Seems to me that that is the case. Okay, we've got details on the CNN poll. Bad for Obama. Sliding underwater, personal qualities, personal likability slipping away in a CNN poll. CNN distressed. That and more of your phone calls when we get back.
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CNN poll. Devastated, devastated at CNN. "Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way."
Nobody ever noticed this before now at CNN? I mean, Obama's no different today than he was five years ago. Obama's no different today than he was in year two. He's no different today than he was in year three. Obviously the big lie, which again, folks, remember, is very personal in nature, this lie. You like your policy, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep it. That's deeply personal, made even more personal because of all the hype about the importance of health care to staying alive and not bankrupt, that the Democrat Party has made it.
This lie was told for years, day in and day out for years, and it seems to be the thing that has caused people to open their eyes and see Obama as he has always been. He was lying about Romney nonstop during the campaign. Nobody thought to make a big deal of it then. "According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively." Sixty percent say he can't. CNN didn't use the 60% number. They used the 40% number to lessen the impact. "That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll."
I was watching CNN. I had it on here all morning long, and I have yet to see Wolf Blitzer crowing about these new low numbers. Wolf Blitzer has not yet appeared on CNN to report this poll. The middle of the piece here says that Obama's likability numbers are now as low as the numbers of people who agree with him on his policies.
From the article. "Obama's woes are not limited to honesty and his managerial skills. Fifty-six percent say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues."
This is like our caller from the high mountains of New Mexico last week. Her name was Linda. She's the one who said that this could mean people are now finally willing to admit they don't like Obama, when they always haven't. Her point was that these polls are nothing new, that this is the way people have always felt. They've just been scared to death to say so, to each other or even to pollsters. I'm checking the sound bite roster, because I'm wondering if -- no, I thought we had some sound bite today from Democrats worried about this, but that must have been from last week. Anyway, a number of Democrats are upset about this, and there's a companion story to this. Well, actually, it's another version of the same story.
You know what this CNN poll does? It confirms the Washington Post/ABC poll first reported last week and what CBS corroborated, and that is that Obama's approval decline involves more than just his performance. The American public is souring on Obama as a person and as a brand, and that spells trouble for his agenda. And in spite of the media doing everything they can to prop him up. My point last week, and I'll make it again, it took the media four years to get George Bush down to the 36%. The media has not taken Barack Obama down in these polls. They have been trying to stave this off. The media has been trying to prop him up. They are his PR firm.
That's all the media is today, folks. I mean, even more so than saying it's a Democrat Party PR firm, it is a Barack Obama PR firm. Crisis management firm. They don't do news. They're not reporting anything. They simply are doing everything they can to protect Obama, keep his image built up or to keep it from slacking too low. Despite that, the numbers are plummeting. And the personal qualities, the likability and the trust, those are slipping underwater.
The companion story is from Joe Curl at the Washington Times, and it's an opinion piece, and his point here is that the media is ignoring all of the infighting going on in the Democrat Party and ignoring all the abandonment of President Obama. You know, last week -- I hate to keep reminding you of points that I've made, but I feel compelled to, not because I want to remind you I made 'em, but because I think things need a repetition. I have found that a profundity uttered once does not penetrate. A profundity or any point you're trying to make, people need to be hit with it over and over before it registers. And last week I tried to make the point that what I thought was going on was the Democrat Party, over Obamacare and ancillary things, was terrified.
I didn't see the Democrat Party as unified. You have all these Democrat senators up for reelection wanting to abandon Obamacare and delay the individual mandate. Signature issue, willing to walk away from it. The very people who voted for it nevertheless. I don't think they should be allowed to walk away from it. They need to have it hung around their necks. But we never hear about this. We never hear about the internecine battles in the Democrat Party. All we ever hear from the media in their public relations effort for Obama, and in associated ways the Democrat Party, is what a mess the Republicans are in. And there's no question there's internecine battling going on in the Republican Party. But the Democrat Party is not utopia. There is not a whole lot of love and unity taking place.
Let me give you a couple of pull quotes from Joe Curl. "The Democratic Party is ripped to tatters. The fake lovefest that broke out after Hillary Rodham Clinton wandered off into the wilderness in June 2008 is over. She’s back, and so is her troublemaking husband (who last week advised President Obama to 'honor' his commitment on keeping your health insurance -- and he knows about honor).
"More, no one is afraid of the party’s top cop. Nearly 40 Dems bailed on him to support the 'Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013' just a day after Bubba made his pronouncement. They weren’t worried in the least about fallout or retribution. They were busy saving their own skins -- which meant breaking hard from the president. Now, here’s the thing: Republicans, contrary to media reports, were never confused about Obamacare. Not one voted for the bill Mr. Obama signed into law in 2010. That means RINOs, lefty-middle righties, conservatives, tea partyers, moderates, even mavericks -- the whole big tent -- stood as one in opposition to a law they knew was insanity. No dissension there," in the Republican Party over Obamacare. There is dissension in the Republican Party over what to do about it. But there was never any support for it, to make it happen. There's a lot of dissension over what to do about it, but not about the concept of it.
"What they, the worriers, see is simple: The Obamacare story has legs. By month’s end, the website is supposed to work; it won’t. By year’s end, millions are supposed to be signed up; they won’t be. The end of March 2014 is the deadline for enrollment." But that's gonna be moved beyond the election.
"Funny, a year ago, when a second moderate Republican got destroyed [that'd be Romney] by the progressive president, the GOP was worried that it had been banished beyond the wall, destined to spend a generation in the long winter. But then, the law Mr. Obama championed began to take effect, with disastrous results. Oddly, the left doesn’t yet know this simple fact: It will only get worse -- there is no other outcome."
It can only get worse.
RUSH: I mentioned some of the dissent, people worried in the media about Obama not being able to recover. Here's Ron Fournier from last Wednesday.
FOURNIER: And those aren't even the most important numbers. What held up President Bush during his most troubled times in his first and second term were that people, even if they didn't agree with him, they liked him and they trusted him. Same with President Obama. He got through some tough times because people liked him and trusted him. As soon as a president loses that competency and credibility with the public, which Bush did in 2005, and President Obama is now their toast. Especially in their second term. There is really no history of a president in their second term, having come down this far, ever coming back up.
RUSH: Ron Fournier, National Journal, former AP. Remember, they talked people into not liking and trusting Bush. Obama has done it on his own. But his point is, second term, toast, don't recover from it, and it's only going to get worse, everybody knows it.
RUSH: There's an old saying out there that I just heard five seconds ago: "Trust is like virginity. Once you lose it, it's impossible to get it back." Well, stop and think about it. After somebody lies to you the first time, you never fully trust them ever again. If it's a big personal lie, I mean, you may screw up and invest in 'em over and over again and get lied to over and over again, but you never really trust them. (interruption) Obama's so...? (interruption)
I think that's probably right. I think Obama is so much smarter than the rest of us that the concept of not being trusted doesn't compute. "What is that? That's so insignificant." That doesn't challenge him, you're right. Not being trusted, no big deal. He's so far ahead of everybody. That's a mundane thing that... Yeah. Ordinary people, small people, they're the ones concerned with things like trust. But the really big people know that that's just a waste of time -- and that's Obama.
That's from Valerie Jarrett. She told us all these things.
RUSH: Do you remember at the National Prayer Breakfast in January Ben Carson, Dr. Benjamin Carson, put himself on the map by basically just offering an alternative philosophy to health care, essentially free market solutions like I just said, and remember the reaction he got from the media? That's a frontal assault on Obamacare, and they thought he was taking the president on and being disrespectful and all that.
All he was doing, he had his alternative, but it was not a piece of legislation. It was not a new law. We don't need any more laws, for God's sake. We're overwhelmed by law. We need fewer. We need more freedom, free markets, turn people loose with their entrepreneurial creativity. That's how problems get solved. That's where the value of work and products and services is established. Not at the government, not by Democrats' compassion or their caring or any of that.