‘obama surges to lead against generic republican’

TPM: Beset by debt ceiling woes, President Obama has been trailing behind a hypothetical “generic Republican” in recent polls. But no longer! The latest from Gallup has him moving into a solid lead.

According to the monthly survey, which was conducted from August 4-7, Obama would win 45-39 against “the Republican party’s candidate.” The previous two polls from Gallup had the generic GOPer running strong with a 47-39 lead in July and 44-39 lead in June.

Despite widespread anger at Washington over the last month’s debt ceiling negotiations and a week of brutal financial news, several polls this week have suggested that Obama and the Democratic brand are hanging tough for now. A look at Obama’s approval ratings across all 50 states released on Monday showed him gaining ground in a number of critical states since the Democrats’ disastrous midterm election. A CNN poll on Tuesday showed the Republican party more unpopular than ever in the wake of the debt ceiling fight while Democrats are holding steady.

Thank you Loriah πŸ˜‰

77 Responses to “‘obama surges to lead against generic republican’”

  1. August 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Hard work will pay off and we will prevail. Take that you generic Republican.

    Yesterday the President announced fuel efficiency standards for trucks. Today I have a story that makes a nice companion piece, I have also included a video or him speaking about how energy efficiency grows the economy.

    DOE Announces 6 New Corporate Partners Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

    • 2 JoJothecat
      August 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Randi Rhoades radio show yesterday aired “Rush Limpballs” ranting against the president because he cancelled his trip to promote fuel efficient trucks. Little did Limpballs know he was advertising good news to soomeone who happened to hear his show (hee hee). The President of course was there to receive and pay respects to the fallen soldiers and their families at dover air field. Something the Republican-president-who-started-all-these-wars-never-did meet with families or the dead soldiers.

  2. August 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Some good news for Arizona
    Department of Energy Finalizes a $967 Million Loan Guarantee to Support the Agua Caliente Solar Project

    included a video of President Obama discussing the importance of solar energy.


  3. 4 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Well obviously that Waukeshaw county in Wisconsin has not caught on to the Republican disenchantment across America. I’m sure witht he Super Committee coming up they and everyone else will have more opportunities to be disappointed and angry at the Teathug party. STAY TUNED!! ………..and KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! πŸ˜‰

    • 5 57andFemale
      August 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      It’s a blood-red area but I was still hopeful. You might as well be in Kentucky as Wisconsin. They are the first to blame Democrats and immigrants for all their ills.

  4. 6 CTGirl
    August 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

    WE have a lot of work to do, but I have faith in President Obama and faith and hard work is a winning combination!

  5. 7 ChristiMtl
    August 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    BREAKING: Kyl, Toomey and Portman to represent Senate GOP on super committee

    • August 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Is that good or bad?

    • 11 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Not a shock. Portman is our TEATHUG Senator here from the Buckeye state of Ohio. It is obvious with this selection nothing will get accomplished. Tea Party Fascist on one side and Moderate Dems on the other. WOW!!

    • August 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

      I called this list completely yesterday! Toomey is former President of Club for Growth – anti tax all the way. Portman is one of the people who got the US into this mess in the first place as one of Bush’s CBO’s and Bush’s US Trade Rep in 2005 and 2006. Kyl is Senate whip and retiring. So you have McConnell’s whip and two freshmen senators who rode in on the teabagger wave.

      • 13 askew
        August 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

        What’s funny is that the media is already spinning these 3 as moderate choices and showing that McConnell wants compromise.

        • 14 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

          Their spin won’t be able to HIDE the fact of who they really are once the public witnesses that the TEATHUGS will continue to refuse to produce any revenues especially by raising taxes for the rich. Stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

        • 15 57andFemale
          August 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

          Are you effing kidding me?!?!

      • 16 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        August 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        Yep. Portman is crooked as a jigsaw puzzle and he lies in bed with our CROOKED TeaGov John Kasich. It is sickening in Ohio. I know the pain of Wisconsin first hand. 😦

    • 17 ChristiMtl
      August 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Well they all signed Grover Norquist’s pledge, so what the heck can anything come out out of this?

      Oh the other end, these traitors all signed the pledge except, 7 in the House and 6 in Senate. What choice do they hate?

    • August 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Seeing this line-up, Kerry was a mistake. We needed somebody with fiscal/economic heft on or side to counter Portman and Toomey. I would have sent Merkley or Coons.

  6. 25 Esmerelda
    August 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    And polling was done during the downgrade. Dare I hope that voters realize who to blame for this mess?

  7. 26 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Folks we have the hardest working Prez since FDR in the Whtiehouse. There is always hope with this brilliant man at the helm. We must never get disponded or discouraged over the 24/7 media bashing toward the Dems and the President. The Wisconsin vote is a move in the right direction. Those 2 Victories were Red leaning districts and we should have got the third. Being outspent 6 to 1 and totally relying on ground troops we did quite well. Don’t despair Obamabots. We will overcome the MSM hailstorm and PREVAIL!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 27 cuphalffull
      August 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Makes me think of the history we learned about the outnumbered and out financed Continental army against the might of Britain at the time. I listened to Tom Hartman talk about the real underpinnings of the Tea Party and how it directly related to monopolies and corporate might against the small business owner and shop keeper. We can do this and we will prevail.

  8. August 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Love it when companies go Solar…this time the Washington Redskins putting up clear solar panels over parking: http://energy.gov/articles/solar-re-skin-fedex-field

    • 30 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Tien Le. There are so many little things that this Administration is accomplishing that the majority of Americans are not aware of. Keep the good news coming. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!

    • 31 carol in ky
      August 10, 2011 at 11:43 am

      That’s a pretty interesting article, and shows what can be done when we put our minds to saving the planet.
      Fist bump to the Washington Redskins πŸ™‚

  9. August 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This, my friends, is what drives the beltway media, the GOP and some on the left bat sh*t crazy. No matter the mud and the vile they throw at this president, lots of people see that he is working for America. He is calm and rational.

  10. 33 lmrj
    August 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I know that Bernie Sanders is an Independent and cannot primary PBO, but I keep getting the nagging feeling the firebaggers are in the background pushing for him to run in the general election to split off votes from PBO. Not out of the question since hamsher and norquist formed their unholy union. With the t-publicans wanting PBO to fail so badly, they might even finance a run by Sanders. Thoughts anyone?

    • 34 ber6964
      August 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

      They may think it but it’s not going to happen Bernie Sanders is a left wing loon!

      • 35 Anonymous
        August 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        He can’t even win his own state against Obama.

      • 36 Lovepolitics2008
        August 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

        Mr. Sanders is very passionate and ideological. However, he has his ego in check and has demonstrated some pragmatism in the past ( voted for ACA and defended the good in it for example). There is NO WAY he’s going to do something to split the anti-republican vote in 2012.

        • 37 chiara
          August 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          I agree. I actually like Bernie, he’s got a lot of integrity and is fighting for the people who should be fought for and that is the middle class and the poor. Just because he is left of Obama does not make him a loon nor a duplicitous snake like Jane Hamsher. Hamsher and Green are not good enough to like Bernie Sanders’ or Obama’s boots.

          • 38 theo67
            August 11, 2011 at 3:11 am

            Bernie Sanders was calling for a primary by some as yet unidentified Democrat just last month. I have no doubt of his passion and left-wing bonafides, but this was a stupid thing to do – especially in an election year, with so much at stake for the middle class and a united front of evil ganged up against the President and openly declaring their primary mission to destrroy President Obama.

    • August 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Naah. I don’t see it. Even Sanders knows the stakes.

    • August 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      I don’t imagine the universe of people who would vote for Bernie Sanders for POTUS is very large. Mostly dKos, Hamsher and Glennzilla readers.

    • 41 57andFemale
      August 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Sanders is not running. He never said he wanted to run. But by all means, looney left, put all your energy into drafting a Sanders/Kucinich ticket with Anthony Weiner as press secretary.

      Concentrate on that, please. Forget that Barack Obama is the President and put all your energy into an independent run by Sanders. Please.

      • 42 lmrj
        August 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

        “put all your energy into an independent run by Sanders. Please.” LOL… LOL… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        Thanks all. Not so nervous now.

  11. August 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has appointed Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to serve on the deficit supercommittee.

    Hensarling called Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid Ponzi schemes and Camp is on record saying that social insurance programs are promises that won’t be kept.

    Best we can hope for is no deal and that the trigger is pulled.

  12. 46 dotster
    August 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    MSNBC is really on an anti-Obama tear. After Contessa and Jonathan Alter kept saying Obama has to “do something!” and saying he’s being criticized from right and left, Contessa reads all the anti-Obama smears from columnists, including Maureen Dowd—again. And now they are giving RNC Chair Reince Priebus a whole segment to criticize and lie about Obama. I am so disgusted today. The media is in complete take down mode. I have never seen anything like it, for ANY president.

    • August 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      They want the president to do something about what?

      • 48 dotster
        August 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        Everything. Fix the world. Find jobs for everyone. Want him to be more like W. Don’t want him to go on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. No vaca for you, Mr. President, who works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, the first president to ever receive that brilliant advice. It’s the most unfair, unwarranted attack ever.

      • 49 chiara
        August 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        They want him to come out with a big jobs package and send it to Congress, which actually isn’t a bad idea. Although we know they would do nothing with it, it would show the entire country that he is serious about jobs (which we know he is) and that he is trying to do something, he has a plan and then let the Republicans reject it and show the American people where they stand.

        He can’t come at it in bits and pieces because the American public can’t digest the information like that and the Republicans can respond in bits and pieces. It needs to be a big, bold plan that he can talk about while he’s out on his tour this month and then when Congress is back in session he can respond to what surely will be their rejection.

        • August 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

          Oh please. they want Obama to give them something tangible to talk about. They don’t care whether its big or small or bits and pieces. They just want something to rip apart, lie about, and distort. If any of these news folks actually cared about a good bill our country wouldn’t be in this mess.

    • 52 DTTM
      August 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      thankfully, very few people watch MSNBC…250k to 500k during the day…

    • 53 Fred
      August 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      it’s funny how they are up the President’s behind yet the Congress is on bloody vacation πŸ™„

    • 54 Lovepolitics2008
      August 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Full panic mode and crying “Daddy ! Daddy ! Save us !”

      NO ONE who criticizes the President has any concrete suggestion that could be enacted in this political environment. All I hear is a bunch of fantasies.

  13. 55 ChristiMtl
    August 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Oh the irony!:

    Fox News’ Fox Nation website, was forced to close comments on a post about President Obama that referred to his 50th birthday as a “Hip-Hop BBQ.” The post spurred a slew of comments that the network deemed racist.

    “We found many of the comments to be offensive and inappropriate, and they have been removed,” Fox News executive vp programming Bill Shine said.

  14. 57 gd4pbo
    August 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Un-frickin-believable! Is there anything the rethugs won’t blame PBO for?


    Mr. Funny Name should shut the hell up!

    • 58 Jalenth
      August 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      It goes to show you that they have their talking points and not matter the question the answer is the same. Remember during the VP debate between Biden and Palin, when she was asked a question she said she wasn’t going to answer those questions, she just wanted to tell us what she wanted to. She was dumb enough to say it that way, but that’s how they operate. No matter the question, stick to your talking points.

  15. 59 Anonymous
    August 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Kyl is a scumbag and is not seeking re-election next year (thank the Lord). He will do everything in his power to keep this committee from working. He was part of the debt-ceiling gang and walked out with Cantor in talks with the President.

  16. 61 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    For anyone interested, Press Secretary Jay Carney is scheduled to brief the jackals at 12:30 p.m. ET


    I can’t wait to hear the snarky question from Norah O’Donnell as she sits on her perch in the front row with her legs crossed. Yesterday she looked up at Jay Carney and asked – Why doesn’t President Obama just call congress back from vacation?

  17. 63 Roberta in MN
    August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I started watching Morning Joe and just couldn’t do it, I lasted 2 minutes. This is what it is going to be like for the next year. However, you have to give OFA, the DNC their due, they will be up to snuff and will prevail. We just have to have a positive attitude in spite of the shit that is on TV. I don’t turn it on anymore during the day or night. If I want to watch something, I do it on line and only the segment that I want. I am in MN so we aren’t quite as bad here, but I think that will change. Do we know where the President will be in Southern Minnesota? I live near the border, I sure would like to be in the receiving line. πŸ™‚

  18. 64 CEB
    August 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Let’s not sound defeated before the process begins. The president and his team know way more about these people, their backgraounds and the way that they function than we ever will; they are not naive. Let’s wait to see what happens.

    • August 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Hear Hear! Besides, all they get to do is bring proposals to the table. And even if they wanted to cut SS, Medicare and Medicaid, they are sequestered from the process, except on the supplier side. Where’s the worry?

  19. August 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    OT: Chips…I normally use ctrl + to enlarge text on my browser so I don’t see the right-hand column at all, until yesterday when I was actually looking for something specific so used ctrl – to bring it down to normal size and what did I see? You have my blog on your blog roll! Bless your heart. I had no idea. Thank you so much!

  20. August 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    this is why we need PBO exactly as he is. No drama obama. The entire reason the Democratic brand is holding strong is because of PBO. He is the one distinguishable difference in the sea of crazy. You got right wing loonies running their mouths off, you got left wing loonies running their mouths off. And then you’ve got PBO as the only adult in the room. People don’t want posturing. At the end of the day, they want someone who will get the job done or will at least fight hard and try their very best to get the job done, and when Americans look at PBO, that’s what they see: someone who will get the job done. If we had some left wing ideologue as President, the repugs would be gaining traction. Instead, people are seeing just how crazy the repugs are and they are giving PBO the benefit of the doubt and they are also putting their confidence in him directly and the Democrats indirectly. PBO is da shizzz!!! Any tool who thinks they can primary him deserves a loooooong stay in a mental institution.

    • 68 lmrj
      August 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Lisa, you’re right. HE IS ALWAYS the ONLY ADULT and the only stabilizing influence. Thank God for him!

  21. 69 lmrj
    August 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I have stopped watching anything resembling “MSM news” for the past two weeks. Now I’m not as stressed as I was when I was watching. Get my news from local radio stations, and items posted online. Mostly political news from here and Twitter feeds. “MSM news” is nothing but opinion not facts, so I chose to read the Op-eds and blogs and watch segments of my choosing online. Takes more time, but much happier now. THANK GOD I found TOD!!! Chipsticks, you’re saving my sanity.

    • 70 ber6964
      August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      I’m with you the MSM is always screaming that the President has to do something!
      Meanwhile he’s always working, something gets done and finished almost every other week and
      they are so busy yelling they don’t notice how much he’s gotten done in the last 2 and a half years!
      If he a decent congress and senate there would be no limits as to how much he could have gotten done.

    • 71 Puddin'
      August 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      lmrj, me to…I only watch the Rev. I can’t take 2 minutes of MSM anymore,

  22. August 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Speaking of good news, I read on twitter yesterday (unconfirmed) that oil was down to $80 a barrel, which is where it should have been all along. We get to credit Obama for releasing some oil from the strategic oil reserve and looking into the speculators for helping the process of getting oil back down. This is stuff you’ll never here from the shoot-from-the-hip crowd on the Left.

  23. August 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I am so glad that I found this blog. You have literally saved my life. All of my friends and family(enemies included), I refer them here because I do not trust anything on MSM or newspapers, magazines. I used to visit Mrs. O a website where FLOTUS admirers critique or approve her fashions. After the debit ceiling debates, I posted a request to help our POTUS after his eloquent speech sent to We, The People, and did the s*** hit the fan, so to speak. I do not think I am welcome because I have not been able to log on. Maybe I am just doing it wrong. I am a volunteer and frequent contributor to OFA and I sacrifice movies, eating out, taxis to do what I can. I enjoy the information that you, as a family, share with each other. And I pledge to do all that I can to help re-elect this gift from God that he predestined for us at a time like this. He is blessed and so are we to have the heart, mind and spirit to receive and know a gift from God himself. I am so encouraged and feel so powerful when I come here and I am so glad that there are others who love and care for this compassionate and loving First Family. He belongs to ALL of us and I am so glad to be in the number. Be patient with me while grasp technology. I have always been one to step out on faith and not to sit around…..DO SOMETHING! Every day is a blessing when I wake up to know that our God loves us so much, He sent us POB. Seize the moment!

    • 74 utaustinliberal
      August 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Hey LDS. Welcome welcome welcome to the family. Any Obama supporter is welcome to this haven. We all realize how hard he has worked and the uphill battle it will be to re-elect him and we’re all glad to have one more voice, one more hand, one more medium to join in the fight to give this wonderful President a second term.

      ps: I saw your commentary on Mrs.O about the debt ceiling debate, the nefarious methods the GOP were dealing in and the call to action by our President for all citizens to make our voices heard. I thought your commentary was spot on. Once again welcome. πŸ™‚

    • 75 theo67
      August 11, 2011 at 3:13 am

      Welcome, LDS!

  24. 77 carolyn
    August 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I love it….man with the funny name says Obama is to blame for Republicans’ fall in popularity……!!! Let’s reframe that…..President Obama has been so good he gets the CREDIT for the Republicans’ falling popularity!!! They are the ones to blame for their falling popularity with their stupid, idiotic antics. He’s used those stupid antics, stayed calm, and raised his own popularity while helping diminish theirs. Way to go!!!Let’s start reframing all the Republicans’ stupid statements, we can do that, and tweet and email those reframes to those that matter. i.e.”Republican hacks try to outguess Obama’s strategy if Romney runs. Wrong again.”

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