Ta-Nehisi Coates: Stunning. Pitch perfect. No idea how it’ll play. Don’t care right now. Maybe I’ll care later. But for now, I just felt it was a stunning exercise in political minimalism. That’s a compliment.
He’s lost the base, right? It’s true: well, he’s lost a masssive 14% of them, leaving a teeny 81% who approve of him. Doomed! (See here)
He’s lost the youth? Sadly, yes – listen to the stony silence that greeted him at North Carolina State University today:
He’s lost the African American community, right? Like this young man at North Carolina State University today?
They’ve turned against the President, now taking their leadership from inspirational figures like Cornel West and Tavis Smiley?
Well, yes, an enormous 5% of the African American community, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, disapprove of the President, a tiny 92% approving of him (up 9% from July). Vindication for West and Smiley, then.
But what about Hispanics, his figures are tanking there, right?
Well yeah, look at their outright hostility towards the Obamas at tonight’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala:
See? An ugly, baying mob, just looking for the President’s blood.
But, back to that poll – it has him at 57%-38% with Hispanics, up from 45%-48% in July. Crikey, that’s rather friendly baying.
Honestly, it’s just so hard to imagine why Hispanics/Latinos aren’t more attracted to the GOP:
He’s looking at you. Have you contacted members of Congress yet about the jobs bill?
The ever magnificent What is Working has all the contact details you’ll need
Enough of this positivity: the New York result was a disaster, right?
Well, it certainly wasn’t pretty, the fool that is Weprin (D) was trounced in Brooklyn (but actually won in Queens) but the notion that the district had ever been an Obama-loving hot-spot is kind of comical – as Nate Silver put it, “I doubt that there was any district in the country (in 2008), perhaps outside a few remnants of the “Solid South,” where so many enrolled Democrats voted against Mr. Obama”.
And as Steve Kornacki pointed out, “Obama performed one point worse there than John Kerry had in 2004 and 12 points worse than Al Gore had in 2000”.
So, New York’s Ninth Congressional District was never big on the President. I’ll leave you to speculate why.
Nate Silver: “Roughly 40 percent of voters in the Ninth District are Jewish, 20 times the rate in the country as a whole. Moreover, and perhaps more important, many of those voters are Orthodox Jews, who often have starkly different political viewpoints than Reform or secular Jews, and who are extremely rare in the United States outside a few spots in the New York region.”
So, no, Jews haven’t turned against the President, it’s just that Orthodox Jews oppose him – as they always have done.
And don’t forget, Anthony Weiner won the seat in the first place thanks to some real classy race-baiting – see here
Open for Questions: Youth and the American Jobs Act
Harry Reid’s (first!) Twitter Town Hall on Job Creation
Vice President Biden Hosts a “Campaign to Cut Waste” Cabinet Meeting
Dublin, Ireland, May 2011
But Europe hates him, right?
President Barack Obama remains highly popular in Europe, with 75 percent in 12 EU nations approving his handling of global affairs, a poll said Wednesday.
He is also much better liked than his predecessor George W. Bush, whose rating in Europe was just 20 percent in 2008, said the Transatlantic Trends poll by the German Marshall Fund.
Obama’s success in eliminating Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden appeared to be a factor in his popularity in the EU, with 73 percent backing his efforts to fight international terrorism.
(There’s a PDF at the link with all the poll findings)
Yep, he’s still looking at you.
If you love him and everything he has achieved and everything he stands for, fight for him – contact Congress now, and donate if you can.