It looks like the past few weeks of political ratfuckery by the Republicans is having the desired effect:
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama comes out of what was arguably the worst week of his presidency with his approval rating holding steady, according to a new national poll.
According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president's approval rating was at 51% in CNN's last poll, which was conducted in early April.http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/have-new-controversies-hurt-obama-has-gop-overreacted/?hpt=hp_t1
OOPS! Maybe not.
The Gadfly does not know why conservatives are seemingly incapable of learning from their past mistakes. Their failed attempt to impeach Bill Clinton for his hide the executive sausage dalliance with Monica Lewinsky backfired so spectacularly badly that Clinton left office with the highest public approval rating (74%) in the history of presidential approval polling. And now they are repeating that history with their attempted ratfucking of Obama over the trifecta of goosed scandals which they've been desperately pimping for the past few weeks now.
The Gadfly is not at all averse to investigating the Obama administration for legitimate wrongdoing. But the fact of the matter is that the Benghazi and IRS "scandals" are so obviously partisan fishing expeditions and the AP phone records subpoenaing has national security ramifications, so is it any wonder then that the American people are showing a not so surprising level of apathy towards the GOP's contrived outrage on these issues?
To underscore the futility of it all even further, the Republicans, in their zeal to stick it to Obama, seem to have forgotten that the country is in the midst of one of the worst economic periods in history and it hasn't dawned on them at all that Americans might be a tad more interested in knowing what the GOP's plans are for bringing back jobs, or fixing the nation's irreparably broken health care system, or shoring up Social Security, or immigration reform, or reforming our indisputably corrupt campaign finance apparatus, or even holding the people who directly caused the financial meltdown to begin with accountable for the laws which everybody and their fucking mother knows that they have broken.
The GOP will have their fair chance in the 2014 mid-terms and the 2016 election to present their competing views and policies to the American people. If The Gadfly were advising the GOP honchos, he would recommend strongly that they yank the leash hard on their Teabagging attack dogs and begin the process of demonstrating to the American people the justifications as to why their party is worthy of giving the opportunity to govern America again. If, however, they fail to heed The Gadfly's advice, The Gadfly foresees the Republican party risking becoming a near perennial minority party for years to come (not that that is a terribly bad thing - considering their present attributes).
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much - it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."
~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt