Next year’s election will not be about Osama bin Laden.
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Perhaps more important than this headline number is the internal data in the poll: There was zero increase in job approval among Democrats, nine points among independents, and 12 points among Republicans. The gain among Republicans will be extremely short lived, as will much of the gain among independents — who have been tracking very closely to Republicans on most political poll topics in the past year. The job approval gain Republicans will result in zero additional votes for President Obama in next November’s election. The lack of gain among Democrats will thus not translate into additional Obama volunteers or campaign contributions. And the lasting political impact of bin Laden’s death on independents will, by their nature, be somewhere in between, which is to say also of very little benefit to Obama.
Barack Obama and his supporters may be hoping that the killing of Osama bin Laden will boost his slumping re-election chances. That’s why they’re sweating the media’s and public’s reaction to questions about whether bin Laden was or wasn’t shielded by his wife, or whether they should release a picture of bin Laden in which he would have an odd number of eyes (though without seeing the image I can’t tell you whether it’s one or three.)
At the end of the day, however, all that matters is high unemployment and crushingly high gasoline prices and the understanding by the public, which comes around sooner or later, that Obama-ism is bad for our economic health. So even with Obama’s re-election odds back down to 60%, I’m still selling.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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