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The public turned out to have a mind of its own. On March 13, a New York Times/CBS News poll found that Obama’s approval rating had dropped to 41 percent from 50 percent a month earlier. The Times story on the poll explained that the change reflected “volatility” and stressed that “polls capture only a particular moment in time.” About the media frenzy of the preceding month, the story said only this:
In recent weeks, there has been much debate over the government’s role in guaranteeing insurance coverage for contraception, including for those who work for religious organizations. The poll found that women were split as to whether health insurance plans should cover the costs of birth control and whether employers with religious objections should be able to opt out.
Actually, the poll found that by 51 percent to 40 percent, respondents believed employers should “be allowed to opt out of covering [birth control] based on religious or moral objections.” The gap grew when the question referred specifically to religiously affiliated institutions, with 57 percent favoring an opt-out and only 36 percent opposing it.
That is, a majority agreed with the Blunt Amendment, while barely a third supported the Obama position, which the media had trumpeted as a sure winner—and which, at this writing, it looks impossible for the president to reverse without infuriating his political base.
If Obama is re-elected, it will be in spite of, not because of, his promise of an abortifacient in every pot. If not, it will be in part because he believed the liberal media’s false assurances that the public was on his side.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online