Barack Obama spent part of his Christmas vacation doing what he always seems to do: play golf. He probably enjoys playing so much, because in golf, you can take a mulligan… a do-over. Oh, if only that were true in politics. I’m sure as the election results poured in on that November night that Obama was wishing he could have a mulligan. But he can’t. Soon he will face a new Congress with its own agenda, and an electorate that wants change… not change that Obama believes in, but conservative change. Obama has double-bogeyed his last two years, now its time for conservatives to show what they can do.
So, where does Obama stand as the new year begins? According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, “the number of American adults calling themselves Republicans in December increased by one percentage point from November to 37.0%.” People associating themselves with the Democrat label fell to 33.7%.
Those figures reflect the largest number of Republicans in the nation since December 2004 and the lowest number of Democrats ever recorded in tracking since November 2002.
It’s the second straight month that Rasmussen Reports polling has found more people identifying as Republicans than Democrats. Prior to November, that had never happened before.
Obama’s personal poll numbers are equally bad. According to Rasmussen, only 26% of those surveyed strongly approve of the job he is doing. Thirty-nine percent strongly dissaprove, and his overall approval rating stands at 47%.
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What’s funny (or maybe not) is that Obama is saying the same things he has said for two years. In The Hill, Obama is reported as urging Congress to… guess what? You got it. He’s urging them to “put politics aside in the name of working to boost the economy.” Amazing. Did Obama put politics aside with health care? Or wasteful, debt financed stimulus? Time and time again, Obama has asked Republicans to “put politics aside” so that he could be as political as he wanted to be.
The first “political” battle will come over health care. According to The Hill, a vote will be held next week on repealing the health care law.
The incoming House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), announced Monday that the vote will take place on Jan. 12, one week after Republicans take control of the House.
Republicans posted the two-page legislation Monday night on the website of the House Rules Committee, in keeping with their pledge to post bills at least 72 hours before they come to the floor for a vote. A procedural vote on the bill will occur Friday, Cantor’s office said.
Fox News reports that Democrats have vowed to block any repeal of Obama’s health care law.
Obama has his hands full as the new year begins. This is real life, not golf. There are no mulligans. The American people did not like the direction he was taking the country. The question is, does he change his tune or keep plowing forward with the same left-wing agenda? We’ll soon know the answer.