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Obama’s Upswing

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According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, President Obama is enjoying an upsurge of popular support — his approval rating is up 8 percentage points since December.  This follows his highly successful speech in Tucson last week and sets him up nicely, going into his State of the Union address next week. Peggy Noonan’s column in this morning’s Wall Street Journal provides interesting commentary on what, in her view, he should try to accomplish in that speech. Although I don’t agree with her on every point, I certainly agree that his address comes at a crucial moment in his presidency and provides him with a real breakthrough opportunity. 

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  1. Why do you assume this upswing is due to his Tuscon speech? This is also over the same timeframe that he has begun to listen to the mood of the electorate and finally moved away from the more odious and ridiculous liberal orthadoxy and moved to the center (e.g., refused to raise taxes and began working cooperatively with Republicans.)
    Did you ever stop to think that maybe these are the types of moves that engender the support of average Americans?

  2. Note that I didn’t say the upswing was “due to” the Tucson speech. I merely said it “followed” it. I agree that the upswing is a result of Obama’s move toward the center, as the White House puts pragmatism over ideology. See: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/01/reagan-and-obama-pragmatism-ascendant/70411/

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