That from Rasmussen on the President’s woes:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26 (see trends).
This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010. Additionally, the level of Strong Approval matches the lowest yet recorded. By way of comparison, President Bush had ratings near the end of his second term in the minus 30s.
By way of comparison, Bush didn’t have a complicit media attempting to buck him up at every turn, quite the contrary. Too bad that can’t be filtered into the results. Nevertheless, it’s not good news for the President.
But hey, Michael Malone has a suggestion:
Mr. President, I have a suggestion: resign.
I don’t mean that in a flippant, or even partisan, way. Rather, let me explain how a smart resignation, properly done, can be a ‘win’ for all parties involved – not least yourself.
First, let me establish the basis for my argument by pointing out that, whatever your hopes, the economy isn’t going to turn around and save you. The only economic ‘miracles’ are those that result from a society dedicating itself fully to certain economic realities. That isn’t going to happen under your administration. Everybody in the U.S., (well, maybe not Paul Krugman), knows what it will take to turn our economy around: low taxes, a reversal of the runaway expansion of government, the unleashing of domestic energy sources, lifting the crushing weight of too many government regulations, and establishing a predictable economic environment that allows companies large and small to make long-term plans and that supports entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Even your fellow leftists and Progressives know that this is the prescription for restoring America’s economic health. I’m pretty sure that you know it too. But there is a big difference between knowing something and being willing to do it. It is obvious that you aren’t willing to take these steps, not just because it would render your first two years in office into one giant mistake, but because it would repudiate almost everything in which you have ever believed, every hero you’ve ever had, and every dream you’ve ever pursued.
Even with what little we know about you and your past, Mr. President, it is hard to believe you would ever accept such a public about-face, much less its implied confession of utter failure. And even if you did, no one would believe you – they would assume it is a lie or trick. At this point there is simply no way that you personally can remove volatility from our economy. So, that means only one thing: it’s not going to get any better. And with Operation Gunwalker out there, as well as everything from Tony Rezko to the army of Birthers, it’s likely to get a whole lot worse, both for you and the United States of America.
Now, consider the alternative. You step down. Undefeated. The Democrat party, currently faced with the prospect of, at best, devastating losses in 2012, and at worst, a generation wandering the wilderness, now has a chance to mount a comeback. Biden isn’t going to run again, and being Old School, he’ll craft some kind of compromise deal with the GOP House that will accomplish most of what you can’t bring yourself to do. If the beginnings of a turn-around can be achieved by November 2012, the Dems might be able to salvage something to build upon – and your tenure will be remembered as only a brief, and unpleasant, interregnum.
He’s got more. It’s pretty sound advice.
Obama of course won’t take it.
H/T for the Malone piece to Matteo.