Strictly Business, Nothing Personal

Yesterday, toward the end of a post taking issue with Andy McCarthy for using shoddy sourcing to raise questions about President Obama’s biography, I noted that what’s driving down Obama’s approval ratings are his positions on the issues, not concerns about him personally. I just wanted to add some data to back up my point.

If you examine the recent Pew survey titled, “Obama’s Ratings Slide Across the Board” you will find that he has a 54 percent approval rating overall, while on any given issue, he polls lower: a minority of 42 percent approve of Obama‚Äôs handling of health care; just 38 percent approve of his stewardship of the economy; and a mere 32 percent like the way he is handling the budget deficit. Yet if you keep scrolling down you will notice that an overwhelming 74 percent of Americans say they like Obama personally, compared with just 12 percent who say they dislike him.

So, putting aside any disagreements that may exist between McCarthy and I concerning Obama’s biography, from a purely pragmatic perspective, the best chance conservatives have toward stoping Obama from implementing big government policies that will damage our country, is to focus our critcisms on intellegently explaining why his policies are failing and why his proposals will prove destructive. The American people have already decided that they generally like Obama the person, and barring a smoking gun, that isn’t going to change in the near future, and certainly not by peddling stories based on pure speculation. Focusing on Obama the person rather than on his policies doesn’t help stop the march toward socialism, if anything, it accelerates it.