“One of the results of the class warfare and the divisive rhetoric that the president is using now is that I think he’s slowly whittling his way down to just the core or base Democratic vote,” Cornyn told POLITICO. “And independents are fleeing. That’s not a recipe to win an election where you depend on not only the base vote but also independents.”
President Obama faces a battle for re-election. He is increasingly unpopular and not just with Republicans. Independents are turning away from him in droves.
Now comes an Investors Business Daily/TIPP survey showing, according to IBD, that a "majority of Americans now oppose giving President Obama a second term, and that by 51%-41% respondents in October picking 'someone new deserves a chance,' over Obama 'deserves to be re-elected.' Among independents it was 54%-36%".
And it gets worse. The current ABC News/Washington Post polling finds that 55% of American people believe a Republican will win the election, and 37% that Obama will win. Democrats expect to win by 58% to 33% percent, while Republicans believe they will win 83% to 13%. By 54% to 36%, independents think a Republican will beat Mr. Obama.
Thursday the Senate voted down a "bite sized" piece of the jobs bill legislation. By a vote of 50-50, the bill failed to reach a 60 vote threshold. This vote was for the alleged job creation of public employees (union) such as firefighters, law enforcement and teachers.
Obama and his Democratic allies are acting like they've found a winning issue in repeatedly pressing popular ideas such as infrastructure spending and boosting hiring of police officers and firefighters. The sluggish economy and lower tax revenues have caused many teachers' jobs to be cut over the past several years.
"For the second time in two weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again," Obama said in a statement after the vote. "Every American deserves an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what's necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now."
The public has caught on to the fact that the desperate Obama re-election team has decided to use a divided Congress as a weapon to push his failed policies. The public realizes that the previous spending bills pushed by this administration and Congressional Democrats have failed miserably.
According to the AP-GfK poll, Obama's party has lost the faith of the public on handling the economy. In the new poll, only 38 percent said they trust Democrats to do a better job than Republicans in handling the economy, the first time Democrats have fallen below 40 percent in the poll. Some 43 percent trust the Republicans more.
President Obama and a few in his party's base seem to be the only ones who any longer believe that Republicans are not putting forth alternatives to the big government legislation Obama is determined to sign into law. He stubbornly clings to his outmoded political ideology which has been proven to be ineffective in today's economic climate. The solution doesn't lie in throwing more money at cities and states for quick, short term employment of public employees. That money ends and the jobs are cut all over again.
The Senate vote came as President Obama finished up a three day taxpayer funded bus tour to two important swing states in his re-election bid - North Carolina and Virginia. Claiming it was to gin up support for his jobs bill, he did nothing but criticize Republicans for opposing more of his failed policies in the legislation. He claimed Republicans were too stupid to understand the total jobs bill so he was going to break it up into "bite sized" pieces. He bullied them by saying that Republicans would have to explain to voters why they didn't vote for the bill.
Republicans are happy to do the explaining. It has been going on for quite some time. The Republican led House of Representatives has passed several jobs bills which the Democratically controlled Senate has refused to even debate, much less bring up for a vote. That is fact.