Obama’s approval was up a fair amount after the election, but now it’s down again somewhat. I can’t get too excited about it one way or the other.
This election only served to underscore something that was already becoming apparent, which is that Obama’s approval rating would hover close to 50% even if he brought a brace of cocker spaniel puppies onto a stage and strangled them to death with his bare hands in front of the audience. Yes, every now and then his rating has dipped down to somewhere in the 40s, but that seems to represent liberals and/or leftists thinking he’s done something that’s too right-wing for them, or not left-wing enough.
Perhaps the left is angry at him now because he didn’t completely wipe the floor with Republicans during the fiscal cliff negotiations, although he did his level best to diss and demonize them. Perhaps some people are a bit miffed at the expense of his Hawaii vacation. At any rate, these up and downs no longer really interest me, except as a reflection of the state of mind of the American public, because in his second term Obama is no longer shackled by any need to be re-elected. So if he wants to he can completely ignore these ratings and do whatever he pleases.
Those of you who think he will try to run for a third term will disagree with that assessment, no doubt. I don’t think he’ll try to do that, although if he or his supporters did, I would not be surprised in the least. However, I would be very surprised if they succeeded by the means outlined in the Constitution. They simply do not have the majorities to do it, either in Congress or in the states.
Extra-constitutional means? I don’t doubt that some on the left would dearly love to. I’ll leave it at that.