Since the November election, Obama seems to have gone into a “screw you guys, I’m doing what I want” mode. He said he’d veto the Keystone pipeline, support free college education, work for policies to fight climate change, argue for gay marriage before the Supreme Court, raise taxes on the very wealthy, and allow illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Tie that into his policies that removed us from a recession and thrown us into the lowest unemployment rate and strongest economy we’ve seen in many years.
And whaddya know. His poll ratings have risen faster than any time since bin Laden was killed. He’s now got a 50% approval rating, which is very unusual for a president in his final two years. And it might go even higher.
And no wonder. As I’ve pointed out before, the main problem Democrats have is that they shy away from issues that are supported by the majority of the public. They get cowed down by bullies on the right and instead of saying, “Damn right I support health care for all and higher taxes on the wealthy. The question is why don’t you?” they wimp out, lose their backbone, and then they lose elections. And the politicians in the last election who didn’t wimp out won.
A majority of Americans (61%!) support Obama’s plan for free college educations for student who get good grades. A majority supports Obamacare. A majority are in favor of abortion rights, gay marriage, and legalization of marijuana. A majority wants Citizen’s United overturned and think that the very wealthy should pay more taxes. These issues are not radical liberal dreams. They are mainstream, and politicians who embrace them will find favor with the public.
Give the people what they want and they’ll like you. I mean, duh.