Not for nothing, but popularity does matter. A little over a week after a speech many called divisive and overly partisan, President Obama enjoys the highest personal approval rating he's had in three years. Perhaps he's really good at looking good at inaugurations? Perhaps it's some sort of bangs afterglow? Hard to say. But if you're going to lay out an ambitious set of principles it helps to be popular.
Closing Thought: One's political capital hangs around a while longer if you're popular. Just most of us don't get our popularity polled.
Follow-up: Thank goodness for that.
Then again: There is a survey gadget......
Reality check: 50/50 my own mother wouldn't approve of most of my policy positions. No one wants confirmation they're unpopular with their mom.
- Let's rank the presidents (not a new History Channel special)
- SOTD: Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River and I'm telling you read The Road and play this song after your done, it'll make sense.
- Hamas, Israel, and a convenient coincidence. I'm not saying, I'm just sayin'.