President Obama’s approval rating has increased six points in the last month, rising from 38 percent the middle of October to 44 percent today, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll.
I can think of only three of reasons why this might be so.
First of all, Qaddafi was killed, which means if Obama’s numbers go back down, Syria’s Bashar Assad better watch his back.
Secondly, the latest news on the economy and the unemployment rate, while not good, does suggest the United States is not headed into a double dip recession, as some had feared only weeks ago.
And the third reason is . . . um .. . . uh . . .
Sorry. I know, it’s an old joke by now.
The third reason may be the lackluster performance of some of the leading GOP candidates, and the lack of superb alternatives. Herman Cain has been dogged by allegations of sexual harassment and doesn’t seem to know much about domestic or foreign policy, and sometimes not even his own economic proposal. Rick Perry doesn’t seem to know where he is some of the time. And Mitt Romney was for Obamacare before he was against it.
People are always going to have a hard time abandoning the devil they know. If the alternative is looking a little shaky, it might be bucking up Obama’s support.
Unfortunately for Republicans, these are the dates they brought to the ball. They’ll be leaving with one of them. But the good news for the GOP is the person it goes home with will have learned how not to make mistakes and how to handle adversity.
And how to debate.
Still, Obama’s improved numbers are not great news for him.
It’s true, Bill Clinton was at about the same place 1995 as Obama is now. But Obama doesn’t have a good economy going for him. And he’s not the greatest politician of his generation.