Im a right leaning American, yes.
Im a right leaning American, no.
Im a left leaning American, yes.
Im a left leaning American, no.
Im a not American, yes.
Im a not American, no.
Look at the approval ratings of President Obama from a year and a half ago to today. The signs are there.
National approval rating, then 53% today 40% minus 13
Approval rating among Democrats, then 90%, today 78% minus 12
Approval rating among Republicans, then 13% today 7% minus 6 - he really can't go any lower.
Approval rating among Independents, then 47% today 36% minus 11
Party affiliation, those who affiliate themselves as Democrats, then 35%, today 29% minus 6
those who affiliate themselves as Republicans then 30%, today 26% minus 4
affiliate themselves as independents then 33%, today 42% plus 9
But what was probably the biggest change that brought the Republicans victory last week:
Independents that lean Democrat then 14% today 15% plus 1
Independents that lean Republican then 14% today 22% plus 8
the rest of independent fall into the category of either true or pure independents.
I am going to keep an eye on Obama approval ratings and on party affiliation. Especially the combined total of Democrat plus Independent lean Democrat and Republican plus Independent lean Republican. This will tell whether Obama fatigue is here to stay or is just a passing fancy that rose up and bit him last week in the butt.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
I'd love to see liberalism rejected, but first Democrats have to run as liberals. Liberalism has been rejected in the past, but Democrats have muddied the waters by hiding their views from the public around election time. We could say liberalism was rejected in 2014 if Democrats had actually been able to implement liberalism, but the problem there is that Republicans prevented it from happening, so again, nothing to reject.
I chalk this election defeat up to the six year itch and the fact that Democrats are relying on a increasingly unreliable voter base that only comes out once every four years, and only then if there's a celebrity candidate at the top of the ticket.
And this song is absolutely appropriate.