In politics, as in romance, perceptions of reality are often more real than the underlying reality itself.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of presidential approval polls, President Obama is about 14% underwater. The thing is, he doesn’t act as if this is the case. He is moving full steam ahead: the nuke deal with Iran, Obamacare, immigration reform, whatever. As a result, the impacts of his bad poll numbers are not anything like what they would be if he were visibly shaken. It is true that many Democrat congressmen are panicking, and this has negative consequences for his agenda, but because he is pushing forward on all fronts, he is not actually being forced to give up on anything.
I say this not to criticize Obama, but to praise his political acumen. He acts like a winner and he fights to win. If only the Republicans did the same.
Speaking of which, the GOP leaders in Congress - the in-over-his-head, backroom dealmaker, John Boehner, and the greatest orator since Cicero, Mitch McConnell - are acting like losers even though they are winning in spite of themselves. They have pre-emptively conceded that the debt ceiling will be raised and that they are still interested in passing some sort of an amnesty. My God, what fools! If they only acted like half the winner in victory that Obama pretends to be in defeat, Obama’s socialist agenda would be completely routed. The collapse of Obamacare is an historic opportunity that rarely occurs, and it is largely being fumbled because Obama’s opponents are clueless bumblers.