Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Obama Facebook Poll Numbers

I just took the Re-elect Obama Poll on Facebook. I was actually reluctant to vote yes. I realized Obama would run uncontested in the Democratic primaries and the Republicans would likely nominate Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney. I would actually welcome the Democratic Party having a big field of candidates for 2012.

Facebook users took an even harsher view of Obama.

Will you vote for Obama in 2012

Yes - 23,360 (22.4%)

No - 76,755 (73.5%)

Undecided - 4,310 (4.1%)

What is disturbing is Facebook is used by many young people. That is a demographic Obama does well. Since Facebook opened up to everyone, the demographics changed somewhat. These doesn't explain why the numbers are this bad.

Bill Maher has been critical of Obama for not standing up to corporations and more concerned with image. People wonder when Obama is going to get his hands dirty and fight the tea baggers and the right-wing talk radio chamber. The answer is never. That wasn't Obama's style during the campaign. Why should things change now. Sen. Lindsey Graham explained to Ezra Klein why Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats are compelled to support Obama's health care reform.

You make people afraid of opposing you or you get them rewarded for helping you. There's no fear for opposing Obama's public option, and the reward is for opposing it. Right now, Republicans feel no political exposure from opposing the president's health-care initiative.

Maher's point was proven by the White House cut a deal with the pharmaceutical industry.

WASHINGTON — Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion.

Drug industry lobbyists reacted with alarm this week to a House health care overhaul measure that would allow the government to negotiate drug prices and demand additional rebates from drug manufacturers.

Patients and taxpayers will continue to pay for for prescription drugs. That is change I don't believe in.

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