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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The lost year -- By Donald Lambro, The Washington Times

Obama has spent 2013 jeopardizing his legacy

The political odds for the 2014 midterm elections have turned upside down. President Obama's polls are plummeting, and the Republicans' approval numbers are rising again.

Suddenly, all those stories we've been reading over the course of 2013 about the demise of the GOP are looking shaky. Now Mr. Obama and the Democrats are the ones in political trouble as they approach next year's elections.

The latest public opinion polls show the president and his party getting much higher disapproval scores on issues that will be at the focus of next year's House and Senate elections: Obamacare, the economy and trust.

Despite the national news media's attempts to persuade Americans that the economy is getting stronger, The Washington Post's poll Tuesday found that the public's perceptions are gloomy. Almost eight in 10 say the economy "remains in recession."

Indeed, more Americans now say they trust Republicans to do a better job of running the economy than Mr. Obama has done.

He's lost substantial political support on his promise to protect and strengthen the middle class. A big 26-point advantage on this pledge a year ago has shrunk to just six points.

The blaring headline over the Post's front-page poll story no doubt stunned the White House: "Obama's approval ratings plummet." The secondary headline previewed what his declining numbers mean for his party: "Poll results worrisome for Democrats looking to midterm elections."

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