Snapshot in Time

Polls wax, they wane.  They are indicative, but they are not definitive.  They are a snapshot in time, and truly the only poll that counts is the one on election day.  But, our elected leaders, masters of the spin like no other, like to paint pictures with them.  Right now, the President’s approval rating is incrementally ticking upwards.

There could be several reasons for this.  The latest face off over the payroll tax cut was an unmitigated debacle for them.  And the longer that the Republican nominating process goes on, the better that the President looks by comparison.  Next to Rick Perry, most anyone would look downright Churchillian by dint of contrast.

This poll, in and of itself, says nothing.  It’s just a moment in the process that’s messy, completely unpredictable, and usually entertaining.  But polls have a tendency to be right.  And if the President continues to build headway with that great silent majority of Americans while the Republicans continue their internecine bloodletting, he’s looking pretty good.

The question then becomes, what’s going to happen with Congress?  Likely, Americans, in their tendency to hedge their bets, will likely send a Republican majority to the Hill.  But, as I said, it’s a long time out from the election.  Time shall tell.


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