Washington Free Beacon Staff: June 30, 2014 12:27 pm
The Billings Gazette apologized on Friday for its 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama for president in an editorial titled “Gazette opinion: Obama earned the low ratings.”
The Gazette said it missed George W. Bush and the “good ol’ days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq.”
It recapped several mistakes Obama has made during his presidency:
- Obama has also failed on energy policy by not approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which could be helpful to the economy.
- He has failed in Iraq; the country is now on the brink of civil war.
- The Gazette wrote that the Bowe Bergdahl exchange made the Obama administration seem incompetent.
- The VA system has been mismanaged by the Obama administration, leading to veterans dying before they could receive medical care.
- Obama has also broken his promise to become the “most transparent administration in history.” The Gazette said the president’s administration is so opaque that is has earned a reputation worse than that of Richard Nixon.
The Gazette closed its editorial by noting that these mistakes “demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure”:
These are all signs — none of them definitive on their own, necessarily. However, when taken in completely, these demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure. It’s not just that Americans are in a sour mood about national politics. That’s probably part of it. Instead, Obama has become another in a line of presidents long on rhetoric and hopelessly short on action.
Obama’s hope and change have left liberals and conservatives alike hoping for real change, not just more lofty rhetoric.
A new poll shows Republicans leading on nearly every key issue in 12 Senate battleground states, a troubling sign for Democrats as they head into the final stretch of a tough election cycle.
The survey, conducted by North Star Opinion Research for NPR, also shows Obama’s approval rating lower in these twelve states than it is nationally, by about four points.
The survey polled 1,000 respondents in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and West Virginia — 12 states that will be critical in deciding which party controls the Senate this fall.
Democrats are fighting to hold onto a fragile six-seat majority, and Republicans are optimistic at their chances because their path to victory winds through a handful of red states where the president is deeply unpopular.
According to the survey, Obama is seen more negatively overall in these 12 states than he is nationwide. Only 38 percent of likely voters in the battleground states say they approve of his job performance; according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Obama wins the approval of just 42 percent of Americans nationwide.
The survey also shows that respondents in these 12 states trust Republicans more than Democrats on the economy, health care and foreign policy, while they’re split on who they trust on the future of the middle class.