[Guest post by DRJ]
In an interview today with Stuart Varney of Fox Business, Doug Schoen, a Democratic pollster for President Bill Clinton, says the economic news looks grim and Americans are starting to blame President Obama:
“SCHOEN: It’s fair to say that the stimulus is not working. There’s a good 50-55% that oppose health care reform now as it’s been proposed, though we clearly don’t know the final details. And there’s a sense that the Obama administration is responsible for more and more of the economic uncertainty we’re facing than has ever been attributed to them before.
“I’m a moderate Democrat, Stuart, a blue dog. I worked for Bill Clinton but I believe that you find consensus in the middle of the road. The left passionately disagrees with that and believes there’s a moral obligation to have the public option or even single-payer. So the Party is hopelessly divided, the President is trying to keep it together. All the while, the economic news that you’re describing is so very bad, the American people are saying this is hurting us and they’re blaming the President and the Democrats.
“… [T]he president wants to get to a point where he can maintain consensus but with the fighting inside the Party and the stridency inside the Democratic left, he has to literally change positions day-to-day to keep his house of cards from falling down.”
Schoen concludes Obama is a great politician and an extraordinary communicator but he is not a decisive leader.