President Obama’s negative feedback loop

A lot of politicians can go negative without losing too much altitude, but President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be that guy.

The comfy 6-point lead Obama enjoyed over Mitt Romney during the brutal GOP primary season has all but evaporated as the mercury rises, dropping to a 1.6 percent lead in the latest Real Clear Politics average of national polls.

More important, that downward trend has been reflected in polls of battleground states, and strategists on both sides of the fight expect the race to dwell in the margin of error no man’s land until Election Day.

Obama’s sag — and it’s definitely more of a sag than a collapse — is a natural function of reluctant Republicans finally coalescing behind Romney, who clinched the nomination Tuesday night with a victory in Texas.

But the president’s enemies, and a few of his friends, think his in-your-face negativity, on display in his attacks on Bain Capital and a snark offensive that included comparing Romney’s statements to a “cow pie of distortion,” have produced a backlash among independent voters who have finally given up the image of Obama as a new-breed politician.

Read more at POLITICO.

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  1. ObamaNext4Years says:

    Why is it okay for Romney to tell/say his lies, his hateful rhetoric towardsPres Obama and not Pres Obama react?
    I love to see Our president in a fighting mood

    The draft dodger Romney hasn’t a chance in winning in Nov! Romney has no clear message. Romney is nothing but a puppet. Romney will do and say anything for his masters. That is NOT a leader!

    Obama/Biden by a landslide in Nov 2012!

    1. Corey says:

      Wow. Delusional.

      Go look at the polls they are talking about in the peice… each one of those is of “adults” .. NOT registered voters, NOT likely voters, but anyone over the age of 18 that happens to be at home during the day when they pollsters call.

      Polls of “all adults” has always skewed more towards the left…. Polls with registered voters are usually a little better with polls of “likely voters” will probably be the closest to reality…… Right now all polls we come across are registered voters and all adults, and as the election gets closer, like in October, the pollsters will start switching over to likely voters and you will start to see a clearer picture.

  2. UnrepentantCurmudgeon says:

    What a world when we talk about “negative loops” instead of simply saying “people don’t like what the guy has to say.”

    I’ve been saying for months that this was likely to happen because for the first time in his life Obama has to account for what he has done, what he says and how he says it. Until now he has always been the attacker; now he has to play defense. He does not know how to do it. So he continues to attack — clumsily — and blather about “Polish death camps.” He is decompensating before our very eyes.

  3. ObamaNext4Years says:

    Very negative article.
    Pres Obama has done more in his first year of office than any other Pres in history

    Pres Obama works for the people. Pres O wants to right our country, but the party of do NOTHINGS will not work with him. Just do the research and find how many bills are just sitting in congress. If congress would pass the transportation bill look at the thousands of jobs it would bring to help our economy!

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