Of Polls, Pills, Women and the Price of Gas

It was supposed to produce a big bump for Obama, that Republican assault on women that the left so expertly ginned up. (With the help of some on the Republican side who fell for the trap and one conservative radio personality in particular).

Yesterday reality sunk in, and the tone of the New York Times story is that of a reporter who has just attended the funeral of a loved one.

The democratic ploy didn’t work, despite the efforts of the left of center chattering class. Obama’s approval among women actually went down during the past month. In fact, according to the times, his approval numbers declined in just about every demographic, including independents, moderates, college graduates and young voters.

What happened? The price of gasoline spiked. And Americans, including women, are saying that the price of petroleum trumps the price of pills.The Washington Post poll has Obama’s negative rating at 50%, up from 46% a month ago. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Independents disapprove.

The economy may be recovering according to the bureaucrats in Washington and the sages on Wall Street. But it doesn’t feel like it on Main Street.

Americans don’t buy the notion that Obama is blameless in the gas price explosion. He did take public lands off limits to oil exploration, put a moratorium on off shore drilling and cancelled the Keystone pipeline, and the President and his energy secretary are on record as favoring higher gas prices. Little wonder the public isn’t buying his “blame the oil companies” tripe.

And just what ignited the controversy over contraception? Obama’s attempt, thanks to Obamacare, to impose some regulatory burdens on the Catholic Church that the church found highly objectionable. Perhaps the discussion also reminded Americans how much they dislike Obamacare and it’s author.

Which brings us to the lesson in all of this. When there is an elephant passing gas in the middle of the living room it’s hard to ignore the elephant. And a politician who tries to change the subject looks hopelessly out of touch.

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