The unemployment benefits extension and the approval rating of Obama lead the political buzz circles today. Yesterday, the Senate received the 60 votes they needed to end the Republican led filibuster which was squashing the hopes of an extension of tiers 1-4 of the emergency unemployment passed largely by the Bush Administration.
It’s hoped that the actual extension of benefits will be passed later today, in which case Obama could sign the bill and have it instituted as law by the end of the week.
Obama needs a move like that, as his approval rating has plummeted in recent weeks. Quinnipiac University had a poll which indicated that 48% of Americans disapprove with his performance.
Perhaps his speaking out on the unemployment extension will help edge that approval rating upwards. Otherwise, Obama will face fierce competition come 2012. If the Democrats want to hold on to their Presidency, they are going to have to do something to get people to like Obama again.
People are disheartened with government spending, partisan politics, the recently passed healthcare legislation, immigration debates, and the unemployment situation. You name it, people are griping about it.
The focus right now should be on passing the unemployment extension ASAP. If not, then Obama’s ratings will likely suffer more as people find places to put blame.
Reference: Politically Illustrated