Top democrats continue to struggle, but bet that won’t change anything

06/28/2014 12:00 AM

06/27/2014 6:23 PM

The nation’s top two Democrats and Texas’ own superstar D are going through a tough spell. Here’s a quick summary of their travails and a conclusion about what it all means:

President Obama’s approval ratings with the American public have reached new lows in almost every category of his leadership.

From the several scandals that won’t go away with a simple White House declaration that there are no scandals, to an onslaught of daily headlines that have raised new concerns about our safety with the virtual collapse of hope for stability in Iraq and beyond, national and international events have left Obama looking weaker than ever.

Facing stubborn questions of the president’s failure to provide veterans the health care they deserve and lack of protection for our borders, allowing new masses of illegal immigrants, things seemingly could not be worse.

Even his signature accomplishment of healthcare reform appears to most as no accomplishment at all. Rasmussen polling this past week found a mere 31 percent of voters giving the system good ratings and more than half believing it will get worse.

Perhaps the unkindest cut of all is finding his popularity comparable to that of his predecessor at this point in his second term. Democrats celebrated that low esteem for the president then, but there’s no joy among those on that side of the aisle today.

Gallup reported last week that George W. Bush’s current favorability rating is six points higher that Obama’s. Can you say, “wow, just wow”?

Meanwhile the White House heir-apparent has had her own struggles to deal with, including a dismal reception for her new book of boring self-promotion and her ridiculous claim of being “dead broke” upon the conclusion of her husband’s occupancy of the Oval Office.

Hillary’s stumbles, fumbles and embarrassing gaffes in interviews with her forever-adoring national news media friends have made her look anything but presidential. Even CNN’s use of a stage director to pump up the audience for her appearance in the network’s concocted town hall meeting didn’t help.

Now there are fresh reports of much more severe health problems that bestselling author Ed Klein describes in his new book, Blood Feud, out this week. Klein reports that Hillary’s medical history was being kept secret out of fear that it would disqualify her from becoming president.

Closer to home, Democrats staging their Texas convention this past week have increased the illumination on their superstar state Sen. Wendy Davis. The gubernatorial campaign has shifted in to high gear.

Never mind a clearly defined liberal agenda in one of the country’s most conservative states, with a booming economy and a thousand people moving here every day to seize opportunity created by Republicans who dominate the Legislature and occupy every major department of the government, the message from the Democrats is that we need Wendy.

Even though they are counting on the women of Texas to carry her into the Governor’s Mansion, polls say Wendy remains almost as far behind GOP nominee Attorney General Greg Abbott with women as she is with men.

Conclusions of what this means for these three seem obvious to me.

President Obama has more than two years left to secure some sort of positive legacy and likely will.

Hillary’s problems are and always will be excused by her legion of supporters and she will enter the presidential race as the favorite.

Wendy’s infamous stand opposing new protections for unborn babies, challenges to her integrity and liberal agenda mean her only hope is that Abbott will commit some kind of blunder and keep her hopes alive.

About Richard Greene

Richard Greene

With long experience in government including 10 years as mayor of Arlington, an adjunct professorship in UT Arlington's School of Urban and Public Affairs and service as President George W. Bush's regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Richard Greene is an expert on public policy, politics and decision-making on issues facing North Texas.

He has strong opinions about elected officials and those who would like to join them.

Email Richard at mayorgreene@mayorgreene.com.

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