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David Axelrod: Gosh, Obama is just too complex for you plebes

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President Obama's approval ratings continue to sink to fresh lows as a growing number of Americans turn away from the harbinger of the tired and worn-out message of “hope and change.”

But it's not because of the White House's ham-fisted handling of a myriad of scandals, including the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, the 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the National Security Agency's ever-growing surveillance program, the White House's decision to circumvent Congress and release five Taliban officers in exchange Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl or the still-brewing scandal involving the Department of Veterans Affairs.

No, here love died between voters and the president because he's just too darn complex, or so says David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to the president.

National Review's Rich Lowry flagged this gem of a quote in a recent New York Times article:

Reagan significantly changed the trajectory of the country for better and worse. But he restored a sense of clarity. Bush and Cheney were black and white, and after them, Americans wanted someone smart enough to get the nuances and deal with complexities. Now I think people are tired of complexity and they're hungering for clarity, a simpler time. But that's going to be hard to restore in the world today.

Just so we’re clear: The president's decline in popularity is not because of the lagging economy, the many White House’s scandals or the administration's dithering in the face of an increasingly unstable world.

Nope. Obama’s poor marks are because he’s just too complex for voters.

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