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Morning Examiner: Ignored by allies, Obama tumbles in polls

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It was supposed to be a major policy address on an issue of primary importance to his political base. But when President Obama began to deliver his almost hour-long speech on climate change yesterday, the biggest voice in progressive media, MSNBC, only covered the speech for a total of 41 seconds. Obama’s favorite target for media criticism, Fox News, carried his speech for less than five minutes, while CNN aired it for less than 10 minutes. Only The Weather Channel gave Obama’s climate speech a full airing.

Democrats just aren’t that into him anymore
And according to The Washington Post‘s latest poll, the progressive producers at MSNBC aren’t the only liberals that are suffering from Obama fatigue. Chris Cillizza reports that the percentage of Democrats who hold “strongly favorable” views of Obama has tumbled from 72 percent in January to just 58 percent today. Cillizza speculates, “Obama devoted the most powerful moments of his 2013 State of the Union address to the necessity of Congress passing gun control legislation. That push became a touchstone for Democrats across the country. It failed. While immigration reform remains in process, there’s not much he can point to that excites his base at the moment.”

Ohioans don’t like the job he’s doing
And according to Quinnipiac University, Obama’s approval ratings are cratering in the midwest. Quinnipiac’s latest poll of Ohio shows just 40 percent of Ohioans approve of Obama’s job as president while 57 percent disapprove. That is his lowest grade ever in Ohio and almost tied for his lowest rating ever, 39 – 57, in Florida in 2011. Independents are Obama’s biggest defectors in the Buckeye state with just 34 percent approving and 64 percent disapproving.

Fox says more Americans don’t like him at all
new Fox News Poll shows Obama’s favorability ratings have tumbled far further than The Washington Post lets on. Where the Post, at least, still shows more Americans have a favorable opinion of Obama than an unfavorable one, 53 percent to 44 percent, Fox now shows more Americans view Obama unfavorably, 51 percent, than view him favorably, 47 percent. No Fox poll has ever shown Obama with a negative favorability rating before today.

Unless Obama gets a big win by delivering citizenship to illegal immigrants, it is hard to see how he turns this downward slide around.

From The Washington Examiner
Editorial: Obama’s latest ‘war on coal’
Susan Ferrechio: Obama group disavows former official’s climate change talking points
Joseph Lawler: Senators introduce plan to dissolve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Susan Crabtree: GOP senators step up attacks on Obama’s EPA choice after climate-change speech
David Drucker: McCain scrambling to allow more votes on immigration amendments
Steve Contorno: Democrats use court ruling on voting rights to raise quick cash
Conn Carroll: Yes, WaPo, the $3,000 Schumer-Rubio penalty on hiring Americans does exist
Tim Carney: Obama turns climate change into corporate bonanza

In Other News
Fox News, Obama ratings suffer as scandals continue: President Barack Obama’s job rating remains upside-down — no big change there. Yet for the first time in a Fox News poll, more than half of voters find Obama unlikeable.
The Boston Globe, Edward Markey keeps party’s hold on Senate seat: Democrat Edward J. Markey, a 37-year veteran of the US House, cruised to victory Tuesday over Republican newcomer Gabriel E. Gomez in the US Senate special election, despite running a low-key campaign that drew record low voter turnout.
The Dallas Morning News, After 12.5 hour filibuster, Senate Bill 5 is dead: After a more than 12 hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D, Democrats successfully defeated a Texas Senate abortion bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Reuters, Supreme Court due to set legal course on gay marriage: America’s top court was expected to deliver rulings on Wednesday in two high-profile cases with national implications on gay marriage, an issue that stirs cultural, religious and political passions in the United States as elsewhere.

Lefty Playbook
Al Gore calls Obama’s climate speech “by far the best address on climate by any president ever.”
The New York Times calls the Supreme Court’s decision “an assault on the Voting Rights Act.”
Ezra Klein blames Congress for both Obama’s climate change speech and the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision.

Righty Playbook
John McCormack found five pro-amnesty Senators who have no idea what is in the bill.
Hugh Hewitt comes out against ObamaCorkerBorderCare.
Sean Hackbarth lists four reasons why Obama’s carbon regulation plan is bad for the economy.
Guy Benson explains that the IRS did not target liberal groups.
David Freddoso on the Texas abortion ban bill.

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