Why do Obama's approval ratings stay stable, while the polls show that the people think Congress is a mess; politics are dirty business; and the country is going down the toilet? Keeping in mind that Obama's approval rating still hovers close to 50% even in the wake of Benghazi, the IRS, the EPA, the DOJ antics; in spite of everyone from the NYT and Chicago Tribune assailing the practices of DOJ and IRS.
Rush Limbaugh has a theory that it's because Obama has convinced people that govt is so awful, but he is the white knight who cares and is trying to fix all this bad stuff. So, the chicanery is never associated with Obama ... and that is why his approval ratings stay high while the administration crumbles around him.
I came across a piece by John Ransom that explains why Limbaugh's theorem could apply:
This helps explain why the campaign slogan of "hope and change" was so effective. A LIV actually believes the rhetoric and ignores the evidence that points to something else. The voters have a need to believe that their President cares about them. Obama's speeches always focus on his outrage at misdeeds, and how he's working to fix "it".Obama was re-elected not because he was effective as the executive head of government, but because the American people long for leaders who offer them moral righteousness.
The American people will overlook incompetence for the ability to live daringly, greatly and righteously.
Clinton, much as I dislike him, also seemed to have that quality.
Reagan was not the greatest POTUS due to his natural abilities; and he made mistakes, for sure, but he also had the ability to "connect" with the citizens and convey that he cared.
One sees the same thing with those who adore Sarah Palin. It also explains the devotion of Ron Paul followers. That is not to equate Palin with Paul, but rather to explain that far different people can still have the same ability to inspire followers.
The right words and charisma go a long way with LIVs. It's an emotional thing. When the Rs realize that, they will
Much as I respect Ted Cruz' competence and intelligence, he needs an infusion of Palin's charisma. I have never been a Palin fan, but one cannot deny her ability to energize and relate to her crowd. We cannot deny that kind of showmanship plays a role in political success.