No matter what kind of peachy spin Republicans might try to put on it, it’s not a good time to be a member of the GOP. The House leadership is a complete mess, their corrupt Benghazi witch hunt continues to fall apart, and their two leading presidential candidates are Donald Trump and Ben Carson – two men who are, without a doubt, completely unfit to be president.
Even my fairly moderate Republican friend told me the other day that he’s a bit ashamed to admit he’s a Republican right now. Trust me, that’s saying a lot for a Republican living in Texas.
Well, things just keep getting worse for conservatives. As their party continues to spiral into complete chaos, President Obama’s approval rating just hit a two-year high.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the president with an approval rating of 51 percent, the highest it’s been since May 2013. His approval number is a full 11 points higher than it was last year prior to the 2014 midterm elections. That’s a massive jump for one year.
Naturally, Republicans will dismiss the poll as “liberally biased” or “skewed.” That’s typically what people say or do when a scientifically sound poll tells them something that they don’t want to hear. As with most conspiracy theorists, when the facts don’t support what you want to be real – simply attack the facts. It’s why I’ve always said it’s pointless to argue with conspiracy theorists. No matter what evidence you present to them that disproves whatever nonsense they believe, they’ll simply believe that evidence is all “a part of the conspiracy.”
Now, does this poll in and of itself mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things? Well, yes and no.
It’s always good for a president to have high approval numbers heading into an election year where they’re no longer going to be the incumbent. You never want to be the face of a party that’s highly unpopular. It always helps your party to be viewed favorably even as your time in office nears its end. Obviously there’s still plenty of time between now and next November for something to change, but it’s a good sign that his numbers are doing well despite the fact that – as always – he’s faced nothing but Republican obstruction.
The thing is, no matter how popular he may become as his time in the White House draws to a close, it’s never going to matter to Republicans. He could have a consistent approval rating of 80 percent and they would still claim he was one of the worst presidents in history and refuse to work with him. Because when it comes to this president, more so than any other in recent memory, reality doesn’t seem to faze many Republicans. The only thing that matters, especially to those in the tea party, is whatever they want to be real.
As it’s often said, the great thing about reality is that it’s real whether or not Republicans want to believe in it.