As the George Zimmerman jury reached its Not Guilty verdict in Florida this weekend, a broad array of Americans were passing a different judgment on President Obama. And it’s not good news for the casual president with his feet on the Oval Office desk.
Faced with a messy record of administration scandals and investigations and his ineffectiveness as a political leader to do much beyond blame others, Obama’s important national leadership rating has fallen to its lowest level in more than a year.
And while Obama himself need never face voters again and Congress’ approval is even lower, his professed political goal on numerous fundraising trips this year is to preserve the slim Democrat Senate majority and restore the House to his party’s control in next year’s midterm elections.
That’s no easy achievement since either or both political goals fly in the face of an historical pattern of losses for the party controlling the White House in second term midterm balloting. Sunken poll numbers would complicate the Chicagoan’s sales challenge.