Consider: in April of 2009, Obama had 63% approval, 28% disapproval. In April of 2010, he has only 45% approval, and 48% disapproval. Some of this is doubtless due to factors beyond the president’s control, and some of it due to the poor performance of his economic team. But that is only part of the matter. How much of this loss in trust and popularity can be laid directly at Obama’s feet — and specifically, his decision to expend his political capital in the pursuit of the most sweeping expansion of government power within domestic policy in a half century?
Hard to say. But it is probably safe to predict how much of this responsibility Obama will accept.