Bill Clinton as popular as Pope Francis
[A]ccording to a new poll out from The Wall Street Journal and NBC, Bill Clinton has an approval rating as high as the pope's. Yes, both Clinton and Francis net a 55 percent approval rating. ...
This after NAFTA, Glass-Steagall, etc. As I keep saying, concrete material benefits matter; people look back on Clinton's era with nostalgia for the good times. [TROLL PROPHYLACTIC: Politically, it doesn't matter if they're wrong!]
Which is why Bill Clinton's endorsement is much sought-after:
Clinton is an unparalleled weapon for Democrats running this year. According to the new poll, 37 percent of voters are more likely to vote for a candidate this year if he or she has Clinton's endorsement. Only 27 percent say the opposite. That 10 percent net positive means that the Bill Clinton Stamp of Approval™ has the same positive impact on voters as a candidate having a abortion-rights stance (+11), or placing a major emphasis on conservative social and religious views (+13).
That ranking also confirms the former president is a vastly more powerful endorser than his wife. Hillary Clinton has a -9 percent net impact on voters, with 25 percent of voters more likely to vote for a candidate she endorses and 34 percent less likely. An endorsement from President Obama, meanwhile, has a solid net negative of 20 percent, about in line with what support for the tea party does for a candidate (-21).
And speaking of concrete material benefits, Obama finally signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for Federal contractors only:
The higher minimum wage for federal contractor employees will go into effect as new federal contracts are agree to, Perez said, taking “three to five years” for all federal contracts to be renewed.
The executive order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors’ employees served as free advertising for Democrats’ 2014 campaign call to raise the overall federal minimum wage. The White House on Wednesday launched websites advertising 2014 as a “Year of Action” and calling for Congress to hike the minimum wage.
Wowsers. A pathetically low $10.10 with a three-to-five year phase-in. That kind of "free advertising" should turn Democrat fortunes around! Reminds me of Clinton's SOTU proposal on school uniforms, after he hired that guy with the thing for toe-suckingMR SUBLIMINAL Dick Morris and started triangulating.
Too bad the "Year of Action" wasn't 2009. Maybe the Democrats wouldn't have shat the bed in the 2010 midterms and lost the House. Oh well.
NOTE Making the Big Dog America's favorite for "liberal washing."