The first evidence on whether Barack Obama got a bounce from the health care summit comes from the overnight Rasmussen polling. The short answer: No. Or perhaps: au contraire. Rasmussen shows Obama’s strong approval at 22% and strong disapproval at 43%, for a net approval index—this is Rasmussen’s term—of minus 21. That matches the low recorded in Rasmusssen polling on December 21 (reported on December 22), as the Senate was preparing to pass its health care bill and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in the process of delivering the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback.
One night’s results are not overwhelming proof of anything, and the one-day downtick in Obama’s numbers is not statistically significant. But it’s interesting that his numbers fall when health care legislation leads the news. Not what White House strategists want to see.
Especially since Nancy Pelosi now claims that Democrats really never had a health care bill they were interested in passing:
...despite all the debate of the past year, despite the fact that the House and Senate have actually passed national health care bills, and despite the fact that the Senate bill is the single bill that will have to be passed for national health care to become law, there is not, in fact, a national health care bill. It might seem somewhat counterfactual, but in a new interview with CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flat-out says there is no health care bill currently under consideration.
"You think people don't understand the bill?" asked CNN's Candy Crowley.
"No, I don't think -- there isn't a bill," said Pelosi. "When we have a bill, which we will in a matter of days, then that is the bill that we can sell. Our bill, the House and the Senate bill, had major differences which we are hoping now to reconcile. And then when we have a bill -- you -- as I say, you can bake the pie, you can sell the pie, but you have to have a pie to sell. And when we do we will take it out there."
From the pundits, on NPR's Diane Rehm Show yesterday, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift said that Democratic health proposals "never really turned into an actual bill. There have always been competing versions."
Gee, thanks for clearing that up. And it's always good to see state-run media working hand-in-hand with our beloved Democrat leaders.
Kinda reminds me of Venezuela in the springtime.