. . . job approval is below 41 percent at Real Clear Politics, Unca D's polling authority of choice -- flawed perhaps, but consistent, and a good source for smoothing out the bumps and seeing trends.
Below 41 percent is not very good, of course, but that the real story of the president's job-approval rollercoaster is . . .
. . . not how low his approval has sunk but why it's not lower. Never be excited by one poll or another that dips into the thirties. So what? Four out of ten Americans, more or less, think our incompetent, arrogant, narcissistic, lawless ideologue of a president is doing just fine, thank you very much.
If this isn't proof of declinism, what is?
Not that 41 percent is not good news for conservatives. It is. It's the lowest number since December 3, 2013, in the aftermath of the train wreck known as the Obamacare rollout. That was the only time the president's RCP number ever dipped into the thirties.
The regime is not particularly troubled by the low forties. Many other Democrats are, but who cares about them? This is not about Them. It's about Him.
Forty is a good foundation for elections, in the minds of Team Obama. A months-long campaign of negative ads and a well-run get-out-the-victims ground game can pump it up to 50.1 on election day, and that's all that matters. Not the miserable economy. Not the disintegrating international system. Not the maxed-out fiscal credit card we are bequeathing to our kids and grandkids. Not Obamacare. Not nothing. After all, Mitt Romney once strapped a dog cage on the roof of his SUV.
Declinism on parade.
Thirty-nine-point-nine and below wouldn't particularly bother The One, but it would set off a panic among the Dems and presage a GOP sweep of open Senate races.
But don't bet on the thirties. My judgment after six miserable years of President Obama is that he's impervious. Too many Americans have bought in.
Meanwhile he golfs and runs with the big dogs in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street, taking their money, receiving their adulation, and mocking all who love their country more than they love him.
UPDATE: As you read, sadly, the president's approval rating is back above 41 percent. I credit it to his vacation. His numbers always go up when he leaves center stage and disappears, all too briefly, into the wings. The idea of Barack Hussein Obama is far more favorably received by the American people, as a whole, than Barack Hussein Obama in the flesh. C'est la vie.