In the wake of a flood of scandals rocking President Barack Obama’s ivory tower, Wenzel Strategies conducted a telephone poll last Thursday for WND. I found their results surprising and encouraging. It revealed that a growing number of Americans believe that President Obama should be impeached.
Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies summed up the poll results, saying:
“It may be early in the process for members of Congress to start planning for impeachment of Barack Obama, but the American public is building a serious appetite for it.”
“Half or nearly half of those surveyed said they believed Obama should be impeached for the trifecta of scandals now consuming Washington.”
When they broke it down to the individual scandals, the results still indicate that Obama’s popularity is changing from hero to villain. Poll results for the Benghazi scandal indicated that 50.1% of Americans say that Obama should be impeached. Perhaps the most surprising result was 27.6% of Democrats that responded to the poll on Benghazi said that the president should be impeached.
When asked about the IRS scandal that only became public less than 2 weeks ago, 49% said that Obama should be impeached and again, 24.4% of Democrats responding said Obama should be impeached because of the scandal.
The third scandal covered by the poll involved the Obama administration’s invasion of the AP reporter’s telephone records. On this scandal, 48.6% said they believe Obama should be impeached and 26.1% of Democrats also responded in favor of impeachment.
Wenzel commented further on the results, saying:
“What is clear from the data is that Obama is at risk of losing his base. On each of these questions, about one in four Democrats said they agreed Obama should be impeached. What could be more alarming to the White House is that it appears that most of America is tuned in to these issues now, as 93 percent of registered voters said they get at least one news update on these issues every day.”
“Of the three issues now in the news, the one that has been there the longest, and the only one that has to do with the death of American citizens, is seen as the most important to Americans. While 49 percent said the Benghazi murders of U.S. diplomatic personnel is the most serious issue, 26 percent said IRS harassment was most serious, and 25 percent said the seizure of AP phone records was most serious. With news still breaking on all three fronts, it is impossible to know which of the three scandals will ultimately be the most damaging to the Obama administration. These findings clearly show Americans are concerned about what is going on in Washington.”
“What could be most concerning to the White House is that the Democratic Party effort to retake the U.S. House of Representatives next year may be at risk because of these issues. Asked whether they would lean to vote for the Democrat or the Republican in their own congressional district based on what they know about these three situations, 46 percent said they would lean toward voting for the Republican, while 39 percent said they would lean toward voting for the Democrat. Another 16 percent said these issues make no difference in their congressional vote.”
“The appetite is growing for impeachment proceedings. It is too early to say it is time for those proceedings to start, but it’s now possible to see that day on the far horizon.”
Peggy Noonan, former speech writer for President Ronald Reagan summed up what’s happening to the Obama administration and to the president himself. She said:
“We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration’s credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don’t look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.”
“The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He’s shocked, it’s unacceptable, he’ll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you. But he is not unconnected, he is not a bystander. This is his administration. Those are his executive agencies. He runs the IRS and the Justice Department. A president sets a mood, a tone. He establishes an atmosphere. If he is arrogant, arrogance spreads. If he is too partisan, too disrespecting of political adversaries, that spreads too. Presidents always undo themselves and then blame it on the third guy in the last row in the sleepy agency across town.”
The winds have turned against Obama’s presidential ship and it appears it could be heading for the rocks. It hasn’t crashed yet, but currents are changing direction, making it harder for Captain Obama to steer away from a splintery end. Will he be able to turn the wheel enough to prevent Titanic disaster?
Personally, I hope not. In fact, I would love to see one or two more scandals surface to show the American people just how corrupt Obama’s administration really is. If that were to happen, I’m sure that no matter how hard he tries, Obama will not be able to save his ship and that he will certainly crash into the rocks and sink.