That whooshing sound you hear is President Obama’s political capital flying out the window: In a new New York Times/CBS News poll, 58 percent of the respondents said they disapprove of his handling of foreign policy—the worst poll numbers he has had on this issue since taking office.Interestingly, 51 percent of the respondents support his particular decision to send 300 advisors to Iraq. This suggests that the spike in disapproval numbers is linked more to a general sense of failure than to disagreement with the latest steps he has taken. Americans might not follow all the ins and outs of foreign policy, but they seem to intuit the truth of what WRM said in his latest essay: The world has gotten a lot more dangerous under Obama’s watch.We’ve seen this kind of sudden drop in support before, regarding Obamacare. In both health care and foreign policy, President Obama started out with a deep reservoir of public goodwill. For many years before his first term the public trusted Democrats more than Republicans on health care, and a widespread rejection of President Bush’s foreign policy approach helped propel Obama to the presidency. Whether or not these approval ratings continue their downward slide, Obama has largely burned through that political capital.
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