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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Speeches don't (usually) matter, in one table

By Ezra Klein

"U.S. presidents rarely see a spike in public support after their delivery of State of the Union addresses," concludes Gallup. "Since 1978, Gallup has measured only four instances when a president's approval rating increased by at least four percentage points after a State of the Union address, with Bill Clinton the president in three of these instances and George W. Bush in the other." Here's the table:


By Ezra Klein  | January 25, 2011; 11:34 AM ET
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What on earth happened in 1998? Or was it just the inevitable statistical fluke?

Posted by: tomveiltomveil | January 25, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Obama's going to say what he thinks the "center" the "independents" want to hear. He needs their Votes.
Like, "if you Like your Insurance, you can
Keep it"....
Lots of people believed that too.

Posted by: ohioan | January 25, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, and other Democrats called the resolution being voted on a "press release" because it lacks specifics.

"I would suggest that we come up with a real number, put some beef on this, have a real argument, and let every member vote and take responsibility," said Van Hollen, D-Md.

In a procedural vote on Monday, eight Democrats joined 232 Republicans to support rules for today's debate -- an indication that the vote on the resolution will likely fall along party lines.

What a bunch of hacks these remaining leftists are.

Posted by: krazen1211 | January 25, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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