As insinuated by the following cartoon and Slate’s Fred Kaplin, Republicans hate one of their own, Republican Chuck Hagel, because Obama nominated him. Because it means that Obama can claim bipartisanship in selecting his national-security team:
When will Republicans see the light?
Recent polls show that a majority or near majority of people like Obama or have a favorable opinion of him. In a February 10-13, 2012 CNN poll, Obama had a 53% favorable vs. a 45% unfavorable rating. Compare that to Romney’s 34% favorable vs. 54% unfavorable ratings.
Another Jan 14-17th poll, found that Obama has a high likability rating with 66%/ 23% (like/dislike), while for Romney the numbers are a bit depressing: 44%/ 25% (like/dislike).
“I think likeability is really important, and I think we don’t know how important it is because it is a judgment people make automatically,” said Rutgers University political scientist Richard Lau.
Yes, it is. And what is not to like about Obama?
People see that he is a decent man with a nice family, and a no-drama temperament, according to polls and focus questions. We know [...]