The only thing I find surprising about the above is the 81%. I will assume that figure was arrived at by a large number of Democrats deciding to call themselves independents. Epstein doesn't note independents and, looking at Gallup's raw data, I see they didn't ask independents.
So let's use me as an example of what I think may have happened.
Caller: Hello, I'm with Gallup Polling and I wonder if I could ask you, are you a Democrat or a Republican?
Betty: What? Don't call me again.
That 81% of Democrats are idiotic enough to rate Barack positively does not speak well for my party.
As C.I., Ava, Wally and Kat have reported this week (on both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, that committee's report and the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing), the administration is pushing to continue the Iraq War past 2011 (and Congress is eager to go along with that). The Patriot Act will probably be renewed in the next week or so. So much going on and people want to praise it?
I guess having distractions like Egypt provide Barack with a bounce. All the focus on Egypt allows people to ignore what's taking place in their own country.
How very, very sad.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):