In a interview aired that on Christmas night on World Net Daily Radio, Larry Sabato, a professor of political science at the University of Virginia, said President Obama has a credibility issue that he likely will never be able to overcome. One that WND says will "forever taint his legacy."
How ironic it is that issue is directly related to ObamaCare, the signature health care law that President Obama and the Democrats held up not so long ago as the achievment that would guarantee a positive legacy for the president for generations to come. As with President's Nixon and Clinton, Obama's fate was sealed by a lie.
With Nixon it was Watergate, and his steadfast denials of any invovlement in the scandal. "You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I'm innocent, Nixon proclaimed. "You've got to believe I'm innocent. If you don't, take my job."
With Clinton it was Monica Lewinsky and the finger-wagging, anngry denial, "I did not have sex with that woman."
With Obama it is the outright lie the president repeated dozens of times. "If you like you current health care plan, you can keep it. Period."
“One thing that I think all historians and political scientists look for is the moment, if it occurs, when the credibility gap opens, and it’s happened for Obama. It’s not because of the rocky roll-out of Obamacare and not because a website doesn’t work, although it should have,” Sabato told WND. “It’s because of that oft-repeated statement, which many people bought because the president said it, and people said, ‘Well, if he’s got all these advisers, surely they checked.’”
“The fact that a president would say that over and over again creates a credibility problem,” Sabato added, pointing to situations with Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Clinton.
“There are these moments in a presidency when people can focus on whether a president is telling the truth or not. And once you’ve found out that somebody can lie to you over and over again and do it pretty convincingly, you’re a little less inclined to be gullible,” Sabato told WND. Sabato also said that the credibility gap is obvious in Obama’s latest polling.
“Right now, depending on the poll, it’s between the upper 30s and the low 40s. Obviously that’s not a very good position to be in when you’re the incumbent president and you have more than three years to run in your term. This is going to be a long, long lame duck period,” Sabato said.
Sabato told WND that not only did President Obama damage his own credibility and legacy with his lies, he likely saved the Repuiblicans from the fallout of the government shutdown, and also boosted the GOP's chances in the 2014 midterms.
“Obamacare saved the Republicans from a long-term hit. Remember, we’ve got the debt limit coming up again. The question is, did Republicans really learn a lesson from that 17-day shutdown, because it cost them big. They’re not going to get a second roll-out of Obamacare to rescue them, in all likelihood. If they learned their lesson, they’re going to leave that alone during the election year, and they’re going to go ahead and raise the debt limit and not shut down the government. People may not like it, but, politically, in an election year, that’s the thing to do if you want to win,” Sabato said.
Recent polling by CNN and others show that Sabato may be correct in that assessment. A CNN/ORC poll released Thursday shows the GOP has a growing advantage among likely voters when asked how they will vote in 2014. In October Democrats held a 50-percent to 42-percent lead among voters in a generic ballot. That advantage has flipped to the Republicans now, with the GOP holding a 49-percent to 44-percent lead.