Ever since the president's ham-fisted warning to the Supreme Court (nice branch of government you got there, shame if anything happened to it), pressure has been mounting for Obama to "run against the Supreme Court" in the upcoming election.
Let's hope he does. A new Rasmussen poll shows that the Court's approval ratings have shot up since the healthcare argument. Granted, the pollsters could not confirm that the public was reacting to the Court's apparent skepticism about ObamaCare. But what else could have changed the public's perception so quickly? Compared to just one month ago, Republican approval of the Court went from 29% to 54%, and (more significantly) Independents went from 26% favorable to 42%. Democrats, by contrast, remained about the same. Across all categories, the percentage of people rating the Court as good or excellent has jumped 13 percent, from 28% to 41%.
Only 15% of voters think the Supreme Court puts too many limitations on what the federal government can do. Twice as many (30%) believe the Supreme Court does not limit the government enough. About 40% think the Court gets it "about right," while 15% are undecided (and persuadable, I hope).
As for the president, Rasmussen has him at a -17% approval rating: 23 % "strongly approve" of his performance, while 40% "strongly disapprove." Bring it, Mr. President!