NO ‘LEAD­ER­SHIP LOVE’

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Con­sider that Rus­sia Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin now en­joys an 90 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing, this ac­cord­ing to the Rus­sian Pub­lic Opin­ion Re­search Cen­ter, which says this is a “his­tor­i­cal high.” The poll­ster cites “Rus­sian air strikes on ter­ror­ist po­si­tions” in Syria as the pri­mary driver. Pres­i­dent Obama’s rat­ing cur­rently lingers around 45 per­cent, prompt­ing his crit­ics to rec­om­mend he no longer “lead from be­hind” on the world stage. Yes, well. The pres­i­dent’s tepid re­views are fairly cozy com­pared to na­tional opin­ion of Congress, how­ever.

Amer­i­cans are sim­ply “not feel­ing lead­er­ship love. Peo­ple don’t feel par­tic­u­larly happy with cur­rent con­gres­sional lead­er­ship of either party” re­ports Emily Swan­son, a polling an­a­lyst for the As­so­ci­ated Press where a new poll finds that among Repub­li­cans, only 22 per­cent say their lead­ing GOP law­mak­ers rep­re­sent them very well, 45 per­cent char­ac­ter­ize it as mod­er­ately well, and a third say it’s gen­er­ally just plain bad. Democrats of­fer only slightly bet­ter re­views: 37 per­cent say they feel “very well” rep­re­sented, 47 per­cent say they’re rep­re­sented mod­er­ately well and 15 per­cent say they’re not rep­re­sented well at all.

“Just 16 per­cent of re­spon­dents ap­prove of the job Congress is do­ing more gen­er­ally, while 83 per­cent dis­ap­prove,” Ms. Swan­son says. Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion.

“What has hap­pened to men in Amer­ica? Once upon a time, men in their twen­ties looked for­ward to set­tling down and hav­ing chil­dren. To­day, most young men seem in­fected by a wide­spread Pe­ter Pan syn­drome,” the as­tute au­thors ob­serve. “Un­will­ing to give up the free­dom to sleep late, play video games, dress like a slob, and play the field, to­day’s men wal­low in an ex­tended ado­les­cence, os­ten­si­bly un­aware that they’re set­ting them­selves up for a de­press­ing, lonely ex­is­tence.”

Mssrs. Ger­aghty and Ed­wards are hap­pily mar­ried, 40-year-olds, in­ci­den­tally; the books is from Reg­n­ery Pub­lish­ing. The gents may be amused to know it is cur­rently rated the No. 1 book in “gen­der stud­ies” by Ama­zon.

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