By:  Marilyn Assenheim

From our “dollar short and a day late” collection comes news that a recent poll, conducted February 6 through 7, delivered an astonishing result. According to The Washington Examiner: “Over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for President Obama’s reelection in 2012, according to a new Economist/YouGov.com poll.”

The revised Economist/YouGove.com poll broadened their original inquiry from “those who voted for Barack Obama in 2012” to “those who reported voting for Barack Obama in 2012 but would vote for someone else if the election were held again.” The Washington Examiner breaks down buyers’ remorse findings as follows:

“The poll asked those who voted for Obama’s reelection a simple question: ‘Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?’

— Overall, 71 percent said yes, 26 percent no.

— 80 percent of whites said yes 61 percent of blacks said no and 100 percent of Hispanics said yes.

 — 84 percent of women said yes, and just 61 percent of men agreed.

— 55 percent of Democrats said yes, as did 71 percent of independents.”

Hindsight is 20/20, right? Maybe. And maybe not so much.

While these results are interesting, much as Super Bowl results might be two years after the game in question had been played, celebration should be short lived.  The Lyin’ King is, in theory anyway, a lame duck. Granted, these results are embarrassing to his regime, showing his lame duck to be paralytic prior to the 2014 midterm elections. But, before going all-out to laud the belated and all-but-useless birth of voter sense, one must note additional data provided by the sample. The Lyin’ King “no” but, Hillary, “yes.” This very same poll found that Hillary Clinton was given a 50% favorability rating (including a shocking 28% finding of “very favorable”) vs. only 43% finding Hillary “unfavorable.” This information illustrates, once again, that political enlightenment dawns on the intransigent, liberal mindset at a glacial pace. If enlightenment ever sees the sun rise at all.

The poll was also intended to prod at the future chances of another Mitt Romney run for the roses in 2016. The results were positive…by a hair’s breadth. Voters in the 2012 election were asked if their choice for president would be the same now. Mr. Romney held on to 90% of his voters as opposed to the Imperial President who retained only 79% voter loyalty. Even though Mr. Romney had clocked fewer votes in 2012 than The Lyin’ King, voter retention numbers gave Mr. Romney a skeletal 3 million vote edge should the election be held again today.

These results are more alarming than they are encouraging. For one thing, Hillary has, for whatever reasons, a stranglehold on liberal voters’ imaginations. Apparently, the realities of the “hope and change” they’ve experienced during the last six years of this presidency have been insufficient to rouse them from their self-induced comas. For another, establishment Republicans, such as “the mastermind,” Karl Rove, are throwing in the towel two years early by vigorously insisting Hillary’s woeful-at-best political record should be off-limits for prospective Republican candidates. We saw how well an identical strategy worked out in 2008 and 2012 for Republican hopefuls. Last but not least, Mr. Romney never was the constituents’ candidate-of-choice in 2012. This misbegotten feeler, designed to launch Mr. Romney into another presidential attempt is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. It doesn’t take in-depth analytical ability to see that Mr. Romney’s miniscule advantage in this poll does not prove that he would win. It means The Lyin’ King, his former opponent, would lose. By a teensy margin. Nor did the poll offer an alternative Republican choice for 2016, unlike the Democrat-oriented queries did.

It’s time for establishment Republicans to be forced to do the right thing. Clearly, they never will of their own volition. Poll results prove it.