- - Sunday, May 6, 2012

Grade: D+

“Imagine being a monarch in the 1790s and hearing the news that King Louis XVI was beheaded. Nicolas Sarkozy has lost in France, and that is most disconcerting for any incumbent. The French did not vote for an ideological shift. Socialist Francoise Hollande barely won with 51.7 percent of the vote — blowing an 11-point lead in one week.

But the news has to be hitting the White House hard: a defeat for an incumbent, no clear mandate for the victor, perhaps more confusion and instability to follow. President Obama is campaigning hard, but some weeks, it just isn’t too cool being a president. This is one of those weeks. Unemployment goes down another 0.1 percentage point, but guess what folks will be talking about the next few weeks?”

Follow pollster John Zogby on Twitter (@thejohnzogby).

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