I was right when I said Republicans should take the debt deal, as bad as it was, because otherwise any negative consequences would provide Obama an excuse for his own failures.

And I was right.

Polling in the three weeks since the deal was announced has shown Obama in a perilous slide.  Here’s Rasmussen, showing the largest gap between strongly support/strongly disapprove ever (h/t HotAir):

Here’s Gallup, showing how approval since the killing of Osama bin Laden has turned upside down, and how disapproval has accelerated in the past month:

This decline is not written in stone, and surely Team Obama (Axelplouffe and MSM) will keep trying to blame everyone else.  But taking the deal kept the nation focused on the shortcomings of Obama’s policies by not precipitating a crisis which only would have served as a diversion.

Oddly enough, freeing Obama up run off to fundraisers and lavish vacations in August while the rest of the nation suffered has solidified the (correct) perception of an administration out of touch and out of control.

And we will continue having this conversation for the next several months, if not the next year.  Which is a good thing, because there is only one solution to the nation’s fiscal problems, and it comes in November 2012.  Keep your eyes on the goal.