I'm sorry NH, the poll I mentioned I had misinterpreted, what the poll showed was that independents see the democratic party as more conservative than democrats and republicans.
As well as seeing the republicans as too conservative, what the poll also showed was that the independents see the republican party as too conservative, and that most voters see the republicans as too conservative over "just right", especially compared to the democrats which while at the moment see a slight increase in being "too liberal" still is considerred to have an ideology more in line with the voting public.
Also as the numbers aren't perfect, 50-42 is an 8 point drop in "just right" while only a 7 point increase in a too liberal leaning means there must have been a slight increase in the numbers arguing that the democrats are too conservative.http://www.gallup.com/poll/121307/More-Americans-See-Democratic-Party-Too-Liberal.aspx
While I concede I was wrong, it's been a good month since I read the poll. You however can't get away with this:
Obama is getting a hard time because his policies are becoming less popular among both politicians and citizens. But hey, who cares what the PEOPLE want, it's all about him, right!?
He still has a higher approval than bush at this stage into his presidency and Clinton as well.
On top of that while he may get most dissagreements on healthcare:http://www.gallup.com/poll/121814/More-Disapprove-Than-Approve-Obama-Healthcare.aspx
He's getting high approvals on foreign affairs, the war in iraq, afghanistan, and the economy while leaning to the dissaproval is so close to 50/50 it really can't be called either way at the moment.
Also you mention shady connections, are you forgetting your previous president that soon, every politician has some dodgy people in their pasts, but well I'm sorry but Bush really takes the cake in that regard.
Also you said this:
So he can only be called a liberal if he never supports anything right-wing? How many liberal politicians would exist by that criteria?
Thats not what I said at all, but he can't be the "die-hard socialist marxist ultra-liberal some conservatives try to make him out to be. And also as I've mentioned before most "liberals" are really quite centre right, as are most "conservatives".
Especially when it's DOMA, a gay rights issue, how many die hard liberals are against gay marriage?
It'd be like a die hard conservative trying to bring in a socialist system.
They wouldn't do it if they were a "die hard" conservative.