The media -- and typically it is the right-leaning news organizations that are quicker to point out -- are noting that President Obama's approval numbers have slid noticeably.
According to one newspaper report, the president began the year with an approval rating of 67 percent, and he ends it at 48 percent. However, and this is something the more left-leaning media are likely to tell you, the president also ends the year as the man Americans say they admire more than any other.
Congressional Democrats have something more important to consider than their popularity -- their jobs. And as a result an important discussion continues to take place among them and party leaders: In what direction should the party lean in 2010?
Let's see if the media can be a bit more objective in their coverage of this issue.