As I’ve done this blog and participated in various social media this year, what has struck me was the depth of anger harbored toward President Obama, a building fury that the White House was totally failing to detect.
People have been waiting for a long time to send the message they sent Tuesday. They were determined to send it. And now they have sent it.
The White House thinks this is merely the result of a grumpy electorate still angry about the economy. That the same forces that propelled them to victory are now working against them.
Obama and his aides truly seem to believe that Americans are a band of idiots who will just reject the party in power if they don’t have enough money in their pockets, no matter the party’s policies and pronouncements.
Yes, the economy is still profoundly troubling the electorate. But the depth of its anger stems from having laws and spending it opposes shoved down its throat. Americans are being pushed in a direction too far to the left, and it’s making them very uncomfortable.
Americans are not Europeans and, overwhelmingly, they are not elitists who think they know best. They are people with an intrinsic mistrust of government, who believe you should watch your spending, and who want people to be as straight with them as they are with each other.
Obama has been none of this. He and his Democratic allies have rammed through a massive revamp of the nation’s health care system along completely partisan lines while, in a record-setting display of chutzpah, blamed the Republicans for all the partisanship.
Obama has exploded the deficit, made no meaningful attempt to curtail spending, and then blamed George W. Bush for it. Actually, he’s blamed Bush for just about everything, including the FAILURE OF HIS OWN STIMULUS BILL TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT EVEN THOUGH HE SAID IT WOULD.
Obama and other Democrats think the unpopularity of their program stems from a failure to explain it to obtuse Americans who haven’t bothered to read about it and understand it. This, even though Obama talked about the health bill incessantly and WATCHED ITS POPULARITY DECLINE THE MORE HE TALKED ABOUT IT.
Americans have observed as a man who presented himself as the Second Coming devolved during the 2010 campaign into a run of the mill raving, partisan, politician, trying desperately to preserve his fleeting power.
The problem for Obama is that he can’t, even if he wanted to – and he doesn’t – take it all back without seeming like a Big Fake. Clinton in 1994 at least had a moderate record behind him as governor and as president. He passed NAFTA, remember. Obama has done nothing in moderation.
We’ll see at today’s press conference if there is any humility in the man. If the lectures will stop about Bush have “dug the hole so deep” Obama could not possibly be expected to get us out of it. If there’s some recognition that he went too far, did something wrong.
Don’t count on it.