Thursday, November 19, 2009
I wonder if Obama's supporters - and in particular, the independents whose support put him over the top - are starting to feel the same way about Obama. No matter how much he tries to blame Bush, they know the economy is worse off now than it was when Obama was elected and worse than the day he took office, they know employers have dumped millions of jobs. While they might have liked the abstract of a President who was less arrogant towards the rest of the world, I wonder if they really are all that excited watching Obama bow and apologize to the world. I wonder how safer they feel with Obama deciding to hold the terror trials in NYC rather than in the relative safety and obscurity of Guantanamo Bay, with Justice Department policy being set by lawyers who not too long ago were volunteering to work on behalf of our terrorist enemies. I wonder if they like that their health insurance is going to cost them more and cover less. I wonder how they feel about the all but certain likelihood that their taxes will be going up at the same time the value of their house keeps going down.
If I were an independent who had voted for Obama, I can't imagine the scenario in which I would be impressed with the job he has done. I can't imagine them telling themselves they're better off now than on the day he took office. Like me, they're probably glad Bush is gone but completely disillusioned with what Obama is doing. And unlike me, having voted for Obama, I wonder the extent to which they're feeling betrayed and stupid for having fallen for the hype. Maybe they're not at the point where they wish they had voted for McCain but I wonder how far away from that thought they really are...