Mr. Obama’s presidency is definitely on the rocks. Only someone who’s been living under one of those rocks could look at the tea parties, town halls, stalled cap & trade and ObamaCare bills and conclude that he’s doing well.
Personally, I think a large part of the problem has to do with what psychologists call “projection.” Mind you, I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist, don’t play one on TV, nor do I claim to be. However, the concept of projection is pretty easy to understand. Essentially, it is assuming that others–singly or in groups–share one’s thoughts, desires, goals, and so on.
And that’s where Obama went wrong. He thought that his election indicated a significant left turn in the American voters’ politics. He thought that the voters, like him, wanted to increase government spending manyfold. He assumed that the body politic was asking for a takeover of the health-care industry.
But what we’re seeing is that they didn’t, and they aren’t. I’m not normally a poll-watcher (considering them usually biased to the left), but even the most skeptical person would probably have to admit that the polls are not looking good for the President or his policies.
At this point, Barack Obama has two choices. He can keep following the same course he’s currently on, or he can do as Bill Clinton did when he faced a similar problem in 1993: admit the country is still center-right politically, and pragmatically tack to the center.
However, I haven’t really seen a lot of evidence that Obama is nearly the pragmatist that Clinton was, and thus, he may be doomed to be a one-term President.
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