Another day and another poll full of nothing but bad news for President Obama:
Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.
Pardon me if I’m not pulling my hair out and running around screaming in a panic. Barry’s poll ratings are in the toilet, the Democrats are gonna get slaughtered in the fall. Oh golly. Oh gee. Oh gosh. Whatever will we do and what will become of us?
As far as things go on a cosmic scale, this ain’t worth a fart in a tornado.
This is the Domino’s Pizza theory of politics: we want it within 30 minutes or Barack Obama is a failure.
We can sit back and suffer as gays gripe, minorities mope, pro-choicers pout and every other special interest group complains about Obama not delivering the change they voted for. At least we know the Republicans are going to continue to be against everything. They’re nothing if not consistent.
If anyone was foolish enough to believe any politician, even one as charismatic and smart as Obama was going to walk into the White House and turn every day into Christmas they deserve their present disappointment. I said it before, but it bears repeating: Barack Obama is not your Santa Claus.
Polls in the summer of 2010 may not bode well for Democratic dominance of the House and Senate, but as outliers for Obama’s reelection possibilities they are as useful as a wet Kleenex. Obama still has another two years left on the job despite all the bitching as if the election were next month.
No buyer’s remorse here. I knew what I was voting for in 2008 and it wasn’t a magician who was going to entertain me by pulling rabbits out of his hat or ass. What I believe is happening here is expectations wilting in the summer heat relentlessness of reality.
“Why can’t President Obama stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Why can’t he get the Israelis and Palestinians to stop squabbling and make peace? Why can’t he get the Europeans to contribute more troops to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan? Why can’t he forge a global treaty to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses? Why can’t he…well, you get the point. Obama, it turns out is not Superman. In (unhappy) truth, no president is, no matter how politically gifted and no matter how many people, in this country and around the world, root for his success.”
~ Paul Starobin in The Washington Post
People keep wanting Obama to be what THEY project him to be: saint, savior, super-hero. He’s simply a politician. A talented and brilliant one, but a politician nevertheless and one who walked into office with more messes to clean up than any President has in my lifetime.
Make no mistake: they are Obama’s messes to clean up, but he needs more time to do so than the typical man in the street is willing to give him. I’m sure the president is concerned about the restlessness of the nation, but panic? Not much point in that. He doesn’t even know if his opponent in 2012 is going to be named Romney, Palin, Jindal, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Barbour or Snooki.
Obama still has over two years to deliver on the hope and change. If he does, these polls will be seen as what they are: a mood and moods change. If he doesn’t then he loses. It’s really that simple. It’s politics and Obama is a politician. Not a miracle worker.
If enough voters aren’t feeling the love, there will be no shortage of Republicans willing to vie for their affection. We will see if they come up with better ingredients or it’s just the same old right-wing swill in a newly designed box.
We want our pizza and we want it now. No matter how unreasonable the demand might be.