Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Can Obama Re-Inspire Voters?

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama seemingly could do nothing wrong. The media and his supporters denounced his reporters as "more of the same." Whenever he received new endorsements, they denounced his competitors. And he won the election with record voter turnout.

Those days seem like a distant past. Much of the glow surrounding President Obama has diminished. The economy remains sluggish. The political left feels that Obama has betrayed them. The media dissect everything he does, rather than offering effusive praise. And conservatives feel embolden by Republican victories in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert -- one of Obama's strongest supporters -- argues that the president suffers from a "credibility gap." Herbert contends that Obama's inconsistencies on major policy issues could fuel additional voter discontent and confusion:
Mr. Obama may be personally very appealing, but he has positioned himself all over the political map: the anti-Iraq war candidate who escalated the war in Afghanistan; the opponent of health insurance mandates who made a mandate to buy insurance the centerpiece of his plan; the president who stocked his administration with Wall Street insiders and went to the mat for the banks and big corporations, but who is now trying to present himself as a born-again populist.

Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won’t be able to close it.
Ironically, many media personalities and voters who supported Obama's candidacy said that they found his "non-ideological" style refreshing. Early this year, many media commentators, responding to liberal anger, praised Obama as a "pragmatist" and condemned progressives as ideologues.

I am inclined to agree with Herbert who finds Obama's lack of a firm commitment to issues a problem for him. By seeking to appease all sides and (especially) to abandon the liberal base of the Democratic Party, Obama comes across as a weak leader. With so much on the line, tonight's State of the Union Address should prove interesting.


RealityZone said...

Main St. is not blind. They may be a little slow, but they are not blind.
His financial team, Bernanke, Geithner, Summers, will stay.
He kept Gates, not once, but twice. Patreus, and Mc Chrystal are playing a bigger role than ever. His Neolib foreign Policy is welcomed by the Neocons, and the MIC.
His Cairo speech, is now mere lip service.
Wall St. has and will keep running and ruining our country.
Health Care is a joke, it was written by and for the Ins. Corp. and Big Pharma.
The Dems have shown once again how to self destruct. They can not govern.
Our country has now been blatantly sold out to the Corps. via the SCOTUS ruling.
Dem. supporters still say he is "pandering" to the right. NO ! ! ! NO! ! ! He is the right. He is the Republican's Manchurian President.

Sue said...

Then who can govern RZ if not the right OR the left??? All the strategists I've listened to say Bernanke is the one to get us over the hump economically. He was there in the beginning and he should finish the clean up. We all need to just calm down and see what this year holds.

RealityZone said...

it is no this person, or that person, this party or that party. I can not reemphasize enough.


Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

RZ: I am not convinced that Bernanke is the problem.

RealityZone said...

Last I saw is that "WE" the U.S. Federal Reserve has bought 80% of our debt. Bernanke is not the whole problem, not one person is. As I said it is the system. That system that we revolve on is based on DEBT. Debt, faith, trust, is not a good recipe for future stability. Obama had the chance to bring in outsiders. A new mind set, A New Era. He did not. He brought, and kept retreads. The same retreads that got us into this mess. Geithner, Summers, Bernanke will not expose Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, etc. They feed off of them.

LETICIA said...

Well, call me crazy, but breaking big campaign promises, and weaseling out of others tends to piss people off. Throw in some pretty obvious coddling of Wall Street buffoons that nearly destroyed the economy, it's no wonder why plenty of people have given up on him.

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