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I was walking a mere 2 blocks away from where they lined up in droves to vote for him in November 2008. In east Village.
And this is what I saw:
The conventional wisdom the media constructed along the years was: Republicans are strong on National security (read: like wars) while Democrats are good on the economy. There was definitely some truth in that one as even the reviled Carter reduced deficits, while Clinton transformed a deficit in a surplus.
People were so convinced of the truth of that one, when the financial crisis hit in September 2008, McCain lead evaporated overnight and people decided to let the Democrats tackle this one.
Enter Barack Obama, admirer of Reagan, basher of Clinton. One year after his presidency – with super majority and a gushing media, he managed to wreak this last vestige of respect for the Democrats
A CNN poll produced the following headline
he headline on the new CNN poll is this: “Most Americans applaud Democrats’ loss of supermajority.”And that’s bad for Dems. But what’s worse for Dems is that the poll’s internals also show that for the first time since the Dem takeover of Congress, more say Dem control of Congress is bad for the country.
The poll finds that 48% of American adults say it’s “bad for the country that the Democratic party is in control of Congress,” versus only 45% who say it’s good.
Seems Obama managed to dispel this conventional wisdom.
And now, after the Massachusets voters told him to listen to the people – he’s freezing the spending (the non-military parts)
Some of the reactions to that. Suddenly awaken Krugman:
it’s a betrayal of everything Obama’s supporters thought they were working for. Just like that, Obama has embraced and validated the Republican world-view — and more specifically, he has embraced the policy ideas of the man he defeated in 2008. A correspondent writes, “I feel like an idiot for supporting this guy.”
Obama has now gone off the deep end. After passing a stimulus that most economists (not just liberal ones) said was too small, and that was made even more inadequate by being heavily tilted toward poor-performing tax-cuts, Obama is now intentionally recreating FDR’s mistake of 1937, when he prematurely cut back spending to try to balance the budget, and sent the country into a new recession.
For some time I have been worried about fifty little Herbert Hoovers at the state level. Right now it looks like I have to worry about one big one:
Liberals fear that discretionary spending cuts are like fig leaves with sharp edges. They’re designed to cover something ugly and yet they hurt — they hurt those who most rely on government services, who tend to poor and non-white.
In B0botland some are getting it too
Only a smattering of papers on Newseum today. Enough to paint both the real picture
and the rosy one
although the reality is right next to the celebrity photo op
Las Vegas Review Journal also adds fresh woes for Dems in senate as Biden’s son refuses to run for Daddy’s seat
(right under th spending freeze headline)