The Bill for Mediocrity Comes Due


I’ve been talking about Obama’s problem with his core supporters — i.e., that he’s been disappointing them on way too much and shouldn’t expect them to ride to his rescue.

I even compared him to the Democratic congress of 2006-08, which saw its poll numbers tank when liberals and progressives got fed up with their failure to act.


A major factor in President Obama’s slide in today’s big Washington Post/ABC News poll, which is preoccupying the political classes today, is his surprisingly sharp drops among Democrats and even liberals…


It didn’t take a genius to see this coming; this is obvious stuff.  That’s what’s so frustrating about it all.  How could Team Obama not have seen this coming?  Especially right on the heels of the exact same thing happening in the 2006-08 congressional polls.

You got to deliver, people!  Or at least look like you’re trying hard.  You know.  Lead.

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4 Responses to “The Bill for Mediocrity Comes Due”

  1. jazzbumpa Says:

    His popularity numbers might fall, but come next election, what the hell are we going to do – vote the Repugnicants back in?

    Since there is no meaningful left in this country, BHO is free to be his centrist-right self.

    I’m trying to remain hopeful, but feel despair in my gut.

  2. urbino Says:

    I guess we just have to keep pushing them. But you’re right, it’s hard to know how to do that when they know you’ve got nowhere else to go. And it’s doubly hard when, as Churchill said, a lie travels around the world while the truth is still putting its pants on.

    But there’s nothing new about any of this, so part of me thinks my despair is childish. I mean, the lessons are there in our history, if we can just find and apply them. The abolition movement, the early labor movement, and the civil rights movement come to mind. I don’t know enough about how those accomplished what they did — the actual mechanics of it, I mean.

    Maybe the much maligned Saul Alinsky book is a good place to start. I dunno.

  3. Sandi Says:

    I read an article from last month’s Rolling Stone where Paul Krugman, David Gergen and Michael Moore were evaluating Obama’s first six months. MM offered the theory that there’s a master plan, that Obama knows what he’s doing (even if we don’t necessarily agree with all of it) and is not getting rolled, as it appears he is. What do we think? Any chance that this is true?

  4. urbino Says:

    Sure, there’s a chance. But, by its nature, it’s the sort of thing one has to believe despite all available evidence. ISTM it’s also the sort of strategy one can’t (or shouldn’t) employ until one has established a record of leadership and winning on some issues your supporters care about. Then you can rope-a-dope without losing them, because they have reason to trust you.

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