Hey, remember back in the fall of 2008, when establishment Republicans such as Christopher Buckley, the Axis of Davids (Frum, Brooks and Gergen), Colin Powell, Peggy Noonan and likely Condi Rice all convinced themselves that Barack Obama was the cool, composed, telegenic centrist choice to lead the nation over John McCain? That worked out really swell for both the American people and the reputation of those GOP insiders, right?
Yesterday, Peggy Noonan wrote:
Something’s happening to President Obama’s relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies. They are now inclined not to like him. His supporters would say, “Nothing new there,” but actually I think there is. I’m referring to the broad, stable, nonradical, non-birther right. Among them the level of dislike for the president has ratcheted up sharply the past few months.
It’s not due to the election, and it’s not because the Republican candidates are so compelling and making such brilliant cases against him. That, actually, isn’t happening.
What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who’s not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it’s his fault, too. As an increase in polarization is a bad thing, it’s a big fault.
Uhhhh … ok. You can read the rest of her reasoning, but, honestly, why bother?
I guess it makes sense if you believed the crap Obama was selling in 2008.
Oh, wait. Peggy did!
Meanwhile, in a post that also has some thoughts on “Dame Peggy,” Allahpundit links to this melancholy new video produced by the HuffPo:
Note that its premise, that Obama voters, particularly his diehard supporters on the far left, have the same amount of “hope” as 2008, while amusing, simply isn’t true. The shiny Turtle Wax and New President Smell wore off long ago on Obama, leaving an sputtering used car with enormous upkeep, repair bills and terrible gas mileage.
And speaking of gas, the American Energy Alliance reminds voters of the mindset of Obama and his cronies (including the MSM, incidentally) when it comes to desiring energy prices to skyrocket:
Shorter version of the pop-a-gasket response from the DNC: how dare you use our words from 2005-2008 against us — and Koch brothers too, dammit!