Roger L. Simon

National cognitive disorder: How long will America heart Obama?

According to Gallup, Barack Obama’s approval rating has gone up to 65% . At the same time, according to Rasmussen, only 37% of Americans think our country is headed in the right direction. In other words, the man at the tiller is great, but he’s drunk. It’s as if we’re suffering from a national cognitive disorder.

Most of this disorder is media induced, because the media’s love affair with Obama persists beyond rationality, though you can see the first glimmerings of a crack in some quarters – even in the New York Times whose Caucus blog is pointing out that only 5 percent (!) of the $787 billion stimulus has been spent (despite a different report the administration.) Meanwhile Jake Tapper at ABC has other complaints.

So how long will America heart Obama? Well, as one wag once said, it’s the economy, stupid. If he’s right, if I were Obama, I’d be worried. My prediction is the President has about three months left of his afterglow. If things aren’t looking perkier around Labor Day, look for that cognitive disorder to be cured and Obama’s numbers to tank. Then we’ll be in the real world – only it will be a real world that few will enjoy.

On the other hand, FDR’s economic prescriptions did little good during the Depression. The crash of ’37 was worse than the crash of ’29. And yet he kept getting reelected. Cognitive disorders have a way of persisting.

UPDATE: Persisting… and metastasizing. From Pravda: It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.