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Buyer’s Remorse

We have two examples today and they’re each interesting because of who they are.

The first is a self-identified independent – Jill Dorson.  She voted twice for Bush, but, as she admits, fell hard for the hype Obama put out there.  She was also put off by the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

I voted for hope and change and all the intangibles that Obama was peddling in the wake of the financial crisis, Sarah Palin, Sept. 11 and all the other ills that shook our country in the last decade. I wanted something new. Something different. What I got was, I suppose, exactly what I voted for – a spin doctor. And not a very good one at that.

She speaks of how quickly “hope” and “change” went by the boards. How she watched the same sort of policies she thought she had voted against continued. And the bailouts, huge spending programs and the like horrified her.

It was clear after just 90 days what a mistake I’d made. My taxes have gone up and my quality of life has gone down. Hope has given way to disgust and I see now that change is simply a euphemism for “big government.”

Like many others, my view is narrow. I vote for the candidate I think will be best for me. I often define myself as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. But above all, I want to feel safe and I don’t want to feel that I am being ripped off. I want a president who inspires me and cares about my contribution to the fabric of the country. I want a president with experience and savvy, a Commander in Chief who puts our country and its citizens first.

I only hope the Republicans can find him the next time around.

She nails three points – one, Obama’s a fraud and hasn’t even come close to living up to his promises; two, his “change” was to bigger and even more intrusive government; and three, none of that will matter in 2012 unless Republicans can find a good candidate that year (and, as you can tell, she’s made it clear that’s not Sarah Palin).

But the bottom line is, she’s open to another “change”,. In fact, she’s begging for it. And, I think, she’s indicative of the feelings of many independents (not necessarily for the same reasons) – this is not the change or the guy they thought he was.

Which brings us to the second example of buyer’s remorse – this one is scathing and it’s from a “progressive”. He entitles it “How to Squander the Presidency in One Year” and then David Michael Green spends at least a 1000 words describing how that has been accomplished in detail, calling Obama the Conan O’Brian of presidents. You may not agree with much of what he says, historically, but when he finally gets to Obama he doesn’t hold back.

One point he makes resonated with me as it is a point I’ve been making for a while, in fact, as recently as Friday:

* He does not lead. Americans, especially in times of crisis, want their daddy-president to pick a point on the horizon and lead them to it. Often – especially in the short term – they don’t even care that much which point it is. They will happily follow a president whose policies they oppose if he will but lead.

Everything after the first sentence is a load. But even Green has figured out that Obama isn’t a leader and has never demonstrated any leadership. And that has consequences. Green comes to the very same conclusions I voiced Friday:

* He has therefore let Congress ‘lead’ on nearly every issue, another surefire mistake. Instead of demanding that they pass real stimulus legislation – which would have really stimulated the economy, big-time, and right now – he let those d*ckheads on the Hill just load up a big pork party blivet of a bill with all the pet projects they could find, designed purely to benefit their personal standing with the voters at home, rather than to actually produce jobs for Americans. And on health care, his signature issue, he did the same thing. “You guys write it, and I’ll sign the check.” Could there possibly be a greater prescription for failure than allowing a bunch of the most venal people on the planet to cobble together a 2,000 page monstrosity that entirely serves their interests and those of the people whose campaign bribes put them in office?

Bingo. And Green goes on and on and on. Be sure to read it all. The point, of course, is he’s managed to alienate not only the voters who would be the determining factor in any election – the big middle – but his base, which held so much “hope” for his presidency and now realize they bought a pig in a poke and should have known better. What that translates into is an “enthusiasm gap” which is going to be hard to bridge if things don’t change. And, if nothing changes, Indies will vote for the other guy (assuming the Republicans have a worthwhile candidate lined up) and Democrats will stay home.

We’ve seen president’s change before. Bill Clinton was at one time declared to be “irrelevant” yet he managed to again make himself very relevant. And George Bush was counted out more times than any president I know of, yet managed to remain relevant through the majority of his 2 terms.

Obama has got a tough row to hoe – but it is one of his own making. Back to Jill Dorson. She made an interesting statement about the last election:

You see, I felt my choice was to risk McCain dropping dead and letting the world’s most well-known hockey mom run this country …

But instead she decided on risking a junior Senator with absolutely no experience because he was so attractive:

I am ashamed to say that I was blinded by charisma. Obama was so convincing that I stopped caring about what he knew and started getting caught up in the euphoria. Imagine having a president who came from a broken home, who had money troubles, who did grass-roots community service? A young father. The first black president. It pains me to admit I got caught up in the hoopla.

Once that admission is made – and I have a feeling, bolstered by the results in VA, NJ and MA, that it is being made a lot – there’s no going back. That’s where Dorsen finds herself now. And interestingly, so does Green.  Those defections translate into votes for whomever opposed Obama and an “enthusiasm gap” among his supporters which may see them sitting home.

That doesn’t bode well for Obama in 2012 unless the Republicans again run some tired old war horse that is unable to excite the base or independents, as they managed to do last time.  So while Obama certainly has his problems they’re not necessarily terminal, electorally speaking, just yet.  However, I’d say if the Republicans can find an attractive candidate and run a grounded, issue oriented campaign (like Scott Brown in MA) that reflects their principles of less government, less spending and fewer taxes, they have a good shot in the next presidential election.

~McQ

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25 Responses to Buyer’s Remorse

  • I think this is as much a result of the Mass. campaign being the first public rejection of Obama that wasn’t shoved to the back pages as anything else.
     
    I think that broke the peer pressure spell of not questioning Obama.

    It was clear after just 90 days what a mistake I’d made. My taxes have gone up and my quality of life has gone down. Hope has given way to disgust and I see now that change is simply a euphemism for “big government.”
     
    I have to say though, anyone with ears saw this coming.  It should not be a shock from the things that slipped out of his own mouth.  I can’t believe how effective the retort “You’re calling Obama a socialist?  Ha Ha Ha.  That so silly.”  seemed to be at deflecting what everyone on the right was screaming about him.

    • “I think that broke the peer pressure spell of not questioning Obama.”  should end with “, openly.”

  • I’m no great fan of Sarah Palin, but it’s clear to me that people like Dorson let the American legacy media lead her by the nose to the opinion of Palin (and Obama) that they wanted.

  • She nails three points – one, Obama’s a fraud and hasn’t even come close to living up to his promises; two, his “change” was to bigger and even more intrusive government; and three, none of that will matter in 2012 unless Republicans can find a good candidate that year (and, as you can tell, she’s made it clear that’s not Sarah Palin).

    >>> Instead of ragging on Palin, shouldn’t these two f**kwits simply say “I’m sorry” and not have the decency to vote again for awhile?

    • Yes.  The dopes who are experiencing “buyers remorse” really ought to take a good look at the REAL problem: themselves.  “Why am I so gullible?  Why was it so easy for this clown to fool me?  And (gulp!) are the things I thought he’d do REALLY good for me and the country?”

      Indeed, they should do us all a favor and stay home in future elections.  And pick up some literature contraception in case gullibility is a genetic disorder that could be passed to their children.

  • As near as I can tell, she likes McCain and she like Obama but hates Palin.  The only quality I can see in Palin that she doesn’t have in common with one of the other is… a vagina.
    Therefore, I have to assume that Dorson is just another misogynist.

  • in the wake of the financial crisis, Sarah Palin, Sept. 11 and all the other ills that shook our country in the last decade

    >>> This comment continues to rankle. She honestly puts Sarah Palin up there with the “ills” we endured including the recession and Sept freaking 11th?

    Even now when she admits her error, she continues to be a flaming idiot.

  • This is golden … and pathetic …

    Sad. Obama Brings TelePrompter to Speak to 6th Grade Class
    This should be enough to make somebody give up being a Democrat.

    • He’s on the path to kill the party.  Maybe not completely in 2010, but certain by 2012 if he doesn’t reverse course.
       
      Of course it looks like he’ll be completely neutered in 2010 which is ahead of the schedule I had originally imagined.   Which is unfortunate because I would like to have seen the political execution of Reid and Pelosi by their fellow democrats or the party’s destruction.
       
      Neutered in 2010, that doesn’t happen.

      • But listening to Gibbs today on Fox explain that since Scott Brown supported health care reform in MA and since a majority of people in MA voted for him, then a majority of people what the President to continue with health care reform.
        By this logic, this guy will claim victory in 2012, even if he loses.

  • Is anyone seriously buying the “fiscal conservative and a social liberal” line any more?  I believe Dorson is an independent who once voted for Bush like I believe Massachusetts voters were really voting for Obama when they voted for Brown–the Obami were out in force peddling that “logic” today. The “getting caught up in the hoopla” admission is nothing more than whining for not getting socialized health care and “cap and trade.” The bottom line is that Dorson’s screed reads more like a leftist’s temper tantrum than an independent’s remorse.
    “I voted for hope and change.”?
    “But as soon as Palin climbed out of her igloo and onto the national scene,…”?
    “You see, I felt my choice was to risk McCain dropping dead and letting the world’s most well-known hockey mom run this country…”
    Independent? Oh sure–of the DailyKos variety, perhaps.

  • Bet there’s a very strong correlation between idiots like these 2 and those who supported the Sikly Pony…

  • I sure hope she doesn’t listen to that speech by Louis Farrakhan on numbers before doing her check book …

    There, in the middle of this mall is the Washington Monument, 555 feet high. But if we put a one in front of that 555 feet, we get 1555, the year that our first fathers landed on the shores of Jamestown, Virginia as slaves. In the background is the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorial, each one of these monuments is 19 feet high. Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president. Thomas Jefferson, the third president, and 16 and three make 19 again. What is so deep about this number 19? Why are we standing on the Capitol steps today? That number 19 — when you have a nine you have a womb that is pregnant. And when you have a one standing by the nine, it means that there’s something secret that has to be unfolded.

    I’ll leave it by saying that the Lincoln Memorial is taller than 19 feet.

    • Height of Lincoln’s Statue 19 feet tall, sitting
      Height of the building 99 ft (30.2 m) tall

  • You see, I felt my choice was to risk McCain dropping dead and letting the world’s most well-known hockey mom run this country …

    In 2016, McCain needs to do a “Eff you” tour…  I still don’t like the guy, but still being alive then – and rubbing it in people’s noses – would be funny as hell.

  • I guess if Sarah Palin’s hair was as nice as John Edwards’ she would have been an acceptable VP candidate.

  • I never saw the Obama “charisma”.  He was different… as in not another old white guy, but not charismatic.
    And his speech giving ability is horrible, he’s says “uhh, umm” so many times it should be a drinking game.  Know what you’re going to say and say it, the vocalized pauses are horrible speech habits.
     
    As much as I hate to back another Junior Senator, I wouldn’t in the least bit be surprised to see Scott Brown make a very serious run in 2012, for sure in 2016.  He’s certainly 1000 times a better candidate today than Palin will ever be.