As we approach mid-term elections this fall, more Democratic candidates are saying, “Thanks, but no thanks!” to President Obama’s political endorsement and support.
With increased pubic discontent with Obama’s policies and continued economic decline, has his presidency seen better days? Has Obama’s promise of “hope and change” become obsolete?
According to Fouad Ajami’s opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, the answer is yes, Obama has become obsolete and is now just marking time:
“The country has had its fill with a scapegoating that knows no end from a president who had vowed to break with recriminations and partisanship. The magic of 2008 can’t be recreated, and good riddance to it,” writes Ajami.
Ajami compares Obama’s presidency to the failures of LBJ. He also cites Obama’s “detachment” as a reason why public opinion continues to go negative for him pointing out the differences to presidents, like Reagan and Clinton, who had charismatic personalities and who could better relate to people.
More than that, however, Ajami credits public displeasure with Obama’s attitute of shoving his idealogy down the public’s throat:
“If public opinion displayed no enthusiasm for the overhaul of the nations health-care system, the administration would push on. The public would adjust in due time.
No wonder, just today, we hear of another Dem backing away from Obama even though Obama has endorsed him! These candidates want to win, if they can, and riding Obama’s coat-tails won’t take them there!