Saturday, December 26, 2009

Democrats disappointed in Obama

Even Democrats are starting to see problems with the leadership of last year's Messiah. Drew Westen, a psychologist and Puffington Host blogger, writes:
Somehow the president has managed to turn a base of new and progressive voters he himself energized like no one else could in 2008 into the likely stay-at-home voters of 2010, souring an entire generation of young people to the political process. .....
Westen believes, bizarre as it may sound, that Pres. Obama's current unpopularity is due to his having "tack[ed] to the center" and the solution is for Obama to govern from further to the left.

By constrast, William M. Daley, of the Chicago political machine, reviews all the bad poll numbers and, instead of the renewed radicalism that Westen wants, recommends moderation:

Despite this raft of bad news, Democrats are not doomed to return to the wilderness. The question is whether the party is prepared to listen carefully to what the American public is saying. ....

All that is required for the Democratic Party to recover its political footing is to acknowledge that the agenda of the party's most liberal supporters has not won the support of a majority of Americans -- and, based on that recognition, to steer a more moderate course on the key issues of the day, ....

Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress seem happy with themselves to be on the brink of sinking the US health care system, as Gary Varvel illustrates:

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