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August 27, 2011

Schadenboner: Liberals Finally Begin To Realize That Maybe Obama's Not So Hot, Huh?

As other liberals have noted, sadly, "It could have been worse, maybe," is not exactly a slogan on par with "It's Morning in America."

Jonathan Alter tries his hand. You can't prove to a determined partisan liberal that Obama's a bad president.

How far we've come, from Alter and his ilk praising Obama as awesome, to now sputtering "you can't proooove he's awful."

I'm not going to quote it, because it's lame (though the comments shellacking him are fun). Just wanted to note Jonathan Alter is now reduced to sputtering "Prove to me Obama's a bad president."

More fun is this hapless sack of fail, who advises fellow liberals to stop expecting Obama to succeed and then maybe he will meet your expectations.

Stop Waiting for Superman

By TIMOTHY EGAN

Hope and audacity hung in the winter air those early months of the perilous presidency of Barack Obama, a time when street vendors were selling pictures of him as Superman, complete with an “S” across his chest.

I remember picking one up, thinking the collage might be worth something down the road. Of course it was never realistic, despite Obama’s gifts of oration and the power of his narrative, for him to be The One, or The Natural, let alone a superhero. We can’t help it, though; every inauguration is like the start of a new baseball season, filled with hope for the rookie to hit 60 home runs.

...

Through the haze of this dystopia, Obama has no skip in his step, no lift in his voice. His poll numbers are the worst of his time in office. His enemies no longer call him Muslim, socialist or Kenyan. They don’t have to: they point to 9.1 percent unemployment, and seek to ride the wave pushed by three-fourths of the country that feels the nation is going in the wrong direction.

The president’s supporters expect him to emerge from a deserved vacation with a term-saving jobs plan, and maybe the old cape out of the closet. They should forget such delusions. The jobs proposal will go nowhere in a Congress that has made clear from the beginning it cares about only one thing: ensuring that Obama fails.

And the Superman hype — that came with the froth of the 2008 campaign, when his words seemed strong enough to break up a storm, and the idea of a black man becoming leader of a nation born with slavery was so potent.


...

Urban liberals, labor, blacks and Hispanics, environmentalists, the young – the core of Obama’s army in 2008 — are disappointed in the president...

But instead of waiting for an arm-flapping populist to emerge from the genteel summer redoubt on Martha’s Vineyard, the left should focus on the coming ground war, and try to fill Congress with new people who can at least tell fact from fiction.

Ah, we've given up on Obama. Time to turn to Congress.


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