Sunday, November 22, 2009

By The Same Token, Obama's Allure

Just as I don't get Sarah Palin's great allure among so many conservatives, I'm similarly not understanding the very high approval ratings President Obama gets among Democrats. Pollster.com compiles polling data from the polls you know, and places Obama's approval rating among Democrats above 82%.

Are Democrats no deeper than, "He's on our team, he's not on their team, so he's obviously great"? It's hard to argue against.

1. Obama has essentially affirmed the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by remaining and extending the wars.

2. Obama did a stimulus package that was merely bigger than Bush's.

3. Still in Gitmo.

4. Still maintaining the Bush policy of indefinite detention.

5. Could have significantly scaled back the war on drugs when the Mexican border militarized. Instead, laughed.

6. Still have the Patriot Act. No push to repeal coming from on high.

Obama reminds me an awful lot of George Bush, and not just because their foreign policy is identical in execution, if different in tenor. Mainly, Bush ignored a huge part of his base, the fiscal conservatives, expecting (and largely getting) continuing support on the strength of the oh-so-deep consideration of "at least he's on our team". Now, Obama does nothing for civil libertarians, or worse, and expects that if they are Democrats, they can't possibly go anywhere else.

I guess Obama is gambling correctly. The silence is deafening. Those who made issue of the war before the election of Obama are largely gone. Etc.

4 comments:

Wainstead said...

No doubt, since last November there's been *serious* buyer's remorse amongst Republicans for eight years of the Bush administration.

The blind faith you see in this poll is really no different. I'd put it in the larger context of the American populace: how many vote, how many belong to a political party, etc. I wonder how many Democrats are even aware that he hasn't closed Gitmo? Never underestimate the apathy of the American public.

Wainstead said...

Er, I left out the connecting point: in the future the Democrats may also feel buyer's remorse. Insert between paragraphs 1 and 2 :o)

Mike Kole said...

I see it as an overwhelming willingness to accept on faith any promise the guy on your side makes, and to give the benefit of the doubt when it's clear that guy isn't going to live up to his promise... and to react opposite for the other team.

Most Americans are not partisans. The largest voting bloc are independents. Well, actually, the largest voting bloc are those who don't vote.

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