From The Politico: “Seven Stories Barack Obama Doesn’t Want Told“:
Presidential politics is about storytelling. Presented with a vivid storyline, voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a picture that is already neatly framed in their minds.
No one understands this better than Barack Obama and his team, who won the 2008 election in part because they were better storytellers than the opposition. The pro-Obama narrative featured an almost mystically talented young idealist who stood for change in a disciplined and thoughtful way. This easily outpowered the anti-Obama narrative, featuring an opportunistic Chicago pol with dubious relationships who was more liberal than he was letting on.
A year into his presidency, however, Obama’s gift for controlling his image shows signs of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum.
But they aren’t just “stories.” They are all solid truths, at least as far as I am concerned. Here’s the list; few of them need any explanation:
1. He thinks he’s playing with Monopoly money
2. Too much Leonard Nimoy – “Obama, a legislator and law professor, is fluent in describing the nuances of problems. But his intellectuality has contributed to a growing critique that decisions are detached from rock-bottom principles. Both Maureen Dowd in The New York Times and Joel Achenbach of The Washington Post have likened him to Star Trek’s Mr. Spock.“
3. That’s the Chicago Way – “The problem is that many voters took Obama seriously in 2008 when he talked about wanting to create a more reasoned, non-partisan style of governance in Washington. When Republicans showed scant interest in cooperating with Obama at the start, the Obama West Wing gladly reverted to campaign hack mode.“
4. He’s a pushover – (see # 6 also)
5. He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe
6. “President” Pelosi
7. He’s in love with the man in the mirror
It seems to me that liberal elites are finally being hit with the realization of just how far support for Obama (and the Democrats) has slipped among independent voters. Articles like this one make me wonder whether Obama’s supporters in the media are honestly trying to help him stay on top, or if they are really preparing an extensive “we told you so” defense in anticipation of a serious drubbing in next year’s mid-term elections.
One thing does seem certain however: Chris Matthews now withstanding, the thrill is definitely gone.