"The president… is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen"

Peggy Noonan has lost her Obama mojo:

I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.

There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don’t see how you politically survive this.

The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They’re in one reality, he’s in another.

Why in hell only now Ms. Noonan is waking up to this reality is a question for another time I guess but for now, we’ll relish the notion that yet another of his supporters are finally seeing what the rest of us knew shortly after we checked the man out.

Welcome to our “one reality” Peggy.

With props to colleague Michael Laprarie.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

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