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November 7, 2010 / J. Shaw

Is She the last Person Who Loves Obama? Sentiment Voters

In her recent essay at Slate, (Elizabeth) Curtis Sittenfield asks, “Am I the last person in America who still adores President Obama”? ………This article tells the story sentient voters.

She’ll be happy to know that, no, she isn’t.  There are plenty of other people who remain, “unfailingly struck by his intelligence and charisma, by his easygoing humor, and by the magnificence of his megawatt smile”.

Ms. Sittenfield apparently bottled whatever Obama’s campaign managers put in the water, and she has been sipping it for the past two years, because her essay reads like a 7th grader’s love note to the handsome school principal.  And like most 7th graders, she is uneducated about politics and economics.

Sittenfield illustrates all that is wrong with the least astute of Americans. They place their faith in politicians, whose first priority is their own survival, not the desires of their constituents. They place emotion above practicality.They ignore the most basic economic concepts.

These are the Sittenfield Americans, folks who can’t — or won’t — see beyond Obama’s gleaming surface, where they would find that almost every policy decision made by this Administration….uh….fell short of what was promised.

 So, mesmerized as Sittenfield is — struck dumb, so to speak — I thought I’d point out exactly why so many people seem so disenchanted.

“I’m surprised that so many people have turned against the president. Obviously, if you’ve lost your job, life is tough, but did voters really believe the country was going to quickly and dramatically reverse course once he was elected?”

Now perhaps Sittenfield’s life experience is playing against her.  Boarding school, Vassar College, Stanford.  M.F.A. in creative writing.   Maybe Mom and Dad are paying her way.  Because life isn’t just “tough” if you’ve lost your job.  When you can’t pay for the roof over your head, life is a nightmare.  Not having a job does a number on one’s confidence, psychology, and sense of identity.  It stresses a marriage.  It creates an overwhelming feeling of fear.  Maybe these tiny little things might just create a whole lot of resentment towards a President that ignored the jobs situation, and instead spent over a year trying to pass a health care plan that 1) didn’t accomplish what the far Left wanted, 2) 58% of Americans want repealed, 3) is already creating uncertainty and havoc in the medical community, 4) is being challenged as unconstitutional by 20 states.

But to answer her question, voters didn’t expect an instant fix — nor they didn’t expect that every policy decision made by this Administration would …uh….fall short of what was promised.

“I (apparently alone among sentient voters) don’t think he’s made any major missteps: As far as I can tell, the economic stimulus package might not have been perfect, but it prevented something bad from being even worse”.

The definition of “sentient” among creative writers is, apparently, recognizing that the stimulus package was a positive thing in even the most fantastic of realities.   And I suppose sentient voters read the stimulus bill.  You know, like the Congressional reps who…uh…didn’t read the bill.

MORE…../         By Lawrence Meyers


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