Youth Vote Growing Up?
The thing about young people is that they grow up
. . . and sometimes events force them to do it rather quicker than nature inclines them. It is probably true that Obama could only hold on to the hip and cool persona that he created for himself for so long--no matter what he did. Once you become president, you are the establishment. You are accountable. Opposition for opposition's sake--that youthful rebellion we're all inclined to over-sentimentalize--is no longer your de facto
property. But Obama's biggest problem may be the company he keeps. Now Obama is part of the machine . . . along with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi . . . and about that machine, there seems to be plenty to rage against. Obama, Reed and Pelosi are all on the same team and people are not enthusiastic about their performance. Note the polls in the margin which now show that though Obama maintains (barely) a 50% plus approval rating, he's also got some pretty high negatives. His 43% disapproval
figure appears to be in keeping with the general movement of the country. Note the generic Congressional ballot in a virtual dead heat and 57.5% saying America is on the wrong track. Take that along with a 64.3% disapproval
rating for Congress and wonder whether these are the ingredients for a breakfast of champions or the recipe for a losing ticket . . .
11:47 AM / December 1, 2009