A quote from a Saturday night fundraiser in Massachusetts:
"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama told the assembled Democrats, who paid $15,200 a person to attend. "And the country is scared."
Sound a bit on the familiar side to you? This is the same man who campaigned for the presidency by telling some rich folks in San Francisco that those ignorant Pennsylvania voters were bitter, gun-clinging, church goers who would not be intelligent enough to know how fabulous a President Barack Obama would be. And, if anyone argued that opinion, well, you are a racist. That was how Team Obama chose to end arguments - just throw the race card.
Here is the quote from 2008:
"It's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." In the ensuing controversy over his remarks, Obama did not apologize or back down from his position but conceded he had made "poor word choices." He didn't apologize because he truly believes in his class warfare. He believes he is the smartest guy in the room and those who agree with him are smart, too.
Now, it is because voters are scared and irrational. This he told to some rich Democrats during a fundraiser at a hospital executive's house. He is quite nervous, watching is super majority of Democratic control in Congress slip through his hands. Now he is out on the trail begging for bucks from wealthy donors and even busting out Michelle, the First Lady, in an effort for support. This particular group paid $15,200 per person to listen to the President's bon mots after being introduced by Senator John Kerry.
Quite a pair, those two.
What the Psychologist-in-Chief fails to reflect honestly on is this: the voters who will flock enthusiastically to the polling places during Early Voting and on Nov. 2 are not irrational, crazy, ignorant or religious kooks. They are center-right America. Despite the misreading of Team Obama on election night 2008, America was not crying out for the realization of every far left dream to be rammed through in legislation after forty years of unsuccessful efforts. America is still a center-right country. The fact is, voters were reacting to eight years of a President with whom they grew fatigued. America was facing an uncertain economic atmosphere and candidate Obama captured their imaginations. Armed with catchy, simplistic phrases - "yes, we can" "fired up, ready to go", and visions of hope and change, voters bought into the campaign promises of an historic candidate.
Americans have been caught short. Instead of truly researching issues and the history and career of Barack Obama, which, frankly would have produced a McCain victory, voters are now experiencing buyers remorse. Watching as time and time again Obama and his Democratic leadership in Congress has acted badly, making backroom deals behind closed doors and buying off special interests they are beholden to with goodies in legislation, America has awoken and said, "NO". Americans are telling those in Washington, D.C. that enough is enough. Trying to tie a rhetorical pretty bow around a still floundering economy will not convince the record level of unemployed Americans that Obama has put the country back on track.
Spending millions, billions and now trillions of taxpayer dollars without the promised results has been an absolute failure for this administration. Voters expect their elected representatives to actually read and understand bills on which they vote. Voters expect politicians to act like employees, not employers.
Rather than face some tough decisions, Congress adjourned a bit early to go off and finish campaigning for the November elections. By all accounts, Democrats stand to lose their majority in the House of Representatives. A takeover in the Senate is not certain at this point. Voters will voice their discontent at the polls.
Is Obama finally willing to really listen?