2010: The Year “Hope and Change” Died

Given the turmoil and seemingly endless controversy, challenges and ongoing frustrations since President Obama took office, it appears that the original “Hope and Change” luster of the Obama candidacy is fading fast. By fast I mean like Ferrari fast. Democrats seem to be the most disappointed in the anointed one since he has failed to live up to inexplicably high expectations from day one.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll sheds quite a bit of light on this issue with some fascinating results which do not foreshadow good outcomes for Democrats in 2010 or even 2012 at this point:

Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama’s leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The survey also shows grave and growing concerns about the Gulf oil spill, with overwhelming majorities of adults favoring stronger regulation of the oil industry and believing that the spill will affect the nation’s economy and environment.

Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election. Just one-third think the economy will get better over the next year, a 7-point drop from a month ago and the low point of Mr. Obama’s tenure.

Amid anxiety over the nation’s course, support for Mr. Obama and other incumbents is eroding. For the first time, more people disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance than approve. And 57% of voters would prefer to elect a new person to Congress than re-elect their local representatives, the highest share in 18 years.

For all the fluff put forth from Democrats in congress and the Obama administration about how Americans support their progressive agenda, one has to wonder why their claims aren’t reflected in reality. The truth is that many Americans supported this idealistic candidacy of President Obama before they took a second to understand what it is he truly believes in and the way he would govern (or wouldn’t govern).

For Democrats, the results underscore the potential for major losses in November. Both parties have been forced to contend with an anti-establishment wave this year. But Republicans, through strong fund raising and candidate recruitment, have put enough seats in play in the House and Senate to give the GOP a realistic shot at winning control of both chambers.

Support for Mr. Obama and his party is declining among centrist, independent voters. But, more ominous for the president, some in his base also are souring, with 17% of Democrats disapproving of Mr. Obama’s job performance, the highest level of his presidency.

Independent voters left the President months ago and to see some Democrats following suit can’t be good news for the Hope and Change banner. I love this quote from the article, it pretty much sums up the mood of many Democrats at this point and much of the county at large:

“As a Democrat and as a woman, I am disappointed in him,” said poll respondent Melissa Riner, a 42-year-old law clerk from Mesa, Ariz. Referring to the oil spill, Ms. Riner added, “I don’t think he’s handling it. He doesn’t seem to be doing anything. He just talks.”

That is exactly the case, “he just talks” without giving any action behind it. He talks about “green energy” like it will solve our energy issues, he talks about the deficit like he pretends to care, he talks about the military as if he pretends to empathize with our soldiers and he talks about health care as if he truly wants to let people keep their existing health care plan when the truth proves otherwise. He talks about a lot of things, very few of which put him on the same page with the American people.

The most egregious talking the President does has to be concerning the national debt and the deficit in recent months. Here is an administration doing its darnedest to put this nation further off the cliff into the red yet out of the other corner of his mouth, the President tries to sound like a fiscal hawk bent on cutting the waste. It doesn’t take an economics major to see through the facade and the American people have peaked behind the curtain and aren’t pleased with the surprise.

So with this, I am pronouncing 2010 as the year when “Hope and Change” has officially died. Most of us knew it was only a short matter of time before President Obama’s voters took their heads out of the sand and began to look for the accountability, transparency and leadership they were so flagrantly promised in 2008. Absolutely none of that has transpired so here we sit in 2010, just 2 years after Hope and Change fever on the cusp of a transformational election cycle when our government is about to shift dramatically into the hands of Republicans.

So bye-bye, miss american pie.
Drove my government-owned chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the year hope and change died.
“this’ll be the year hope and change died.”

Couldn’t resist.