VDH HERE; EXCERPT:
On every issue — more bailouts, more stimuli, more deficits, higher taxes, statist health care, cap and trade, diplomatic apologetics, the shunning of natural gas, oil, and nuclear in favor of "millions of green jobs" subsidized by billions in federal "stimulus" — the Obama position polls 5-15 points below 50 percent.
After Van Jones, Anita Dunn, the Skip Gates mess, the "tea-bagger" slurs, the attacks on Fox News, the Copenhagen dashes, the bowing, the apologizing, the reordering of creditors, the NEA obsequiousness, the lackluster overseas-contingency-operation front, the deer-in-the-headlights pause on Afghanistan, the pseudo-deadlines on Iran, Guantanamo, and health care, the transparency and bipartisanship fraud, and dozens of other things, Obama simply does not have the popularity to carry unpopular legislation forward. Indeed, he is reaching a point where he may poll more negatively than his agenda does. "Let me be perfectly clear" and "make no mistake about it" are now caricatures.
So where are we at twelve months? Obama showed the country his vision of where he wanted us to go; he had both houses of Congress, a toady media, and enormous personal popularity — and he is getting nowhere. Why? Because most Americans are vehemently opposed to taking their country in the direction that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid would prefer.
Since Obama is both inexperienced and apparently a stubborn ideologue, I think all we will be left with when the novelty wears off is rhetoric and euphemism.
WE POSTED ON THE FREE-FALL FACT IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR.
AT THE TIME, LIB PUNDITS WONDERED IF OBAMA WAS OVER-EXPOSED.
NOW THEY ARGUE THAT HE HASN'T COMMUNICATED WELL.
ONE DAY THE WILL REALIZE - THAT AS VDH EXPLAINS - IT'S THE LEFT-WING POLICIES THAT AMERICANS DON'T LIKE.
AND WHEN THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA THEY WERE DUPED INTO THINKING HE WASN'T A LEFTIST.
THE ELECTORATE FEELS BURNED.
THEY WILL NOT BE BURNED TWICE.
IT'S OVER. THERE IS NO COMING BACK FOR OBAMA AND THE DEMS.
UPDATE: THREE HOURS LATER AND INSTAPUNDIT FOUND THIS POST BY VDH LINK-WORTHY, TOO. WE SCOOP HIM ALL THE TIME! SPREAD THE WORD.