April 25, 2011
Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s economic future and overall direction than they’ve been at any time during President Obama’s first two years in office, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.
At the same time, the same pollsters found a “lack of passion” for any of the prospective Republicans for president.
Part of this might be traced to those who voted for Obama. They are having “buyer’s remorse” and don’t want to admit they were swept up in the euphoria of the 2008 campaign with the prospect of demonstrating their racial bona fides by voting for the first “person of color” president.
Another part of it is that this president may be the least optimistic leader since Jimmy Carter. Obama talks of sacrifice and giving up more of our money to government, rather than what we can do for ourselves. We want inspiration, not gloom and doom.
Now if the Republican candidates can articulate that message, maybe one will catch fire.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.