Posted on September 30, 2012 by Lou
Shifting from short and snappy political commentary to longer-form autobiographical narratives helped me cope with my anxiety over this election. Feeling more confident now, I took at look at how my thinking about Barack Obama has evolved.
No Wimps, my first blog post in May, 2009, was an appeal to friends, peers and colleagues to hold off criticizing the new president, noting that “It’s our job right now to close ranks, reach across religious, ideological, racial, ethnic and party lines and help Obama unite our country and, in the process, marginalize divisive right wing elements…”
How naïve was that?
Less than a year later, when Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate set, I conceded in These Results Don’t Spin that the electorate was “revolting against this president and his party.”
I was in a full slide into political despair when Republicans took the House in November, 2010. Is the President a Political Amateur? I asked, “…a leader who is simply unprepared for the job?”
My spirits started to lift, of course, when Republican took center stage during their primaries. In Ten Reasons for Obama’s Comeback, which I posted nearly a year ago, I anticipated (even though I exaggerated) our advantages, including:
• Growing public doubt that Republicans offer a serious alternative
• Occupy Wall Street has changed the national conversation
• Progressives are less obsessed with what the president is doing wrong
• Americans like the guy
See any evidence that my observations serve a psychological function? Do we all interpret facts to avoid emotional pain (just as some Republicans are now doing by denying the polls)?
And if we lose next month?
Too awful to imagine.