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Opening Arguments

Naptime is over

Time magazine wanders into the Hoosier state in search of an answer to it's headlined question, "How Barack Obama Became Mr. Unpopular":

A sense of disappointment, bordering on betrayal, has been growing across the country, especially in moderate states like Indiana, where people now openly say they didn't quite understand the President they voted for in 2008. The fear most often expressed is that Obama is taking the country somewhere they don't want to go.

No kidding. Too bad more Hoosiers weren't smart enough to figure that out before the election.

(Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who summarizes, "Obama has become unpopular because voters are angry over the bait-and-switch that Democrats used to get him elected, with the help of a cheerleading media . . . Had the media done its job in 2007 and 2008, this would have been no surprise — and Obama wouldn't be President, either.")


Bob G.
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 10:14am


And MENARDS wouldn't be having a SALE on GATE REPAIR SUPPLIES...!
(hmm...wonder where those horses went?)


Kevin Knuth
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 10:15am

Indiana is a "moderate state"? REALLY???

Bob G.
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 12:22pm

Bet'cha it's a lot MORE moderate than it might have been say....20 or so MONTHS AGO.

(once bitten, twice shy, eh?)


Thu, 09/02/2010 - 12:48pm

You (and the magazine writer) overlook an equally plausible explanation:
The constant stream of lies from Fox News and the Tea Party about where Obama was born and what religion he practices.
If people repeat the same lies often enough, obviously a significant segment of the population will begin to believe them.
I believe there is a cliche along these lines regarding the Nazis.
I'm certain you are sufficiently well-informed to know that Obama is an American-born Christian. But you and I have seen the same surveys showing that incredibly large (and growing) segments of the population do not.

Lewis Allen
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 6:15pm

I agree with Kevin. If Indiana is moderate, God help us all.

tim zank
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 8:43pm

Indiana took a brief leave of it's senses and got sucked into hopey-changey land. The hangover is clearing, the evidence is obvious. A lotta folks regret and resent getting suckered by a chicago huckster community organizer with a warped socialist view of "his" America.

It's been painful and it will continue to be painful for a while, but ultimately it's worth it because Obama will have turned this country farther right than it's been in decades. Classic over-reach and the subsequent backlash. Every action has a reaction...and your just starting to see it....

Littlejohn, you'll have conservative leaders to complain about for some time to come, this will be sooooo fun.

Yeah, blame it all on fox news, since so many "undecided" people tune in. Fox news preaches to the choir, they aren't "swaying" anybody's opinion of Obama. Putz.

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 10:42pm

You forgot your "scary scary muslim scary" in there, Tim.

john b. kalb
Fri, 09/03/2010 - 8:58am

Check out one guys opinion about how Obama is going to affect our political system at http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20100228/ASPENWEEKLY/100229854

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 9:22am

Tim, I'll grant your point that Fox preaches to the choir, although I don't know why you felt it was necessary to call me a "putz."
However, since polls clearly show that an increasing number of Americans believe Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, what's your theory? You think the media had nothing to do with it? Shouldn't the number be going down, not up, since the stories aren't true?
I realize this will require some thought on your part, and I apologize for the discomfort that will undoubtedly cause you.
See if you can avoid cursing at me in your response. "Putz" is Yiddish for a word I suspect Leo would prefer you not use here.

tim zank
Mon, 09/06/2010 - 9:41am

Littlejohn, the media isn't what causes suspicion, it's Obama's behavior.

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 10:51pm


I'd really like to know what behavior is a universal sign of being a Sekrit (Scary) Muslim...

Though I suspect Clueless Midwestern White Guys Who Are Afraid of Brown People might be better at seeing these signs than the rest of us.


Tue, 09/07/2010 - 7:08pm

Although for certain values of amusing: