There’s a lot finger-pointing going on following Scott Brown’s stunning defeat of the Democrat in Massachusetts, but the bulk of the blame is being laid at the feet of one man: Barak Obama.
Michael Goodwin, New York Post:
Obama went to Harvard Law School, but apparently never learned the lessons of the first Boston Tea Party. And so his arrogance and the heavy hand of big government sparked the second. A year to the day after he made history by taking the oath, he stands on the wrong side of a new American revolution.
Mortimer Zuckerman, The Daily Beast:
Obama’s ability to connect with voters is what launched him. But what has surprised me is how he has failed to connect with the voters since he’s been in office. . . . He’s lost his audience. He has not rallied public opinion. He has plunged in the polls more than any other political figure since we’ve been using polls. He’s done everything wrong. Well, not everything, but the major things. I don’t consider it a triumph. I consider it a disaster.
John Judis, The New Republic:
Obama now clearly faces not just a recession and two wars, but a political crisis. He needs to adopt policies that will boost employment, but he may not have the political clout to do so. He needs to restore the public’s faith in his own leadership, but it’s not clear to me how he can accomplish that.