2012 defeat is assured unless administration can exploit a crisis
Paul Joseph Watson
Despite being hailed as a Christ-like savior when he was elected, a record number of Americans have lost faith in Barack Obama, with just 17 per cent believing the his administration is leading the nation in the right direction, figures that illustrate how Obama’s handling of the debt crisis has virtually assured his 2012 election defeat, unless the President can exploit a terror attack on U.S. soil to regain popular support.
Obama has also beaten his all time high for the number of Americans who think the country is on the wrong track, with 75 per cent, or three quarters of all Americans, losing faith in his administration’s policies.
Wrangling over the debt crisis has clearly turned many more Americans against Obama. In the previous week’s poll, before the debt story rose to the center of public attention, the number of Americans who thought the country was heading in the right direction stood at 21 per cent. The figure has declined by 8 per cent in just the last two weeks alone.
But Americans’ disdain for Obama has almost been matched by their disapproval for Congress. A new high of 46 per cent of likely voters think members of Congress are “corrupt”. Just 29 per cent think they are not corrupt, and Congress has a pathetic 6 per cent approval rating.
Unsurprisingly, the only group that retains a slim majority of people confident in the nation’s current course are from the “political class,” which is precisely whom most Americans would blame for the country’s downfall in recent years.
As John Pilger warned leftists right at the start of Obama’s term in office, the presidency of Barack Obama was nothing more than a corporate marketing creation designed to quell building resentment after the Bush era. It has taken two and a half years for most liberals to realize that fact. The poll shows that 58 per cent of Democrats believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.
Every indication shows that Obama is on his way to a landslide defeat in 2012, which is why Democratic strategists have said the only thing that will save his presidency is a domestic terror attack on the scale of Oklahoma City or 9/11.
Appearing on Chris Matthews’ MSNBC Hardball show last year, former Clintonite and Democrat operative Mark Penn said Obama needed an OKC bombing-style event to regain his popularity.
“Remember, President Clinton reconnected through Oklahoma, right?” said Penn. “And the president right now seems removed. It wasn’t until that speech [after the bombing] that [Clinton] really clicked with the American public. Obama needs a similar defining moment.”
Former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton Robert Shapiro echoed similar rhetoric when he wrote in the Financial Times that only an OKC bombing or 9/11 style event could provide Obama with the opportunity to demonstrate that he is a strong leader.
“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” said Shapiro, adding, “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”
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