How could such smart people do so many stupid things? That question, or variations on it, is being asked in Washington and around the country about the Obama administration.
The same people who directed the campaign that defeated Hillary Clinton and routed John McCain, a campaign that raised far more money and attracted far more volunteers than any before it, have within a year come up with a legislative program that is crashing in ruins and that, to judge from recent polls, has left the Democratic party weaker than I have seen it in almost 50 years of closely following politics.
The very simple answer is that the press simply did not perform critical analysis during the campaign, thus Obama and the Democrats assumed the American people bought into the agenda.
Americans detest bailouts and would much prefer a balanced budget that doesn’t spend more than is earned. Scott Brown and Sarah Palin are evidence of that, and Obama/Pelosi/Reid are the antithesis. And the press is only beginning to realize they can no longer report otherwise.