As the President prepares to make another pitch for his health care overhaul as the American people turn against his statist approach, Jim Geraghty wonders if Obama has ever persuaded Americans to change their minds and support his liberal policies:
There’s a rather glaring problem with public expressions that “this is the moment for Obama to change people’s minds.” Other than persuading people to vote for him, has Obama ever done this? Ever? Can anyone point to a circumstance where he encountered a group that wanted X, and he persuaded them to embrace “not X”?
His strength has never been his power to persuade but rather to inspire. It always struck me how many of his most zealous supporters could never identify the particular changes Obama would institute once elected (save to replace George W. Bush and be different from him). They were just impressed by the Democrat as a man, the sound of his voice and the figure he cut.
So, my sense is that while Obama may get a momentary bounce (in the polls) from tonight’s speech, the numbers will not hold and we will not see a significant increase in support for a radical overhaul of our healthcare system.