In posting the video below, Ace asks, “Who decides in America? The people, as the books claim? Or the elite, as common practice seems to have it?”
Caddell gets at the hubris of the Obama Democrats, an arrogance manifest since the first days of the Administration when the president answered Republican objections about the size of the “stimulus,” with a self-righteous, “I won,” as if his victory were entirely personal, overriding the pledges he made in the campaign in order to win the election.
The Democratic pollster points out some pretty stunning poll numbers which show just out of touch the Administration is with the American people. Only 39% of Americans think that Obama’s policies “saved the country from the brink.” Just saying “I won” is not enough to sell your policies to the American people.
“Obama” Victor Davis Hanson writes, “thought his popularity and charm could win the public over to his unpopular agenda; now he worries that his own growing unpopularity and lack of charm may make any agenda unpalatable.” And the mainstream media seem complicit in the Administration attempts to downplay or ignore evidence that the American people don’t like its policies. As Fred Thompson put it:
The ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts all mentioned President Obama’s birthday, but none mentioned Missouri’s vote against Obamacare.
Which is sorta like complimenting a guy’s shoes while neglecting to mention that he forgot to wear pants.
And yet, despite the media’s best efforts, the American people, in increasing numbers, recognize how Obama’s initiatives are at odds with their interests. In this clip (@2:40), Caddell points out that 68% of Americans believe the government is operating without the “consent of the governed.” As a result, he believes the situation in America is “pre-revolutionary.” Sounds like a notion I heard somewhat recently. Now, where was that? Ah, yes, right here!
UPDATE: In a similar vein, Peter Wehner offers:
It turns out these liberals really are elitist, and they really do look down their noses at a citizenry they consider benighted, childish, and bigoted. And they honestly believe that in times of difficulty, ordinary Americans cling to their Bibles, their guns, their antipathy toward immigrants and those who aren’t like them — and Glenn Beck.
This analysis is not only wrong; it’s politically stupid. The public doesn’t much like being viewed in such condescending and paternalistic terms. But better they know about it than not.