Saturday, at a Democratic fundraiser in Boston, the president said:
People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. . . . And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.
Um, Mr. President, don’t you remember the polls in 2008 just prior to the market meltdown? Your opponent John McCain enjoyed a small, but steady lead in the presidential contest. And then AIG and Lehman Brothers went belly-up. We heard warnings of domino effect, of more financial institutions collapsing with repercussions across the economy, leading to another Great Depression.
People panicked. They were worried about their own financial future and, um, what’s the word, oh, yes, they were scared. And you, the Democratic standard bearer, took it all in stride, appearing calm, a man who could keep a steady hand on the tiller of state. The polls shifted in your favor. Seems a little fear helped rally support for the ostensible outsider, the candidate of the party out of power.
Mad as Hell, in fact. They are angry at his policies and the way those policies have been rammed down their throats –and they have a right to be. That’s why citizens — who have never done anything like that before — have organized all over the country and are on the brink of destroying his party at the ballot box.
Roger’s right. This isn’t about fear, but about anger. As one candidate put it, “They heard us, and yet they ignored us“. The governing class just isn’t listening to the governed.