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    Despair

    Despair

    From Nile Gardiner at The Telegraph (h/t reader John):

    Instead of hope and change, the Obama presidency has delivered decline and despair on a scale not seen in America since the dying days of the Carter administration. Both at home and abroad, the United States is perceived to be a sinking power, and with good reason.

    What I find most dispiriting is not the decline, which as Gardiner notes is not yet irreversible, but that over 40% of the population still approves of the job Obama is doing:

    When you consider that some of the people who do not approve of Obama’s performance want him to be more liberal, we’re approaching half the country.

    That’s the depressing part, that almost half the country still buys what Obama is selling, or wants more.

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    BannedbytheGuardian | October 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Gardiner was one of the few journalists who never bought the deal.

    Bloggers complain that his articles are all the same – as if it is up to Gardiner to see the light .

    American elections are mostly too idiosyncratic for outsiders to comprehend. Stone age tribes have propelled themselves into better voting systems in 50 years than America has in 250..

    In Papua New Guinea newly independent cannibals in penis gourds were voting in fair & equal elections & able to count votes decades ahead of Florida.

    Strange but true & not a god reflection on american elections.

    […] What I find most dispiriting is not the decline, which as Gardiner notes is not yet irreversible, but that over 40% of the population still approves of the job Obama is doing. […]


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