. . . but only about how long it would take.
I had been predicting that by March or April of '09 we would start to see the post-election condition I termed "sticker peel". The idea is that the public's natural tendency towards buyer's remorse with their elected officials would be accelerated by the catalyzing agent of Obama's rampant socialist policies causing people's "Yes We Can" Big O bumper stickers to mysteriously start losing their adhesive quality and begin peeling from all four corners.
Many in the mainstream media are still fawning over the One. But their numbers are shrinking and only the fringe media on msnbc completely refuses to take a critical view of the error-filled remarks and tired tactic of blaming Bush that we saw once again in the SOTU address.
After Scott Brown's victory Matthews took Howard "YEAH!hoo" Dean to task over his "insightful" analysis that Brown's victory was a validation of what Obama had been doing this past year. Not even Matthews could fight back astonishment at that bit of crazy-vagrant-off-his-meds logic. Of course, giving Howard Dean a verbal thrashing is a little like beating up on Obama's little brother after Big O has gone off to college in a foreign country (to learn all about socialism and how horrible America is, no doubt). It's not like anyone else in the Liberal Estates subdivision is going to ride their bamboo skateboard to the other end of the block to defend Dean from a well deserved beating at this point.
Then there's the only man who is simultaneously more political and less funny then David Letterman: WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. I've never found him amusing but now even the press, who once greeted his churlishness with a chorus of belly-laughs a year ago, is showing signs of their weariness. Lately it's only been a titter and now there are audible groans at his attempts to get cute with the press corps (not pronounced corpse for the teleprompter-impaired readers). You can actually see them banding together. The question asked by one member of the WH Press corps is all too often, "Robert can you just answer the question he/she just asked you?"
The recent results in the CNN Poll (not the most right leaning when it comes to polling) indicate that 52% would not return Obama to elected office. It looks like he'll get half of his wish he made in front of Diane Sawyer; the "one-term President" half of his statement, just not the "really good" part of his prognostication.
I am trying to find the other poll I heard about. The one that shows only 30% of respondents admitting they voted for Obama, the rest denying their messiah before the mid-term cock crowed three times (a.k.a. McDonnell, Cristie & Brown). Pretty telling when that doesn't bear out against election results, as in BHO needed and received more than 30% of the vote to win. I want to find that poll because that is the one most illustrative of the "sticker peel" I've been talking about . . . former O-voters peeling away.
And I have a theory why the actual bumper stickers haven't started to peel.
One factor is that the type of people who put candidate Obama's bumper stickers on their cars will never admit they made a mistake. They stand up and cheer every time they hear the blame Bush mantra and I can see them making little deals with themselves; rationalizing that any of Obama's policy failures or reversals on campaign promises is completely the fault of, you guessed it, the obstructionist Republicans and the quagmires created during the Bush administration. You will see them remove those Obama bumper stickers about the same time you see Constitutional-minded conservatives hand over their Bibles and their guns.
The other factor in my theory is that Obama, being all for anything "green" was practicing a wise bit of recycling before he even entered the White House by ordering extra strength adhesive on those campaign stickers. His bumper stickers are already in place for 2012 and how fitting. He's been in campaign-mode for the last two and a half years. Why stop now? Whether his supporters from a year ago like it or not they will be supporting him next time around, at least from the bumpers of their cars. And that's lack of choice you can believe in.
Of course, his ever increasing unpopularity is becoming an alternate campaign in its own way. Many of us our ready to remove the . . .