"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

File This Under "If Obama's Lost X, He's A Goner" - Part II

Richard Cohen went to the Hamptons.   No surprise there that an elitist writer for the Washington Post might go there over a holiday weekend.   But here's what he came back with:

Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.

Let me call the roll. I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.
I said something similar weeks ago.   I haven't heard anyone in my law firm (large, AmLaw 100 type place) defend Obama for months.   But a lot of secretaries on my floor are vociferous conservatives who have grown more vocal and open about their antipathy for the President.   It's not even close:  conservatives are fired up to get him out, liberals are depressed and silent.  

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