As most readers of my columns know, I am no big fan of our President, Barack Obama. I voted for McCain, a vote that I cast knowing it had a snowflake's chance in hell of meaning anything, and it didn't. At the time, Obama was riding high on his rhetoric, his campaign pledges sounded great on the surface, but to me, these policies implied a dark direction for the future of the country, its economy and national security. For general election voters bowled over by the image of this smart, young, handsome candidate, implications of the policies espoused by Obama were merely glossed over by a supportive media refusing to ask any serious questions. Certainly, some voters knew that a President Obama would mean higher taxes for all, increased role of government and government spending, and a reliance on the international community for our security. "Some voters" being the key phrase in that prior sentence — the vast majority of voters don't take the time to really understand policies or their implications, especially when those policies are never deeply discussed (present company excluded of course).
Obama has now been in office since late January, and the media has had no choice but to discuss the implications of Obama's policies. While some of the policies Obama has forwarded have fallen with a legislative thud, others are downright scary. Thus far, it's hard to argue that the fledgling Obama administration has done much, if anything, right; unless you are a bona fide Kool-aid drinker. I wouldn't expect Obama to govern from the right. However, the direction in which he's taken the country is not in line with what I'd call a centrist, independent or even moderate Democrat view (full disclosure: I am center right, registered independent, though lately thinking of registering my disgust with the current administration by going Republican). As expected, Obama has been pretty clearly presiding over the country from a far left position. The only group which should be happy, liberals, is not satisfied that Obama has gone far enough on issues such as gay marriage, gun control and other liberal hot button issues. Of course, satisfied or not, liberals will stand by Obama because after all, (begin sarcasm) look at the mess he's inherited (end sarcasm). But liberals are a minority. The question is, now that we've been living in ObamAmerica for the last 5 months, if the election were held today, would Obama still win the presidency?