I think so.
Obama's plans to pipe himself into the nation's public schools to address our children next week has caused some commentators to cast their minds back to the craziness of last fall and winter when conservatives were picking up on some cultish vibes from Obama and his supporters. Laura Ingraham played a bit of the Obama youth anthem yesterday on her radio show.
And Michelle Malkin, in response to another lefty teacher gone wild, has resurrected the idiotic Hollywood Obama pledge.
Joe the Plumber's utterance of the 's' word was controversial and resonant at the time. Now, ten months later, in the face of multiple government-expanding bills, industry intimidation and takeovers, legally-questionable appointments of dozens of political czars, Orwellian tactics, and a frenzied rush to ram his policies through, "socialist" has gone from stinging indictment to mere descriptor.
And the more Americans see of Obama's socialist policies the less they like them. See the latest CNN poll on healthcare reform.
*Updated to incorporate Chris's astute comment:
Part of why Obama is worse than expected is the fact that none of us expected him to be so completely a Chicago pol. He really does not care a fig for American history, traditions and institutions. He thinks he can just take whatever he wants any way he wants to. I think part of that comes from his lifetime of being a spoiled affirmative action baby. No one in the Democrat party will ever say no to a well spoken, clean, accomplished Ivy League black.Nearly-identical post cross-posted in the Green Room.
And then there is the whole cult of personality thing that's becoming more and more obnoxious. This is foreign and disgusting to the conservative mind set. But it is second nature to the progressive's view of the world. Look at the worship of FDR and the Kennedys. And the left's rabid and pathological hate campaigns against McCrathy, Nixon, Bush, Limbaugh, Palin and Beck could be called a cult of counter-personality. It's the same pathology at play except all the worship and obsequiousness becomes malignant hate and piling on.
Most American politicians at least pay lip service to the constitution. For some reason Barry doesn't think he needs to. I suspect rising too far too fast with no vetting makes incompetence in the White House inevitable.
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