It is interesting to watch the rage of righty commentators like Michael Reagan, George Will and Jennifer Rubin as they express anger and disbelief over President Obama's lead in the polls.
They just can't believe that the rest of the country isn't lock-step behind them in their view that the United States is -- and always will be -- a bedrock conservative nation. They are amazed we aren't poised to slash social program budgets and taxes on the wealthy, and aren't arrogant and cowboy belligerent in dealing with the rest of the world. But that really isn't the case, though we sometimes act the part.
Americans may tend toward conservative and pragmatic -- more so than modern-day Europeans at least. But that practicality on taxes and spending also extends to realizing who sounds pragmatic in an election and who is the wild-eyed radical. Today, and for the past four years, President Obama has been the former and Congressional Republicans and their media cheerleaders have been the latter.
Mr. Reagan penned the most hilarious of the recent columns, "Why aren't you mad as hell yet, America?" Obviously, the guy hasn't got a clue, but we already knew that.
He goes on to cite every crisis and nasty economic debacle of the past four years, and of course, he knows it is all the fault of the "Obama Gang." Thanks, chump, for showing respect for the presidency, if not the man who was elected by the nation in 2008.
Ms. Rubin wails in her column, "If we stick with Obama, we'll get poorer."
But it was precisely the people who the president replaced who made us as poor as at any time since the Great Depression, when another Republican administration did it to us.
The mounting debt that was ignored under President Bush now is a huge crisis, but instead of compromising to address it, congressional Republicans have fought tooth and nail on every issue with one goal in mind -- the destruction of this administration.
Mr. Will is a bit more polite but still marvels at Mr. Obama's standing in the polls as his "administration is in shambles, yet he is prospering politically. This may not, however, entirely be evidence of the irrationality of the electorate."
Or, it could be that the majority of voters view the president as successful as reasonably possible given the economy he inherited and the absolute lack of cooperation he received from those bent on his destruction.