Like "Cultist leaving the compound in the middle of the night" It would appear that the enthusiastic support of President Obama may be showing the early signs of unraveling.
The latest Rasmussen poll shows the Obama approval ratings have slipped to 58 percent, down more than ten points from his pre-inaugural high.
Gallop polling indicates that many Democrats and independents are seeing the light, a recent Gallop poll shows that approval of Republicans in congress by Democrats has risen from 9 percent in December to 21 percent now. A 12 percent increase. Republicans approval among independents has risen from 22 to 33 percent an 11 percent increase.
Obama amassed a remarkable "coalition" of single issue voters to win the election. From environmentalists to the anti-war, immigration and privacy rights groups, Obama essentially told each group what they wanted to hear and thus assured himself of a victory.
Normally reversal of one or two issues isn't going to hurt you much. You make campaign promises and you break some. No one holds that against you. However when large parts of your support come from extremists, ANY wavering on your campaign promises is seen as an outright betrayal.
Obama first upset Environmentalists when it was revealed that Obama "cranked up" the thermostat on the Oval Office. They were upset that Obama who had preached energy responsibility had cranked up his own thermostat. They were outraged when President Obama said he could support some expanded offshore drilling as part of a comprehensive plan to help solve America's energy problems.
Privacy groups are outraged over Obama following in George Bush's footsteps on Privacy issues. As officials in Obama government promised a thorough review of its use of state secrets protections, government lawyers continued to invoke the state secrets law in a federal appeals court in San Francisco. That case involves a suit over the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, in which U.S. operatives seized foreign suspects and handed them over to other countries for questioning. Furthermore the Obama Justice Department asserted the state secrets privilege in a lawsuit brought by the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation. The Obama administration is supporting Bush's use of the state secrets privilege in a case, this one involving suits against telecommunications companies by people and groups alleging that the companies violated wiretapping and privacy laws.
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised an immigration policy that would shift emphasis away from workplace raids and focus on employers who hire illegal immigrants and overall immigration reform. Many immigration advocates hoped Obama would sign an executive order that would freeze immigration raids, but that hasn't happened. Recently, federal agents raided an engine plant in Bellingham, Wash., and rounded up 28 illegal immigrants, leading one immigrants advocacy group to declare, "On immigration, we need change we can believe in."
Obama's pledge to get troops out of Iraq and his new timetable have drawn fire from those in his own party. The timing of the withdrawal and his decision to leave as up to 50,000 troops in that country have drawn criticism from Nancy Pelosi. "I don't know what the justification is for 50,000, a presence of 50,000 troops in Iraq," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday. 'I do think that there's a need for some. I don't know that all of them have to be in country".
Obama pledged to stop "Washington Politics as usual" and end earmarks yet he is expected to sign a Omnibus spending will with over 8000 earmarks in it.
You see even more visible signs of the Obama's cult unraveling every day. Republicans have taken up the "fiscal responsibility banner" and use the term socialism to define Obama vision for the country. Bumper stickers are starting to show up on cars with the claim 'Don't blame me I didn't vote for Obama". Even on the Sunday morning political news shows, which were always heavily "pro Obama", you know see more questioning, more dissent regarding Obama economic plans.
Wall Street continues to vote on Obama's economic plans as the Market appears headed to a close below 7000 this week. Two more bank closures were announced bring the total to 16 so far. In fact the FDIC plans to RAISE the charge to member banks for insurance. A move many say could lead to further failures as at this point, some 245 banks are now on a government watch list.
Even Obama "smoke and mirrors" 13.00 a week stimulus has raise questions as many now realize that the administration is merely reducing the withholding amount coming out of paychecks but at the end of the year the tax tables themselves are not changing meaning that next year Americans will be paying taxes on that "stimulus" and getting less back at the end of the year. Obama's "tax the rich plan" still has strong support but with white collar workers and managers going on unemployment and small businesses closing every day, one must wonder if there will be any "rich" left to pay taxes?
Obama is becoming almost "Bush like" in his defiance of his proposed budget, taking a "Bring it on" attitude with special interest groups yet the budget seems to be pretty much written by special interest. Much like Bush, Obama ego has expanded to the point where he feels he can do nothing wrong, that only HE is right.
Like most cult leaders he hasn't noticed those cultists are quietly leaving, one by one......BUT, THEY ARE!