Monday, February 9, 2009

Gallup trumps stimulus naysayers

FOR THE PAST couple of weeks - maybe as far back as the moment that President Obama stepped into his morning shower for his first day in office - the Washington media have resorted to their Chicken Little act:  the sky was falling on the president's stimulus plan because his Republican opponents had cleverly stolen the story line.  Imagine that.   However,  the only thing that fell menacingly  in my neighborhood was day after miserable day of snow.  That,  plus the  credibility of the Beltway media that apparently believe everything they hear from the Republican side of the aisle.  

The moment of truth arrived in the latest Gallup poll.  It told us that 67 pct. of  Americans supported Obama's handling of the economy, but only 31 pct. favored the Republicans. Not even close.  The marquee media,  John McCain, Lindsey Graham and the other stumbling  downfield blockers should now use their last timeout to talk things over.  Robert Gibbs, the president's press secretary, pointed out a phenomenon that overtook the media long before Obama became a household name.  He said there's the "conventional  wisdom" of the Capital press corps,  and there's the reality of America outside the beltway.

 Fair warning to those who rush to judgment as their faces are being powdered for the cameras. Even the expensive cosmetics won't disguise your foolish ways.  

1 comment:

PJJinOregon said...

I liked Obama's jump over the beltway barrier to talk directly to the citizens in Elkhart. The last prez to use this tactic was Reagan; he gained enough popular support to fire all the FAA flight controllers. With luck, Obama may be able to fire all the Wall Street CEOs. Planes flew w/ substitute controllers. I'll bet that banks can thrive with new CEOs. Count on it.