By Ken Feltman
Radnor follows evolving public opinion about President Obama. A comment made by a woman from Pennsylvania in a focus group shows the anxiety that many independents feel as they confront their disappointment with Obama’s presidency. “I liked him so much, I wanted him elected and felt so good about supporting him, but he’s turned out to be less capable than I thought.”
Many voters who supported Obama in 2008 now believe that he is indecisive and unprepared for the job. He has created the impression among these former supporters that instead of pitching in to find solutions, Obama hovers and criticizes those who are doing the work. He tries to shift responsibility by blaming others. And he is seen as possessing a bit of a mean streak.
Once an elected official loses the support of the committed, he or she has a doubly difficult task to get them back in the tent. In essence, Obama will need to convince these disillusioned moderates that he will not be as bad as the alternative. The Republicans may help him do just that, but Obama faces a tough battle – a battle that he is losing today.
(A version was published in Politico.)