Frank Sonnek points to this post, which rehearses all of the dire warnings made four years ago about what would happen if Barack Obama were to be elected, most of which never amounted to anything: “This is the most important election of all time!” (again).
He asks, “What were other Republican predictions of an Obama presidency? Did they pan out?”
That’s a fair question. Was he as bad as we thought he would be?
He did not unmask himself as a Saul Alinsky communist, despite his community organizing days, and establish a dictatorship of the proletariat, at least as far as I know. So we should give him credit for that.
Of course, we could also turn the question around, asking those who voted for him the first time, was he as good as you thought he would be?
What were your expectations, and, for better or for worse, did Obama fulfill them?
(For example, I figured that he would at least stop the wars. But our people are still fighting and dying in Afghanistan. I thought stopping the wars would at least be a benefit of his liberalism. And now we have the drone wars, straight out of Star Wars. I didn’t see such bloodshed coming out of an Obama administration.)
I suspect that the reason Americans tend to re-elect incumbents is, paradoxically, their conservative nature. The current guy may not be very good, but at least the Republic has survived while he was running things. We don’t know if it will or won’t under the other guy.