Whether you follow Zogby, Gallup or Rasmussen, if you watch the polls, you've noticed Obama's precipitous decline. Even The New York Times has taken note:
"...in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast."
What to do?
"Getting on TV didn’t help. Staying away from TV doesn’t appear to be helping, either. Barack Obama has to wonder how exactly he will stop the bleeding..."
Here's some surprisingly sensible advice from the King of ObamaCons, David Brooks:
"...[Obama] has to align his proposals to the values of the political center: fiscal responsibility, individual choice and decentralized authority."
In other words, Obama should keep his campaign promises. Ordinarily, that would be very sound advice. But the problem with that strategy is that Obama has made too many contradictory promises. During his campaign, Obama created a loony fantasy — one in which government grows, spending is kept under control, taxes don't go up, and the economy improves.
Obviously this was a message that succeeded not on the basis of its substance, but through the force of Obama's media-driven charisma. As the The Wall Street Journal put it, "The politics of charisma is so Third World. Americans were never going to buy into it for long."