…he’s in bigger trouble than I thought.
And it’s not just that Herbert doesn’t think Obama’s been “progressive” and feisty enough, either, although that’s certainly part of it for the ultra-liberal NY Times columnist. But Herbert also said this about Obama yesterday:
The American people are worried sick over the economy…This is the reality that underlies the anxiety over the president’s ragged effort to achieve health care reform. Forget the [probably Union Leftist—see this] certifiables who are scrawling Hitler mustaches on pictures of the president. Many sane and intelligent people who voted for Mr. Obama and sincerely want him to succeed have legitimate concerns about the timing of this health reform initiative and the way it is unfolding.
The president has not made it clear to the general public why health care reform is his top domestic priority when the biggest issue on the minds of most Americans is the economy…People worried about holding on to their standard of living need to be assured, unambiguously, that an expensive new government program is in their—and the country’s—best interest. They need to know exactly how the program will work, and they need to be confident that it’s affordable.
Mr. Obama, who has a command of the English language like few others [sic], has been remarkably opaque about his intentions regarding health care. He left it up to Congress to draft a plan and he has not gotten behind any specific legislation. He has seemed to waffle on the public option and has not been at all clear about how the reform that is coming will rein in runaway costs. At times it has seemed as though any old “reform” would be all right with him.
It’s still early, but people are starting to lose faith in the president. I hear almost daily from men and women who voted enthusiastically for Mr. Obama but are feeling disappointed.