Scared Voters Not Thinking Clearly?

In a speech on Saturday, President Obama gave even greater insight into his opinion of the voters. Here is exactly what he said:

People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.

This is his way of saying that the reason voters may turn his party out of power in the Congress is because they aren’t thinking straight. Scared people don’t reason very well. Okay, point taken: yes, it is true that fear can lead one to make poor decisions. I can agree with the president philosophically. Yet he somehow doesn’t apply that rationale across the board.

Let me help you think a little more clearly, Mr. President. In 2008, voters were scared as they approached the voting booths. The economy seemed to be in freefall; they wanted something to be done—anything. Therefore, they voted for you. Now, was that victory a result of scared voters not thinking clearly? If it applies today, it certainly must have applied in 2008.

Actually, I don’t think the predominant mood in the country is one of fear. Rather, it’s one of regret at having turned control of the government over to someone who is pushing us in a direction with which most voters don’t agree. And the one who is not thinking clearly right now might very well be the one who has done the pushing, and who doesn’t yet “get it” that the majority of the American people reject his basic governmental philosophy:

And of course anyone who disagrees with him is a “crazy right-winger.”

Another indication of how out of touch with reality he is can be seen in his constant pronouncements that the economy is coming back:

Will November 2nd awaken him from his dream world? Will he move to the center and try to find a consensus with political opponents? If he does, it will be contrary to his entire personal history and all of his natural inclinations. It will be interesting to watch.