Dr. Weevil: If Obama is elected, at least one million of those who voted for him will deeply regret having done so before he is inaugurated, just three months from today.
I think I disagree with that but I am certain that no matter who is elected many (probably at least one million) of the people who voted for him will be disappointed very soon after he is inaugurated. There are several reasons. 1) Those with the highest hopes and the most enthusiasm are often disappointed because no candidate can possibly meet their high expectations and for this reason I think it’s likely that more people will be disappointed with Obama if he is elected because he has generated the highest hopes. 2)The most extreme voters, who also tend to be the most enthusiastic, no matter which end of the political spectrum they’re on, always discover that their candidate, once he becomes president, is not as extreme as they had hoped. 3) A good president will immediately realize that his job is to lead the whole country not just the slightly more (or sometimes less) than half who voted for him. 4) The president can’t just wave a magic wand and make things happen.
Now I’m going to make a prediction. Keep in mind that I am not any good at all at making predictions. I predict that unless something spectacularly good happens our next president will be a one term president. The next president will have to stimulate the economy, solve the credit crisis, create tens of thousands of new jobs and lead us into an era of unprecedented prosperity or else he will not be reelected. Furthermore, he (especially if he is Obama) will have to do something especially notable or historically significant, on the same level of significance as Kennedy launching the space program.
That’s a tall order but I think that’s what it will take. At least that’s the way it looks to me right now. We American voters are a fickle bunch and we have short memories. It could be that any noticeable improvement will be enough.