I asked a liberal I know why he thinks Scott Brown won. Here is my friend’s answer:
I was really shocked. The people are fickle. They just weren’t willing to give Obama enough time. It takes more than a year to do all the transformations Obama needed to do. You know, here they elected Obama and they had all this good will and kind feelings towards him, and then they just turned on him. It’s all so superficial. They abandoned him for a guy who’s really handsome, whose daughter was on American Idol, and whose wife is on TV.
In other words, the problem isn’t with Obama’s agenda. It’s because the impatient, fickle public has already moved on to the next pretty face and novel election.
Because I’d asked an open-ended question, and my friend gave a polite and honest answer, I didn’t push. Had I done so, I might have said that, back in 2008, Obama ran a centrist campaign. If nothing else, polls in both Massachusetts and the rest of the US show that people don’t want Obama to “transform” anything, and are now pushing back against him precisely because he’s not governing as he ran.