Writing on Gawker, Max Read gets the Obama phenomenon right. The last time, he explains, that everyone “felt unreservedly good” about Barack Obama was January 20, 2009.
For liberals, and for many others, Barack Obama has been a disappointment.
In his words:
It's been a hard four years for liberals. There's the radicalized and intractable opposition, the weak response to our sluggish economy, the widening inequality, and the ever-lengthening "Kill List" of extrajudicial, extralegal assassinations.
But we'll always have the 2009 inauguration.
Four years ago yesterday was the last day we all felt unreservedly good about the president: he was young, charismatic, intelligent, presiding over a Democratic House and Senate, and promising to usher in a new era of liberal politics. Remember all the faces? For days you couldn't read a newspaper without seeing photos of sobbing and/or jubilant people, often hugging and/or giving high fives. Frequently the giddy celebrators crossed racial lines for their commemorative hugs.
Liberals will blame others for Obama’s failures, but today they are waking up to the realization that their god has failed, that their savior has not saved anyone and that they are saddled with him for four more years.
Those will be the years that define the Obama record and that will also determine the future of liberalism.
An empowered Obama will show us what liberals can and cannot do.
The best among them are afraid; they are very afraid. They have good reason to be.