Liberal talk-show host and commentator Tavis Smiley said this to Sean Hannity the other night:
The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category. On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.
From a representative of the African-American community it was noteworthy.
But, what does it mean to hold the president responsible? Smiley continued:
I respect the president. I will protect the president. And I will correct the president. He's right on this government shutdown. Republicans are thwarting the rule of law with the Constitution. If they let this debt go into default, they're trampling again on the Constitution.
Unbeknownst to himself Smiley has provided us with a textbook example of cognitive dissonance. He wants to hold President Obama responsible for his dismal record of economic performance but he will still defend and protect Obama.
This means that Obama does not need to deliver for his most fervent and loyal supporters. They will stand with him, no matter what. His base is solid.
One wonders how much the same principle applies to other Democratic voters, whether, in other words, they will vote the party line no matter how well or poorly their their politicians serve them.
As for those who voted for Barack Obama and have seen their fortunes decline, perhaps they ought first to hold themselves responsible.