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And, So, The Love Affair Ends. President Obama's Political Base Eroding

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President Obama has pulled off an astounding feat less than two years into his presidency. His political base, made up of liberals, progressives and independents, is no longer blindly loyal but, in fact, has become very disillusioned. It is apparent that the president and many of his supporters are simply not on the same page. On issue after issue his base and he are drifting further and further apart; a mounting problem for his presidency.

Many staunch Obama supporters are barely hanging on and are very displeased with his apparent shift to center-right. Too many of his "achievements" seem to benefit the interests of the Washington Establishment. This is not the same Barack Obama who inspired them during his campaign. They see him as too willing to set aside his principles and settle for far less than what the people of America need and deserve.

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In case you haven't noticed, President Obama is slipping badly in the latest polls; a recent Quinnipiac poll indicates that a GOP candidate would defeat him 39% to 36%. Polls can be misleading at times and subject to error, but this one from a respected source should be quite alarming for the Democratic Party. And it's certainly a very bad sign when some fellow Democrats running for reelection would rather that he did not campaign for them. Wow!

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How did he manage to alienate so much of his base in so little time? Here is my best assessment of what has happened. These disillusioned supporters were looking for a real visionary, someone who would stand up for what is right, a president who would go up against the Establishment, including the military, and not back down. They got nothing of the sort.

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