The Obama honeymoon is over. We knew it would end when the euphoria of electing our first African-American president subsided. Is it that people are finally tiring of the perpetual campaign?
Do they finally see the president as unserious about the nitty-gritty of governance?
Are they just weary of the whole crowd in Washington?
Who knows, but Republicans should also not forget the depressing fact that while Pres. Obama may be slipping, they would kill for his approval numbers. The slow climb back from the cellar has begun.
Much has been made of the president's charm offensive. Wow! He is actually talking to people! And a meal was involved!
If Team Obama thinks it's unfair that folks are skeptical about his new wine and dine approach to governance, they have no one but themselves to blame.
For four years the president has been content to lead from behind on the budget and most every other issue.
The skepticism is justified. I will credit conservatives--and yes, tea party types--for keeping the pressure on the GOP not to cave on taxes and entitlement reform.
Republicans outside of Washington routinely complain about the leadership of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, but both have done an admirable job of standing up to the man in the bully pulpit sticking to principles.
There hasn't been any massive revolt among tea party Republicans.