In battle, in sports, in business and in many other areas of life, faith in leadership can get you through tough times. It’s a tribal survival instinct to want to rally around the leader.
Yesterday, the AP released polling numbers showing that for the first time in five years, a plurality of Americans say the country is moving in the right direction. Those numbers are impressive given that we have six million unemployed, Chrysler is reportedly about to announce bankruptcy, GM is closing most of its plants over the summer and the stock market continues to wallow at levels 40 percent off its peak. For the moment, Obama seems to be providing people the reassuring leadership they need in tough times, much as FDR did through the Great Depression.
So, speaking strictly in terms of political strategy, how can Republicans respond?
They can rally behind obstructionism in Congress, but only 29 percent approve of how Republicans in Congress are responding to the economy; only 7 percent