Popularity, Friends, and Enemies in the New Era
I have to say: it's been rough. I've not been a member of the Oborg since before most people even knew he was running for office. For personal and private reasons based on my experience with him, and that of some friends. At the same time, I've not been as...vocal in my disappointment with him, his appointments and stated policy goals, as some; here, elsewhere. I feel like a DS9 fan at a B5 vs. BSG Con, some days. But I'm curious about what your experience has been like, since, say, the convention. I don't have hard data for it, but my impression is that we've shed a lot of fair-weather politicos since the election, and interest in political blogging seems way down to me, in general. I've also noticed that various varieties of "trolls" have become less common, super-pro Obama as well as anti. In general, chatter seems less hectic, people seem more subdued, and arguments seem less heated, in terms of our new Leader and his upcoming coronation. Is that your impression? I can think of lots of reasons for that, but what I'm most interested in is how long you think the "honeymoon" period will be, and what form the opposition to him will take. Interestingly, I've been told that even as the Republicans are in "disarray," there is growing anger in the Dem ranks, for being stuck with such unpopular losers as the "bailout bill," and the suggestion that health care reform, meaningful reform, "must wait." Your thoughts?