Granted, most people who live outside of the planet Manhattan - or its moon, Washington, D.C. - have never heard of Maureen Dowd. She's a New York Times columnist who has had her lips firmly planted on Obama's buttocks for a number of years.
In today's Times, writing about Chris Christie's decision not to run, she summed up the political mood of the country with this remarkably out-of-touch-with-reality sentence:
"Americans who have been hurt want to identify the villains, and Obama is loath to target villains."
Huh? Has anyone in the history of politics sought out and scapegoated villains more than Obama?
In less than three years in office, Obama has gone out of his way to demonize:
George W. Bush
Corporate jet owners
Talk radio hosts
Billionaires not named Warren Buffet
The Tea Party
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The European economy
The Japanese tsunami
The Supreme Court
Pick-up truck owners
And of course, Republicans in Congress who would like to vote on his "jobs bill" (see post below).
There is almost no one in the world that the President isn't willing to demonize. He's managed to take an office once known as "the most powerful position on Earth" and turn it into an inconsequential little job that is totally controlled by a vast, worldwide collection of bad guys.
Of course, this may not all be recognizable from the Planet Manhattan, which would explain Dowd's continued defense of a failed presidency.