The excitement surrounding Obama's soaring rhetoric seems so far away. The spread between those who approve of his presidency and those who disapprove was a whopping 45% when he was first elected. In a few short months it has steadily dropped to below 18%.
The reason can be summed up in this crushing video put out by the GOP. Not only has Obama failed to transcend "politics as usual" as he continually promised on the campaign trail, as the video shows, he has turned out to be far more cynical, opportunistic, and yes, disingenuous than the "usual" politician. That we are now supposed to believe the stimulus wasn't really meant to stimulate in the near term is Orwellian in scope and gives a new perspective to the "audacity" of Obama's hope.