Move over Michael Ramirez; Tom Toles, the Washington Post’s uber-lefty cartoonist, is giving you a run for your money in noting Obama’s weakness. If you’ve lost Frank Rich, Keith Olbermann, Maureen Dowd, and Tom Toles. . .
I’ve had occasion many times before to note that the Post’s Richard Cohen is an honest liberal, and he’s long been noting things wrong with the Obama narrative (and other aspects of liberalism, like the strange popularity of John Edwards). Cohen even got in one of the early Jimmy Carter comparisons. Today’s Cohen reflections are a keeper:
Barack Obama has lost the Hamptons.
That sentence is a fat target for ridicule, I know, since the Hamptons are often reviled as the playground of the ridiculously rich and the promiscuously silly — hardly the working-class Democratic base. As is usually the case, there’s some truth to the stereotype, but enough exceptions to that rule to make the White House pay attention. The Hamptons is where the Democratic energy, money and intellectual firepower of Manhattan goes for R&R. It’s just not another beach.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.
Let me call the roll. I am talking about are [sic] writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.
People are going to start searching lost-and-found bins trying to find Hillary’s cell phone she’s not answering.