As Michael Lind predicts that conservative Democratic politics will cease to appeal, Democratic President Barack Obama continues to identify with conservative policies. During the two-party debates, President Obama adopted a “me too” approach in which he sought to win electoral advantage by adopting conservative positions on foreign policy, the military budget, free trade, oil drilling and coal mining, among other topics.
This is not the Change that liberal Americans had in mind when they helped vote Barack Obama into office in 2008, and in 2012 liberal America is far less excited about the prospect than in 2008. Take a look at the top five sellers in October 2012. Out of the thousands of designs of political stickers, buttons, magnets and signs we sell to keep Irregular Times going, these were our best sellers last month:
1. Stop Texting and Driving car magnet
2. Jill Stein for President yard sign
3. America is Worth it: Proud to Pay Taxes bumper sticker
4. Wrong: Say No to Mitt Romney bumper sticker
5. Elizabeth Warren for Senate lawn sign
In the last presidential election cycle, people were swept up in a wave of Obama euphoria. This year, Barack Obama isn’t in the top 5. Liberal Americans aren’t committed enough to Barack Obama any more to lay down the dollars for a pro-Obama message; in sales, the direction of impassioned commitment appear to have moved on to other issues, other candidates, and in the case of Jill Stein, another party. The commitment to buy a message in support of a candidate is not the same as less-committed, lower-cost voting, but it is a sign of passion. Even though Barack Obama may win the election, liberal passion for Obama appears to be draining away.