I'm not sure, but I'm sensing that wingnuttia really is feeling its oats this summer. They think they have Obama on the run with sinking job approval ratings that "are even worse than they look" according to THIS guy.
Today Republican pol Vin Weber posited on the Diane Rehm show, paraphrasing, that Obama doesn't have enough chops to strike fear into opponents the way Ronald Reagan did. He's vulnerable.
They smell blood. Now on the attack, many denizens of wingnuttia are working to emphasize Obama is an elitist fraud. For example, here's a comment posted below the U.S. News columnist's item I cited above:
Enough Elitism!! This is still America!
IMPEACH OBAMA FOR FRAUD...FOR LYING TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SINCE HE WAS INAUGURATED...FOR BEING A RADICAL SOCIALIST WITH HIS OWN PERSONAL AGENDA, USING US AMERICANS AS HIS PERSONAL GUINEA PIGS TO SEE IF HE CAN PERSONALLY, ALONG WITH SAUL ALINSKY AND HIS OTHER FATHER FIGURES AND MENTORS, CHANGE AMERICA FOREVER...ALL TO BENEFIT THE FEW, THE POLITICIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES...ALL SO THERE CAN BE A BIGGER DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN THE HALVES AND THE HALVE NOTS...THROWING OUT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND OBAMA AND HIS FRIENDS BEING PART OF THE ELITIST CROWD, WITH US AS THEIR SERVANTS...LITTLE WORKER BEES BEING FORCED TO GIVE TO THE COMMON BANK ACCOUNT, ALL TO BE RAIDED BY THE ELITISTS FOR THEIR OWN GAIN AND POWER...MONEY BEING DOLED OUT AS FAVORS FOR MORE POWER, WHILE US WORKER BEES KEEP ON TOILING AWAY, HOPING THAT IN 1 YEAR, WE TOO CAN SEE A DOCTOR FOR OUR BACK PAIN, HOPING THAT WE TOO CAN PUT FOOD ON OUR TABLES FOR OUR OWN CHILDREN TO EAT, HOPING THAT SOMEHOW, WE TOO CAN AFFORD TO GET OUR CHILDREN TO COLLEGE...FAST BECOMING THE ELITISTS PLAYGROUNDS AS THEIR OWN CHILDREN GET IN NO MATTER WHAT GRADES THEY GET, BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY DADDY AND MOMMY OF THE SOCIALIST ELITIST CLASS OF POLITICIANS AND THEIR GREEDY, POWER HUNGRY FRIENDS.Meanwhile, the airways are full of THIS sort of thing, via the Media Matters YouTube channel, "Time for this bitch to shut up", "Obama makes private medical insurance illegal", blah, blah.
Now for crazy: a "birther" attacks Republican Congressman Mike Castle, via Digby, HERE. That's extreme core lunacy strong enough to send even the deepest 9/11 conspiracist running for cover. Of course, just like Bush/Cheney enjoyed watching 9/11 conspiracy distract opposition, birther madness probably delights the current White House.
I'll say this, however. I'd share the "elitist" critique of Obama in the sense that the Administration has shown itself to be friendly to high executive pay, policies designed to re-inflate the Wall Street bubble, huge Pentagon budgets with massive wars attached, and preservation of the parasitic health insurance finance system. So what's going to happen? Will Republicans figure out how to direct the lunacy to their own advantage? Can they again position themselves as anti-elitist and find themselves a flag bearer for that purpose? Palin?
My opinion is that the Obama White House only will respond to broad public concerns if faced by mass protest with a focused message naming the actual elite shenanigans. We better figure out how to do that. Otherwise wingnuttia and its lunatic faux populism will lead the Republicans back in 2010 and 2012.