Public Wins Kudos of NYT Ed. Board (But Why Don't Folks Love Obama More?)

In Sunday’s lead editorial, New York Times editors express their frustration over why the public doesn’t realize how much it truly agrees with President Obama on things like taxes and stimulus and compromise: “Leadership Crisis – Americans agree with Mr. Obama on a great deal. Why don’t they know it?

At least the public can be comforted in knowing it has met with the approval of the liberals at the Times.

As the economy faces the risk of another recession, and the 2012 campaign looms, President Obama has been groping for a response to the biggest crisis of his career. All he has to do is listen to the voters.

The Times and CBS News released a new poll on Friday, and once again we were impressed that Americans are a lot smarter than Republican leaders think, more willing to sacrifice for the national good than Democratic leaders give them credit for, and more eager to see the president get tough than Mr. Obama and his conflict-averse team realize.


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Mr. Obama has been making many of those points for months. But he has been doing it with speeches that, while eloquent, are often too long and nuanced, and then lack the kind of relentless repetition that is needed to drown out catchy but false Republican talking points.

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There is so much noise out there that we are not sure most voters know how much they agree with the president. It is up to Mr. Obama to show them.


James Taranto, writing at Opinion Journal’s “Best of the Web” on Monday, snarked:
 

Yesterday the Times published yet another editorial in which it presented its poll as a test of whether the public has the correct attitudes. This time, the public passed, or so the Times claimed: "The Times and CBS News released a new poll on Friday, and once again we were impressed that Americans are a lot smarter than Republican leaders think."

Clay Waters
Clay Waters was director of Times Watch, a former project of the Media Research Center . Read more: http://archive.newsbusters.org/bios/clay-waters.html#ixzz3CdgxLFgQ