A reminder from my friends at Reason Magazine about what happened the last time President Obama gave an inaugural speech:
Just before Obama’s first Inauguration, 68 percent of Americans were thrilled or happy about it — and now 50 percent feel that way about the second swearing in, according to a CNN/ORC International poll…
In fact, the 50 percent who are thrilled or happy today matches the percentage of Americans excited just before George W. Bush’s second Inauguration, the poll found.
Meanwhile, the survey also showed that more Americans view today as a celebration for Obama’s supporters than they view it as a celebration of democracy in action.
Sixty-two percent say it’s for Obama’s supporters and 35 percent say it’s a celebration of democracy. That’s a near reversal from four years ago, when about 60 percent thought it was a celebration of democracy and 39 percent thought it was just for his supporters
When you choose to attack rather than lead, when you choose to run an entirely negative campaign, when you choose to accuse people who disagree with you of not caring if old people die and children starve, it tends to hurt your popularity beyond your base.