In the course of our 5 Best Columns daily feature, Wire staff read a lot of op-eds. We can testify as to the number of Obama-on-the-downslide columns the major papers have managed to put out in the past few months. Steve Kornacki, at Salon, has apparently noticed these, too--and he's sick of them.
"Man, oh man, do I hate these kinds of columns," he writes. "Why? Because the explanation for Obama's midterm polling slide is actually very simple: It was inevitable from the moment he was elected, and there was nothing he could have done to avoid it." Any president experiences a drop in his second year: "the only question is of degree. In Obama's case, the drop was always going to be pronounced, given the enormous popularity he started out with and the gruesome economic conditions he walked into."
Kornacki is particularly irritated at Charles Blow's recent New York Times op-ed saying that Obama's "magic has drained away," but fed up more generally with the entire trend. "All Blow (and everyone else writing 'How Obama lost his magic' columns) is doing is documenting, subgroup by subgroup, a phenomenon that was completely predictable from the very beginning." Cut the analysis and cut the predictions, Kornacki says. "If the economy turns around, Obama's numbers will, too. If it doesn't, they won't. There's really nothing magical about it."