Likely not. After all, it was just a short time ago that the headline glaring from the cover of Newsweek was asking, “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”
This is also the same magazine who’s post-election analysis in 2008 included a prediction that there would be a baby boom based on the excitement, and subsequent increase in sex, that would result from Obama’s victory. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I also just threw up in my mouth.
But the latest article which gets feature status on this week’s cover of Newsweek is a stunner nonetheless.
The title? Hit the Road, Barack.
The subtitle? Why We Need a New President.
Does it get any more honest than that?
Author Niall Ferguson then poses this question and answer:
Why does Paul Ryan scare the president so much? Because Obama has broken his promises, and it’s clear that the GOP ticket’s path to prosperity is our only hope.
Ferguson then goes into a little more detail as to why the GOP ticket is the only hope.
I was a good loser four years ago. “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.”
Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.
Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.
In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” And he promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.
This certainly isn’t an indicator that Newsweek is shifting it’s policies to to the right. It is after all, a lone article. Several liberal pieces of tripe are surely in queue in the coming months.
But the question remains, how bad does it have to be for a hard liberal magazine to shift focus even for a day, and take a hard shot at the President?