April 23, 2009

A Disturbance in the Force?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:34 pm

During my morning grounpound, I encountered a perfectly normal-looking woman as I approached the center of town. She was dressed for work and had no indicia of being a nutcase.

As our paths crossed, she stopped, looked me in the eye and pointed over her shoulder towards the main intersection in town. She said, very angrily, “Why the hell are they digging up that sidewalk? They dug it up and replaced it just a few months ago. It’s probably just to give that contractor money. It’s a bunch of political bullshit, is what it is!”

I nodded and continued on my way around the corner. And, sure enough, they were tearing up what had looked to me (I walk there most days) to be a perfectly good bit of sidewalk. The point of this is not to speculate as to why they might have been replacing a large section of sidewalk (there may have been a perfectly good reason), but rather to focus on the reaction of a seemingly not-at-all crazy person.

I remain more than a little puzzled. Was she just a partisan hack, who has a serious case of the ass with Obama and Democrats in general? The demographics would suggest otherwise. I live in one of the bluest of the Blue States in a very, very Blue town.

My impression was and remains that people like this lady are just damned tired of being treated like “subjects” or “walking ATMs.” by the government (democrats and republicans). This is consistent with the spirit of the recent Tea Parties, even though they were largely ignored or their participants derided by the members of the MSM.

Still, a recent poll shows that The One is still very popular, which causes me to wonder just who are the people being polled? I sense that there is a simmering discontent on the part of far more people than the media would have us believe. The groundpound lady was one of the many really pissed off people I see every day, and this is Blue Jersey, not Red Texas.

The administration would be wise not to pay so much attention to the polls, but rather to keep an eye on what appears to me to be something going on (i.e. a lot of really pissed-off people) that the pollsters may be missing.


  1. The polls are pure bunk. The Liberal thumb is on the scale. People are pissed and the media is playing damage control.

    Comment by hammer — April 23, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

  2. ‘which causes me to wonder just who are the people being polled? ”

    They maybe be part of the growing

    Lie to a Pollster movement? 😉

    Comment by Dan Kauffman — April 23, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  3. We were at the local BBQ place the other night. We were shocked to hear several people at the bar talking about The One and taxes and they were NOT happy campers. They were questioning how this guy got elected and what the hell he was doing…

    I must admit to being surprised (even out here away from Boston) it’s always a bit of a shock to find people who don’t want to bow to BO and his policies.

    Comment by Teresa — April 23, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

  4. I have long held that there will be a second American revolution. The only questions are when it happens, and which extreme of the political spectrum will come out on top.

    Comment by Dave Merriman — April 24, 2009 @ 12:00 am

  5. pollsters missing them…or, avoiding them?

    Comment by Jean — April 24, 2009 @ 1:36 am

  6. Perhaps the only people represented in polls are those who can’t afford caller ID.


    Comment by recondo32 — April 24, 2009 @ 6:44 am

  7. Or maybe, next time he and the missus need a “break” from the White House, THEY should take a little time to “groundpound” and here what the folks have to say……

    Nah. That wouldn’t work. Can’t have and interaction with the masses. Might contaminate things.

    Comment by Tammi — April 24, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  8. Know what she means about the sidewalk. I worked on Wall St for a few years. The sidewalk outside the building would be fixed, then torn up by the phone company for a few weeks, fixed, then torn up by Con Ed for a few weeks, fixed, then torn up by the streets dept, fixed, then back to the phone company. Did nobody ever coordinate the thing so they could all do their stuff and then leave it alone for a while? Politics for sure.

    And now we have an admin doing the same shit in DC. I note today that he is telling the credit card companies what they can do and what they can’t. I would think he might start taking care of his job and leaving the rest of us alone for a bit. I predict that there will be even more buyer’s remorse coming in the near future and rightly so. We really got us a lemon this time for sure.

    Latest I saw is he is not gonna do anything about the Iranians who took over the embassy in Carter’s time now that their cases are coming up. That will make Dinner Jacket so happy.

    Comment by dick — April 24, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

  9. The natives are restless.

    Comment by Kevin — April 24, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

  10. Oh but you’re wrong, Jimbo. Have you not tuned in for the latest Obama love-fest’s on the network news? He’s been in office 100 days. One of the networks (I’m not sure which one…I’d have to tune in) declared BO the best President ever! BO is also on the cover of TIME (again). Just to warn you…another love-fest is planned for his 200 days in office.

    I just wanna know more about BO’s dog. What are they feeding him? Where does he sleep? Gotta get out and get me the latest People (and dogs) magazine!

    Comment by Jerry in Indiana — April 24, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

  11. 100 out of 100 Dimocrats polled agree with the results of the recent election.

    The rest of us, as Rick says, have caller ID!

    Comment by Michele — April 24, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

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