My jaw dropped along with the rest when Scott Brown won the recent election in Massachusetts, grabbing Ted Kennedy’s senate seat which for decades has been an unquestioned Democratic right and tradition.
Was this election a symbol of Obama decline? I think everyone is in agreement that it is.
But it is more.
It is a symbol of a loss of hope for each of us.
So many of us had invested so much.
It was only a year ago that the world was fired up over the inauguration. Even the skeptics were optimistic that we had turned a page and that the “Yes we can” rhetoric could be a launching pad for a new era in Washington and beyond..
As an expatriate living in France, my phone was stuffed with text messages from my French and European friends, congratulating me and my country for the choice that we had made.
A year later, my phone is silent.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have never been a huge fan of Obama (much to the chagrin of my ultra-liberal friends State side). But I have been fascinated by Obama’s ability to capture and articulate the sentiment of a much beleaguered nation. And I was even more impressed by his prescient use of social media with the My BarackObama.com site. His ability to understand the true force of his community was, in my opinion, one of the first real success stories in social media.
I went to his site today (now called Organizing for America). Am I wrong but has it lost its fire?
Where is the energy and impetus of his followers that led him to the White House in the first place?
Is part of Barack Obama’s loss of magic due to the fact that he is no longer trying to connect to us in a conversational, social, open way? Has he forgotten that it was that kind of conversation that helped him win the campaign?
Is he no longer listening?
I am not sure I know the answer. But I would love to hear your thoughts.