Seeing that polls give us little snapshots of what the appetite of the nation is like at any given moment, I'm astounded by the moment we find ourselves in. As you sit reading this, former Vice President Cheney is on a two month surge of popularity. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, is doing his best Wile E. Coyote impression with no brakes on the rocket car, and has just careened over the edge of the fifty-foot cliff.
So what has boosted the former Vice President anywhere from 8-10%, while watching the President nose dive 11-14%?
I'm certain the layers to this answer are many.
The President has had a rough summer, and with his fall looking even more deficient in enthusiasm due to dropping employment numbers and even more depressing economics, things look tough for the foreseeable future. People could be remembering that unemployment during the previous administration hovered in the 4-5% range for nearly the totality of two terms, and as such people long for the days when they had jobs. Obama promised he'd personally never allow the unemployment rate to surpass 8%, but now with his current unemployment rate rising to 9.7%, the President wishes he could somehow get back to that 8% number desperately.
But I'm fairly certain that it's something more than that.
The current administration doesn't seem to understand that creating growth within the economy would help solve the most number of needs for the most people. If someone has a job, they can choose whether they want health care or not. If someone has a job, they can decide to invest and save for the future, so that when tough times come they're more prepared. If someone has a job, they can feed their family, and give the ones they love a better place to live. If someone has a job, many other parts of life get better for many, many people.
Vice President Cheney never forgot that by helping the small businessman in America you help roughly a dozen families simultaneously. By cutting the tax burdens of small business (people the current administration label "rich" and "evil") you help provide the livelihoods for a dozen families. By creating a smaller burden on small business you would create jobs, and jobs solve many other problems that Americans are now facing.
Yet again, I'm not truly convinced that this is the secret to why America is moving towards Cheney and away from Obama.
Personally I think it comes down to gravitas, seriousness, and the ability to look out for Americans.