Election 2010: Were we just too … impatient?

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-101104_Impatient_American.jpgAre Americans an impatient people?

Impatience with the slow economic recovery drove people to the polls and to vote for Republicans. It’s time for an extreme makeover of Washington. Obama and Pelosi had two years to fix a broken economy, and well, there just hasn’t been enough progress.

Were voters right? Or just impatient?

“Every midterm election, the American public gets buyer’s remorse,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley in an interview right after Tuesday’s midterm election. “We’re a very impatient society. People want problems solved quickly. It’s a bit of a curse that the art of winning the presidency is to talk with grand rhetorical flourishes. But the act of being a president is to deliver on those promises. We are finding out that it’s often tougher than candidates think.”

We’ve been impatient many times before, to the detriment of the party in power. “It happened to Ronald Reagan in 1982,” Brinkley said. “Then the Democrats picked up steam and it happened to Bill Clinton in 1994. There’s always a bit of a backlash.” Now, it was Obama’s turn. Brinkley is a history professor at Rice University and a history commentator for CBS News.

Do you agree with Brinkley? 

Were we too impatient on Tuesday? 

Or, was two years enough time to fix the economy and get people back to work?

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