President Obama is desperately trying to recapture his political mojo. Recognizing that support for him and the Democrats is crumbling, the president has held rallies in Madison, Wis., and Philadelphia.
The air of excitement fueled by the golden-tongued orator is gone. Reality has set in among many of those who were swept up with Mr. Obama's "hope and change" smoke and mirrors.
The reality many of his early supporters are realizing is that there never really was anything there with the message or the messenger. Both are hot air and hollow bromides. Reality can be ugly and brutal. This is not the transparency Mr. Obama was talking about, but we'll take it.
Whatever political capital he had on Inauguration Day has evaporated. The tank is running on empty. Democratic candidates are running away from him and the programs he has championed. Political moderates are wishing they could take back their vote. The GOP smells blood in the water and is licking its political chops.
The only really strong base the president continues to enjoy is black Americans, who are suffering the worst economically and jobwise because they looked to Mr. Obama and others for their hope instead of themselves. Unemployment among black Americans is around 15 percent, while the overall unemployment rate is about 10 percent. Fifty percent of black teenagers are jobless. That's how a culture of safety nets operates. Know it.
Our anemic economy is a ball and chain on the Obama regime's deceptive efforts to reshape America into a Third World country by continuing to spread the wealth around and drag everyone down economically. The Obama regime's support for all things Fedzilla has caused the private sector to pull in its horns and wait out the Obama, Reid and Pelosi gang. The private sector is very distrustful of the president, and for very good reason.
But don't count out Mr. Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi just yet. They are cagey, cunning, crafty professional politicians who have finely tuned their Saul Alinsky bait-and-switch maneuvers and will do or say anything to save their political hides. It is all they live for.
Smart Americans won't be surprised if the president makes an announcement before the election that he is going to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts for all Americans, including those making more than $250,000. Though this will upset his ultra-liberal base, he will do it to try to prove to moderates that he is pro-business. Don't believe him. It will be more political smoke and mirrors, more doublespeak, more balderdash and more Illinois political deception for fools.
The president is not pro-business. Regardless of what he says, he doesn't know or truly believe the private sector is the engine that drives our economy and creates jobs. He has never owned a business or managed one and neither has anyone in his Cabinet or his closest staff. Mr. Obama wouldn't recognize Mr. Private Sector if he knocked on the president's door and introduced himself.
All you need to remember is Mr. Obama's takeover of America's health care from the private sector. He believes Fedzilla can manage and pay for America's health care more efficiently and more cost effectively than the private sector. No one with an ounce of sense believes it.
The list goes on and on of the president's support of all things Fedzilla. He has never seen a government program he did not support, and he believes Fedzilla can always do better than the private sector. He believes in force-feeding Fedzilla, the result of which is abusively taxing and gluttonously spending America deeper into the poorhouse. This is Fedzilla reality, and America is beginning to see it with all its anti-business yellow pus and warts.
This president is by far the most liberal, most inexperienced person ever to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He can try to talk his way out of this reality, but it is the bold and barren truth to anyone paying a lick of attention. And this truth is a primary cause of our sluggish economy and unemployment.
I'm not counting the president out. He knows he has to do something, say something - anything - to recapture his political mojo and keep the pending Democratic losses in Congress to a minimum.
What I'm counting on is Americans focusing on the ugly reality of our economic situation. If they do that, no amount of mojo can save Mr. Obama and the Fedzillacrats who have done so much to wreak havoc on America.
Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock 'n' roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of "Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" and "God, Guns & Rock 'N' Roll" (Regnery Publishing).