'Devious' Obama Losing Credibility Fast

Peggy Noonan says Republicans who once trusted him no longer do so
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2012 1:00 PM CDT
'Devious' Obama Losing Credibility Fast
In this March 29 photo, President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Peggy Noonan thinks a lot of Republicans who once liked President Obama personally, if not politically, are having serious second thoughts. "What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who's not operating in good faith," she writes in the Wall Street Journal. "This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness," and she thinks Obama himself is to blame.

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Noonan lays out examples—including the flap over contraception (Obama was "devious" and "dishonest"), his Trayvon Martin comments ("insufficient to the moment"), and the court's health care debate ("the constitutional law professor ... didn't notice the centerpiece of his agenda was not constitutional?")—of what she sees as his shady behavior. As a result, "the level of dislike for the president has ratcheted up sharply the past few months," she writes. At Hot Air, Allahpundit predicts lots more "buyer's remorse" columns from center-right Republicans who swooned over Obama in 2008. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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