The UK Telegraph published an article by foreign affairs analyst and political commentator Nile Gardiner with the title "Why Barack Obama may be heading for electoral disaster in 2012." Gardiner reflects on the problems caused by Obama's policies, and how in our current economy -- growth sluggish, if not non-existent; house prices down 33% since 2006; the stock market just took a huge tumble; people feel terrible about the economy and about Obama's performance -- the "hope and change" promises of Obama now taste bitter.
The biggest electoral problem for Obama, however, is the political makeup of Americans. A Gallup poll showed that most Americans are Conservative. As Gardiner puts it: "America is unquestionably a conservative country ideologically, but one that is ironically led by the most left-wing president in the nation’s history."