DEMOCRATS – THE MENTAL HEALTH QUESTION – At 9:10 A.M. ET: First, a bulletin: Rasmussen this morning has Romney up by eight in North Carolina, a state Obama won in 2008. This can only add to the Democratic heartburn.
Indeed, many Dems are becoming increasingly unhinged, doing and saying nutty things, as it dawns on them that Obama might not be emperor for life. Indeed, he may have to send back the crown next January 20th. Michael Godwin, an acerbic columnist for the New York Post, puts it this way:
An Important change is happening in the presidential race — the belief that Mitt Romney could actually win is spreading. There is a growing confidence among his supporters, and the polls are starting to pick up a shift in his favor.
There is another indicator, however, and it is far more reliable. The left-leaning media is getting hysterical, launching over-the-top attacks on Romney and moving to protect President Obama as they see the public turning away from their man.
A CNN anchor compared Romney’s statement that “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman” to George Wallace’s statement in 1963 that he favored “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
An MSNBC guest compared Ann Romney to Hitler and Stalin.
The New York Times, faced with the fact that its own poll showed 67 percent of voters suspect Obama supported gay marriage mostly for political reasons, buried the story on the bottom of Page 17. And not until the 16th paragraph did it mention that the poll found Romney leading Obama by three points.
Then there’s the Newsweek cover that slapped a rainbow halo on the man it called “the first gay president” — an image that captures the quest to grant Obama messiah status.
The echo-chamber quality to the hysteria is of a piece with media cheerleading on the president’s gay-marriage stance, the lack of curiosity about how it came to pass, and what it means for the election.
Pundits and headline writers widely hail him as “brave” and “courageous” for “evolving” to yes, but Obama had little choice after Vice President Joe Biden announced his own support. True courage comes only when the choice is voluntary and there is another option. Acting when you have no other option is not courageous.
COMMENT: Yeah, I've noticed a lot of the wacko stuff going on in the leftist battalions, but it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between that and their everyday behavior. But wackiness is the least of our problems. There is ugliness coming, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a heavy playing of the race card.
And remember that Obama has the power of incumbency. A president can pull many tricks to help get re-elected, and the guys in power were trained in the Chicago school of politics. We do not have an easy path ahead to November.
May 16, 2012