Why isn’t Obama down double digits?
Why isn’t the President down double digits in his re-election bid? After all, his record is horrible and his “accomplishments” have been poorly received by the American people.
First, there’s his base. In their hearts, Obama’s base knows the President has been a failure but they’ve invested so much emotional capital in the man they just can’t let go. It’s a losing internal game of double or nothing with the nation down $16 trillion-plus.
Next, there’s guilt, and specifically, white guilt; basically this is the antithesis of the theory offered by public intellectual Alec Baldwin.
Finally, there’s desensitization and blame: Obama, Obama surrogates, and the traditional media want you to believe this is the new American normal and that it isn’t the President’s fault.
Will these be enough to give Obama another term? Doubtful.
These factors have little staying power: the base will become increasingly discouraged by reality (this is a campaign that now runs on negative emotional energy and that’s seldom enough to carry the day); while Baldwin and others like him may indeed feel guilty for receiving rewards far disconnected from their value to society, most Americans recognize Hollywood-types (writ large) as the ignorant tools they are and instead vote their checkbooks and morals; few take the Administration at face value—how could they?—and fewer still believe the traditional (one-party) media.