Everybody’s got their own take on what’s going to happen in November, and crystal balls are notoriously unreliable. But this is the first election in a long time that I’m having difficulty calling with any confidence.
The last five presidential elections were easy. The mood of the country was clear, and despite Democrats’ best efforts at packing the voter rolls in Florida in 2000, there was a clear sense (at least to my reckoning) of what was going to happen months ahead of the actual vote.
But this one feels different. (How’s that for vague?)
I’m tempted to resort to movie cliches — “It was quiet. Too quiet.”
Not that this election lacks for any sound and fury, especially from the Left, but here we have King Obama, despiser of law and virtue, whose modus operandi is to slaughter his opponents’ reputations before any election so that he can coast to victory. Yet, his imperial stormtroopers have been so inept or incapable of digging up dirt on Mitt Romney that they are resorting to whining about tax returns, an issue virtually nobody cares about.
In the 2008 race, John McCain was persuaded to suspend his campaign to vote on Obama’s stimulus bill — an “emergency” that seemed to crop up literally overnight. Poor Sarah Palin by this point was being portrayed as doing everything but running a prostitution ring out of the Alaska governor’s office.
Yet nothing sticks to Romney. That, coupled with the occasional odd criticisms of Obama from his usual media allies, argues for Obama not standing a chance.
However, I also try to listen to what’s happening on the ground in liberal circles, and while there is the usual chaos, confusion and stupidity, the raw insanity this time around, the barking mad, pointless fury of the Left is remarkable. Take for instance the DNC delegate who, being asked a relatively innocuous question by Patriot TV, spontaneously grabbed the mic and started shouting that she wanted to kill Romney.
It’s like the entire Democratic Party this time around has Tourette’s — or is possessed. (I’m leaning toward the latter conclusion.)
Polls are useless in figuring a winner, since they’re all bought and paid for finding a predetermined conclusion. Besides, the presidency isn’t won by popular vote. It’s the Electoral College that counts, and the media horse race bettors don’t cover that angle as a rule.
Then there’s the Democratic Party’s propensity and infrastructure for creating voter fraud to take into account. If the actual vote is close, ballot cheating could be a game decider.
Underlying all this Tevya-esque “on the other hand” is the nagging fear that Romney may not be able, or worse may be unwilling, to deliver on promises to restore the country to its former greatness. Obama has gone around Congress and violated the constitutional separation of powers on numerous occasions, yet Congress has never lifted a finger to stop or even rebuke him.
I can only conclude that Congress, or at least prominent members of Congress, are happy with the thought of an imperial presidency.
This concerns me deeply because it signals far deeper problems with our supposedly representative republic than those posed by one incompetent in the Oval Office.