And so we lurch from one this time it will really end Romney's campaign event to the next: Romney is a felon, Romney doesn't pay taxes, Romney killed sumdood's wife, Romney's "gaffe" that our embassy in Egypt shouldn't have apologized for Americans exercising their right to free speech, Romney's "gaffe" that people who like government dependency won't vote for him. And that's just the last month; if I weren't so lazy I could give you twice as many examples of ZOMG HE'S DONE FOR NOW!!!!
The Media thinks that they're helping Obama with all of this, keeping the focus off of the economy. They're not. They're killing him with kindness.
The problem is that this election will hinge on voter turnout. The Democrats have a big problem here, because their base is pretty demoralized - the disappointment that Obama couldn't live up to how he sold himself in 2008 is so thick that you can cut it with a knife. And so the distractions, trying to paint a fundamentally decent man as an ogre. Nobody with half a brain really believes it, and so while a lot of the base will rally to the cause, it's rolling the rock uphill.
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Remember, this election is all about turnout. The media is doing its usual heavy-handed (ham fisted, really) moralistic scold routine, just like they did with Chick-Fil-A. Remember what happened?
That's the crowd that turned out to support the evil Chick-Fil-A corporation. In Chicago. It was like that in California, too.
The media is energizing the Republican base, and likely a fair number of independents as well. For every Democrat who sighs at the tarnished unicorn tinsel and trudges to the polling station, there will be a GOP voter whistling while he shows up to vote against The Won. Probably more than one.
Like I said, the Media thinks that they're helping the Democrats. They don't have any idea that they're sinking his ship, and probably the first inkling they'll get about it is when turnout runs much ahead of projections all day on election day. The Media have been using their power for years, to try to shape the Republic to a more pleasing form. The country has been catching on. The Media is about to get a lesson on just how powerful their influence is, good and hard.
There's letters seal'd, and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang'd—
They bear the mandate, they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For 'tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an't shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.
- Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 4