A comment from “Fido” on my American Thinker article How Does a President Quit was in agreement with my thinking. Despite what appears to be his “disagreement” with the quote from the article, I think there is no difference in our positions. The quote was directed at the “political experts,” not those with common sense. Readers of this website know that I believe Obama is headed for a major defeat. Several articles to that effect have been published, some as long as two years ago.
Here are Fido’s comments with some emboldening added by me:
“A few months ago, everything looked rosy. The Republican Party nominated the man [Obama] wanted to run against. His popularity, though not as high as when first elected, pointed to an easy re-election. Then matters turned.”
The boxing analogy is amusing and wins on points, but I disagree with the underlying premise (above). I don’t think matters were ever really “rosy” for Obama, except in the minds and expectations of a self-contained and politically isolated media. Nothing really “turned,” if you mean a change through some act of fate or campaigning. As time got short, events just played out as they were likely to do, given Obama’s nature, his background, his experiences in life, his values, and his politics–all of which the American People understood pretty well in disappearing local jobs and increasing gas and food prices.
This looks to me like a true “FIDO” election–the American People themselves, taking serious responsibility for their own governance, are going to rise up and emphatically eject a particularly disastrous crowd of political players. This is not a victory for alternate political player Mitt Romney, nor for canny GOP strategists, nor for a cynical and calculating Republican Party–all of whom are playing out garden-variety-election-year political hands in the usual manner (to paraphrase a British general on the routine defeat of a Napoleonic army in Spain: “They came on in the same old way, and we beat them in the same old way”). Not this time.
If Romney wins handily–as I think he will–it’s not an ordinary election-year playing out; it’s an American political moment of long-term consequence. Furthermore, if his election is by a landslide, it will be a serious repudiation of the entire Washington professional political class and its comfortable arrangements (Remember that “crisp pants crease” in which we were to take comfort, proving as it did to sophisticated observers that Obama was a reliable professional politician?). Some of us still remember sitting in tense lines to buy gas during the Carter years, hoping the station wouldn’t run out and close before our turn to buy gas arrived; we don’t relish the same thing at a doctor’s office. Politics has come to play too large a role in our lives.
The real agony will be post-deluge, as we are inundated by analysis. Directly or indirectly, all of it will avoid what really happened–Democracy–and instead attempt to restore the professional nobility of “experts” and “professionals” to their rightful place on clouds below Olympus, well above the spectacle of the tawdry, everyday struggles of ordinary mortals. Everyone worth knowing sees that a life worth living is really about who gets recognition as Great in history–or at least, while he is alive, as socially and politically significant among his peers.
I’ve had more than enough of it. Perhaps, mine will be less a minority opinion after November.
To see other comments on the article, go here.