Is Obama delusional? (update)
I know that’s a rather impertinent question to ask, but after reading this, I have to wonder what planet he’s on:
At a campaign fundraiser Thursday night in Washington, D.C., President Obama said he believes his chances of being reelected in 2012 are “much higher” than they were in 2008.
“Over the last couple of months there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy, isn’t this just — aren’t these just huge headwinds in terms of your reelection?” Obama said.
“And I just have to remind people that, here’s one thing I know for certain: the odds of me being reelected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place.”
I have no idea how he manages to say that with a straight face or could actually believe that (or is this just “whistling past the graveyard?”). Of course to make the point that he’s completely delusional if he believes this I’d have to lay out a long list of differences between now and then. Such as the fact that Bush had been demonized to such an extent that it was pretty clear that a change was in the air, Obama was considered a great candidate for (pick your reason – a few listed as we go) and the media went all in on him. He wasn’t vetted as most candidates are and conventional wisdom said his thin resume and lack of leadership weren’t significant problems because he was so freakin’ brilliant and awesome, oh, and he was black, which helped assuage the white guilt some seemed to be carrying around. Finally, his campaign was admittedly brilliant, people believed what he said (not yet knowing he was all hat and no cattle in that department) believed he could do all he said and they just felt it was a time for change.
Well, in three years later and times as well as perceptions of the man have changed. And not in a good way for Barack Obama. Democrats have buyers remorse. Key constituencies are deserting him as the election approaches. Independents left him long ago. For the first time he has to actually run on a record – which to this point is abysmal.
Is he really talking odds? Or is he really talking about a fantasy? I’d point out that, in my opinion, the odds of him being elected given the circumstances surrounding the last election were much better for him being elected than they are now. He was the fantasy candidate then for many Americans. Now he’s just in the fantasy, apparently, because most Americans have figured him out by now, and they don’t like what they see.
UPDATE: Apparently David Axlerod shares the delusion (or may be its author):
Despite a growing storm cloud hovering over his presidency and reelection hopes, President Obama is in strong shape and Americans stand by his plan for jobs, Obama’s top campaign adviser said Friday.
In a memo to Sunday news show producers and other reporters, campaign strategist David Axelrod said that Obama is in good shape with his base, strong with Hispanics and in a good position to beat any of his Republican rivals.
See link above about “strong with Hispanics”.