The Administration’s Gilligan Crisis

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The Administration's Gilligan Crisis

With just two weeks to go to elec­tion day democ­rats are in panic. Their can­di­dates for office are unable to remem­ber who they voted for by name last time. They’re sud­denly sup­port­ing travel bans they for­merly opposed, It’s reached a point where they have to use the NYT to beg for the black vote turnout as they don’t dare express sup­port a pres­i­dent they still love. Even peo­ple like Frank Bruni to Peggy Noo­nan who six years after lion­iz­ing Obama are sud­denly notic­ing a lack of com­pe­tence in the White House.

But the real cri­sis is deeper. Most of the peo­ple who voted for Obama don’t fol­low pol­i­tics and couldn’t tell you who Frank Bruni or Peggy Noo­nan are. The cri­sis that has hit democ­rats in gen­eral and Barack Obama in par­tic­u­lar can be explained in one loud excla­ma­tion, reg­u­larly uttered in one of the clas­sic syn­di­cated sit­coms of the 60’s by the hilar­i­ous Alan Hale:

Gilli­gan!

You see the best way to describe how Barack Obama is per­ceived bygilligan ordi­nary non-​political Amer­i­cans is how Gillian was per­ceived by his fel­low cast­aways on the Island.

If you watch Gilligan’s Island you will quickly real­ize that there is one thing you can count on: from exper­i­men­tal jet­packs to tele­phone lines wash­ing ashore when­ever there is a poten­tial for the cast­aways being res­cued., Gilli­gan will some­how mess it up.

They under­stand it so well that even after they are res­cued they take pre­cau­tions when they know Gilli­gan is coming.

Gilli­gan: Wow Pro­fes­sor is that one of our experiments?

Pro­fes­sor: Yes, [lead­ing him to a table] but it starts over there Gilli­gan.

Gilli­gan: Oh wow pro­fes­sor look at all this stuff how do you do all that stuff [acci­den­tally crashes into the table & smashes every­thing on it]

Skip­per: Gilligan!

Gilli­gan: Sorry pro­fes­sor.

Pro­fes­sor: Oh that’s all right Gilli­gan, that’s not part of my exper­i­ment, You see I was expect­ing you today so I set that up espe­cially for you

The Pro­fes­sor and his fel­low cast­aways don’t hate Gilli­gan, they can’t even stay angry at him. They sim­ply accept that no mat­ter his inten­tions, any­thing he Gilli­gan touches turns to disaster.

That’s what has hap­pened with Barack Obama. Par­ti­sans on the left can be counted on to spin his fail­ures, par­ti­sans on the right to ascribe mali­cious intent but the vast body of apo­lit­i­cal peo­ple sim­ply shrug when things go wrong in government.

They just don’t expect bet­ter anymore.

It’s an incred­i­ble turn­around, In 2008 Barack Obama was con­sid­ered so com­pe­tent that peo­ple actu­ally thought he would lower the oceans and bring peace to the globe, the expec­ta­tions were through the roof.

Six years later this tweet says it all

That is the real dis­as­ter this isn’t a cri­sis of com­pe­tence, it’s a cri­sis of expec­ta­tions that is doom­ing the Democ­rats this cycle, and threat­ens to infect them like Ebola. (and this lat­est Politico poll (a source not known for spin­ning for the GOP) can’t be reas­sur­ing:

An over­whelm­ing major­ity of vot­ers in the most com­pet­i­tive 2014 elec­tions say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of con­trol” and expressed mount­ing alarm about ter­ror­ism, anx­i­ety about Ebola and harsh skep­ti­cism of both polit­i­cal par­ties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms.
In a POLITICO poll test­ing the hardest-​fought states and con­gres­sional dis­tricts of the year, two-​thirds of likely vot­ers said they feel that the United States has lost con­trol of its major chal­lenges. Only 36 per­cent said the coun­try is “in a good posi­tion to meet its eco­nomic and national secu­rity” hurdles.

Expect the media to spend the next two years doing their best to dis­tance them­selves from their for­mer Mes­siah in the hopes of mak­ing sure Gilligan’s white hat isn’t handed down to the Demo­c­rat party as an heirloom.

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With just two weeks to go to election day democrats are in panic.  Their  candidates for office  are unable to remember who they voted for by name last time.  They’re  suddenly supporting travel bans they formerly opposed,  It’s reached a point where they have to use the NYT to beg for the black vote turnout as they don’t dare express support a president they still love.  Even people like Frank Bruni to Peggy Noonan who six years after lionizing Obama are suddenly noticing a lack of competence in the White House.

But the real crisis is deeper.  Most of the people who voted for Obama don’t follow politics and couldn’t tell you who Frank Bruni or Peggy Noonan are.   The crisis that has hit democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular can be explained in one loud exclamation,  regularly uttered in one of the classic syndicated sitcoms of the 60’s by the hilarious Alan Hale:

Gilligan!

You see the best way to describe how Barack Obama is perceived bygilligan ordinary non-political Americans is how Gillian was perceived by his fellow castaways on the Island.

If you watch Gilligan’s Island you will quickly realize that there is one thing you can count on:  from experimental jetpacks to telephone lines washing ashore whenever there is a potential for the castaways being rescued., Gilligan will somehow mess it up.

They understand it so well that even after they are rescued they take precautions when they know Gilligan is coming.

Gilligan:  Wow Professor is that one of our experiments?

Professor:  Yes, [leading him to a table] but it starts over there Gilligan.

Gilligan:  Oh wow professor look at all this stuff how do you do all that stuff [accidentally crashes into the table & smashes everything on it]

Skipper:  Gilligan!

Gilligan:  Sorry professor.

Professor:  Oh that’s all right Gilligan, that’s not part of my experiment, You see I was expecting you today so I set that up especially for you

The Professor and his fellow castaways don’t hate Gilligan, they can’t even stay angry at him.  They simply accept that no matter his intentions, anything he Gilligan touches turns to disaster.

That’s what has happened with Barack Obama.  Partisans on the left can be counted on to spin his failures, partisans on the right to ascribe malicious intent but the vast body of apolitical people simply shrug when things go wrong in government.

They just don’t expect better anymore.

It’s an incredible turnaround, In 2008 Barack Obama was considered so competent that people actually thought he would lower the oceans and bring peace to the globe, the expectations were through the roof.

Six years later this tweet says it all

That is the real disaster this isn’t a crisis of competence, it’s a crisis of expectations that is dooming the Democrats this cycle, and threatens to infect them like Ebola. (and this latest Politico poll (a source not known for spinning for the GOP) can’t be reassuring:

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms.
In a POLITICO poll testing the hardest-fought states and congressional districts of the year, two-thirds of likely voters said they feel that the United States has lost control of its major challenges. Only 36 percent said the country is “in a good position to meet its economic and national security” hurdles.

Expect the media to spend the next two years doing their best to distance themselves from their former Messiah in the hopes of making sure Gilligan’s white hat isn’t handed down to the Democrat party as an heirloom.

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