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:
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]
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
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) October 18, 2014
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.
We are $5000 away from ending our year if not in the black, without additional red ink.
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