COMMENTARY | Without any actual accomplishments to tout for President Barack Obama and with attacks on his rival, Mitt Romney, backfiring, the dwindling group of supporters of the president is starting to come up with bizarre reasons to re-election him.
Chris Matthews, the MSNBC host who used to get leg tingles thinking about Obama, suggests we should ignore the advice of Martin Luther King Jr. and judge him by the color of his skin and not the content of his character, according to Real Clear Politics.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., adds we should vote for the re-election of the president for the sake of the ladies, according to Breitbart.
Former Republican Gov. of Florida Charlie Crist says the president is a "centrist worthy of admiration," as reported by Buzzfeed.
On the other hand, current Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is reported by the Washington Post as unsure whether he will vote for the president of his own party. Meanwhile the president is facing an open revolt from his own party on the Keystone XL pipeline, according to the Washington Examiner. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who is retiring, has opined that on second thought, health care reform was not such a great idea after all, Forbes reports.
Political prognostication is a tricky business for a pundit who lacks psychic powers. But all of this seems to point toward impending doom for the president's chances of reelection. If Obama has not done anything that merits four more years and if Romney is not convincingly the anti-Christ, what is there left?
Obama could, one suppose, put country and party above himself and do a Lyndon Johnson, announcing that he will not seek nor will he accept the nomination of his party as our president. But such a person would be an Obama from an alternate universe, someone who does not see the naked face of God in his bathroom mirror every morning when he shaves. It would be someone who realizes that the fate of the Republic rarely rests on the fate of just one person.
No, the Democrats are stuck with Barack Obama, just as the 7th Cavalry was stuck with George Armstrong Custer and the Light Brigade with Lord Cardigan. Thus, we are in the stillness before battle, the calm before the storm.