The Corner

Obama’s Latest Explanation for Impending November Losses?

Voters are so scared they aren’t thinking clearly.

Here’s Jim from this morning’s Jolt:

The gist: “‘Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,’ Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. ‘And the country’s scared.’”

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his “view from the Oval Office.” He blamed the economic downturn for Americans’ inability to “think clearly” and said the burden is on Democrats “to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.”

Tom Maguire wonders whether people are “hard-wired to think clearly while euphoric about the possibility of hope and change? I’d hate to think Obama ran an emotionally manipulative campaign what seems like two eons ago. And is there some reason to think that people were not scared back in the fall of 2008 when Fannie and Freddie were being nationalized, Lehman and AIG were failing, and TARP was being whooped through Congress? Whatev. America’s many — the scared, the timorous — will give Obama something to think clearly about on November 2.”

Bill S. at RedState compares Obama to the “child who covers his ears, closes his eyes, and chants ‘I CAN’T HEAR YOU, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!’ It is a pathological case of denial. As one of my distinguished colleagues notes, ’he has never really considered the possibility that Americans aren’t actually liberals.’”

And Jim sums it up:

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering a loss of 55 seats, according to Rasmussen.

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Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster has been news editor of National Review Online since 2009, and was a web site editor until 2012. His work has appeared in The American Spectator, The American ...

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