Roger Kimball has a post today which sums up my views of the presidential contest this year:
I was disappointed, though, with today’s featured headline:
The link is to a Rasmussen poll, and the implication, I believe, is that readers will be shocked at the news that Mitt Romney is ahead. (In fact, Rasmussen reports that Rick Santorum also leads Obama, though he trails Romney.)
What is really shocking, though, is that the difference is so small. By any rational metric, Obama has presided over a national disaster. Consider how he has mishandled
* the economy (real unemployment north of 9%)
* the deficit ($1.6 trillion annually)
* the prestige of the United States abroad
* our national security
* the looming train wreck that is ObamaCare
* Solyndra and kindred adventures in crony capitalism, emetic utopianism, and fiscal irresponsibility
* The GM “bailout,” coming to a tax bill near you (buy a Volt, get a taxpayer-subsidized break of $7000)
* the regulatory nightmare that Obama’s EPA has foisted upon American business
* the malevolent joke that is the Obama Department of Justice (Fast and Furious, the Black Panther case, etc.)
And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. What’s shocking is not that Mitt Romney is ahead. A syphilitic camel should be ahead. What’s shocking is that the distance is only 5 points.
Assuming Mitt can hold it together, his advantage should widen. He is, after all, running against one of the most vulnerable presidents with one of the worst records in American history.
Go here to read the insightful rest. As John Adams said, facts are stubborn things. All the perfume in the world can only sweeten a skunk so much, and Obama’ s record has one of the highest stench ratings of any American president. Between now and election day I will be focusing once a week on some aspect of the Obama record. This will not be merely a stroll down some very unpleasant patches of memory lane, but I will also predict what his record indicates he will do in the future if he were to get a second term, something I do not expect.