I’m sure that the title will infuriate random progressive passers-by – their self-image takes a real hit from being reminded that they backed a nincompoop, bless their hearts – but I mostly expressed it that way to make sure that people understood the background, which I’m not really all that interested in recapitulating. I mostly just wanted to point out that the hidden lesson from the last few weeks is this: Barack Obama does not handle surprise well, and one major way that he expresses that surprise is by saying stupid things that his handlers then have to try to spin away over the course of the next week. Better and better: Barack Obama gets very, very petulant when he has to do things like that.
Please note this, ye campaign operatives. It’s important.
PS: We will now pause while people complain about how of course the Republicans will never, ever take advantage of this, or anything else. The management would like to take this time to congratulate you on your identification of the basic (hypothetical) problem, as well as to cordially invite you to go out and actually do something about it. Because the cavalry ain’t coming over the hill to save you, folks; in fact, you’re the cavalry. And you are perfectly capable of saving yourself.