Andrew Sullivan points us to this mailer from Ralph Reed, in which he outlines Barack Obama's dastardly plot. (Original reporting from MoJo.) Again, what makes Mitt Romney's 47 percent tape a non-gaffe is that it is an actual belief which represent actual ideology in the conservative movement. What's noteworthy here is the impossibility that Obama is winning fair and square. Last year Obama was imminently beatable. This year he has a built-in advantage that could make Clifford the Big Red Dog president.
Perhaps a pleasant paradox defines this political season: That Obama is African American may be important, but in a way quite unlike that darkly suggested by, for example, MSNBC's excitable boys and girls who, with their (at most) one-track minds and exquisitely sensitive olfactory receptors, sniff racism in any criticism of their pin-up. Instead, the nation, which is generally reluctant to declare a president a failure -- thereby admitting that it made a mistake in choosing him -- seems especially reluctant not to give up on the first African American president. If so, the 2012 election speaks well of the nation's heart, if not its head.
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