Ed Gillespie's Absurd Bluster

By Steve Clemons

I don't have a clip of Terry McAuliffe, Bill Clinton, David Axelrod, or other Democratic Party heavyweights crowing that Barack Obama will "win definitively" over Mitt Romney in today's election. Perhaps they are out there -- but the Obama communications machine has not sent me such statements.

In contrast, the Romney campaign just sent me this irrationally exuberant claim from former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie that Romney will clobber Obama decisively today.

Here is the statement and the YouTube post:

The fact is, we can't afford four more years like the last four years. And Governor Romney has been out there putting forward a positive vision and a plan to turn the economy around, to create 12 million jobs, unleash domestic energy, get us to a balanced budget. That's why he's got momentum here on election day. And I think that's why he's going to win tonight, not just win, but win decisively. I don't think there's going to be any doubt at the end of tonight who the next president is going to be.

Please. I like Gillespie and appreciate his loyalty to Romney. That said, I think that people in positions of leadership like him need to restore some honesty and occasional objectivity to political commentary.

It is most likely that neither Obama nor Romney will beat the other decisively. A close race has been brewing for a long time -- and Gillespie knows it's tight. It is wrong for either side to describe the situation in the nation as anything other than divided.

There will be a winner, but the divided aspirations and perspectives in the country deserve more respect and affirmation than Gillespie offered today.

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