Certainly, Obama is hardly a chimpanzee from the hippie left's point of view. He's their golden boy. A messianic figure that would bring about a progressive shift in the country's politics, end wars, cure racism, and poop skittles for all the people of the world to enjoy. Yet, despite all of that, Obama leads in the polls by only 2-3 points at the moment, far lagging what joe blow 'generic democratic' would be achieving. It's funny to see the first hints of pre-panic in the liberal established out there. It's like the scene in Jurassic Park where you hear the first distant boom and the water in the ditch ripples disturbingly. After all, at this same point in the campaign four years ago, Kerry lead Bush in the poll of polls by 8 percentage points.
What's really so amusing about this whole situation is the fact that the lefties are so uncomprehending of how things could fail to go their way. They really don't understand sometimes how people could possibly not agree with them. I mean, the very arrogance of that idea is entrenched in the term by which they name themselves, 'progressives'. As in being more advanced, more knowing, better. They can only chalk up any recalcitrance in the public to embrace their ideas as ignorance or some form of maleficence. Oh, if only people really knew, or really thought, or weren't tricked, they could never fail to embrace our point of view because we're right. The stunning arrogance of this sort of perception just drives me up a wall. Some people have related this sort of blinding hubris to that which you see in some religious leaders who hold a similar moral authority over those who they view as being lesser. The difference though is that those individuals believe they are following God's word, and history has surely taught them that persecution and martyrdom is a common result. Heathens may not believe no matter what you do to try to show them the way. The progressive on the otherhand, simply can't believe that an individual, given all the facts and washed of stupidity could fail to agree with them.
I'm really curious what will happen this time if a few months from now Obama loses the election. I just wonder how all those hippies out there will deal. Surely they will cry fix or rig and come up with elaborate conspiracy theories about how diebold machines or punch cards or ballot box stuffing twisted the result. They simply can't imagine that the country wouldn't agree with them given the chance. I'm not even sure it would be a good thing overall if McCain actually won the election, but it's hard to not want to see it just to hear the howls of disbelief.