As I think about the distinct possibility that President Obama will be re-elected, I consider Ann Althouse to be exhibit A on why that’s feasible. First we have this post where Althouse basically says “Hey, Obama, if you lie about being a moderate we’ll believe and vote for you”. What describes this except “doublethink”? She is simultaneously giving cynical yet practical political advice (“this is the most effective lie”) and at the same time indicating that it will work on her. As Justice Kagan says “Wow, wow”. Then we have this post where Althouse plaintively asks
Who would have thought that in the last year of Obama’s presidential term, the public mind would obsess over race at this level?
As many of her commenters point out, any one who was paying attention. Yet Althouse, even at this point, continues to believe that Obama can do, will do, or cares something about this.
If it’s not Obama’s fault, can he at least do something to yank us up out of this awful place?
After he’s worked so hard to get us here? And if so, what could he do?
In 2009 or even 2011, he would have given a speech.
Written apparently without irony or even knowledge of how well those speeches made progress that we’re in “this awful place”.
Althouse is a successful person, with a career teaching law. Yet this is what passes for her awareness of reality.
What continues to mystify me is why do people like Althouse want so desperately to believe in Obama? It’s not what he’s done (epic fails with massive collateral damage) and now not even what he says (he’s not giving a speech either). What exactly remains that attracts so strongly? I can only conclude it’s some sort of internal psychological need, which is why I think so much of MAL politics is really an internal psycho-drama with little connection to reality, a disease I sometimes call “reality dysfunction”.