There He Goes Again (As a Famous Person Might Have Said)

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 18, 2010


Two years ago–and two years before that, for that matter–Americans voted as they did in national elections because they were thinking rationally, were inspired, were filled with hope, and were acting intelligently to bring about positive, refreshing change for the country.

Now, supposedly, Americans are crazy, scared stiff, acting irrationally, and have dropped 50 IQ points:

At a Saturday-evening fundraiser held in the home of a wealthy Massachusetts hospital executive, President Obama suggested Democrats are having difficulties in midterm campaigning because Americans simply aren’t thinking clearly. Seeking to explain his party’s troubles, the president focused not on controversial legislation like national health care and the stimulus but on evolutionary psychology.

“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama told the assembled Democrats, who paid $15,200 a person to attend. “And the country is scared.”

To “break through the fear and the frustration that people are feeling right now,” Obama told the crowd, will require high-end donors not just to “write checks” but also to “lift up people’s spirits and make sure that they’re not reacting just to fear.”

Shorter Obama: If you vote against me, and my party, you are clearly nuts.

Lots of times, it amazes me that these people won elections. This is one of those times.

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