Scanning the Facebook feeds of our liberal friends, we see them gloating the Republican infighting, particularly Rick Santorum’s surge and Mitt Romney’s failure to rally conservatives to his cause.
Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker laments:
The presidential primary season has turned into a disaster, in my view. Mitt Romney has shown a discouraging inability to appeal to the party’s base, while the race has damaged both Romney and the party. Newt Gingrich, in particular, sacrificed the party to his own ego by launching left-wing attacks against Romney. Gingrich is gone as a Republican contender, but we will see more of him in the fall, in Obama ads. What a swan song for someone who once led the conservative movement!
Yet, at the same time, the president is not projecting an image of confidence. Indeed, he seems mighty insecure. Today, he walked back his “newly announced requirement for religious employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their religious beliefs.” (But, this still does not seem to have satisfied most critics.) Earlier this week the New York Times reported he “signed off on a plan to dispatch cabinet officials, senior advisers at the White House and top campaign staff members to deliver speeches on behalf of Mr. Obama at fund-raising events for Priorities USA Action, the leading Democratic “super PAC’.”
The president is surging in the polls and there are some signs of economic recovery. Perhaps, this is not to be a conservative year.
All that said, perhaps the president feels insecure because he sees something in the internals of his polls — or realizes his recent rise is due to perceptions of an economic rebound. Or that he realizes that one reason he has been doing so well is that the media have been focusing not on him, but on the battle for the Republican nomination.
He may not do as well when the attention turns to him. His campaign has never really played a good game on defense. Recall how well HIllary did during the 2008 campaign when she started taking the campaign to him. And how he was floundering after the GOP Convention that year, all until the media made mince meat of Sarah Palin and John McCain behaved erratically in the wake of the market meltdown.
This is not to say he’s going to lose come November, but merely that November is a long way away. And a lot can change in 8 1/2 months.