As in business, where one failure can cause a cascade of collapses...
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air lays the marker:
If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.
And maybe that's why we are seeing things like this:
GALLUP: Romney 52, Obama 45 among likely voters.
And wither the media? Oh:
What was that about intellectual bankruptcy again? Candy Crawford wet the bed, Yahoo jumps in the sack and rolls around in it...
And someone ought to tell "the ex" that it's a little too late to bite your lip and claim to "feel your pain". We are beyond emotional reactions as substitute for policy prescriptions, and nobody's gonna believe it coming from Barack Obama anyway. Here's Bill Clinton, speaking at a campaign event for Barack Obama:
I think he might cry, too. Our president is, as Sarah Hoyt says, a wounded child with a fractured ego. Certainly, his entire re-election campaign seem like the work of one. Makes me feel a little bad for him. But not bad enough to vote for him.
Intellectual bankruptcy, as well as financial bankruptcy, are bad enough. No need to go for a trifecta by re-electing the emotionally bankrupt as well....