At Newsbusters, Clay Waters writes, “It’s like the butterfly effect, but with fish!”, as “NYT’s Gail Collins Blames ‘Bad Mood,’ Florida Guppy Shortage for Coakley’s Struggles in Mass:”
In her Saturday column, “Lend Me Your Ears,” Collins unconvincingly claimed a Coakley loss would not be a repudiation of Obama’s leadership, and flailed around for an explanation for Coakley’s struggles before blaming the voters “bad mood,” “awful” weather, and, only half-facetiously…the national guppy shortage.
It’s pretty clear that no matter what happens, the voters are sending a message that they are in a bad mood. You cannot fail to notice that people are ticked off. The economy feels awful. The weather feels awful. Did you know that the cold snap in Florida hit the people who breed tropical fish so hard that there is a national guppy shortage? Things are bad, bad, bad.
If Coakley loses, the inevitable conclusion will be that the message was a repudiation of Obama. My own theory is that the national angst is causing people to ignore the issues and just react to candidates’ personalities.
As opposed to 2008, when the Times and the rest of the MSM urged voters to ignore the disparity in the presidential candidates’ resumes, and and just react to their personalities.
Meanwhile, General Electric employee David Shuster questions Massachusetts voters’ collective sanity, seeing as it is currently somewhat askew from the crystal clear perception of reality shared by MSNBC’s calm, omniscient anchorpersons.
Update: Also from the department of bad analogies…
Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said THIS about Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat…“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?” “For the Republicans to say vote for us and bring back the guys who got us into this mess in the first place, I don’t think it’s a winner.”
As Jonah Goldberg notes, “Well, It is Kennedy’s Seat.”