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Shhh -- Nobody Tell Obama He's High-Diving in the Kiddie Pool

Yet another "War on..." narrative fail:

More voters think Mitt Romney and the Republican Party respect women who work outside the home than think President Obama and the Democrats respect women who stay at home, according to the latest The Hill Poll.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters said the presumptive GOP presidential nominee respects women who have independent careers, while 27 percent said he doesn’t and 24 percent weren’t sure.

When asked if President Obama respects women who stay at home rather than pursue a career, 37 percent of likely voters said he doesn’t and 35 percent said he does. Twenty-nine percent were unsure.

And if you think those numbers are bad, wait until the general public realizes that young Obama recorded the song, "I Ate A Dog (And I Liked It)." After the Osama bin Laden killing, I called the Obama crew "The gang that could shoot straight -- but not much else" Did any regular reader here know I was capable of such understatement? See, these aren't tiny little margin-of-error differences. These are differences which, if carried through to the general election, would lead to a Mitt Romney landslide.

So here's what I think went on, and is going on.

During the primary of 2008, Senator Obama read the field perfectly. There were tons of delegates to be had in caucus states, where his community organizer skills would allow him to rack up wins. He could count on those wins being lopsided ones, too, because he'd also perfectly read his opponent. Hillary Clinton was running a very traditional Big Money/Big States campaign focused on the headliner primary wins. She all-but-ignored the caucus states, until it was all-but-too late.

Now let's revisit the Democratic National Convention late that summer in Denver, where Obama was all-but-crowned as "Black Jesus" in front of those presumptuous Roman columns.

The convention buzz was all about two questions. The first was, "Will PUMAs bolt?" And I think everybody remembers that well enough. But the other one was, "What is McCain going to run tonight?"

Huh? Am I the only one here who remembers? Let me refresh your drink. Er, memory.

The night of Obama's acceptance speech, the McCain camp let it leak that he would run an ad earlier in the evening. The content was the big mystery. McCain's pick of Sarah Palin had energized the GOP base, and Obama's selection of Joe Biden had... well, let's be kind and say it had somewhat confused folks. McCain was hot out of the gate, and Obama appeared to have stumbled in his first major act as his party's standard-bearer.

So we all sat in rapt attention in front of the tube at the appointed hour of the McCain ad.

What did we get? A folksy little congratulations from McCain. Speaking directly at the camera, to Obama, he said something like, "Tonight is your night. You earned it. Enjoy it. The campaign begins tomorrow."

McCain came across as the older and wiser gentleman, the firmer hand, reminding the upstart who'd really been around and gotten stuff done. And he did it gently, kindly. It was a helluva ad.

And remember that McCain/Palin was ahead or tied in every major poll after that -- right up until McCain suspended his campaign to deal with the banking crisis. "Deal," in this case meaning, "Sit at a table and get rolled by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama." His campaign was finished.

Why do I tell you all this?