Then there are the poor souls who compose the Democratic base. They are the voters to whom the Democratic Super PACs direct their mendacious messages. They get fired up upon hearing that the Republican candidate Mitt Romney has killed a woman, probably more than one. They really believe Romney is a felon, probably a misdemeanant too, and he put his dog on the roof of his car or vice versa. They believe that the legendary 1 percent of the income earners who pay 35-40 percent of income taxes should, out of fairness, pay more. In fact, they believe that this legendary 1 percent can carry the entire burden of Obamacare, Social Security and a few other entitlements along the way. We call these galoots the moron vote. I have watched them on the floor of the convention. They are highly excitable. They wear funny red, white, and blue outfits, patriotic hats and glasses. They are perfect dupes.
Now, the Republicans probably have a selection of morons too. But I do not believe the Republicans' morons respond to their party's message of alarm about deficit spending, government budgets, and foreign policy. They are the believers in theories that the earth is flat. They promptly put an old sock around their necks to ward off impending maladies. They do not need Obamacare. They have eccentric eating habits, and here they cross over with the Democrats' moron vote. I believe I spotted several at the Republican convention in Tampa. I know I have been spotting many more morons at the Democratic convention. Several were at the podium.
Toby Harnden, the perceptive British journalist who covers America for the "MailOnline," has been traveling with the president and says things are different from 2008. The crowds are smaller. "There is a sullenness, even resentment, that was not present in 2008. Ask an Obama supporter," Harnden writes, "about their man, and as often as not you will get a few words about him and then a demeaning attack on Romney and Ryan." Moreover, Harnden has noted that something else has changed; "Obama tends to look emptily past rather than at his audiences. It's as if the light in his eyes has gone out." It will take a lot of morons this year to light up his sad eyes.
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of "The American Spectator" and an adjunct scholar at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Death of Liberalism." To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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