The diehard holdout Barack Obama supporters are embarrassing yet incapable of being embarrassed. Everything is going all right because they imagined it was supposed to do so. One term and change into the brutally despondent decline, its baffling fans pretend to remain euphoric even though they can't possibly still be stoned. It's almost pitiable how they manage to still reside in the imaginary Dreams of My Father-era world where a shoddy fake autobiography would do for peace what the Bible didn't.
Blame the virus, not the computer. Barack's Brigade continues to get the news from fellow brainless souls who pursued journalism, a career which required them to also have the insides of their skulls scraped to remove any possibility of critical objections firing through leftover synapses. Admitting they swooned is at least honest, if not an expression of competence.
It's not like it's, say, Steve Kroft's job to avoid being an unbelievable suck-up. But covering up the blood has left the media with no time to ask tough questions. Plus it's not like Obama did anything bad such as propose to cut the debt or be governor of Alaska.
The disconnect between what Obamanauts believe and what's happened could snap stronger men, although that's not much of a benchmark. Our economy is in an eternal state of despair and disrepair, as rich people are irritated by trying circumstances while the poor get really rogered. But the people who actually wanted this keep thinking how the incumbent promised to help. As with an alcoholic vowing to return your car with a full tank of gas and without it being wrecked, wait until it actually happens before believing.
But at least the outside world is unaware of and immune to the dysfunction inside the American house, except for how nobody likes us or fears us, Iran is in a missile-off with North Korea, Egypt is busy joining the ninth century, and conservatives are upset about a murdered ambassador or something. Foreigners who preferred a super Obama dose can reap the rosy benefits in their deluded minds, proving that people really are sadly all the same.
Hmmm, their defensive devotion is almost psychological. But there's no time for introspection or observation, as they must enjoy how extraordinarily they still view the embodiment of their dorm room dreams.
In fact, they're still acting as if their January 2009-era wavy visions came true. Hearing about their joy was annoying enough then and simply intolerable after four years of evidence why they were brutally misguided. Now, almost a month after inauguration number two, they're still all hyped up and excited about what his presidency will be like.
Obama's endless woes aren't mitigated by his continual sanctimony, which is just another specific reminder of the dangers of investing faith in a person and not ideas. Of course, believing an individual knows the path to Xanadu could be a natural reaction to the woeful ideas the left does have. More regulations haven't helped the economy, so we better raise taxes more.
It's not like liberals accepted dissent before Year Five. Conservatives are now hecklers in addition to being racist sexist homophobic bigots for daring to disagree with the progressive junk that's demonstrably failing us now. They're actually more ardent that he's amazing the worse he gets, as it simply must be that big government and a small Pentagon will help. Similarly, the Cleveland Browns have to win the Super Bowl next year because this season was so crushing.
Despite irritating factors like evidence, they're still enamored with that intoxicating spell, as if your prom date simply must be your true love. Pleasant memories sustain declining relationships long past the moment when neutral observers would have called for divorce lawyers.
The president's defenders would first have to acknowledge how bad things are, so forget it. At the same time, the confounding backers have no answer for why this is so painful, as it can't be the man setting policy and signing laws. He made everyone brim with optimism at the inauguration. No, the one before.
With the incongruous realization things aren't going well in mind, holdout liberals will lash outward, primarily by getting indignant at those who dare question their leader. Alternately, they can just make lunatic claims that the economy would be swell if only the government would spend more. Their twisted ideology befits whom they idolize. Sadly, frustratingly, and amusingly, they remain incapable of the self-examination that would lead them to conclude they were hoodwinked like Craigslist users who thought they'd really find a legal career or pleasant and disease-free romantic interlude through the site.
The progressive henchmen are actually most uncomfortable when their deluded savior lurches into action. Deep down, they are fearful that their beliefs are being put into practice: the ideology is infinitely harder to defend once there are even more examples of why they don't work. Things may get bad enough that even the press won't be able to defend them, although Benghazi-related nonchalance may prove our press can't hit rock bottom.
Even being abandoned by journalists won't stop The Convinced of their pathetic efforts to explain away his failure to display even mild competence. Or maybe they're just trying to back up the claim there's more to life than money by making sure nobody has any of it. Believe in Obama, not your checkbook!
Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. Follow him at http://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy. Download a free ebook of his 2012 columns at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270599.