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“Petulant, put upon, above it all, and full of himself”: Noonan on Obama

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An enormous rally for Mitt Romney in Defiance, Ohio is the latest bit of data on the trend not just in the Buckeye State but across the country.

Thursday’s Washington Post Tracking Poll which had Mitt Romney at 50% and Barack Obama stuck –again– at 47% was another body blow to Barack Obama, as was the AP poll that found the gender gap gone. Both are new signs of the approaching electroal doom of Barack Obama, and there’s a mountain of evidence that the Chicago Gang is panicked and flailing.

The most revealing number is the string of 47s and an occasional 48 and 45 in the list under President Obama’s name in this RealClearPolitics.com survey of the last ten presidential head-to-heads. There is exactly one poll –an outlier– that has the president at 50%. All the others have him in the land of the inevitable loser –an incumbent under 50% as voting accelerates across the country.

One reason why the president is stuck in loser land is the fact, headlined on the front page of the Washington Post this morning, that the country has lost a million jobs in the last year, with many more millions of jobs at risk because of the president’s insistence on massive tax hikes.

Another, far more devastating argument, is Peggy Noonan’s in the Wall Street Journal: That the American people have glimpsed the “real Obama” and shuddered at his snide and angry, saw, in Noonan’s words, a candidate who was “[p]etulant, put upon, above it all, full of himself.”

The president’s answer about the Navy on Monday night was the most recent exposure of this side of him, and again it was, to say the least, unflattering and at worst destructive of confidence in his role as Cokmmander-in-Chief. How did sailors deployed across the world, in difficult and dangerous missions far removed from their families, feel when their boss suggested the ships they sailed were the relics of a bydone era? He was wrong, of course, as he was about bayonets, but there was no mistaking his tone: We don’t need the fleet to be anywhere near where it is. A couple of carriers and a few subs, and we will be fine. It was dismissive ignorance, a startling fecklessness from the military’s ultimate boss and a backhand at ever sailor who serves, however obscure his or her duty station and job.

By contrast Mitt Romney is both extremely confident and competent, genuinely humble and genuinely grateful for the sacrifices people have made and are making on behalf of the country. Voters cannot imagine him as petulent, but they can imagine him as Comnader-in-Chief and as president, and more than imagine, they are eagerly looking forward to January 21 when it will become a reality.

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