Any cogent person, not just in the U.S. but around much of the world have seen something like this…. (Click on the pics for links to the articles.)
Obama is ahead on some polls…. but wait, here’s Rasmussen Romney is ahead!!!
So, what’s going on? Are the other’s lying? Well, we can rule out Fox lying for Obama. So, is Rasmussen wrong? Probably not. They’ve a great track record with polling. So, how can it be that after being caught lying, violating campaign laws, running on perverse notions such as he’s an advocate of coal, and an economy still going nowhere that Obama could possibly be up in any of the polls? Have the American people simply rejected Romney out-of-hand? No, nothing of the sort. Here’s what it happening which is throwing the polling out of whack.
This is just the way it is. Our athletes’ performance on the world stage makes us feel good about ourselves and our nation. As the leader of our country, president Obama reaps some of the benefits of this ‘feel good’ notion. No, this isn’t very rational, but it is the way us Americans are. I guarantee that if the team U.S.A. was in the 3rd or 4th spot or lower, Obama’s poll numbers would be significantly lower. In spite of America’s obvious decline in some areas, our being number one in this allows us to project this to other facets of our society. See, we’re the best! Just look at the Olympics! In fact, I feel a bit dirty and unpatriotic by my missing some of the Olympics. It’s just the way it is.
None of this will last beyond 3 days of the closing ceremony. But, for right now, the American people’s attention has stopped on the politics and have united under the common cause of rooting for our team U.S.A. This is how, and this is why, Obama can be seen as up in many of the polls. Again, this isn’t lasting. It just is for right now.