posted on September 13, 2012 17:56
Almost every day, sometimes a couple of times a day, someone will ask, Well, who’s going to win this election? It’s human nature: We want bedrock beneath our feet. But there is no answer to the question. Not even the handful of undecided voters have a clue how they’ll vote at the end of the day.
But that’s only one conundrum. There’s a bigger problem. In politics, like, say, when you’re walking down the street, the unexpected happens. One day you’re rolling along fine and rosy and the next you sit down in a doctor’s office and he says, You have a tumor, and the ground shakes beneath your feet.
Two days ago the ground shifted beneath Mitt Romney’s feet. No one could have foreseen what happened in Libya and Egypt but the Jihadist (or whatever they were) may have just handed Obama a real – as opposed to political – October surprise. Is Obama about to hunt the criminals and smite them hip and thigh – like Osama bin Laden? Will Obama fumble? Will the whole thing fade away? Will the unseen hand move again?
The only other surprise would be if the unexpected doesn’t happen.