The long con

With virtually no solid successes to hang their hat on – even Obama Girl refuses to endorse Barak Obama! – the President’s forces are reduced to the long con: relying on statistics to prove they still have a chance. And as Mark Twain wrote, there are three levels of falsehoods in the world: lies, damn lies, and statistics.

According to Chicago mob boss/mayor Rahm Emanuel, the whole election is pretty much over before it starts. He’s counting 247 electoral votes for the mobster-in-chief, and 206 for Mitt Romney, with only 85 up for grabs. That sets up the idea that Romney has to “sweep the table” to win.

But as I said, it’s a long con. Not a single vote has been cast yet. Everything Emanuel’s talking about is based on polls, most of which notoriously overcount Democrats and undercount both undecided and GOPers.

Folks like Emanuel thought Carter had a decent shot at winning re-election against that rude, elderly upstart, Ronald Reagan, deep into the fall of 1980. We all know how well that turned out for the late 1970s version of Barak Obama, don’t we?

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