Update: Des Moines Register endorses Mitt Romney.
Perhaps it has to do with Olivia De Havilland? For whatever reason we always rejoice when the mentally ill return to good health.
Having explored the political health of sunshine state Florida and Buckeye state Ohio let’s take a peek at the harvest of events in Iowa. Iowa, new math or not, remains important for a November victory by Romney.
Iowa in 2008 was afflicted with a huge population of Olivia De Havillands walking about in delusion and drama. In 2012 the mental health of Iowans is returning. Iowans are freeing themselves from the snake pit.
We don’t like to equate mental health with political choices or call people who vote for Obama “imbeciles” as we have previously done, or latter day Pauline Kaels, as we have previously done. But what else can we say but call it madness? Should we just kick 2008 Obama voters? Should we just kick them every day? No, we will simply rejoice as they recover from madness:
“In Iowa, disappointment with Obama runs deep
WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa — In Iowa, a rural state of outsized political importance, retired nurse Pauline McAreavy is among thousands eager to vote against President Barack Obama after four years of disappointment.
McAreavy holds a personal grudge against the president that dates back to 2008, when she hosted Obama’s supporters for three weeks in the Midwestern state that nurtured his improbable White House dreams.
She never got a thank you note for her small role in helping land Obama in the White House, but McAreavy’s antagonism goes deeper, the product of broken promises and accumulated disillusion with the “hope” promised by the man who has billed himself an “adopted son” of Iowa.“
Poor, deluded, creature. In 2008 she welcomed Obama volunteers and/or paid staff to live with her for weeks in order to elect Obama. We imagine her Iowa home must have resembled the padded cell rooms Olivia De Havilland occupied in The Snake Pit. Bereft of her senses she believed the flim-flam con man from Chicago. Now the light switch is on and Pauline McAreavy is on her way to mental health and full recovery by eagerly voting against Barack Obama:
“Obama gave us this ‘no red, no blue state’ America,” said McAreavy, 78.
“I was fooled, I kick myself everyday,” she said. “I said: ‘In four years I’ll get you buddy — and I’m going to.'”
Her home lies in the state’s Iowa County, where residents gave exactly the same number of votes to Obama and his Republican rival John McCain in the 2008 elections: 4,173 votes each.”
We doubt any McCain voters of 2008, who saw Barack Obama as a flim-flam con man from the outset, will vote for Obama in 2012. With Pauline casting her vote in Iowa County against Obama we now know Mitt Romney will win Iowa County by at least 1 vote.
Pauline kicks herself every day for what she did in 2008. We won’t berate her. We welcome her back to lucid society.
Pauline was fooled by a professional con man. She has regrets for being fooled. Pauline is not alone:
“But McAreavy is among many voters in midwestern Iowa — which kicks off the presidential nominating contests every four years — who have abandoned their allegiance to Obama’s platform.
Their lack of support, revealed in two dozen interviews with Iowa County residents, is at the heart of the president’s challenge in seeking a second term in what has become a very tightly contested White House race.
Sweeping in front of her house in Williamsburg, McAreavy recalled how she had thought Obama would bring a politically divided country together and that electing the first African American president of the United States would be “wonderful” for this country.
“He didn’t, he tore us more apart. I did feel maybe the world didn’t like America, but the world hates us more now than they did before!” she said.”
Pauline McAreavy is in full recovery. She not only rejects Barack Obama but she also wisely rejects the message of treachery and boobery of the messenger. Hooray Pauline, you are not alone:
“The Obama boat is leaking.
Many voters who chose Obama last time around are quick to vent frustration over the discrepancy between what they had hoped from a historic Obama presidency and what actually transpired. Almost no McCain voters, meanwhile, seem ready to cast a ballot for the Democrat. [snip]
“I don’t think he pulled Congress together enough to do something. He’s not a leader,” said McAreavy.
“He’s more worried about his reelection. It infuriates me when after what happened in Libya, he went to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.”
Even the president’s supporters — and there are still legions of them — are gloomy. Many cite Republican control of the House of Representatives and its sizeable contingent in the Senate as extenuating circumstances. All search for excuses.”
Oh dear Big Pink readers – behold the fruits of all our works. Continue to speak with the many Pauline
Kael’s McAreavy’s that we know and we will win the fight. Some that voted for Obama in 2008 have heard us and now understand.
Even the Obama supporters, searching for excuses to explain away the booberies and treacheries of Barack Obama have heard our message and are on the run. Yes, because of Big Pink and those many who continued to fight against Obama treachery and Obama boobery there is Hope for Change in 2012:
“Every election it’s the lesser of two evils,” said Williamsburg librarian Carol Uhlmann, a 72-year-old registered Democrat.
“In Afghanistan, why can’t we get out now? Why are we over there and all those little situations if we’re not being directly attacked?”
Inside the Williamsburg Public Library, a woman playing with a young girl has already decided not to vote for Obama, like she did four years ago.
“I’m going to go with the change,” said the woman, who would only give her first name Ann.
That evening, Romney addressed supporters just an hour’s drive away, while Obama gave a campaign speech in Davenport 80 miles (130 kilometers) to the east.
“This is where it all began four years ago — on your front porches, in your backyards. This is where the movement for change began,” he said. “And Iowa, you will once again choose the path that we take from here.”
Yes, Iowa is where the flim-flam mental health epidemic spread to first, after infecting the mad cow city of Chicago. Mitt Romney’s campaign appearances have helped wake many up to mental health:
“Sarah said she became especially comfortable after seeing Romney’s large family — he has five sons — on television.
And she is far from being alone. National polls by the Washington, DC-based Pew Center show that Romney’s favorability ratings jumped from just 37 percent in July to 50 percent in October.
Even young people, among Obama’s most ardent supporters in 2008, appear disillusioned.
Sam Tracy, who delivers beer in Marengo, said he plans to abstain from voting, disgusted by the political impasse in Washington.
In 2008, the registered Independent proudly cast a vote for Obama in an election that made the history books.
“Based on what we were coming from, there was a lot of enthusiasm for Obama, but now that he’s in office, the shine has worn off,” Tracy said.”
The golden calf has lost its shine. That is the first step to mental health. Next, Tracy will realize there never was a golden calf in Iowa. It was just a pile of butter, now melting away.