All across the country and throughout the political overclass, the unmistakable signs of collpase of the con are showing through. Ever since David Axelrod and Barack Obama launched this audacious gamble years ago --the idea that America would bet its future on some speeches and bushel of good feelings-- the question has been when, not if, the country would catch on, shudder, and return to seriousness and competence in the Oval Office. The collision of incompetence with the reality of our huge problems occurred on last Wednesday night, and Mitt Romney added the sharp contrast of what conservative competence looked and sounded like. The shattering of the Obama campaign followed.
Pundits are cautious and don't want to be too far ahead of the herd at any time, thus the huge crowd around and behind the president for five years. But the stampede away from him began Wednesday night and continues to pick up speed. The Manhattan-Beltway talking heads are --very slowly-- working their way to the true estimate of what is happened. Andrew Sullivan got there first, and he is being blasted for stating the obvious. He was right and the pro-palace die-hards are wrong. The panic is as real as the rush of voters away from the president.
Wow. Just wow.