At the height of their World War II expansion, as they prepared the assault on Midway Island, the Japanese admiralty conducted a wargame. The mock battle pitted junior officers commanding the American fleet against the best minds of the Imperial Navy.
Utterly enthralled in their mistaking a tailwind for talent stupor, they even included ships that had already been sunk in the exercise!
In an ominous portent, those junior officers decimated the Japanese task force. Believing themselves to be invulnerable and ignoring that lesson, the Japanese pressed forward with the same invasion plan. We all know how that turned out.
Fast forward to 2012 and Republicans are engaging in the same kind of circular thinking. Don’t like the presidential polling numbers? Then simply reject the entire poll! Better yet, turn it into a conspiracy where the “left leaning” media is purposely overpolling Democrats because they want Obama to win.
Even though Fox News pollsters are coming up with virtually the same results, folks like Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove and Romney adviser Ed Gilespie are following that famous Mythbuster Adam Savage’s advice when he said, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”
Like a snake obliviously chowing down on it’s own tail, they’re starting to believe their own spin! It’s as if the GOP simply can’t admit they’re wrong about anything even if it means their imminent self-destruction.
Don’t do anything drastic like adjust the game plan of a campaign that’s clearly in a tailspin. No! Simply say that everyone else is wrong despite whatever mountain of evidence to the contrary there might be.
In a supreme irony, two Republicans known for their scorch and burn personalities actually are making some surprising last minute campaign adjustments.
Having fallen behind Tammy Duckworth by a whopping 14 points, loudmouth deadbeat dad Congressman Joe Walsh is suddenly trying to sound like the elder statesman. Claiming he’d take a “more evolved’ approach if elected, Walsh said he’d dial it down and make a more bipartisan effort.
Equally as surprising, that Indiana blowhard Tea Partier, Richard Mourdock, who unseated long-time Senator Dick Lugar by declaring compromise was for sissies and liberally applying the RINO label, has suddenly changed his tune.
Falling behind Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly by two points in a traditionally GOP state (Romney is up by 12 points in IN), Mourdock is suddenly lurching towards the center to try and attract those moderate Lugar voters. Good luck with that Rich!
Of course, these faux political shifts run the risk of alienating their Tea Party base. Can you say hoist by your own petard!
All I can say is, this entire GOP presidential campaign has been particularly fascinating to watch.