Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Reports of Obama's Southern Comfort Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

If only Obama had more party in the back
  • If only Obama had more party in the back

Actually, we haven't heard any such reports — except for this one — and given how the incumbent President Barack Obama has faired in several Southern primaries, we're not expecting any.

After losing 10 West Virginia counties and at least one convention delegate to the gloriously mulleted and incarcerated felon Keith Judd, the sitting president faced two more close contests last night. In Arkansas, he edged out Tennessee attorney John Wolfe, who scored 41 percent of the vote. In Kentucky, he lost over half of the state's counties and 42 percent of the vote to the political juggernaut known only as "Uncommitted."

These margins would be unremarkable in a primary between actual politicians. But when the opponents are a prisoner, an unknown attorney from a neighboring state and "anyone but you," they leave something to be desired. Still, it would be a mistake to take an apparent disconnect between the president and former members of the confederacy — excluding West Virginia, which was actually formed when it seceded from confederate Virginia — as a harbinger of the election's outcome in November. The Obama campaign has essentially forfeited these states, choosing instead to put time and money into states where they actually have a chance.

Of course, that fact hasn't done anything to dilute the joy of Republicans who have been nothing short of ecstatic as divisions appear between Obama and Democrats in various states.

But in the unadulterated thrill of it all, Fox News — no doubt rushing as quickly as possible to relay the news to their Champagne-popping readers — unsurprisingly mucked up the particulars.

"Obama struggles in South, ekes out primary wins in Arkansas, Tennessee" reads the erroneous headline that still appears, uncorrected on their website, as of this post. With Wolfe being from Tennessee, but running in Arkansas, I suppose it could be confusing. Or perhaps, a Fox News headline writer has blocked out the memory of the presumptive Republican nominee's failure to eke out such a victory in Tennessee, back in March.

Not surprisingly, the GOP has quickly jumped on the opportunity to produce some smart-ass political paraphernalia:

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