I think Stanley Kurtz is spot-on:
…Obama and his advisors never abandoned their quest to shape a permanent leftist majority, a coalition that would forever put an end to Clintonian triangulation and usher in unfettered leftist Obamaism instead. Obama’s frantic efforts to gin up the women’s vote and the youth vote aren’t only desperate attempts to secure his base. They flow from a deliberate decision not to fight for the center, but to build an independent majority on what is supposedly the “demographically ascendent” left.
Kurtz goes on to analyze Obama’s campaign decisions, some of which have seemed so dumb and could be summed up as “going small.” Dumb like a fox. As I’ve indicated before, Obama is smart (or, if you prefer, clever) about elections. The fact that he may lose this one doesn’t mean he hasn’t played it about as well as it could have been played with the material at hand, and the proof of this is that the election is still very close and he might pull it out after all.
So many of us (including me) have been asking: why does Obama still have so much support? Kurtz’s article spells it out: Obama has carefully appealed to a coalition of special interest groups who, together, might even form the majority. If so, they would liberate the left from ever having to cater to anyone in a flyover state of mind again.
If that works out, Obama could drop the pretense of moderation. I’ve long felt that is what would happen in an Obama second term. It is one of the many reasons this election is of such vital importance.
But my nervousness come next Tuesday will not be just about the prospect of four more years of Obama. Even if Romney wins, if his margin of victory is of anything less than landslide proportions I will be only somewhat placated; I think we will only have bought a bit of time. This is because of the Gramscian march through our institutions—especially education—the takeover that already occurred while most of us were looking the other way.
Obama is merely the person who benefited from that march, the One who came to the fore because of the long and careful preparation. If the ground had not been properly laid, someone so far to the left (with his voting record, community organizing/Alinsky background, Ayers and Wright connections, and plans to “spread the wealth” and “bankrupt” coal plants) could never have been elected in the first place. Furthermore, someone who had presided over such troubled years as the last four—featuring a stagnant economy, Obamacare and the way it was passed, Benghazi, Honduras (remember that?), and the smallness, nastiness, and class warfare of his campaign—would never have come so close to re-election without an MSM hopelessly compromised and in the tank, a school system dedicated to leftist indoctrination, and arts so degraded and propagandist.
We will have our work cut out for us no matter what.