There might just be something to this.
Commenter “Bob from Virginia” writes:
Bernard Goldberg just pointed [out that] the normal conditions of “you fail you get fired” don’t apply to this President, because his appeal is emotional.
Which ties in quite nicely with this comment from “Bart” at PJ:
I’ve looked at this election from every angle I could, and taking into account the results of the last several elections, my conclusion is this: the race for President of the US is a high school level popularity contest. Issues do not matter. The state of the country does not matter. Nothing matters but with which candidate the average voter would prefer to spend a night out on the town.
Carter, a scolding Sunday school teacher versus Reagan, your favorite uncle.
Mondale, the old school smarmy apparatchik versus your favorite uncle.
Dukakis, an uptight, emotionless drone versus GHWB – slight edge to GHWB.
Clinton, Elvis reborn, versus… GHWB.
Clinton, ibid, versus angry old man Bob Dole.
Gore, your worst nightmare of a high school principal, versus aw shucks GWB.
Kerry, a self-absorbed fop versus the above.
Obama versus another angry old man. Obama versus a squeaky clean choir boy.
I know some will accuse me of being Master of the Obvious, but that has always been one of my humble gifts. Call it the Cyndi Lauper electorate – they just want to have fun. Republicans need someone fun at the top of the ticket.
And note that, in the Cyndi Lauper song, it’s girls who especially want to have fun. Note also that, in the 2012 election, unmarried women and the under-30 crowd voted for Obama in droves. And so:
By the way, that’s Cyndi’s real mother in the video, but her father is played by professional wrestling manager “Captain” Lou Albano.