In a pointed but funny new book, The 12-Step Guide for the Recovering Obama Voter, Craig S. Karpel, a former leftist community organizer who has become a political conservative, asks the salient question:
Why are so many voters in non-battleground states intent on voting to re-elect Barack Obama despite his dismal performance?
Karpel answers his own question this way; these voters are suffering from an Obama addiction. Thus he asserts that only a 12-Step program will heal them, and urges these voters to host and attend Alcoholics Anonymous-type meetings to "work the steps" by confessing their addiction and committing to go through "Democratic detox" and "Republican rehab."
The book begins:
"My name is Craig K., and I'm an Obamaholic. Welcome to what Alcoholics Anonymous would call a 'meeting in print.' We're here to admit to each other and to ourselves that the Obama presidency isn't Obama's fault -- it's ours. We should be impeached for having elected him."
The series of confessions includes:
"Obama's election was the triumph of biography over achievement. We allowed ourselves to become Obama-news junkies, in the grip of lack-of-substance abuse."
"Outside of technical fields -- proverbially, brain surgery and rocket science -- academic credentials are an indication not of achievement, but of promise. Thus it is that government agencies are staffed mostly with failures who were once considered promising, while the business world is full of unpredicted successes."
"There's a dangerous downside to the fact that the United States is not a constitutional monarchy: Because we have no powerless nobility to invest with charisma, we look for it in candidates for the country's highest office, running the risk of attributing magical qualities to an unworthy president, who, unlike Britain's ineffectual royals, can cause real trouble."
"Liberalism isn't a political philosophy -- it's a thought disorder. Because liberals are unable to think through the relationship between causes and effects, they're rarely able to anticipate the consequences of any action. For this reason, the main consequences of most liberal policies are the unintended consequences.
"Occupy Wall Street was, essentially, demonstrating in favor of blame. Democrats crowed that it was their version of the Tea Party, and they were correct. The Tea Party is primarily about having a federal government that's fiscally sustainable. Occupy's '99 percenters' were the Me Party: 'I want mine, paid for by you.'"
"Denial is our inner mind saying to our outer mind, 'Nothing to see here. Move along.'. . . Even when we realized that this president was incompetent, we were in denial about our own incompetence as voters."
"Unless we start, as Alcoholics Anonymous puts it, 'working the steps,' we're certain to have Obama again -- and after him, more Obamas. To attain voting sobriety by November 6, 2012, we recovering Obama voters need to support a candidate who, as president, can begin the hard work of restoring government to its constitutional place in American life."
It’s a great book to hand to the Obama voter who is beginning to have second thoughts. And there is a growing number of those voters. They’re in pain; they could use a gift.