I thought I'd check that out and give you a rundown.
First of all, I've already covered Glenn Greenwald. We're still seeing the same-old same-old from him.
The truth is that Arianna Huffington's case of ODS seems to have gotten more severe. Her response to the failed Republican message is to suggest that President Obama is not running against Romney - but himself. It can be fascinating to watch what a hole people are willing to dig themselves into in order to avoid facing reality.
The brothers Smiley and West have gone rather silent lately. But I suppose we'll be getting a read on them soon when they launch a book tour this week to sell their latest: The Rich & the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The irony of them trying to sell us books as a way to tackle the problem of poverty should not be lost on us.
There is no doubt that Chris Hedges is as delusional as ever.
There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney. They are abject servants of the corporate state. And if you vote for one you vote for the other.
All I can say about Jane Hamsher is that she's gone eerily silent lately - having not posted a single word on her blog for over a month. You suppose she's in rehab for her ODS? Stranger things have happened.
What set me off thinking about this in the first place was a post by Matt Stoller asking Does the 2012 Presidential Election Matter? Anyone want to guess his answer?
The 2012 election, in other words, is at this point a completely empty enterprise, bereft of substance, or integrity.
And finally, what about Daily Kos? That's the site where I've seen the most movement. The front pagers don't appear ready to go to bat for President Obama yet. But they've been endlessly engulfed in the process of wailing and gnashing of teeth about the Republican candidates. Lately, some have even taken to reporting positively on President Obama's policies. For example, Joan McCarter has been one of his biggest critics there - writing especially nasty screeds during the health care debate. Now she's writing about the need to preserve Obamacare from Republican attacks.
So overall we can see a slight bit of enlightenment in a couple of corners. But for most, Obama Derangement Symdrome lingers on. Despite what we've seen from the Republicans over the last few months, there are those who continue to delude themselves that there is no difference between the two men who will be running for President.
I would suggest that those who can't see the contrast now will never see it. As such, they've so marginalized themselves from the political debate as to be meaningless to the questions the country faces in this election.
Update: As a measure of just how marginalized these folks are, this week Gallup has President Obama's approval ratings at:
Liberal Democrats 87%
So he's having absolutely NO problem with his "base."