Then again, I notice that even outside politics, I’m the last one to notice when people are rude to me. I am more likely to assume someone is having a bad day or just got out of bed than to assume that their lackluster responses indicate any antipathy towards me. Some other people – I notice – are perpetually offended and quick to think the worst of others.
Still, it seems to me that when we focus on little things like this, and when we twist others’ words around, misrepresenting their intentions and mental state, we only drive away those who are on the fence. Even if Obama truly was intending to insult Romney and make him look uninformed, it doesn’t look that way, and so it would be a mistake to claim he was. It just looks bad. Personally, I am not an Obama-supporter, but I believe there are plenty of real reasons to vote against him; we shouldn’t have to make any up.