Obama’s strategy for the next election

Divisive rhetoric. And E.J. Dionne, Jr. thinks it’s a great idea!

“In this entire year and a half of cleaning up the mess, it’s been tough because the folks very responsible for a large portion of this mess decided to stand on the sidelines,” Obama declared. “It was as if somebody had driven their car into the ditch and then just watched you as you had to yank it out, and asked you: ‘Why didn’t you do it faster — and why do I have that scratch on the fender?’ And you want to say: ‘Why don’t you put your shoulder up against that car and help to push?’ That’s what we need, is some help.”

Obama wanted to work with Republicans. He tried to work with them. He tried. So. Hard.

No one doubts the Democrats are in a deep electoral hole. But Obama has now joined the battle with a strategy to transform the election from a referendum on his own party into a contest with a Republican Party the public doesn’t much like, either.

Yes, but the Republicans aren’t in power. And, public “trust” in government is at a historic low of 22%. Obama may want to get everyone to focus on Republicans unwilling to come to the table (although, in truth, they never were invited, or even told where the table was), but public sentiment, and the lack of trust in government, says something else:

Something unique happened in the first Obama year, about the last thing the Democratic Party needed: The veil was ripped from the true cost of government. This is the ghastly nightmare Democrats have always needed to keep locked in a crypt.

Before the Internet, that was easy. Washington, California, New York, New Jersey—who knew what the pols were spending? The Democrats (and their Republican pilot fish) could get away with this. Not now. Email lists, 24/7 newspapers, blogs, TV and talk radio—the spending beast is running naked.

When the financial crisis piled in atop a recession, the Democrats’ academic/pundit economists blandly convinced the party to wave a $787 billion stimulus at the problem in early 2009. Then, on April 30, the Democrats passed an FY 2010 budget of $3.5 trillion. This year the FY 2011 budget hit $3.8 trillion, reaching a post-World War II high of 25% of GDP. In March, they passed the trillion-dollar health-care bill. Total headline spending commitments in one year: about $9 trillion. That’s a lot of “trust” to ask for during a recession with 9% unemployment. And now a sense is building of some broad middle-class tax grab. After soaking the rich, comes the deluge.

While democrats race headlong toward federal government growth, both in power and size, the people- those “We The People” – folks are growing increasingly dissatisfied. And what is the reaction from Washington toward public dissatisfaction? To call them names. Mock ’em. Vilify the movement as violent and racist. Bill Clinton went so far as to compare the Tea Partiers to Timothy McVeigh. Debra J Sanders in the San Francisco Chronicle writes:

In a New York Times opinion piece, “What We Learned in Oklahoma City,” Clinton placed the blame on Americans who have advocated smaller government. The terrorists – bomber Timothy McVeigh and his accomplices – who targeted the Murrah Federal Building, he wrote, “took to the ultimate extreme an idea advocated in the months and years before the bombing by an increasingly vocal minority: the belief that the greatest threat to American freedom is our government, and that public servants do not protect our freedoms, but abuse them.”

When a former president seizes such a tragedy for partisan purposes, it is no wonder a new Pew Research poll found that a modest 22 percent of voters say they trust Washington to do the right thing most of the time.

Clinton is suggesting that speaking out against the government creates Tim McVeighs.

Clinton continued, “We must all assume responsibility for our words and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber and reach those both serious and delirious, connected and unhinged.”

Think about that for a minute: If anyone were to cast blame for the Fort Hood shootings that left 13 dead, or any other attacks within American military bases on the anti-war movement, then that assertion would be followed by howls of outrage, and deservedly so. It would be absurd to suggest that opposition to the war be misconstrued as promoting violence against U.S. troops.

Yet somehow arguing against President Obama’s health care plan can be construed as practically an incitement to violence.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/19/ED5I1D1191.DTL#ixzz0lpevPuwb

Apparently, this logic only applies to right-wing movements. The Fort Hood shooter was just a lone, random nut-job. But speaking out against government growth gives rise to concern about militia movements and racial hate.

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3 Comments on “Obama’s strategy for the next election”

  1. Bob Says:

    Do you people actually believe the thuglicans are going to get power back at mid-terms? LOL.

    Sarah Palin

    Microsoft’s profits up 35%. The Great Recession started by the incompetent Monkey Prince and his Evil Uncle Dead is starting to ease.

    Obama head fakes! He dribble drives to the hole! He tomahawks! !

  2. Steve B Says:

    If liberals are so worried about the teabaggers, why are they so anxious to let them join the military? I can’t imagine teabagging is condoned by the UCMJ.

    I agree that the teabaggers in America have been using hateful rhetoric for years. Just try and hold a counter demonstration near one of their Pride parades and see how far you get.

    As far as unemployment, it’s actually over 12% if you look at actual numbers of people not working, not just those applying for unemployment benefits.

    Obama is alienating our allies, turning a blind eye to the threat in Iran, throwing Israel under the bus. He’s started locking the media out of his events (most transparent administration EVAH), and put this country in the position of, for the first time in our history, losing our Standard & Poor AAA rating.

    And the Tea Partiers are the threat?

    Rethuglicans have already won historically demoncrat districts in both mayoral and governor elections. Scott Brown anyone?

    Actually, I don’t think it may be the Republicans who kick the proglodytes out. I suspect you’ll start seeing a lot of Independent or Libertarian candidates not only making it onto the ballot, but winning.

    Wonder what the Obamanot will say about his “mandate” then?

  3. Bob Says:

    You forgot the new $100 bill that looks like a Euro. No question Obama stays away at night plotting to finish the job of Socialism.


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