Obama’s reelection strategy: keep that stench away from me

In light of the fact that 60% of the public believes that the country is heading in the wrong direction, Jay Cost explains Obama’s reelection strategy:

If Obama is reelected with such terrible feelings about the national condition, it will be unprecedented in the history of public opinion polling. Obviously, that would be no little feat, so what this president is doing is a classic case of misdirection.

The country needs a bad guy to blame for its problems, so day in and day out Obama is providing them with a smorgasbord of villains from which to choose: Wall Street, Big Oil, the Tea Party, Paul Ryan, Rush Limbaugh, the Supreme Court, the Catholic Church, and so on. In fact, virtually everything that comes out of this president’s mouth is about redirecting blame onto some straw man.

This is why Obama does not care if his attacks are unfair, untrue, unoriginal, unseemly, or whatever. He has only one goal: The state of the union stinks right now, and I must keep that stench off me.

So were you outraged by Obama’s smarmy remarks about the Supreme Court? Too bad, he does not care. He is not after your vote. He is after the vote of the fellow in the middle of the electorate, who may never have even heard of Marbury v. Madison, but certainly knows about $4 gas. If Obama can get that guy to direct his anger at somebody else for the next seven months, then he wins reelection. This week the fall guy was the Supreme Court. Next week it will be John Boehner or Big Oil or whoever. Really, it does not matter so long as it is not the president.

The only question, then, is whether this strategy will work.

I’ll just offer one observation.  Despite the media and race hustler hysteria about the Trayvon shooting, my “real me” Facebook account was completely silent on the subject.  Abortion agitates the Democrat white middle class.  Race riots do not.

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  1. says

    “In light of the fact that 60% of the public believes that the country is heading in the wrong direction . . . ”

    Only 60%? The US credit rating was just lowered from AA+ to AA. As recently as July 2011, it was AAA. The country’s financial and political credibiltiy is rapidly heading for the septic tank.

  2. Mike Devx says

    > This week the fall guy was the Supreme Court. Next week it will be
    > John Boehner or Big Oil or whoever. Really, it does not matter so long
    > as it is not the president.

    > The only question, then, is whether this strategy will work.

    Do you remember how the media began offering up some grudging mea culpas after the 2010 elections. “Yeah, we have to admit it… we didn’t vet Obama properly. We covered up for him. We climbed on the bandwagon. We admit it. Sorry, sorry, sorry. Mea culpa. Fifty lashes with a wet noodle.”

    Well, they are on the bandwagon again. They are covering up for him. They are already parroting the partly line, nearly in unison. On script. Those mea culpas? Long forgotten. It’s time for them to help reelect their favorite president!

    This Obama strategy may very well work, IF the media push it aggressively in lockstep with Obama.  So, far it looks like they are going to.

    Well, I’ve been saying and thinking for some time that we may need another four years of Obama.  Half of the American public remains gullible.  Half of the American public still sort-of trusts the mainstream media.  Half of the American public still thinks we can keep getting all these goodies ‘for free’, making the productive sector pay for it all, and what they don’t pay for, hell, let’s just forward 40% of our government budget each year onto the backs of the children and grandchildren; let THEM pay for it, we just want to continue to PARRRRR-TY!

    So another four years of Obama, in the nature of a bitter, bitter lesson continnued, may be what this country needs.  It would be terrible.  What a terrible price to pay for a continued vicious lesson.  But it is a lesson, apparently, that we as a nation may need to learn.
     

  3. says

    There’ll be a Civil War in 1 decade if Obama gets elected. My predictions. If he isn’t, around 40-50 years until things get to the max critical point. Or maybe less depending on how many Americans die at once.

  4. says

    Bk: the 40% that approve aren’t worried. The government will take care of their houses, mortgages, kids, and so on. They’ll do it by tax raping the rest of us to death, but that’s how totalitarian regimes work. A select few live in luxury at the top. The rest of you all… don’t really matter.

  5. Mike Devx says

    > They’ll do it by tax raping the rest of us to death, but that’s how totalitarian regimes work. A select few live in luxury at the top. The rest of you all… don’t really matter.

    Truer words  have never been spoken, Ymar.

    The privileged elite will jet-set around the world like crazy, yet criticize us for our own much more modest energy footprint.  Look at Al Gore, jet-setting everywhere, and wasting energy in his mansions like crazy, while constantly criticizing Americans.  

    In the name of global warming, climate change, and “sustainability” the world population must be reduced by half.  And Americans must be forced to pay higher and higher gas prices and energy prices.  We must restrict our production of energy.  WE must struggle to pay our energy bills, because that will force us to live more modestly.  But the rules don’t apply to THEM.  They will continue to waste prodigously, and criticize the rest of us, and work to make our lives harder and meaner.  But not for them!  Oh, no, not for them!

    Obama wants to relieve the pressure of high gas prices JUST A LITTLE, and just for one reason: to achieve his reelection.  Then it will be back to the same anti-energy ballgame.  He has every intention of making us all struggle to pay our energy prices.  He has every intention of ensuring we will continue to pay higher prices – after the election.  He and Steven Chu and the rest of the bad actors in his administration aren’t going to change their spots.  What they said in 2008 and 2009 – when they were brimming with confidence and didn’t have to deceive us – still applies.
     

  6. Danny Lemieux says

    “Do you remember how the media began offering up some grudging mea culpas after the 2010 elections?”

    Umm…I must have missed that.

  7. Mike Devx says

    They actually did, some of them, Danny. And at the time it seemed like heartfelt and honest reflection.

    Of course, the pressure was off, and no one was paying attention, and no elections loomed.

    Now that the political season is ramping up, they are back to their games. ‘The Cause’ is just too important.

  8. says

     
    Jay Cost has provided the key to election victory for the GOP:
         “(the electorate) certainly knows about $4 gas.”
     
    I doubt that Obama can reassure the markets sufficiently to lower the price of gasoline significantly before November.  Although I’ve heard that he’s going to approve the entire Keystone Pipeline, he’ll have to wait until he has his money from the “greenies”, meaning maybe October. 
     
    It’s unlikely that the economics will work fast enough for him, and even more unlikely (he said hopefully) that enough people will fall for it to give him the votes he needs.
     
    Meanwhile, the Republican candidate (probably Romney) has to hammer away at the economic beating the nation has taken in the last four years.  Bat aside the distractions (“The President is desperate – no one is in favor of taking away contraception.”) and focus on the economic misery for most of us, in contrast to the President’s cronies.
     
    Of course, I’m not convinced The Stupid Party can pull it off, obvious as it is.

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