Barack Obama — political strategist (and Chicago thug)

Obama is proving to be quite the chess player (especially because he’s got the media to help him cheat . . . er, play the game). Meanwhile, Republicans are still trying to figure out the intricacies of Chutes and Ladders.

Obama is also showing his Chicago-political roots.  Woodward, moving very slowly, is beginning to understand that Obama cares nothing about leading the nation, but is, instead, concerned only with gamesmanship. Fortunately, Woodward has a big reputation and a bully pulpit, so his doubts are making waves.  However, Woodward is very much mistaken if he thinks the current generation of media types will support him in the long run, if he continues to attack Obama.  If he doesn’t step back and start to toe the party line, the Obamabots in the media will shred his reputation, blackmail him (if they can), and generally reduce him to Sarah Palinesque pariah status.

In Chicago, the people die in the streets, but the politicians keep riding in their gilded coaches.  Obama is bringing that same model to the states as a whole.  Let’s just hope that it doesn’t become deadly on a national scale.

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  • Davidg1218

    Would that be “toe” the party line or did you mean it in a broader context?  Great observation!

  • Ymarsakar

    Woodward and Bernstein were originally tools of DC to begin with. They just didn’t realize it and have now over stepped their place. Peons and fodder should never speak to their masters thus and will be taught a lesson.

  • Bookworm

    Davidg1218, I wrote “toe” and my computer kindly corrected it to “tow.”  It seems fitting, given how I was giggling myself sick the other day reading the NSFW offerings at Damn You, AutoCorrect.

    Ymarsakar, those who were once lauded by the Left never learn.

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  • jj

    Obama, though not very bright, (his “intelligence” strikes me as being sort of along the lines of a rodent’s survival instinct), has figured out something very basic.  Or perhaps it just comes along with being a Chicago politician, and lawyer to boot.  He has noticed that the best way to win the game is simply to not play it.  Whatever her’s approached with, he simply says “no,” shakes his head, sticks his chin the air, and in very short order anyone who wants to argue a point or negotiate with him ends up negotiating with – and against – themselves.  While this is neither intelligent nor reasonable, it is effective if your opponent falls for it.  You don’t bother to counter a single point, you just clog up the possibilities of argument until your opponent collapses.
    This is how most civil suits get settled: somebody just says “no,” and keeps saying it, and eventually the other side realizes that if it comes down to a courtroom they’ll win, sure – but they’ll have invested years and spent a million dollars to get back the original fifty thousand they were owed and wanted to sue for.  So they settle for twenty thousand, and give the lawyers fifteen of it.  I just watched a guy try to get repaid on a mortgage, principle amount $65K, unpaid interest amounting to nearly $250K.  At conference the judge announces – in front of both lawyers – “well, with all the mortgage problems I’m not doing that!” which helped kill any possibility of an actual negotiation right there.  (Judge can’t tell the difference between this poor schmo and Bank of America, I guess.)  So he then offers half a dozen numbers in settlement, the other side just says “no.”  Ends up settling for $40K, which is not even the original principle amount, but by this time his lawyer wants $35K of it.  He’s right at the you-get-nothing-and-in-fact-go-in-the-hole-paying-your-lawyer line, so he has to quit.  So out of the original close to 300 he’s owed he ends up with $5,000. 
    That’s Obama.  He just says “no,” and leaves town, leaving Boehner to negotiate against himself.  Being a creature of no discernible honor or probity, he’s figured out that the way to win is not to play.

  • Ymarsakar

    The only way for good to win against evil is to cut the head off the evil.

  • Ron19

    Bookworm 3 and Damn You, AutoCorrect:
    The poster for autocorrect followed by manualreview before sending.

  • Ron19

    JJ #5:
    When your opponent keeps changing the subject, keep changing it back to the original issue. They will probably go away after a while, but at least they will go away knowing that they are not all powerful.
    We’ve seen this at work here in the Bookwormroom.
    Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
    Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
    Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
    Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

  • jj

    Obama doesn’t change the subject, Ron.  He just ignores it.  He’s had 16 months to get into this, he hasn’t.  Now he has one day – so is he meeting with Boehner today?  Hell no he’s not.  I don’t know where he is – don’t care, either – but it’s not across a table from Boehner.

  • Ymarsakar

    The tyrant’s a bit too lazy to be a real strategist. How much strategy can you come up with on a golf course.