August 11, 2012
Is Anything the Obama Campaign Says True?
Updated with Romney response ad at bottom
If you haven't seen it, here is the infamous "Understands" commercial, courtesy of Priorities USA Action, and starring one Joe Soptic:
One slight problem: Romney left Bain in 1999, the plant closed in 2001, Soptic's wife died in 2006.
As of this writing the Obama campaign has not denounced this commercial, so they apparently approve. The Wall Street Journal asks the relevant question; "The challenge is finding anything (Obama's) campaign says that is true."
President Obama spent his formative years in academia, so he's no doubt familiar with postmodernism, the literary theory that rejects objective reality and insists instead that everything is a matter of interpretation and relative "truth." At any rate he's running the first postmodern Presidential campaign, now organized almost exclusively around allegations about his opponent that bear no relation to the observable universe.
They then review the "Understands" commercial, as well as Harry Reid's allegations, and conclude that
Our point isn't that politics is often brutal and unfair. That's always been so. And it isn't that Mr. Obama promised to elevate the national conversation for an era of partisan comity. Dumping that 2008 pose was inevitable.
The point is that more than any President we can recall, Mr. Obama isn't trying to persuade voters that he deserves to stay in office because of his philosophy, record or positive vision for the country. Rather, his case is that he deserves re-election because Mr. Romney is worse, and he is so very much worse because of things that were invented in the West Wing but are detached from reality.
The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.
The bad news, as Charles Krauthammer observes after looking at the latest Fox News poll, is that it seems to be working:
This poll is not a reflection of issues. It's not about Iran and it isn't even about the economy. You don't have to have a PhD to see this is directly in response to the negative campaign against Romney. The key is the tripling of the gap among independents between Obama and Romney from four percent to 11.
But the key number here is favorable numbers. Romney's have dropped by about five or six and the unfavorables have risen by five or six. That is the "Kill Romney" campaign, to quote a memo leaked in August of 2011.
And it is working. It is all about an attack on him, and they make him into Gordon Gecko who now, as we know, kills the wives of workers in his plants. And it is having an effect. There's no question.
It's obvious, isn't it? Obama and his minions would rather talk about anything, and I mean anything, other than the economy and foreign policy. 8.3 percent unemployment, an anemic 1.5 percent growth, trillions in new debt, a horribly unpopular heath care program, and the worst "recovery" in the history of the United States are a huge anchor. This would sink any normal president.
But Obama is not normal. In 2008 he created a cult-like following that is fanatical beyond Ronald Reagan ever dreamed of. And let's face it; that he's a liberal black man with an odd name certainly helps him.* Add to this yuppie white guilt and you've got a potent combination right there.
As if this were not bad enough, he and his liberals have created a culture of dependency that guarantees a permanent Democrat-voting base. Health insurance is now somehow a "right." Those out of work are owed what is an apparently never-ending unemployment payments. Food stamps are part of life, not, as they should be, a stigma that encourages extra efforts to find work. Workers at any job are never to be laid off, no matter how bad the company is doing.
We saw where this gets us last year in Wisconsin, where labor union thuggery reached new heights. They illegally occupied the statehouse in what was basically an attempt to intimidate legislators.
Every year in the county were I live the board of supervisors has budget hearings, and before they decide on a budget and tax rate there are several public input sessions. They feature a seemingly endless parade of teachers and government hangers-on with their hand out demanding more - more - more in the way of taxes and spending. Sitting through them can be one of the most depressing experiences you can imagine. It's the culture of entitlement in all it's glory.
And to pay for all this you better fork over your "fair share;" this to be defined by the liberals at their whim. One year it's x percent for y income, but if they decide that they need x plus #, then you better agree or else. If you want to be Obama's secretary of the treasury it doesn't matter if you're a tax cheat or not, but if you're a conservative businessman, or heaven forbid, a venture-capitalist, you had better not take advantage of too many tax breaks. Tax breaks are only for those who "invest" in "green energy," don't you know.
* I know, I know, we're not supposed to point this out, but it's ok for Obama's McCarthyite defenders to call anyone they want a racist. And anyway it's true.
Mitt Romney's response to the "Understands" ad:
Posted by Tom at August 11, 2012 8:00 PM
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Romney is really going to have to take the gloves off starting REAL SOON to push back against the Obama slime machine.
The biggest mistake George W. Bush made was not confronting the lies said about him head on and shaming those who spread them. McCain was the same way. We can't let that happen again.
Posted by: Mike's America at August 12, 2012 1:31 AM