Skip to comments.Obama Falls For His Own Spin
Posted on 10/07/2012 10:16:54 AM PDT by CaroleL
Spin is nothing new in politics and sometimes it reaches the level of outright lying. When recently asked about campaign ads being "misleading" and "just not true," President Barack Obama admitted that "somebody could dispute how we are presenting things." No surprise there but what is surprising and exceedingly dangerous for Team Obama, is that they have started to believe their own presentations.
Even before the general election campaign began, the president's main strategy was to define his presumptive opponent as an out-of-touch, rich guy from Massachusetts who didn't earn his fortune. That was somewhat effective in firing up disappointed Democrats as it re-enforced a prejudice against both Republicans and wealthy people.
Of course there was always the risk that voters who had not yet made up their minds would listen to Governor Mitt Romney's message for themselves, but in politics you play the percentages and Team Obama was willing to lose some of those undecided voters in order to energize his base.
But here is where politics as usual morphed into self-delusion on the part of President Obama and his top political advisers. With the critical debates approaching, Team Obama chose a sparring partner that was a perfect match for their caricature of Mr. Romney but was nothing like the formidable opponent the president would actually face.
Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) is a rich guy from Massachusetts. He's tall, white, in his 60's, has held political office and has run for the presidency. But that's pretty much where any similarity to Governor Romney ends. While Mr. Romney earned his fortune by starting and running a very successful business that spawned many other successful businesses, Mr. Kerry got rich by marrying a wealthy woman. He then got richer by divorcing his first wife and marrying an even wealthier woman.
While Mr. Romney has executive experience in both business and government, Mr. Kerry has none in either sector. Mr. Romney's career has been called "stellar" even by Obama supporter and former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Kerry's career is best known for the fact that he was for something before he was against it.
While Mr. Romney has straight-forward plans for the country which he more than competently articulated in Wednesday's debate, Mr. Kerry is known for his "nuanced" approach to, well, everything.
Yet, in what has to be the worst case of political wishful thinking ever, Senator Kerry was chosen to prepare the president to debate Governor Romney. Some members of Team Obama are now blaming the senator for not challenging the president during their sparring sessions. But its unfair to blame a mouse for not becoming a lion on command.
No, the blame for President Obama's poor debate preparation definitely belongs to the president himself who somehow fell for his own spin and believed Governor Romney was Kerry-like. But the reason for the president's overall debate loss is still the indefensible result of his own policies.
“they have started to believe their own presentations”
More commonly, one might say, “they have started to believe their own B________.” Always a risky thing to do.
Praying that God will confuse Obama’s mind in the next two debates.
“disappointed Democrats as it re-enforced a prejudice against both Republicans and wealthy people.”
I don’t think they have a problem with wealthy Hollywood moguls or wealthy dictators. Actually, I think they’re kind of fond of them. As for the other wealthy, if you donate sufficiently to the appropriate NGOs and utter the appropriate leftist shibboleths with sufficient conviction, you too can be loved.
Republicans, though, are irredeemable, especially after the Republican primary has been settled.
For liberals, wealth is a sin, but the wealthy can buy indulgences by supporting liberal causes.
“...but the wealthy can buy indulgences by supporting liberal causes.”
Basically, the wealthy can become accepted among liberals through liberal dhimmitude.
Its like when Alda or Dreyfus play a conservative politician in the movies. They do these ridiculous caricatures and think they deserve an Academy Award.