Skip to comments.Politico's Alex Burns: Voters Are 'Forrest Gump-like', Lack 'Most Basic Grasp of the Details'
Posted on 03/14/2012 9:25:26 AM PDT by Nachum
Alex Burns of Politico has developed a bad case of Peter Jennings Syndrome, right down to accusing the voters of a "tantrum-like response" directed at Obama on gas prices. So far, he writes, the campaign "has been more like a game of Marco Polo, as a hapless gang of Republican candidates and a damaged, frantic incumbent try to connect with a historically fickle and frustrated electorate."
The voters are a gaggle of Gumps: "And 'fickle' is a nice way of describing the voters of 2012, who appear to be wandering, confused and Forrest Gump-like through the experience of a presidential campaign. It isnt just unclear which partys vision theyd rather embrace; its entirely questionable whether the great mass of voters has even the most basic grasp of the details or for that matter, the most elementary factual components of the national political debate."
When last we wrote about Burns -- just three years and change out of Harvard, but with youthful arrogance in spades -- he was "correcting" Newt Gingrich about Obama's abortion advocacy in the state legislature. (It turned out it was Burns who mangled media coverage of Obama's record.) Burns is throwing a premature tantrum at the mere notion that Barack Obama is in political trouble. The voters are having a tantrum well before the actual election, and Arrogant Alex won't stand for it:
"The present furor over gas prices is a case in point: Obamas job approval dropped 9 points over the last month, according to a CBS/New York Times poll, as the cost of fuel has risen abruptly. The survey found that 54 percent of Americans believe that the president can do a lot to combat high gas prices.
Thats not really true, but its a dynamic thats shown up in other
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Actually, I agree with him at a high level. Why do you think we have the president and representatives we have?
Politico’s Alex Burns is stupid is as stupid does.
Gee, they didn’t seem to mind or question it when Obama was the beneficiary.
It is my fervent hope that some folks have become measurably less ignorant this time around. Hope, not optimism.
Yes, if voters don’t appreciate liberal genius then insult the voters . . . it’s a time-honored liberal trick to brow beat and verbally abuse as stupid, ignorant or malicious all who don’t embrace liberalism. Thankfully, voters are now understanding very well that liberal is just another word for fascist.
I agree...November 2008 was the proof of that.
Voters are appalled at President Barack Obamas handling of gas prices, even though virtually every policy expert in both parties says theres little a president can do to affect the day-to-day price of fuel in a global market.
Yeah, there isn't much the president can do to impact day-to-day prices. The U.S. is not Saudi Arabia with a substantial excess production capacity.
But there is a LOT a president can do to create an environment where a tight market can cause prices to zoom up - and Obama has done just that. Voters aren't as stupid as the liberal pundits make them out to be. They recall that Obama has blocked the Keystone pipeline, put millions of federal acres off limits for exploration and development, blocked Atlantic offshore drilling and fought opening up more of Alaska for drilling - all steps that, if not done two to three years ago, could well have increased domestic production to where there would not be a tight global market.
Is Burns suggesting that universal suffrage is an idea worth revisiting? If he is, he should be aware that if an intelligence prerequisite for voting were to be put into place, the dems would not benefit.
Has this moron ever wondered where the voters got this impression? Has he heard comments like: "I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal"? Why would gas prices be difficult to control for a Great Genius who could be absolutely certain of doing those much bigger things?
I am cautiously optimistic. A good friend and her entire extended who have ALWAYS voted democrat have all turned on bambi about a year ago, and remain so.
Has Politico’s “geniuses” grasped the magnitude of the Obamaloon Medicr*p cost estimate delta?
For politico stooges, the delta refers to the diff between lie one of the cost estimates and the latest lie.
Shove it, Politico.
If you folks could produce anything, you’d not be Politico.
RE: Post #8
Good points and spot on. I’ll elaborate with your blessing (assumed).
The government cannot “lower” the cost of anything directly through legislation (aggregate costs). TINSTAAFL! They cannot “Create” jobs in the private sector either. The government can only increase costs and therby lower investment capital in the private sector.
Both sides do it, “I’m focussed on creating jobs!” Really? Subsidizing a $6B industry to create 100,000 “private” jobs by giving away $7B in taxpayer funding is not exactly “creating” jobs.
Like you said, what the government can do is create incentive for the private industry to grow. How? Get the @#$% out of the way and get your hand out of our pockets!
As usual, when they want to insult us they simply describe themselves.
I have friends that won't support Obama or democrats for the first time but have come short of solidly moving into a republican camp. But they have stopped trying to make excuses.
My mother in-law recently said, "Tenacious1, I know their bad for the country but I have to vote for them because I was raised that way and that's just what I have to do." That is a direct quote! WTF? What do you say to that and still save your marriage? Her husband (my father in law) is a recent convert but voted for Obama in 08.
I think he’s partly right. Two thirds of the voting population (most Democrats and many Republicans) are pretty clueless about politics, economics, current world events and history. Freepers are a distinct minority.
I'll put my measured IQ up against Mr. Burns measured IQ any time he wants to show up.