Well, the combination of Petraeus’s unpredictable wang and Nate Silver’s extremely predictable awesomeness bought us about a week or so, and now we’re right back to Daniel Henninger and your regular Wall Street Journal dosage of “Obama supporters are a cult of personality, and you know who ELSE ran a country and had a cult…”
It is always useful for Republicans to revisit their “message model” to single white women and the various Americans designated as minorities. Should the GOP kowtow to the Buffett Tax and conform to Roe v. Wade? But before the party reinvents the wheel, it should have a clearer understanding of the implications of the methods Barack Obama used to deliver his own message.
The Obama “turnout machine” wasn’t faceless. It was real people living full-time, some much of the past four years, in battleground states such as Ohio, Iowa and Virginia. They attended full-time to targeted racial, ethnic and labor constituencies, as the campaign did in 2008. Obama adviser David Plouffe calls them “the persuasion army.” I would call it a skilled propaganda machine.
Actually Daniel, you would call them much worse. And hey, you do a couple graphs down.
For the Obama campaign, the future was irrelevant. What mattered was the “product” of the president’s first term. It’s clear why Barack Obama was willing to turn former Wall Street Democrats and contributors like J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon into furious critics of the president with his seemingly compulsive scapegoating of bankers, millionaires and “the wealthiest.” Or why at the last minute of the 2011 deficit negotiations he demanded a tax increase that wrecked any possible deal and would have blown up the GOP. Once past ObamaCare, the president spent his first term creating these wedge issues and wedge people for his re-election.
Simultaneously, his field operations were driving these wedges into the heads of the Obama base of minorities, single women and campus voters. Using national politics in this way is known as agitprop.
Gotta love this combination of “how pathetic that Obama only won because he used his relentless hate speech to forge a dangerous army of thugs” and “the awful blaggart ni-CLANG and his horde of welfare cheats are coming for your bodily fluids!” and stuff. Takes skill to juggle those particular flaming clubs at the same time without setting the tent on fire.
Hell, we’re only a week and change in and Obama voters are already Godwin: The Darkening. Can you imagine where things will be like, three weeks from now? This is a hell of an acceleration curve these guys are burning through. Actual baby eating! Mass confiscation of personal mobility scooters! Eating the last slice of cake! The soul shivers at the prospect!