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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Continuing to ignore the main issue

The Democrats seem to be specializing in cluelessness. They're continuing to attack supposed foreign money fueling anti-Democratic ads despite having been called on it by right-wing sources such as the New York Times and Bob Schieffer. Even some Democrats, some of whom who get support by the Chamber of Congress, are questioning these tactics.

It's just silly. With demoralizing unemployment continuing for almost two years now, do people want to hear the President demonizing business and raising the unsubstantiated specter of foreign money seeping into our campaigns. As Lawrence Kudlow writes,
Believe it or not, with jobs falling for four consecutive months and unemployment stubbornly high near 10 percent, President Obama is out on the campaign trail bashing businesses and promoting class warfare. Huh? Oh my gosh is he off message.

He’s slamming the Chamber of Commerce for allegedly using foreign money in campaign ads, even though there’s not one shred of evidence of this. Huh (again)? Is the Chamber really a big election-year issue? Is it causing high unemployment?

Of course, Obama never mentions the unions, including the SEIU and AFL-CIO, and all their foreign money from their big international affiliates. Instead, he extends his own cast of villains, attacking special interests, Wall Street banks, corporations, the oil industry, the insurance industry, credit-card companies, AIG, and ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil? What did they do? Oh, they’re an oil company.

Phew. Kind of anti-business, wouldn’t you say?

Obama then blasts millionaires and billionaires, waging war on capital and investors, too. Next he talks about getting young people, African Americans, and union members to the polls. Even more division. Even more class warfare.

All this, of course, from the “post-partisan” president who was going to bring us all together for change.

But what’s truly incredible about Obama’s pre-election performance is how it totally misses the mark on the issues that really matter, like high unemployment, low growth, big-government spending, Obamacare, and tax hikes. That’s the stuff people are really talking about.
The ironies abound. As Robert Gibbs tries to stir fears of hidden contributors funneling nefarious money into independent groups, The Daily Caller reports that Gibbs used to work for such a group that attacked Howard Dean back before the 2004 Iowa caucuses.

And the American Spectator says that the GOP are quite willing to open up investigations once they gain control of the House, but their focus would be on money going to support Democrats.
"Given that we know that President Obama's presidential election campaign received millions of dollars and possibly tens of millions of dollars in foreign donations, and that a number of union-funded organizations received foreign contributions during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, and that has perhaps received millions in foreign contributions, not to mention the possibility that the Center for American Progress has foreign donors, we can see where the American people might be concerned that these entities not have the opportunity in the 2012 election cycle to tap into such resources," says a Senate Republican staffer with ties to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Permanent Committee on Investigations. "And since our Democratic colleagues chose to ignore all of this, then perhaps we should revisit them."
Is this really what Americans are interested in? Focus on the economy. Keep on the message. Just because the Democrats are desperate and flailing about with baseless accusations, the Republicans should keep their focus on the main issues. It's the economy, stupid.


Stan said...

Beyond the mind-numbing stupidity of this tactic by Obama and the Dems, I want to point out that it isn't unusual. I think the guys at Powerline (or perhaps Beldar) have pointed out in the past that the Democrats are often guilty of projecting their own sins on the GOP.

We've all heard Algore and company thunder on about how he wants to fight the evil "powerful special interests" despite the fact that the Dems are far more beholden to special interests and their cash than the GOP.

racarrera said...

The article was great, Betsy. My big worry, however, is that the Republican Party will manage to do something stupid between now and the election and ruin it for themselves. I pray they just shut their mouths and let the Democrats destroy themselves in a couple of weeks.

Bachbone said...

This tactic is right out of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. And we know Obama, Ayres and Co. are very familiar with Alinsky's tactics, which were put to use in their community organizing days in Chicago.

"In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt." (Alinsky p. 129-130) Rule 13: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." (Alinsky p. 130)

Hypocrisy means nothing to Obama's Three Ring Circus as long as it can throw the spotlight on something - anything - else for awhile.

2421Rich said...

We need to start the mantra they once used so effectively. "It's the economy, Stupid!"

Brad said...

Yes and no, Betsy.

Yes, Republicans need to keep their eye on the economy. But, no, that doesn't mean this stuff should be ignored or soft-pedaled.

If the Dems have been laundering foreign money (and they have), then we need to go after them for it (along with their love of vote fraud).

Repubs put themselves at a disadvantage when they give the Dems dirty politics a pass.