Wile E. Coyote Joins Obama Campaign Team
Memo to Acme ProductsFrom: Roadrunner Campaign Consultants To: Acme Product Development
Memo to Acme Products
From: Roadrunner Campaign Consultants
To: Acme Product Development
Subject: The Obama market
I see that you've okayed my idea for your new line of exploding cigar wrappers for the Obama market, now that Wile E. Coyote has joined the Obama campaign:
- "The private sector is doing just fine."
- "You didn't build that"
- "We tried our plan - and it worked."
I anticipate enormous sales.
Those three departures from the script have the Wile E Coyote Obama ("Sheer Genius!") Strategery Team so off guard they keep flailing and sinking into the quicksand even deeper.
The one thing they hoped for was to play "look, squirrel!" with the media's help to distract voters from the horrific economy and Obama's management of it. Instead, they cannot stop focusing attention on it.
Obama should steal ideas from smarter people
It turns out that the "you didn't build it" theme was stolen from make believe Cherokee Elizabeth Warren. She got it from Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff. He's one of those wise guys who tell people -- mostly leftist people to be sure-- how to use language to hide meaning. In this case they hoped to hide the plan to steal our money and give it to Obama's supporters by pretending it was just a payback for services received. Unfortunately for Obama, voters aren't all as dumb as Berkeley undergraduates.
Good old Iowahawk (as usual) nails it in a tweet:
David Burge @iowahawkblog George Lakoff is to "cognitive message framing" what Barack Obama is to "presidenting." #aMatchMadeinFacultyLoungeHeaven
At the moment 59% of U.S. businessmen disapprove of the job he is doing.
The ads highlighting his missteps have been brutal.
He's working hard to undo his unforced errors, but it seems to be of no avail. Friday's Rasmussen poll had him 5 points behind Romney.
It's not just the remarks but, in responding to criticism of them, he's lost the cool, above-it-all, moderate professorial public persona he had cultivated in the last campaign and even his favorability ratings (not of much value any way unless you're running for Miss Congeniality) are also falling.
Even the diversionary tactic of asking for yet more Romney financial records is a flop.
Rick Ballard has his finger on the pulse of the electorate yet again:
"A close examination of the Gallup Voter Enthusiasm article reveals a fine grasp of political strategy and tactics unequaled since the McGovern or Mondale campaigns. They're heading for the history books and we should all wish them success in attaining their proper and well earned place."
The Democrats and their press buddies are getting worried and falling back on their usual gambits: Blaming the tea party and crazed Christianists for all the troubles in the world.
This Week's Tea Party Slander
I have some ideas for some other top notch items. Let me explain.
When all else fails, it's time for the media to help create another "look squirrel" or two moments, but again people have wised up.
First, the media tried to pin the horrific shootings in Aurora on the right, a tactic that in recent years they've tried 6 times, even though on each occasion -- as on this one -- it proved false.
The Blaze carefully documented each of these cases from which I draw this summary:
Dr. Amy Bishop: who killed three of her University of Alabama colleagues and wounded three more. Contrary to media speculation that she was a right winger motivated by racism, she " 'was a far-left political extremist who was obsessed with President Obama,' the Boston Herald reported."
Jason Lee, who took three people hostage at the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., on September 1, 2010, and took three people hostage. He turned out not to be a conservative, but an eco-freak.
William Edwin "Bill" Sparkman:
Field Representative for the United States Census Bureau William Edwin "Bill" Sparkman's nude body was found tied to a tree with the word "fed" scribbled across his chest on September 12, 2009, in Clay County, Kentucky. His government ID was taped his neck and his feet and hands were bound with duct tape.
Given the nature of his work and the fact that "fed" was written on his chest, it wasn't long before the media started suggesting he was murdered by anti-government conservatives.[snip]
As it turns out, Sparkman killed himself and staged it to look like a murder so his family could collect the insurance money.
Times Square Bomber:
On May 1, 2010, two New York Times Square street vendors noticed smoke pouring out of an SUV and quickly alerted a nearby police officer. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered a car bomb that had failed to detonate and removed it without any further incident.
The media and left-leaning politicians didn't waste any time jumping to conclusions.
[snip]But two days after the bomb was neutralized, the feds arrested 30-year-old Faisal Shahza who, according to U.S. officials, was trained in a Pakistani terrorist camp[snip]
Software consultant Andrew Joseph Stack on 18 February 2010, flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Tx., killing himself and IRS manager Vernon Hunter and injuring thirteen others.
Of course, because it was an IRS building, the press was more than willing to assume Stack was a member of the Tea Party.
Mentally disturbed and apolitical Jared Loughner on January 8, 2011, took a taxi to a Safeway supermarket in Casas Adobes, Az., and opened fire on a crowd that had gathered to meet Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). Loughner's rampage left six people dead and injured thirteen more, including the congresswoman who, miraculously, survived a bullet to the head.
But before the police even had time to collect all of the shell casings, the media had already accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - and anyone like her - of being responsible for Loughner's insanity.
[snip] Loughner wasn't motivated by conservatives - he was motivated by the voices in his head. Prior to the Tucson shooting, he didn't watch TV, he burned American flags, he "disliked" the news, he pored over "The Communist Manifesto" and "Mein Kampf," and he didn't listen to talk radio. Furthermore, it has been revealed that he is a registered independent.
"He didn't take sides. He wasn't on the left. He wasn't on the right," said Loughner's high school friend Zach Osle.
Brian Ross who started the tea party slander of the week, apologized and admitted error but you can be sure someone else in the Fourth Estate will hurl similar slander at the tea party before this election campaign is over, fast diminishing returns to the contrary notwithstanding.
This week's look squirrel
If the right wing maniacs out there aren't engaged in mass murder, consumers and government must nevertheless punish them for exercising their right to free speech because they are hate-filled chicken sandwich pushing homophobes, if you listen to the media and Democrat politicians.
The instigator of this latest hate campaign was CNN. Terry Mattingly at Get Religion:
Here's a piece of a CNN report that is typical of the mainstream press coverage of this latest cyber-skirmish in America's battles over homosexuality, commerce and free speech (sort of).
(CNN) - The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that. But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.
"Guilty as charged,", Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.
Now, one would assume - after reading a reference to the "comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage" - that this interview . . . actually included direct quotes from Cathy in which he talks about, well, gay marriage.
In this case, one cannot assume that.
While the story contains tons of material defending traditional Christian teachings on sexuality, the controversial entrepreneur never talks about gay rights or gay marriage. Why? Because he wasn't asked about those issues in the interview.
As the talented ElizabethScalia observes:
Read Mattingly's whole piece, wherein he addresses the whole "well, they may not have said it but it's what they meant, so what's the big deal?" angle.
The big deal is simply this: the press put aside context and decided to paint this company as some radically-religious-gay-hating-entity and then let the forces of anger, hate and spite have their way with it. The truth is, one can be a Christian and still be sympathetic to some parts of the so-called "gay agenda" without signing on in toto. One can disagree on the issue of gay marriage - based on scripture, or thousands of years of tradition, or on natural law - without actually hating anyone. But the right to principled opposition is being erased, quickly, and the press is doing
all it can to help erase it. We are losing the right to say, "I don't think the same way you do; my opinions are different." That matters, a lot.
This is our mainstream press - the people charged with the public trust - and it has moved beyond advocacy and into "search and destroy" mode.[/quote]
Bear in mind that not only did the company's CEO never discuss gay marriage with the reporter, but also there's never been even a suggestion that the company-known for its fine product, excellent service and outstanding community welfare efforts and employee relations-has discriminated in any way against gays.
The flap was enough to get Jim Henson Company to announce it was withdrawing from a joint promotional effort with the company, a boycott was called and then Democrat politicians got involved. I expect that Muppets and the Democrat politicians will suffer more from this knee jerk reaction than will Chick-Fil-A, a company, which is located mostly in areas of the country which share the company's views.
Boston and Chicago politicians could use a refresher course in the Constitution. Boston's Mayor Menino said he'd block Chick-Fil-A from his city and Joe Moreno, a Chicago alderman, with mayor Rahm Emanuel's backing ,said he'd keep the company from building another restaurant in his ward. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel embraces Farrakhan but says Chick-Fil A's is not the "Chicago Way." Now there's an endorsement the company should welcome.
The Boston Herald unleashed this after which Menino backtracked from his comments:
The Mayors of Boston and Chicago are bullies in the truest sense, they have selected what to them seems like a safe target for their outrage and abuse of government power.
Menino and Emanuel have selected evangelical Christians for their selective bullying knowing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no repercussions. Yet they will not take on more powerful groups who espouse far worse views on homosexuality and gay marriage.
Emanuel, has not yet backed down from his support of Farrakhan nor from his attack on Chick-Fil-A. Allahpundit of Hot Air:
Were Rahm and Moreno true blue SSM supporters from day one or did they too once - gasp - have "Chick-fil-A values" on this subject? As I recall, Rahm spent a few years working for a guy who lied his ass off about gay marriage for decades purely for cynical, self-interested political advantage. Were his values copacetic with "Chicago values" before he "evolved"? What's worse, the Cathy family honestly professing their opposition to gay marriage or the Lightbringer dishonestly professing his opposition because he cared more about getting elected than standing up publicly for something he privately believed? The view from your high horse must be amazing, Rahm.
Per First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh, denying the company a building permit because of its managers' political or religious views is grossly unconstitutional. The same is, and always was, true of the Ground Zero mosque in NYC; you can hope that they don't build on the site, but when push comes to shove, they have the right. (The legal calculus would change if Chick-fil-A refused to serve gays, but as far as I know, the business itself has never discriminated.) The silver lining: If Rahm and Moreno are right about "Chicago values" then Chicagoans will simply refuse to patronize the new franchise. Evidently Chick-fil-A's gambling that there are enough locals who'll come to eat that it's worth the expense of trying to set up shop. If Rahm's serious about what he said, he should be willing to gamble too. Let them build and, after a boycott is inevitably organized, the market will decide who wins. And if the boycott works and Chick-fil-A decides to withdraw from blue states and cities, hey, I'll live. We've still got the colonel in NYC, baby. He was pro-gay-marriage, right?
Anti Semitic demagogue, Louis Farrakhan, whom Rahm openly embraces, had this to say when Obama changed his mind and endorsed gay marriage:
These must be those mysterious Chicago Values, Rahm's so zealous of upholding.
I think we need to consider a new line of products featuring Farrakhan and Rahm and the caption "Chicago Values"
Let's create posters with the Chick-Fil-A cow holding a sign saying "Eat More Crow" for distribution in Chicago and Boston.
So the media is not again embarrassed by misreporting conservatives were involved in every high profile crime, we need to post online a list of every American and title it "They're all Tea Party members" so Brian Ross and his friends will never be caught out flat footed again.