We have a president engaged in the most cynical kind of politics, harming the country to maintain his own power and influence. The media claque that undergirds his waning influence paint a happy face on the ugly reality of this administration. A few clear-eyed columnists manage to break through the commentariat clutter and tell the truth about what is really going on. Rich Baehr, AT co-founder, today lays out President Obama's current political strategy with an unflinching gaze at PJ Media. It is not a pretty picture. A sample:
Every month, it seems, the president convenes a meeting of liberal bloggers to give them their newmarching orders on how to sell that "all is well" with Obamacare and we just need to give it a little more time before everyone recognizes its greatness. Writers like Jon Cohn and Ezra Klein have been shilling so long and so hard for Obamacare that they are at least as invested in its success as the president is. Whenever there appears to be an ounce of "good" news on the premiums in the exchanges in certain states, it is heralded as an achievement on a par with the Red Sea parting. (snip)
The pivot to the economy is designed to suggest the president is busy on the people's agenda, despite what little he has to show for it. But the racial messaging is different. It is designed to stir up the groups who provided the greatest electoral support for Obama in his two presidential runs. It helps to solidify his polling numbers by providing a floor, and at best will get minority turnout to respectable levels in the 2014 midterms, in order to avoid another 2010-like drubbing for the Democratic Party. Obama and Holder need to fuel the racial and minority grievance industry. Of course, they believe in this, so unlike other initiatives, this appeal is not faked.
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