A comment left on this Wall Street Journal article pretty much nails the Obama campaign strategy:
“A clear majority” of a group that was 8.8 million voters shy of 2008’s election hardly reflects anything other than a nation divided roughly in two. But the divisions don’t fit as neatly into your simplistic caricature as you so earnestly want to believe. It was critical to the Obama campaign’s success that it demonized people who:
1. Oppose excessive regulation as opposing ALL regulation (redux);
2. Demand cost/benefit accountability as favoring dirty air and dirty water (you forgot to mention their joy in poisoning children);
3. Don’t think that spending tax dollars on providing free contraception as wanting to deny contraceptives to women;
4. Object to the government forcing their church’s medical institutions to provide abortions as wanting to deny health care to women;
5. Object to raising taxes without spending and entitlement reform as wanting to take money from the poor and give it to the rich.
So good for you, doctor. You’ve demonstrated that Obama’s propaganda was effective. The politics of mudslinging and character assassination works — especially when the opposition is politically weak (even though vastly more competent). Anyone can characterize the fringe as the norm, as Obama’s team did so brilliantly. But when the Republicans turn the tables on the Democrats, as they inevitably will some day, just remember than turnabout… is fair play. You’ll have to get used to it.
In many ways, it still amazes that Obama could win by mastering the art of the false choice as outlined in points 1-5 above. But, alas, that’s the world we live in today.
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