In 2008, Barack Obama with obedient media members such as New York magazine's John Heilemann convinced America that if they put their hope behind a junior senator from Illinois, their lives would instantly change for the better.
Now that things didn't turn out as rosy as these folks claimed they would, the White House needs to scare the public into thinking things would be far worse if Mitt Romney is elected, and Heilemann obediently published a piece Sunday explaining how the team he favors plans to do it (serious vulgarity warning):
Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago—running more negative ads than any campaign in history—what they intend to do to Romney is more savage. They will pummel him for being a vulture-vampire capitalist at Bain Capital. They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts. They will mash him for being a water-carrier for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues that strike deep chords with the Obama coalition. “We’re gonna say, ‘Let’s be clear what he would do as president,’ ” Plouffe explains. “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”
You have to appreciate Heilemann's honesty, for not many of Obama's supporters in the media are willing to admit the former junior senator from Illinois in 2008 ran "more negative ads than any campaign in history."
Maybe if the press were honest about that then, it would have been more difficult for Obama to sell his Hope and Change nonsense.
But that's history now. Folks like Heilemann can't concern themselves with how they bamboozled the public into voting for a totally unqualified presidential candidate four years ago.
The task presently at hand is convincing folks that this new iteration of Obama is good for them, and the monster from Massachusetts via Michigan is the devil incarnate:
The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative, however. It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism. “He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward—that’s the basic construct,” says a top Obama strategist. “If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, ‘This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.’ ”
As the headline read, "Hope: The Sequel - For Obama & Co., this time around it’s all about fear." And they ain't kidding:
Thus, to a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear...For anyone still starry-eyed about Obama, the months ahead will provide a bracing revelation about what he truly is: not a savior, not a saint, not a man above the fray, but a brass-knuckled, pipe-hitting, red-in-tooth-and-claw brawler determined to do what is necessary to stay in power—in other words, a politician.
That bears repeating: "not a savior, not a saint, not a man above the fray, but a brass-knuckled, pipe-hitting, red-in-tooth-and-claw brawler determined to do what is necessary to stay in power."
But didn't people like Heilemann tell us in 2008 Obama was a savior, a saint, and above the fray?
Exactly how can he and his colleagues merrily embrace the truth today when they were part of the lie then?
Even worse, how can they sell the public now what they convinced them was bad four years ago?
Politicians were a disease then, hazardous to your health and your wallet. So what you need today is "a brass-knuckled, pipe-hitting, red-in-tooth-and-claw brawler determined to do what is necessary to stay in power."
Never mind what we told you four years ago.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
And this is what we can expect in the coming months: Obama's not what we told you four years ago, but he's what we need now.
Don't concern yourself with our lies. They were for your own good.
Now we're telling you the truth. Heck, we're even willing to acknowledge we lied then so you'll believe us now.
It's an interesting tactic when you think about it, especially as it's one the media outspokenly claim is prevalent on Wall Street.
For over four years, the press have beaten Americans almost to a pulp with stories about how brokers and bankers are all lying crooks not to be trusted. We heard this recently concerning the Facebook IPO debacle.
So what makes the scam the media pulled on the country in 2008 any different, and why are those so distrusting of Wall Street today willing to believe what's being disseminated by news outlets that so blatantly hoodwinked them in the previous presidential election?
Makes you wonder if the overwhelming majority of those ensnared by the housing bubble were liberals, and that these are the folks all industries including the media prey upon to fool over and over again.
(HT Brit Hume)