"Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have." Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, p. 127
In case you missed it, I had the opportunity this morning for an extended tete-a-tete with Glenn Beck. It was pretty awesome. Glenn had me on the air for close to ten minutes and I want to thank God for the opportunity.
We discussed my belief that Barack Obama's political team is wildly overrated, which I want to address more systematically. In fairness, Barack Obama's political team skillfully uses Alinsky's first rule to psych out their opponents. In 2008, Team Obama's biggest accomplishment in was to psych out Team Clinton, then they got really lucky in the fact that John McCain was his opponent in the General. For all of Team Obama's alleged skill, they barely got the nomination and they only won the General Election following a foreign terrorist attack on U.S. Financial Markets.
Barack Obama's victory had little to do with the alleged skill of his political team although, to their credit, they did read the rules and organize the caucus states. Beyond the caucus states, however, Obama's success was due to the corrupt media, not his political team. For example, Obama's 2008 speech on race was a bigger cliche than any Toni Morrison novel, but since most people don't watch full speeches they got absurd media spin.
Media corruption not sufficient to re-elect an incumbent President with Obama's record. Campaigns need a message, Barack Obama doesn't have a credible one. In 2008, Barack Obama was 'the Other Guy;' in 2012, he's the incumbent. By any statistical measure, the United States is in worse shape than January 2009; no amount of political gimmickry will change that underlying fact. Hope and Change don't pay the bills.
One thing that has changed since 2008 is that our side has gotten much better at interrupting leftist narratives. We can't yet set the narrative, but we can interrupt theirs. Personally, I think we're (FINALLY!!!) hitting the point where distrust of the media has hit critical mass; once people stop listening to the corrupt media, the wildly overrated Team Obama can't do squat.
Glenn raised the point of Obama's legislative 'successes' and how far Barack Obama has gotten. As I've discussed before, Barack Obama is a Marxist true believer. In addition, you have 80 open Communists in the U.S. House of Representatives. Once you have a Marxist true believer occupying (pun intended) the White House at the same time as you have this many open Communists in Congress, it's not surprising that they would so ruthlessly exploit a temporary numerical advantage. That being said, Team Obama now resembles a gambler who keeps going double or nothing. They can keep the scam up for awhile, but eventually they're going to crash HARD!
Stu brought up the point of Obama's poll numbers. I mentioned that I don't believe the polls, I think Obama's in much deeper trouble than anyone realizes. I could address this issue at length, but Rush did that years ago. Suffice to say that Mike Flynn has done yeoman's work debunking Obama's recent polling and Stu should read Mike Flynn's work. Unfortunately, Pat and Stu can't read....
In the past, we've underestimated the intent and overestimated the competence of Team Obama; we should do the opposite.