What was just so recently a message, albeit fake, of Hope ‘n Change and Yes we can, has been replaced with ridicule for what the left is now calling “the angry voter.” The A-word and the fact that those angry voters are voting against them, is by all public appearances, totally baffling to the left. They don’t understand why there are angry voters, they don’t want to understand it and don’t try to tell them why voters are angry because as far as they are concerned, this is all a right-wing “scheme.”
Yesterday, stumping for Coakley in MA, Obama railed about what he sees as a republican strategy. “[The republicans are] going to let them [the democrats] make the tough choices, and let them rescue the economy, and then we’re going to tap into that anger and frustration.”
Obama calls it a republican “sleight of hand.”
Obama and a parade of Democrats who appeared on stage before a crowd a local fire official put at 1,100 at Northeastern’s modest gymnasium spent much of their time trying to explain to the audience, and to themselves, how they had lost their grip on the public “anger” – a word that has replaced “hope” as the emotion Democrats are trying to channel.
“The people of Massachusetts are angry, like they should be,” said Rep. Michael Capuano, a fiery Boston-area liberal who lost in the Democratic primary while running a different, more combative campaign that many local party officials now wish Coakley had run.
“They need to focus that anger in the right direction” – at “the people who put us in this position,” Capuano said.
Obama offered his own analysis of the voters’ anger.
“There were going to be some who stood on the sidelines, who were protectors of the big banks, protectors of the big insurance companies, protectors of the big drug companies who were going to say, ‘You know what, we can take advantage of this crisis,’” he told the crowd.
Paranoid much, Mr. Obama?
(As a side note, it’s interesting that he is blaming the right for being the protectors of the “big banks” but is it not his treasury secretary who is now on the Congressional hot seat for alleged back room dealings with Goldman-Sachs? The right is protecting the big drug companies? Is it not big Pharma who have been meeting behind closed doors with TheOne?)
But taking advantage of a crisis does sound a little Alinsky, doesn’t it?
Oh! how it pains when the enemy uses your tactics against you, even when that only happens in your imagination.
What is it ol’ Saul said? Power is what the enemy THINKS you have.
The right is not looking for a crisis to take advantage of. They aren’t that devious. But yes, they are mad as hell. And this is a crisis the left cannot harness and make their own. If they try to do that, they will only further alienate and anger the voters.
This is all a precursor to what the next 10 months will be. This is the message that the left will be trying to carry: the angry voter being hijacked by the do-nothing, status quo right.
Obama debuted the message yesterday in Massachusetts. I think we’ll be hearing it a lot more in the coming months.
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