American Elephants

False Narratives, Straw Men, and the Blame Game. by The Elephant's Child

Politics is a strange world.  There’s the territory “inside the beltway” and then there’s — the rest of the country.  Washington D.C. is often described as a bubble where people live and operate with no contact whatsoever with those folks out in flyover country.  Think of the slightly sneering reference to a major part of America as “fly over country,” unimportant, unrecognized, until election time when it becomes, temporarily — “the heartland.”

“Inside the beltway”is composed mostly of Democrats these days, and they are marveling at Obama’s “success,” effectiveness and political standing.  Obama aides (and there are 1,700 full-time White House aides, the most in history) are enthusiastic about his foreign-policy successes, job growth, health care and lower-than-expected costs for the bailout.   Foreign policy success?  Job growth? Lower-than-expected costs for the bailout?

They seem to grasp that there is some, um, unrest about health care; but the answer is for the president to get out there and sell  it.  The answer is always, always, more PR.  Another appearance, another speech, but no one seems to recognize that the pleasant words Obama uses to describe the health care bill bear no relation whatsoever to the actual contents of the bill.

Longtime NBC science correspondent Jay Barbree, speaking from the Space Center, said that during the campaign Obama came to the Space Center, and told the 15,000 workers that he would preserve NASA’s cutting-edge science and engineering expertise, and if they would vote for him he would protect their jobs  Now 9,000 of them are about to lose their jobs.

Obama has returned to the Space Center to try to build support for his efforts to revamp the nation’s space program.  He spoke before 200 or so people, by invitation onlyHe has not invited a single space worker from the space port to attend.  It’s only academics and other high officials.  Jay Barbree was stunned at the president’s duplicity.

MSNBC’s Alex Witt responded “I will say, on behalf of the Obama administration, they contend that 2500 new jobs will be created, even more, they say, than the 2012 Constellation would have created, that program.

Nice to know that Ms. Witt speaks for the Obama Administration.  That  clears up a little about MSNBC.

Elsewhere, it has been noted that Obama’s poll numbers have been falling because — he hasn’t been blaming Bush enough.  The theory seems to be that the portrayal of the Bush years as a disastrous time of anti-regulation, tax-cutting policies that led to the 2008 meltdown has faded from public memory. Possibly because it was another lie to begin with.

The Obama team has remarkable skills in creating straw men, false narratives, and blaming everyone but themselves.  America is in trouble, and the people want the transparency promised by the president that never seems to arrive.

The levels of spending, increases in government size and control over the most minute elements of American life are deeply troubling.  The stock market is up, but cities and small towns are filled with empty storefronts.  The only place where there is vigorous hiring is in the federal government, and hiring is frequently limited to union members.  Stimulus money went to supporters — the blue states, while fly over country was ignored. Crony capitalism.

Perhaps Obama could get away with blaming Bush for everything during the campaign, though that narrative wasn’t true even then.  This has been Obama’s show for fifteen months.  Blaming his predecessor at this late date simply makes Obama seem like an irresponsible  whiner.

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