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July 18, 2012 / Political Fluency

Two Unelectable Media Stories

Condi Rice as the VP Pick

Trial Balloon – An idea or a plan advanced tentatively to test public reaction.

–         The Free Dictionary

Peggy Noonan, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal sang praises at the idea while Mark Levin, Toby Harnden, and Erick Erickson dismissed it.

Here’s how it went over with Likely Voters:

It was the stupidest and most transparent trial balloon ever. It might have just been a fun distraction by the Romney team. Summer is silly season in politics.

Another Obama Gaffe on the Economy

It was bad enough when he said, “The private sector is doing fine” when few in America believe that at this point in time. But this, this is different. This underlines the fundamentally flawed thinking in the leadership of today’s Democratic party.

The President is economically illiterate. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t say anything remotely like this:

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

The Hammer thought this was the Gaffe of the Year and “that phrase, ‘you didn’t build it’ should be hung around Obama until the end of his presidency.” He went on to say “Essentially, he has a view that is antithetical to view that the majority of the Americans have, which is that enterprise, initiative of the markets are what drive American wealth and excellence and achievements.”

It is a majority, but it’s a 55% maybe – maybe – a 65% majority. It should be a 90% majority that believe that or conversely disbelieve Obama on this. And that’s the problem. Another great conservative political commentator, Adam Carolla, also chimed in on this in an expletive-filled rant:

“This notion of taking people that have something — it doesn’t matter what it is – and then taking the larger majority of people that don’t have what that is and that is a Rolls-Royce, or it could be a house on the hill or it could be whatever, an entourage, whatever — a successful small business and then trying to enlist those people in somehow feeling that “that person that did what they did to get where they are is a bad person or a lucky person” or “we should all be in their places instead” is a ridiculous message to send and it’s the exact opposite message of this country.”

To take the remainder of my made up estimates: there are 35% to 45% of people in this country that really do believe that successful people are not workaholics and/or don’t deserve it and/or got lucky. And that’s too many damn people. It should be 10% of the population – 31 million including idiot kids that don’t know any better.

This is more than a play for the envious that outnumber the rich (translation: they can out-vote the rich). This is about a large segment of the population completely out of touch with reality. They see the talent on TV and think those people worked only a few hours a day to produce what they’re watching. They see a local business owner that just occasionally checks in at the bagel shop or laundromat that she owns and they never think about the 20 hour days she put in 6 days a week for 3 years to get the business off the ground.

I am guessing it is a third of the population that are immature, self-absorbed narcissists who move to a town, see a local business owner that doesn’t seem to do much and assumes that’s how the business owner’s life always was. Never considering for a second that 10 years ago (before the narcissist came to town), the business owner took a huge risk, almost lost his house when the business began failing, and worked non-stop to prevent that from happening. Now that the business is a success and the owner can afford to create jobs and employ people to do the work he did by himself, he has a more relaxed and deserved supervisory role.

President Barack Obama is making a play for these narcissistic people, which tells me they are a sizable and growing portion of the electorate in these very difficult economic times. Even the language he uses of “somebody along the line gave you some help” allows the narcissist to project himself onto the statement “Yeah me! I’m the one who helped the entrepreneur when I paid taxes for roads and patronized his business when he first started it! I did it too!”

But they’re still not the majority of voters. If we continue to have anemic job growth – only 4 more jobs reports left before Election Day – with relentless airing of ads featuring “The private sector is doing fine” gaffe and any number of phrases out of this abortion of a worldview stated by Obama, then Romney has a much better chance than the 40% he has on Intrade right now. In fact, Romney probably should be considered the favorite at this point.


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