But this is not just a way for the President to dismiss his own failure. This line of reasoning seems to speak to a deeply held conviction for President Obama – his ways are not our ways, and his ways are perfect. If we allow ourselves to get sidetracked by high unemployment or a destabilizing foreign policy or a healthcare market that has been thrown into chaos by his “reform” efforts – well, we’re just not seeing the big picture, and ignoring all the goodness that Dear Leader has created for us. “Ignorant,” “stupid,” “scared” – that’s why we are about to reject his agenda at the ballot box. Be prepared for Obama allies on Capitol Hill, and in the media, to unload on us big-time.
“Obama has been mischaracterized, and misunderstood:” Since the days of the 2008 presidential campaign, both President Obama and Vice President Biden have encountered questions about being “socialists,” and their so-called “socialist agenda,” to which both the President and Vice President have bristled. And since becoming President, Barack Obama has used all the power and influence of his bully pulpit to target media outlets and personalities with whom he disagrees – namely Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and the Fox Newschannel. Be prepared for more of this in the coming weeks and months, as the President and his “friends” try to explain their electoral disaster on “misleading” pundits who dispense “mis-information.” The President will also likely try to finesse this alleged “problem” into renewed calls for “media reform” legislation.
“Corporate America hijacked the election:” The President has repeatedly insisted that the political advertising produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during this election cycle was purchased with “foreign money.” Of course, there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that this is true, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bankrolled their ad campaigns all within the parameters of federal election law. But forget the facts – this theme will be reiterated even more loudly after Tuesday, and will likely include attacks on the Diebold Corporation, manufactures of electronic voting machines, with claims that Diebold rigged certain key elections.
I’m very optimistic about Tuesday’s election, and I’m prepared to feel celebratory afterwards. But I’m also anticipating some pretty nasty politics emanating from Washington in the comings weeks and months. Conservatives, in particular, will need to remain thoughtful , and “measured,” in their response to it all.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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