Erika Johnsen

So, this is how it's gonna' be, friends -- between now the November, we're going to be stuck on an endless merry-go-round of petty distractions manufactured by the White House (or is it the Obama Campaign? I'm starting to forget which is which) and glommed onto by the liberal media (really now, it's like watching lemmings run into the sea). The Buffet rules; the student loan debates that actually focus on just a fraction of federal loans; Obama's personal support for gay marriage; Romney may've been mean to another kid in high school; blah blah blah: it's all a part of the wildly desperate bid to misdirect our attention away the many drastic problems stemming from one glaring, inevitable fact:

What new and exciting distraction meme will Team Obama circulate next? Round and round and round we go; where we stop, nobody knows! Although, funnily enough, it seems that back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was much to much of a serious adult to care for such trivial pursuits as distracting the electorate from the "real issues." Gee, I wonder, what could've happened in the interval to change his modus operandi? Indeed, "distraction" was one of his more frequently used words, especially when he was questioned on a topic he didn't like. IBD has a nice round-up, emphasis added:

"You could see race bubbling up in a way that was distracting from the issues that I think are so important to America right now." March 2008

"We knew that the closer we got to the change we seek, the more we'd see of the politics we're trying to end — the attacks and distortions that try to distract us from the issues that matter." March 2008

"It's easy to get caught up in the distractions and the silliness and the tit for tat that consumes our politics." April 2008

"Yes, we know what's coming. ... The same efforts to distract us from the issues that affect our lives by pouncing on every gaffe and association and fake controversy in the hope that the media will play along." May 2008

"When we get distracted by those kinds of questions, I think we do a disservice to the American people." July 2008

"Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that he can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance. ... I'm going to keep talking about the issues that matter — about the economy and health care and education and energy."  October 2008


Erika Johnsen

Erika Johnsen is a Web Editor for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @erikajohnsen.