March 09, 2010
Obama’s M.O.

From Bette Noir’s blog, The Frump Gazette. Which I have just discovered, and recommend. I agree with her about President Obama’s political strategy; I hope we’re both right.

Well, frumps, things are definitely starting to look up for Democrats and the Obama administration if my Lunatic Fringe barometer can still be trusted. I’ve discovered, over the past year, that there is a quantifiable inverse relation between the fortunes of the Obama White House and threats of violence from the far-right reaches of the blogosphere. None too stable at the best of times, these folks have a tendency to fly around the room backwards whenever Obama shows signs of succeeding at advancing his domestic social policy agenda.

Obama has an interesting way of achieving his ends. He allows debate to rage unbridled, allows people to act out and vent melodramatically until we are all simply exhausted by the topic. Then, as we mentally move on, he quietly administers CPR and, next thing you know, dead-in-the-water issues are moving apace toward realization. It’s a pretty impressive strategy, to me, at least.

Just think about the health care reform battle. A year went by while we raged and fumed on our various sides of the issue. As Obama put it in his Health Care Summit, last week, “everything that could be said, had been said.” Gray-haired grannies duked it out with the local teamsters in Town Halls. Conspiracy theorists pumped up the volume and warned us all of The New World Order and/or Socialism/Fascism that lie just around the corner…


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 09, 2010 09:59 AM
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The quoted part in the article where the Republican site called Grassfire Nation makes these remarks about the plan has me savoring the victory even more, assuming our side can pull it off:

“The person who has been our main contact said…last week
she would have thought 20% [likelihood of ObamaCare passing]
now thinks 50%…. They also have polling data that each
piece of health care reform when polled line by line has
support and that Americans will love it after they do it.
My sense is that we really need the TEA party to bombard
the House members or this is going to happen.”

That's a Republican saying that Americans "will love it". Come on FDR, let's get this ball game going. If this is true, once the ball starts rolling it will be impossible to stop. But there are signs of doubt everywhere, but then again I didn't believe he had a chance at winning the election at the beginning of his candidacy and look how that went.

Posted by: Buck on March 9, 2010 12:06 PM

When I was a child, my father and mother would pack all of us into a station wagon and go to the drivein for $1 night. Movies from dusk till dawn.

One night they were showing a B level cowboy shoot'em up. The hero crept around behind the black hats and my father screamed, "Now he's got the bastards surrounded."

Every time I hear "Obama has a plan, or Obama knows what he is doing, or Obama is slowly changing things" I feel like I did that night.

You have no idea of what is going on.

Posted by: Les Isbetter on March 9, 2010 12:48 PM

Yeah, Les, but who wound up winning, the hero or the black hats? Keep the faith. It's all we've got.

Posted by: Fast Eddie on March 9, 2010 2:36 PM

OH, is THAT what he's doing? Never thought of it like that. I prefer to think he had a strategy rather than being either lame, bought by insurance or pharma, or otherwise diverted. Considering his rhetoric during the campaign, I have been dismayed he has been sitting in the back seat this year when it comes to real reform. Glad he is finally stepping up, and I hope it's not too little too late. Looks like we're close, but not there yet.

Posted by: taradharma on March 9, 2010 4:48 PM

Ms. Noir seems to have figured out the strategy pretty well. The question is whether it will work. For the record (and for my family's sake) I sure hope so.

Posted by: Mamasan on March 9, 2010 5:32 PM

Well, if he's working a plan, I wish he'd hurry up. Our health insurance premium just went up 25%. No, we don't have Anthem; they're all doing it.

Posted by: Joyful on March 11, 2010 4:52 AM
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