SUPERB COMMENTARY – AT 10:15 A.M. ET: We assess President Obama all the time here. But one of the best assessments I've seen appears in The Wall Street Journal, which calls Mr. Obama "the Postmodern President," and the Journal is right:
President Obama spent his formative years in academia, so he's no doubt familiar with postmodernism, the literary theory that rejects objective reality and insists instead that everything is a matter of interpretation and relative "truth." At any rate he's running the first postmodern Presidential campaign, now organized almost exclusively around allegations about his opponent that bear no relation to the observable universe.
Right on the button. The Journal then discusses the sickening ad basically charging that Mr. Romney is responsible for the death of a woman who was married to a man who was laid off by a company owned by Bain Capital, long after Romney left Bain.
At least the Obamateers didn't suggest that Mr. Romney was the direct biological cause of her cancer. Perhaps they are saving that charge for October, given that a routine Democratic theme is that Republicans are in favor of killing people. After all, the most substantive liberal critique of Paul Ryan's budget is an ad depicting his stand-in literally flinging an old lady in a wheelchair off a cliff.
The other day Nancy Pelosi said the GOP believes there should be "no government role" in food safety and "They do not want to spend money to do that." Therefore the Republican Party is "the E. coli club" that Ms. Pelosi implied wants to poison children.
The point is that more than any President we can recall, Mr. Obama isn't trying to persuade voters that he deserves to stay in office because of his philosophy, record or positive vision for the country. Rather, his case is that he deserves re-election because Mr. Romney is worse, and he is so very much worse because of things that were invented in the West Wing but are detached from reality.
The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.
Ironically, that notion was advanced by Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels – that the greater the lie, the more likely people are to believe it. (No, I'm not comparing Obama to Hitler or Goebbels, just making a point about propaganda and its uses.)
A postmodern postscript: The Obama campaign was at first more than happy to slipstream behind the Priorities USA smear, refusing to disavow the cancer ad and deflecting questions by claiming not to "know the specifics" (Robert Gibbs) or "know the facts" (deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter). But even their professions of ignorance turn out to be false.
In May, Mr. Soptic appeared in an official Obama for America ad—"I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message," it concluded. Mr. Soptic told reporters his life story on a conference call, hosted by the Obama campaign and . . . Ms. Cutter.
COMMENT: In 2008 we were sold the line that Obama was lofty and above us all, truly a demigod in human form, come to save us from the devil BUSH and the devil's devil CHENEY.
Now we see who Obama is, although many of us came to the conclusion much earlier – a small-time Chicago machine politician with a golden voice, willing to say anything, or have others say anything, to get elected. That such a man should be protected by the mainstream media is an embarrassment.
We hope American voters remember the old adage: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
Read the whole Journal piece.
August 10, 2012