Politico: Yeah, Barack Got Enemy
Politico has figured out that “Obama the uniter” never existed.
Obama created momentum by identifying enemies against whom to campaign, and has continued that practice in office. The only change is that in an earlier incarnation, the enemies were groups, whereas now the enemies are individuals.
As characterized by Politico:
Once chastised for not being tough enough, President Barack Obama has lately been getting personal with his political adversaries — singling them out for scorn in speeches, interviews, asides and even in his weekly radio address.
Rather than just going after big groups of bad guys — insurance companies, lobbyists, the media — Obama has adopted a strategy that gives a face to the enemy.
By setting himself up against specific opponents, he provides a point of contrast that’s useful in invigorating a base hungry for bare knuckles and bravado — and forces those in the middle to choose between him and his villain du jour.
None of this is news to anyone who has read this blog. Some of us saw it for what it was at the outset:
- “Race” As Political Weapon
- Obama and Rahm Emanuel: When Will You Stop Being Surprised?
- Barack Got Enemy
- A Window Into His Divisive Soul
- A Clintonian Defense of Our Nixonian President
As to Politico, better late than never.
Update 4-28-2010 – via HotAir, an Editor at CNBC flails away:
Will someone please rein in our relentlessly hectoring President? Barrack Hussein Obama has taken his gift for inspirational oratory—one of the traits that got him elected—and turned it into something darker and more insidious.
Bam is a bully.
Is this a watershed moment in MSM coverage of Obama? Or just a slow leak?
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Saul Alinsky's rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Make some individual, as a bad example, stand for an entire group. Shout to the people: If you don't want more of HIM, then give me the power to control THEM. It is classic Alinsky, and Hugo Chavez.
Rules for Radicals