The real story arising out of the White House attacks against the reporting of Bob Woodward on the sequester budget cuts is not whether Gene Sperling’s email was a veiled threat of retaliatory action unless retractions were forthcoming. Maybe Valerie Jarrett is already on the phone to David Gregory to persuade him of the need for better Meet the Press panelists in future. But the significant lesson of this kerfuffle is how vital is near-unanimous media cover for this Democrat president, and his party in general, to be viable, much less successful, in electoral politics.
Yes, as Howard Portnoy reminds us in a column from earlier today, Barack is unusually thin-skinned (we remember his in-person attack on Maureen Dowd for daring to mention his unusually large ears in print during the 2008 campaign), and yes, talk radio and Fox News long ago ended the virtual liberal media monopoly that obtained from the onset of three broadcast television networks in the 1960s until Rush Limbaugh went national in the late 1980s.
But the “diversity” of political opinion now available in the media remains puny when the alphabet soup of liberal press (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN etc.) still dwarfs FNC; and when most all entertainment programming advances the liberal world view. And then there is academia.
Despite all that support, Republicans managed a pretty successful conservative movement with the re-elections of Reagan and Bush43; and a GOP takeover of the House after a 40-year absence. But we have to think that one person possibly more surprised on Election Night 2012 beside Mitt Romney, was Barack Obama. Did even he know just how dumbed-down had become the American electorate? Had there ever been such a poor steward of the economy re-hired in the history of the republic, or at least since 1940?
Ironically, the author of the Clinton, “It’s the economy, stupid!” mantra had just such a clue last October, courtesy of James Carville:
Ideologies aren’t all that important. What’s important is psychology.
The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.
Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality.
What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want.
The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.
Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you’re smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That’s why I’m a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to. [Emphases added]
It’s one thing to have Sean Hannity or Charles Krauthammer point out the duplicity of Obama. But if icons like Bob Woodward or Lanny Davis dare to point out flat-out lies uttered by the current cult idol of the Democratic Party, they must be shamed, if not silenced (i.e put out to pasture as per Obama aide David Plouffe).
Who knows how many such phone calls like those made to Davis and Woodward over the last four years. What we do know is that the stories that an objective press, applying the same standard to Democrats as they do to Republicans, would have trumped to “speak truth to government power” have been legion since President Obama was first inaugurated (and even before…think Rev. Wright, Terrorist Bill Ayers, et al):
- The promise that if Congress would quickly pass the stimulus, unemployment would never exceed 8%;
- The national debt would be cut in half in four years; and
- Obamacare would lower health care costs and leave current health insurance policies in tact.
The Obama Administration must realize that but for the media’s character assassination of Mitt Romney, they would all now be working at Fannie, Freddie or a K Street lobbying firm today. They also know (it’s on tape) that Obama threatened to veto any replacement of sequestration before his recent incantations in favor of tax hikes. They know that you can’t raise taxes by $300B, as was done on January 1st, and not weaken an economy that grew but .01% in the last quarter and that has Wal-Mart shocked at the fall off in sales in the current quarter.
When the inevitable recession occurs, they need to find someone or something to blame besides a Bush or the deep blue sea. Enter sequester. Dick Morris explains:
He knows the economy is tanking. He realizes that we are headed for a double-dip recession. He expects unemployment to soar. He understands that his almost $300 billion in tax increases this year will drive us into recession. So he needs an out.
That’s where sequestration fits in: If it goes into effect, he can blame Republican budget cuts for the economic disaster that will probably unfold this year.
Bob just ruined it for them. Funny that the Woodward book citing newly confirmed Treasury Secretary (then Budget director) Jack Lew as the genius behind the sequestration idea, wasn’t attacked by the White House when it was released last year nor when Lew was initially nominated this year to replace Tim Geithner in the cabinet.
Democrats are used to being able to contradict themselves with impunity, confident that their ideological colleagues in the press will cover for them. Gotta keep abortion legal after all; hence the feminists looked the other way when Kathleen Willey emerged with clothes and hair disheveled from Bill Clinton’s Oval Office. And after all, Monica was only about sex and Bill was such a cute liar.
There is nothing new under the liberal, Democrat, media sun…except that their Nixon-destroying icon has had enough; and that the next re-make of Pinocchio may feature lie-inducing ear growth.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson