By Carole on Feb 22, 2010
The trouble with hope and change is that it only works for the unelected. After you get the job you have to provide more than hope, and change is suddenly defined as "not you". Since President Obama took office, each time American voters have gotten the opportunity they have voted for a different kind of change. Yet the president and his fellow Democrats continue to believe that if they just change the wrapping paper, we'll suddenly want what they're offering.
Appearing yesterday on ABC's This Week, Pennsylvania Governor and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell (D) called Mr. Obama "the best communicator in the history of political campaigning" but said he didn't communicate very well in his first year in office and that Republicans were able to "take the spin" right from the start. As an example, Governor Rendell said Democrats didn't do a good job explaining the stimulus package and therefore lost the PR war to the GOP. (source)
Reality to Governor Rendell: President Obama stared into the eyes of his teleprompter one year ago and said the $787 billion stimulus package had to be passed or the national unemployment rate would rise above 8%. It passed and unemployment rose to 10% (it's still at 9.7%). That's not a failure to communicate. That's not "PR" or spin. That is, at best, being utterly and completely wrong. At worst it is lying to the people one is sworn to serve in order to steal their money.
At last weekend's National Governors Association's meeting, other Democratic governors blamed communications issues not policy for the trouble in which their political party finds itself. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) said both he and President Obama had the same problem: they too busy with an economic crisis to stay in touch with voters. "If you don't know what happens at the point where policy touches people, you've got a problem," the Massachusetts governor said. (source)
This, of course, is hogwash. As the president keeps pushing his obscenely expensive, job killing, deficit raising far-left agenda he is very aware of economic indicators, poll after poll showing the unpopularity of his policies and the results of recent elections which no one denies were referendums on his policies. Yet his defenders continue to parrot the party line that it is a communication problem that has the electorate calling for a new kind of change. Perhaps they will admit the truth when many of them get changed into unemployed politicians this November.
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