By Carole on Oct 12, 2010
Many television pundits, newspapers columnists and ordinary Americans have spent the last few days wondering why President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats have chosen donor disclosure as their last stand issue in the upcoming mid-term elections. Their accusations of foreign money influencing American elections have been proven baseless and their insinuations about 'shadowy third-party groups' have only served as a reminder that protecting donors' privacy is not only perfectly legal, it has been practiced by Team Obama for years.
So why is the administration still barreling forward with an attack plan that should have been quickly abandoned once it was debunked by even such liberal bastions as FactCheck.org and the New York Times? Why did White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tell reporters this morning, "The president will continue to make the case that we don't know where this money comes from;" basically doubling down on the strategy? (source)
Because the president and his minions still don't get it. They actually believe that false accusations against 'big business' are going to somehow tap into that voter anger they've been hearing so much about. They believe the mere mention of former president George W. Bush's senior adviser Karl Rove (one of the principles of one of those third-party groups) will instantly fire up those who were conned by the Obama message in 2008.
In reality, these attacks are further proof that Obama & Company do not listen to nor understand the American people. While administration officials and some of their far-left supporters are terrified of effective political conservatives like Mr. Rove, the American people are not. While Mr. Obama and his congressional accomplices fear successful business people as competitors for the power to which they believe only the government is entitled, the American people see 'big business' for what it is - future employers if only Mr. Obama's style of government would get out of the way.
According to a recent poll, almost half of likely voters who were once Obama supporters are now either less supportive or no longer support him at all. The poll also found that more likely voters believe Mr. Obama's policies have harmed rather than helped the economy and those who are most enthusiastic about voting this year say the president has damaged the economy. (source)
The electorate is not a group of people in search of a boogeyman to fear or blame. They blame President Obama and the Democrats who currently control Congress and they fear what two more years of their single-party rule would do to the US economy and job market. Once again, President Obama has miscalculated his own appeal and underestimated the intelligence of the American people.
Voters will not rise up and demand that the free speech and privacy rights of other Americans be trampled because Mr. Obama invokes the specter of evil foreigners and nefarious political operatives. They will not get fired up against those companies who want to provide them with jobs once the yoke of oppressive government regulations are removed. And they will not turn their anger from the political philosophy that deserves it to one that offers a return to prosperity.
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