I’ve written a couple of posts over the last few months about the political strategy of Barack Obama. Some haven’t cared for my opinion, but I continue to think his media strategy is fascinating. Early on, Obama was all about “change” which I predicted was actually a brilliant strategy to mask his real political positions – which I believe most Americans would find doesn’t line up with their values. So from a strategy perspective, I’ve said he is smart to deflect the attention of the voters to vague ideas like “change” and “hope” and away from his actual record and position on the issues.
From a media strategy perspective, it’s held up pretty well… Until now.
I was prophetic, because sure enough, now that we’re deep into the campaign – as I predicted – he’s being forced to play his real cards, and people are liking less and less of what they’re hearing. For instance the Wall Street Journal points out that:
• He’s the Barack who supposedly attended Jeremiah Wright’s (“God d— America”) church for 20 years.
• He’s the Barack with the most liberal voting record in the Senate.
• He’s the Barack with friends like Tony Rezko.
• He’s the Barack with the Harvard eye view of American angst.
• He’s the Barack who views small town America as, “And it’s not surprising when they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
His real perspective is so far removed from the people he says he represents. He’s more of a “guns and God are the opiate of the masses” person, as the WSJ puts it. The paper rightly compares his condescension to the infamous 1993 Washington Post article that described evangelical Christians as “poor, undereducated, and easy to command.”
His agenda is being revealed as not one of “change” or “hope,” and certainly not a champion of people of faith. His agenda is straight from the AFL-CIO playbook – talk about the opposite of change.
His campaign has been well run, and he’s charmed a lot of hopefully and well meaning people. But I still believe that very few of those people really understand his actual intentions, his priorities, and his agenda. And if elected, his first day in the White House will be a shocking wake up call to a lot of people.
But by then, it will be too late…