This isn’t the first time I’ve marveled at the skill of the Barack Obama propaganda shop. And I’m sure it won’t be the last.
If Barack Obama could line up every undecided voter in America and make them watch this, Clockwork Orange style, I think he’d have a fairly serene cruise to reelection.
Of course, if people paid attention to what had actually happened over the last 3 years, and how much he got done in the face of an obstructionist opposition party and an often cowardly Democratic party, pieces like this would be unnecessary.
I’ve already gone on record saying that Barack Obama will be reelected in November. I think, barring a Greek meltdown or an Israeli attack on Iran, the economy will keep adding jobs, economic news will continue to be good enough and people will feel more confident, and unemployment will get down to – or below – 8%. And I think Mitt Romney’s honesty and humanity deficits will come to haunt him. And yes – the GOP will nominate Mitt Romney.
I’m certainly aware that there will be a lot of cash laid out to defeat the President, but where saying mean things about an undefined Republican primary opponent can play a big role in defining that opponent the way you’d like, it’s a bit harder with someone who has been in front of you for four years. I actually think SuperPac money will be far more problematic down-ticket, in races for the House, Senate, and Governorships.
But not as much at the Presidential level.
One other thing. Obama likes to campaign, and in many ways, he’s better suited for its poetry than he is for the dull, often disappointing prose of governing. He’s starting to have fun, and while Mitt Romney has been swinging at an Obama he’s created out of lie upon lie (see above), Obama will get to swing back at a very real and flawed GOP candidate who sticks his chin out and drops his guard. A lot.
And expect more gauzy videos that speak to the benefits of the things Obama has done. Like this, from 2008.
Or these, on the Affordable Care Act: