In recent days, the president’s strategy for reelection has become pretty clear; he means to distract voters from the anemic recovery as well as his unpopular health care overall, the nation’s debt and the impending insolvency of entitlements (not to mention his absence of solutions for the last two) by dangling bright shiny articles in front of a compliant media.
“If voters decide the 2012 election based on Obama’s economic record,” observes the editors of the Washington Examiner, “he will lose. And so the liberal media, as in love with him as ever, is helping him parade shiny objects to distract voters from that record.”
They want to make Mitt Romney appear so weird and out-of-touch that come November, voters will pinch their nose and vote for Obama only to spare us four years of Romney. And so far, thanks in large part to a legacy media remarkably incurious about the failure of the Democratic Senate to vote on a budget for over three years or the Treasury Secretary’s acknowledgement that the administration has no plan to address the nation’s debt crisis, the Obama distraction strategy appears to be working.
This has led New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to ask “what this successful maneuvering is actually gaining the White House“:
The weaknesses it’s trying to exploit are real enough: the country is moving leftward on many social issues, and Romney’s mix of squareness and weirdness — the moneyed background, the Mormonism, the 1950s persona — makes it relatively easy to portray him as culturally out of touch.
But this would be a bigger problem for Republicans if the 2012 campaign were taking place amid prosperity and plenty.
In the end, people will likely look to their pocketbooks and realize how their purchasing power has declined over the past four years. And they might just start getting tired of the endless distractions coming from our supposedly even-handed media that they may just tune them out.
Before our friends in the legacy media run after the next bright shiny object, they may want to talk to that boy who cried, “Wolf,” one too many times.
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