Even the legacy media is beginning to take notice of Barack Obama’s, well, less-than-uplifting rhetoric of late, as Russell Goldman reports:
If you’re President Obama, you know you pushed the sarcasm envelope at Monday night’s debate when even Rachel Maddow describes the way you spoke to Mitt Romney as being in “very, very overtly patronizing terms.”
Maddow probably meant it as a compliment, but there have been plenty of other observers who were critical of the president’s use of Seinfeldian set-ups and snarky punch lines to score points about military spending and the state of U.S.-Russia relations.
Time’s Mark Halperin described the president’s style as “belittling.” Mike Allen at Politico called it “snide derision.”
(H/t: Reader Kurt.) Candidates, to borrow Goldman’s expression, tend to leave “most of the snark to their staffs and surrogates”, but Mr. Obama seems to relish making snide remarks himself. His campaign has even invented a term to deride Mitt Romney that Obama delights to use: “since Friday, Obama has not delivered a campaign speech without mentioning” Romnesia.
White House senior adviser David Plouffe may contend that the term “is about as big a thing you can have in a presidential election”, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted Mr. Romney’s favorables, having instead hurt Mr. Obama’s.
How can this man expect to unite the country after waging a campaign this divisive?