Even more alarming, however, is her [Elizabeth Drew's] window on what the White House is thinking:
“It all goes back to the “shellacking” Obama took in the 2010 elections. The President’s political advisers studied the numbers and concluded that the voters wanted the government to spend less. This was an arguable interpretation. Nevertheless, the political advisers believed that elections are decided by middle-of-the-road independent voters, and this group became the target for determining the policies of the next two years.”
OK, I’ve never won a tough election. But neither has Obama! The 2008 race was looking close until Sarah Palin and Lehman came along. And as far as I can tell, this assessment both of what 2010 was about and what matters for 2012 is just ludicrous.
As I recall, two things happened last year: voters were angry about the weak economy, and older voters believed that Obama was going to take away their Medicare and send them to the death panels. And so the way to win those voters back is to cut Medicare and weaken the economy?
Barack Obama was the right “product” in 2008 to be sold to a country that was reeling from, to say nothing of being embarrassed over, eight years of George W. Bush. But the game has changed and, in combination with the Geithnerite upper class twit cabal, these guys are in such a bubble that they’re going to blow this presidency up. When you’re getting outplayed by fucking John Boehner and even more fucking Eric Cantor, you should slink away red-faced, if not commit ritual seppuku to spare your family the shame.
To quote newly minted conservative David Mamet: “These guys could fuck up a baked potato”