Or: “It’s the ads, stupid!”
James Carville, Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, and two of his Democracy Corps strategist pals have blasted OBomba’s current teevee ads. They ran focus groups on various ad messages, and concluded that O ‘will face strong headwinds in November unless he changes his campaign narrative.” From the memo:
“It is elites who are creating a conventional wisdom that an incumbent president must run on his economic performance – and therefore must convince voters that things are moving in the right direction. They are wrong, and that will fail. The voters are very sophisticated about the character of the economy; they know who is mainly responsible for what went wrong and they are hungry to hear the President talk about the future. They know we are in a new normal where life is a struggle – and convincing them that things are good enough for those who have found jobs is a fool’s errand. They want to know the plans for making things better in a serious way – not just focused on finishing up the work of the recovery.”
The strategists go on to argue that what voters really want from Obama is some empathy — and a plan for how things will get better in the future. They don’t want to hear about what he thinks he’s already done.”
Americans are sophisticated, alright, and are starting to grasp how far the Elites are screwing us. The Fed released information that the median American household lost 39% of its net wealth between 2007 and 2010 for instance; wonder what that looks like by 2012? But what we want to hear is some empathy, some of his real and true ‘I feel your pain’ talk, not just a recitation of what he’s done for us, so that we can rest easy… when the end of the month comes, but we know that the money ran out…awhile back.
Henry Blodget at Business Insider has put up a series of charts he calls “Dear America; you should be mad as hell about this!”
“Over the past couple of decades, the disparity between “the 1%” and everyone else has hit a level not seen since the 1920s. And there is a widespread and growing sense that life here is not fair or right.
If America cannot figure out a way to fix these problems, the country will likely become increasingly polarized and de-stabilized. And if that happens, the recent “Occupy” protests will likely be only the beginning.
In the never-ending tug-of-war between “labor” and “capital,” there has rarely—if ever—been a time when “capital” was so clearly winning.
And that’s not just unfair.
Well; we might argue about it being strictly unAmerican or not, but still, since we want this degree of wealth disparity to be unAmerican, let’s go to the charts. (scroll down and click on those words)
And when you read the charts, see the atmospheric photos from the Great Depression, and guess at what’s comin’ our way soon…and totally needlessly…refuse to take any any more, please. Only allow pictures like this into your mind when you can’t help it, realizing that the ocassional dark thoughts…aren’t deeds, just fantasies. Realize we are being made poor and unhealthy, and the same for the planet…utterly needlessly. Resist, make community; we’ll soon be in all of this together. Love those you can, and remember to receive loving care just as freely.
p.s. (The art’s for you, rc: at the end of the tumbrel ride…) ;o)