Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why Obama Won't Be Blamed for Anything

I realize in the opening segments of the broadcast that I had a little fun with this, but I do want to tell you something here that has been sort of an eye opener for me.  Now, it may have been something that you understood long ago. It may have been something you put together long ago.  I must confess that I only just realized this today.  And it's about trying to understand how could so many people say they disagree with Obama's policies and yet reelect him.  I know that you and I have expressed our puzzlement and our curiosity over the great disconnect there is in this country. The people that vote for Obama don't like where we're going, the direction of the country, the policies of Obama, yet he wins elections.

So we've all been taking our stabs at trying to explain why.  Well, he won reelection because he did such a good job of demonizing Romney that he made everybody afraid to vote for Romney and they settled and just voted for Obama, vote for the guy who's already there, at least he's a known quantity.  But the New York Times story today finally opens my eyes to what we're dealing with, at least for me.  And, as I say, you may have understood this long ago.  "Polls Show Dissatisfaction With Country's Direction, but Support for Obama's Agenda."

Now, you and I, in what I would call the high-information voter sector, understand what a giant disconnect that is.  How in the world can people be dissatisfied with the country's direction while at the same time support the very agenda that's causing it?  This just doesn't compute to you and me.  We recognize that it is Obama's agenda which is leading to the problems this country has and thus the dissatisfaction that people have regarding the country's direction.  But the majority of people who vote, there is no connection of those two things whatsoever.  They support Obama's agenda, and they are terribly unhappy about the direction of the country, and, therefore, they do not associate Obama's agenda or his policies with the direction of the country.

They do not associate Obama's policies with what has happened to the country.  They don't associate all the spending and all the debt with the lack of jobs.  They don't make that connection, they don't see any connection, they don't see it at all.  Now, to me this is an eye-opener, and it's going to force me to assess exactly how to go forward here in dealing with these people.  The idea is to persuade them.  I mean, they are the low-information voters.

Now, if they're unhappy with the economy, if they're unhappy with jobs, if they're unhappy with the debt, if they're unhappy with the housing market and yet support Obama's agenda, then they obviously do not connect Obama's policies as being in any way related to or responsible for the country's direction that they don't like, which means a number of things.  It means that they see Obama as working really hard to try to fix everything, rather than Obama as the reason for things worsening.  They just do not see that.  And to you and me it's a slam dunk.  It's one plus one is two.  These are people, outcome-based education, two plus two is five and we'll give 'em an A for trying.  They don't see it.

So Obama is not at all connected to the tragic destruction of this country.  He is seen as somebody who wants to fix it.  It's the same thing as people seeing Colonel Sanders as a guy running a hospital to save chickens.  Wouldn't compute.  It wouldn't make any sense.  But that's how he's viewed.  Now, maybe one reason is that he's successfully blamed Bush all these years and the exit polling data last November, vast majority of people still do blame Bush for the economy, but it's more than that.  It's that Obama never, ever, allows himself to be seen as governing.  He is constantly campaigning.

Obama is constantly seen as in competition with what's happening in Washington.  It is though there are straw men. There are men behind curtains. There are invisible, evil people doing all this to the country.  He's trying to expose them and he's working very hard. Romney is one of them.  Bush was one of them.  There are a bunch of other people, we don't know who they are. But Obama is trying to find them. He's trying to expose them and trying to fix all this.  Obama is not seen as the guy behind the curtains pulling the levers. Obama is not seen as the guy who does not like the way the country was founded and is trying to take this country in a different direction. He's not seen at all in the way he really is.  It can't all be because of the media. By Rush

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