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Disingenuous

Disingenuous: not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.

 

James Carville

James Carville, political strategist, along with other Democratic Party advisors has recommended to President Barack Obama that he stop claiming economic growth during his presidency. Or so Carville told ABC’s “Good Morning America” after Obama was criticized for saying the private sector was “doing fine.”

Carville said, “people don’t feel that or believe that.”  He told ABC that such statements create a sense that Obama is out of touch with reality. Instead, Carville urged the president to “move to a new narrative,” one that addresses what democrats will do for the middle class. He warned that a failure to change messages means facing   “an impossible head wind in November.”

He characterized the effort to convince Americans ”that things are good enough for those who have found jobs’ as “a fool’s errand.”

So let’s see if we understand what the president is supposed to do to win in November. What he’s been saying isn’t working. Therefore, party mavens want him to switch “narratives.”

Switching narratives is nothing new for Obama. Remember when he promised the most transparent and ethical administration in history. Of course that was before the Affordable Health Care Act, Solyndra and Fast and Furious. That one disappeared almost before he got the presidential chair warm.

There was his vow, “If I don’t have this done (the economy fixed) in three years, then this is going to be a one‑term proposition.” It didn’t take three years for that narrative to get shelved. Then there is his most recent effort to present himself as a fiscal conservative. That knee slapper didn’t fly either. As Power Line points out, the claim “relies mainly on attributing the first year of the Obama administration, FY 2009, to President Bush. “ That was the year of the “stimulus,” and the enormous jump in discretionary spending which has continued to escalate with still more planned.

We could go on, but truth to tell, it’s getting difficult to keep track of all the narratives that have been tried and discarded. It is just possible that those Americans who “don’t feel “ or “ believe” Obama’s claims about the economy, are concluding that there isn’t much that the president says that they can believe, whatever the current narrative.

Well, Carville was right about the fool’s errand part, anyway.

5 comments

1 James D. Best { 06.14.12 at 6:43 am }

Do they have a narrative of the week because they are floundering or because they know they’re manufactured and want to move on before people catch on?

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2 Marcia { 06.14.12 at 9:20 am }

My guess is all of the above.

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3 Jeff Edelman { 06.14.12 at 10:29 pm }

Basically what Carville is saying, I believe, is for obama to go back to talking in nebulous terms as he did before he was elected. Then, the fanciful suckers can hear just what they want to hear and have hope once again. This strategy may win him the popular vote but, will it win him the electoral college? An argument for or against the electoral college, depending on which side you’re on. All this is will probably be made a mute point by obama’s post presidential election surprise should he lose. Sleep well, all.

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4 Bob Mack { 06.14.12 at 11:46 pm }

Obama’s campaign strategy boils down to this: “Who’re ya gonna believe–me or yer lyin’ eyes?” My gut feeling is that the socialists … uh, Democrats … are gonna get their hats handed to ’em in November, but then again, I thought that the O.J. jury was gonna do the right thing.

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Marcia Reply:

On the heels of James Carville’s advice came the announcement that the president would “reframe” his economic message in a major speech. But rather than heed Carville and other worried Democrats, it was “déjà vu all over again.” He resurrected the old ploy of trying to scare people into voting for him by accusing Republicans of plans to beat up the disabled and throw granny of the cliff (again). Other pronouncements were surreal they so turned reality inside out. There was no new “narrative.” Perhaps Bob Beckel, Fox News’ liberal leaning contributor, said it best. He advised the president to stay off television for a while because he is “over-exposed.” Unfortunately, for the campaign, what is exposed is that Obama is clueless about he economy.

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