Film at 11: The Big O punches the hippies
"[I]f people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place."
Obama's a smart man; in Chicago, where I understand they dabble in politics, it's well understood that if you want my vote, you give me something ("And we get"?). But Obama's not doing that. So we see the comments from [Rahm,] Gibbs, [Axelrod,] and then Biden aren't random: The fish sneers from the head. Madrak's desire to "help us to help you" is misplaced; they don't want her help, and they don't view her as part of "us." For Team Obama, the left, even the mildest left, is a tendency to be feared, shunned, and purged. As Team Obama began in 2008, so they go on to do in 2010. They want the left out of the party, of course, because "the stars are aligned" for Social Security cuts after the election that are much worse than we imagine now, and only the lef might resist that. So anybody who might have a problem with that is being thrown under the bus before they can cause any more trouble. Well done.
The question for him is how to channel that anger in a way which leads to a better outcome. He says, regarding the fundamental economic issues facing the country, "no one is talking about this in ways that people can understand. We just say ‘oh, people are just too mad to think.’ That’s insulting to people. ‘They’re too apathetic to care.’ That’s insulting." Mr Clinton said he thought it was positive that President Obama has done town hall meetings. "You gotta let people get all that out. Legitimize their anger and tell them don’t let it cloud their judgment," Clinton says.
So why does Obama use it? The only answer I can see is that, yes, Obama really does want to be insulting. Why not keep it simple?
UPDATE And then there's this.
UPDATE In comments, Hugh reminds me to give a shout out to Rahm "Fucking Retards" Emmanuel.
UPDATE As BTD remarks, "It's obvious now that this is a concerted strategy."