Republicans couldn’t make this stuff up if they tried. Last night at the Democratic National Convention a glossy video proclaimed that we all belong to the government. No, really:
The Romney camp pounced with a Mitt Romney tweet declaring: “We don’t belong to the government, the government belongs to us.”
Not since “Life of Julia” portrayed the liberal dependency society have the Democrats blundered so in vividly describing their infatuation with the welfare state. They aren’t supposed to tell us!
So naturally, when this blew up, the Obama camp turned tail. An aide was dispatched to spin: “The video in question was produced and paid for by the host committee of the city of Charlotte. It’s neither an OFA nor a DNC video, despite what the Romney campaign is claiming.” Really, do we think no one at the DNC or the Romney campaign saw this before it was proudly displayed? Puleez. It’s bad enough to claim that President Obama isn’t responsible for the economy, but to say he’s not responsible for his own convention is a bit much.
But that wasn’t all. Politico quotes White House communications director Dan Pfieffer pronouncing that “only people who operate in the ‘Acela corridor’ from NYC to DC care about individual jobs reports and that most people are focused more on the fact that the economy is growing and adding jobs against after nearly crashing in 2008 and early 2009.” What about 42 jobs reports (of over 8 percent unemployment?)
It is a remarkably callous thing to in essence declare that you can spin yourself out of economic suffering. Imagine if a Republican presidential spokesman had said, “If you look at what the president has been saying for every jobs number for the past year or so, it’s almost exactly the same. We’re moving in the right direction; we’re creating jobs. No matter what the number is, that’s how we’ll approach it.” Good to know that there is no connection between the White House and reality; it has its talking points ready to go.
These incidents betray a certain cluelessness about how voters regard the president. The Obama hacks imagine that slobbering paeans to the government are unexceptional, even positive. They think the public is too dumb to know the economy isn’t getting much better. (In fact, it is beginning to contract again. ) The Obama team gives no indication of concern. After all, with the media in ecstasy over Michelle Obama and convinced Mitt Romney is “out of touch,” the Obama team figures, what could possibly go wrong? Well, people could start paying attention to what the Democrats are saying.