Actually, You Do Have a Messaging Problem, When Your Message Is Sheer Arrogance
Marshall McLuhan was right: when it comes to Barack Obama, the medium really is the message.
November 15, 2010 - 12:00 am
The latest attempt at rationalization from our friends on the left is that their devastating electoral rebuke is the result of “bad messaging.” In other words, BHO, the man who evoked hosannas as the most eloquent and effective communicator since FDR, if not Lincoln (if not Jesus Christ and/or Julius Caesar), was a victim of his own unfortunate tongue-tiedness. If only he could have gotten out his message of hope and change, his dwindling admirers lament, we could have kept marching toward the New Jerusalem of social justice and universal entitlement.
The subtext of such remarks, of course, is that we, the lumpen bozos, are too dense to appreciate the brilliance and moral superiority of the vanguard elite who bring us, out of the goodness of their hearts, “progressive” policies. Leaving that problematic idea aside for a moment, it should be noted that the Democrats have actually begun to get a glimmer of a hint of a clue when they say they have a messaging problem. That’s because you really do have a problem when the main thing you communicate is arrogance.
The latest proof of this is soon-to-be-ex-Speaker Pelosi’s act of noblesse oblige: She’s determined to keep leading (and pushing) the congressional Democrats off a cliff, thus helping preserve (to the Republicans’ glee) a constant reminder of the three amigos of the Dempocalypse: Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. How to explain such a comically bone-headed move? Simple: It’s the very essence of arrogance.
It’s the same arrogance that withheld what we wanted (a growth-friendly government) while giving us what we didn’t want — a “stimulus” that mainly transferred money to unionized public workers (and thus back to the Democrats themselves via the dues siphon), a “cap-and-tax” bill, and a government takeover of Detroit, student loans, and health care. And that congratulated itself at every turn. And the same arrogance that sees us as small-minded wretches who can’t understand all this beneficence. Such overweening arrogance is a byproduct of delusion.