One of the first rules of persuasion is to avoid directly stating facts which will hurt your case. Before the tape’s release, many if not most Americans had no idea about the size of either group of 47%. I would suggest that those who now know are quite unhappy with these conditions and are pinning the blame squarely on Obama, where it belongs. One sign that I may be right: the reaction of U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, a seasoned Democrat, was not primarily to go after Romney, though he did; it was to suggest that he is “open” to the idea of having everyone pay at least a little income tax. You don’t do that if you believe that most of your potential constituents are happy with the growing entitlement state.

The capper was Obama’s appearance on David Letterman’s show, where he told the starstruck host that he didn’t know how big the national debt was when he took office, and that our debt isn’t a short-term problem. Many disengaged and undecided voters had to be appalled.

Perhaps Obama defines “short-term” as “anything happening before January 20 of next year.” If so, here’s hoping that we don’t have to deal with him as president in the long-term.

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