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Ed Driscoll

When Cognitive Dissonance Strikes the True Believers

September 18th, 2013 - 8:34 pm

“Obama Scores as Exotic Who Says Nothing,” leftwing journalist Froma Harrop wrote on the day after Christmas of 2006 at Real Clear Politics, in an article whose headline and timing signaled the arrival of the man whom the MSM would quickly come to worship as “sort of God,” and for those with a bit more sense, was also a warning of the vacuity of their object of affection.

Today, true believers remain, such as the Politico, which recently published the astonishing sentences, “No one will ever mistake Obama for warm and fuzzy. But when he tries even a bit, he can’t help being winning. His smile remains dazzling, even if he flashes it less often.”

Remember, the Politico was founded in 2007 by two former Washington Post staffers who wanted a harder-hitting vehicle whose reporting would delve into  much more in depth coverage than the broadly-focused Post could ever hope to accomplish.

No really, stop laughing; that was the plan. But back on planet earth, while the Politico remains in teenage groupie mode over what they describe as Mr. Obama’s dazzling smile, others in the hermetically sealed world of the elite MSM are least gradually becoming somewhat aware of the president’s myriad flaws. But as Neo-Neocon asks, “They may be seeing Obama’s feet of clay—but then what?”

I’ve written extensively about the phenomenon of political change. But that can obscure the fact that political change is rare, even when people are confronted with dissonance that should be a challenge their beliefs. It is just too painful, too threatening (too “difficult,” as expressed in the title of my series) for most people to actually change their political affiliation, despite whatever challenges their beliefs might encounter.

There are other aspects of political change that are hard. Prominent among them are the social negatives I’ve also written about many times: rejection by friends and family if one is leaving the fold, or at the very least social awkwardness and the need to avoid certain topics if peace is to be maintained. But serious and sobering though that prospect is, it pales in comparison to the more basic potential alienation: separation from the previous self and its beliefs. And so it is hardly surprising that most people will do almost anything to avoid such a rift.

In other words, despite their deeply held messianic love of The One and those sweet, sweet memories of the good old days so long ago in 2008 and early 2009, the MSM would much rather toss him to the curb, than dare commit the thoughtcrime of questioning the narratives that guide their lives.

But who to replace with him — dishwater dull old retreads like Hillary, Biden, or Kerry? Or somebody like Obama in 2006 and 2007, new and unknown who will score as an exotic who says nothing, but flashes a dazzling smile? Who’s the likely next Bright, Shiny Leftwing Object of Affection for our ever-gullible MSM?

Related: “So When Can We Expect Obama’s Malaise Speech?”

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I was a liberal, when I was 12.

There comes a time when one has to put away childish things.
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OK then - what does a community organizer do? They have no idea.

Organizes part of the community against the rest of it, using demonization as the principal weapon, and is cheered on by the leftwing press.
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The time to argue qualifications was 2007. And anyway, qualifications don't matter to Americans; otherwise, Mitt Romney would have won.

I do agree that the extremely thin bench of young Democrats bodes poorly for that party in the future. It's all aging baby boomers over there.
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Tammy Duckworth: female, disabled vet, from IL, she appears Phillipine or Latin. She votes her party lineand just walked out of the Benghazi hearings, yesterday. I can hardly believe a DAV would do that.
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Kerry would be fun. We could re-fight the Vietnam War over again...again.
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Maybe Sandra Fluke will be available...
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Shame, using the word "vacuity" - if the extremists of the left read that they can only wonder what the heck you're talking about! If we're gracious to them we should at least give them credit of having the mentality of a three year old. Communists are the dumbest people in the world.
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I'm thinking Elisabeth Warren. A female, compulsive liar, affirmative-action-propelled, brainless squish with absolutely NO qualifications for any position requiring judgement or brains. It's either that or convince "weepy" boner to have "the operation" and change parties (in which case you would get the same ongoing results).
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And...high cheekbones, complete with a "victim heritage".

Her campaign song will inevitably be a medley of Cher's "Half Breed"...and a feminine anthem "I Will Survive".

Perfect for the plastic left...something for TAMMY, (The Agenda Media) to do their "trophy wife jjournalism"...on a female.

In fact, the Clinton/Warren ticket just about circles the empty rhetoric bases.
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Unfortunately for them, they'll never give up on St. Barack. People I know have had a blow-up copy of a Newsweek cover from late 2008 shortly after the election, showing Big O striding purposefully somewhere. They have it blown up to about 36" x 24" and framed, and mounted on their living room wall over the mantelpiece, sort of like my grandparents did with pictures of Jesus and Pope John XXIII. The libs will continue to worship St. Barack with all the zeal of true believers.
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Are you being serious?

If so, that such people even exist is frightening.
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I was a liberal, when I was 12.

There comes a time when one has to put away childish things.
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Paraphrased:

"A conservative at 20 has no heart; a liberal at 40 has no *brain*."

- Winston Churchill (though variously attributed)
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I was never a "liberal-liberal" but when I was 18 I used to wonder why the world had to be so stupid, violent, unfair, full of conflict, etc. At 18, you have to be either very mature or very insane to look at the world and NOT think "This is insane. Why is it like this? Why are people so cruel and blind and idiotic? And why doesn't somebody DO something about it?"

A liberal never lets go of those 18-year-old questions. A conservative does.

Is that a good thing? I don't know. Was Don Quixote an admirable figure or just a silly old man?
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I made the switch from being a "liberal" as that is defined in modern times to a "classic liberal" (the real liberals, who are the grownup versions of libertarians) primarily because of one factor of the Democratic Party: it had become squishy and feminized. My "ideology" has to have testosterone in it. I was also brought up in a "progressive" household of sorts, and, believe it or not, it was oppressive, so I "rebelled."
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I think they lost it when they transformed from the party of the working class to the party of race, gender, and class. The former involved confrontation, the latter involves writing dissertations.
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OK then - what does a community organizer do? They have no idea.

Organizes part of the community against the rest of it, using demonization as the principal weapon, and is cheered on by the leftwing press.
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Who’s the likely next Bright, Shiny Leftwing Object of Affection

Nailed it! Bravo!
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