Obama to mount PR offensive to paper over his Israel troubles
July 1, 2011 - 1:08 pm
Team O is worried over the possibility of losing Jewish votes and cash. Emphasis on cash.
Obama’s top presidential campaign advisers are putting together a plan to go on the offensive against critics of his stance on Israel, I’m told, and are assembling a team of high profile surrogates who are well respected in the Jewish community to battle criticism in the media and ensure that it doesn’t go unanswered.
Obama’s supporters say the plan is in effect an acknowledgment that conservative attacks on Obama’s Israel stance have made defections among Jewish voters and donors a possibility they must take seriously. Obama’s advisers see a need to push back even harder on the attacks than they did in 2008, in part because Obama now has a record on the issue to defend — a record that even Obama’s supporters concede has not been adequately explained.
It seems to me that once again Obama and his advisers are blaming bad PR for the effects of bad policies. His administration has taken the Palestinians’ position on borders and we learned today that it has swapped Israel for North Korea on its terrorism watch list. Those policies really can’t be “adequately explained” in a way that makes them seem anything other than what they are: at best very questionable, and at worst, hostile to Israel.
Look for the Obama PR offensive to be carried without due skepticism in the MSM:
with surrogates publishing op ed pieces that represent the White House’s point of view.
Every single pro-Obama op-ed in the MSM on the subject of Israel should be considered to be nothing less than part of his political campaign. You know, like pretty much every other pro-Obama op-ed in the MSM already is part of his campaign.