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The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot/Talk/Nothin’ Straight

August 20th, 2010 - 2:37 pm

And I’m not talking about the Fab Five, either — but I do miss those guys.

Anyway, CATO sums up the “panic” in the White House over Obamacare’s failure to gain any traction with the public, based on a confidential memo from the Herndon Alliance. Now I haven’t read the whole memo, just the bits that CATO and Politico excerpted. But of those bits, here’s the one you won’t believe:

The presentation concedes that groups typically supportive of Democratic causes — people under 40, non-college educated women, and Hispanic voters — have not been won over by the plan. Indeed, it stresses repeatedly, many are unaware that the legislation has passed, an astonishing shortcoming in the White House’s all-out communications effort.

This President wouldn’t leave my damn TV alone for a year — Obama took to the bully pulpit time and again to sell this monstrosity. He spent his first year in office trying to get this thing over on us, like a drunk high school boy working a bra, but with less finesse. Then there were the endless summits. The endless speeches (over 100). Pelosi and Reid’s primetime trickery for four solid months from Thanksgiving until they schemed its passage through in March, the legislative equivalent of a bought jury. And since then, all the talk about the “historic achievement,” with the mainstream media doing a propaganda job that would make the folks at Pravda blush.

And yet — did you read that line? — somehow, “many are unaware that the legislation has passed.” That’s not some “astonishing shortcoming.” That unadulterated incompetence, elevated to fine art. By “fine art,” I mean, the art of Christo: Mammoth, public, shameless, useless — and with any luck, quickly fleeting.

Very, very quickly fleeting.

UPDATE: Sometimes, the obvious explanation isn’t the first one you think of. But instead of incompetence, let’s instead suppose that all that sales effort went to waste simply because people stopped listening to their President, bare months into his term?

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