Alinsky, You Magnificent Bastard, I Read Your Book!
"Team Romney Invades The Chicago Gang's OODA Loop, With An Assist From New Media," Hugh Hewitt writes:
Which brings us to the dinosaurs who are running the Obama campaign, with its stilted rhetoric and stunts, now caught in an OODA loop match with a Team Romney vastly more adaptive and effective than the Chicago Gang that talks a good game but can't execute a decent series in over a month.
Here's what the best and the brightest running the president's flailing campaign don't seem to understand: Everyone knows everything except the stuff the White House is covering up like Fast & Furious, the secret deals behind Obamacare, and the full extent of the Solyndra-like crony capitalism that is going to define this presidency.
"The cake is baked," I told Mike Allen yesterday though he rejects my argument that the latest polls spell doom for the president absent a foreign crisis like an attack on Iran by Israel or the U.S. The latest numbers showing margin-of-error races in blue states Iowa, Colorado and Nevada, poll results marked by significant numbers of "undecideds," really mean terrible trouble for the president because "undecideds" don't break the president's way. They know what they think. They just don't want to tell pollsters.
The emergent media have told all the stories about the president, and voters have been listening. Citizen journalists have spread them far and wide while old media watched Piers Morgan ramble on in incoherent mutterings against Jonah Goldberg. The story has been written and absorbed by the country far and wide, and the last ones to know it are the Manhattan-Beltway media elites.
President Obama rode a financial panic and media chaos to victory four years ago. This cycle he's the one with the terrible record and a thousand and one new media outlets eager to remind everyone of its details.
Listen to the Buzzfeed audio of the chanting of Solyndra at David Axelrod yesterday. (HT: Andrew Kaczynski, Cleveland St. Ignatius' finest.) The would-be ambusher ambushed and the audio filed by a new media rising star in time for me to play it across the country.
That's why the president is flailing. Though he knows everything about Judaism, he's ignorant of the reality of media while Mitt Romney and his team have gotten ahead of the curve being drawn by thousands of new name using new platforms to force an old elite to concede.
Today's "unexpectedly" disastrous economic numbers combined with praise for Romney's real-world business savvy from...Bill Clinton(?!) aren't exactly helping the president's reelection chances -- particularly since they'll cause plenty of bloggers to remind their readers of this moment from the halcyon early days of Hopenchange:
Update: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD): "I think Bill Clinton is correct" in defending Bain and private equity from Obama's attacks.