Friday, October 09, 2015

Inflammatory President Denounces “Inflammatory” Rhetoric

You probably already knew that if you oppose de facto open borders, if you support at least making an honest effort to stop importing welfare looters, criminals, terrorists, and other future Democrats, then you are a BIGOT.

What you may not know is that Our Dear President Obama has come out and said so – to a Hispanic audience, of course.  He also decried all the “inflammatory” rhetoric on immigration. . . .

Yes, Obama can be a bit weak on self-awareness.

Or is he?  For both his divisive, inflammatory rhetoric and the angry backlash of opponents is probably calculated, an old Leftist tactic really. Jim Geraghty summarized this insightfully Wednesday morning (and before Obama’s remarks):

Another big reason Republicans are angry is because they have a president who embraces a political strategy of deliberately and consistently enraging conservatives. Major Garrett detailed the White House’s calculated effort to be controversial and provocative in 2014:


This is the White House theory of “Stray Voltage.” It is the brainchild of former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, whose methods loom large long after his departure. The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness.


Mickey Kaus characterizes the approach as “gaslighting” -- giving your opponent a legitimate reason to get angry, then turning around and pointing to their anger as evidence they’re unhinged, obsessed, incapable of governing responsibly, et cetera.

Which is exactly what Obama was doing in his aforesaid speech. I would say Mr. Geraghty is a prophet except we’ve seen this game before.

I saw this juvenile tactic in action from Leftist students more than once during my Duke days.  It is sad that we now have a President who shamelessly exercises this same tactic and divides this country as few have. 

Obama is a Leftist student who never grew up.

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