Happy Times

The Obama campaign commemorates 5 years since Obama announced for president. It’s political propaganda, of course, but boy is it some slick, professional, cutting edge advertising. And the consistency in tone with the ’08 campaign shows a remarkable feel for continuity of “branding”:

So does this mean that the 2012 Obama campaign will be going, unchastened and undisillusioned, back to its ’08 roots? While the right wing casts its lots with ugly resentment, demonization, regressiveness, and identity politics of the most mean-spirited and authoritarian kind, Obama’s pitch will remain hope and hero-worship—still of the substance-free kind? If so, it makes sense. He tried details- and compromise-based governance and his abysmal failure to win seemingly any messaging wars in his first term with more sober speeches and professorial dialectics probably indicates that this sunny Reaganism is probably his shrewdest route, tactically. If the Republicans will refuse to run against him as he really is and instead run against him as a symbol of everything their voters ever feared in the world, then he is simply going to go back to running as a symbol of everything that his base hopes for too. And he’ll hope that those in the middle are more effectively seduced by hope than by fear. In America, that’s probably still a good bet.

At least if the unemployment rate lowers or stays reasonably close to where it is now.

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  • jamessweet

    That’s about right, I think.

    I’ve become so much more hopeful for an Obama victory in November than I was just a few weeks ago. Some slight signs of improvement in the economy, combined with what is simply a disastrous Republican primary… Yeah, I think his chances are really good now.

    Don’t get me wrong; I am not fan of Obama as a president. But the alternative is clearly worse…

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      I have never wavered in my sureness that Obama is getting reelected. For realism’s sake, I know I have to put in the caveat about the unemployment rate. But personally, I don’t think it matters. He’s a lock.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM
  • http://anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com Bret

    Given the choices this year, I’m guessing there will be record low voter turnout. I don’t think Democrats are excited about voting for a moderate conservative… which is about as excited as Republicans are about voting for Romney, their moderate conservative.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Thirty or forty years ago Obama would have been a moderate, Rockefeller Republican. So now the choice is between a center-right candidate (Obama), a conservative candidate (Romney), a very conservative candidate (Gingrich), and a batshit crazy authoritarian (the frothy one).

    I won’t characterize Ron Paul, other than to note neo-Nazi Stormfront endorses him.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      There are no conservatives left running for President, only regressives and a soulless panderer who seems to believe nothing but says whatever he thinks the regressive portion of the Republican party wants him to.

    • http://ethicalrealism.wordpress.com/ James Gray

      Therefore Obama is a regressive or soulless panderer?

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      I meant among the Republicans.

      I don’t know what exactly Obama is.

  • http://fromwinetowater.wordpress.com/ Ivan

    Yep, sounds about right. I read a book called The Political Brain, and it definitely painted a picture of voting with the gut. It was more opinion than data, I suppose, but inasmuch as it can be trusted, the book suggests that professorial dialectics and the like will never win elections. Inasmuch as the Democrats keep trying such things, and the Republicans aim straight at gut feelings, Democrats keep ceding ground.


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