February 6, 2009

THINGS WERE ALWAYS GOING TO GET UGLY AS THE CIPHER GOT SOLVED:

Obama's Very Bad Week: The man who controlled the media narrative so expertly during the campaign has lost it, Nicolle Wallace writes. How to get it back? Start by dumping the stimulus bill. (Nicolle Wallace, 2/06/09, Daily Beast)

Team Obama has a big problem on its hands. The White House has lost control of the press narrative. No single news cycle can make or break a president’s momentum. But getting trapped under a damaging narrative can take weeks to shake off. The bad Obama narrative was summed up by Sen. Lindsey Graham today: “If this is the change we all can believe in, then Americans’ best days are behind them.”

Sen. Graham did more than coin the sound bite of the day—he put a frame around the problem facing the new president and his overconfident team. Their troubles seem to fall into three categories:

1. Hypocrisy: If you talk about change but your actions fail to live up to your message, then people stop believing that you’re different;

2. Sharp elbows: Nancy Pelosi will doom the White House legislative agenda with her hyper-partisanship and her self-obsessed, power-hungry ways;

3. Reality: The problems confronting America’s economy and security are complex, and the solutions are neither clear, nor politically popular.


Was there anything more predictable than that a candidate who stayed so consciously amorphous was going to start losing support if he got elected and began taking shape? No matter what he does it's going to be different than what people had imagined because candidate Obama was just a creation of their imagination.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2009 7:39 AM
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