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I know I go against all the conventional wisdom when I maintain what I've long maintained: that our president is a bit of a dim bulb. Everybody loves to tell you how brilliant this man is, but I always come back to the same question: based on what evidence? Seriously. I'm not going to go all Forrest Gump on you and say, "Stupid is as stupid does," but what in his actions or his writings or his work tells us he's brilliant. Nothing. The media tells us he is, and that's not good enough for me to bestow the title upon him.
Now, that being said, I will tell you that if you're paying attention right now, you are seeing the one thing that this president is very good at. Again, it's different than being an intellect. People have skills that they can be very proficient at, but not be a brain. That's Obama. He's very good at Alinskyism. He's an excellent community organizer. He stinks as an executive, he is a terrible leader in that sense. But he can rabble rouse with the best of them.
And that's what we're going to start seeing again. We saw it in 2008 when he was a masterful campaigner. He knew how to exploit people's emotions and he drew on that to conduct a great campaign. He had people pulling together from every corner believing he would pay their mortgages and cause the oceans to recede. That's what caused such a bewilderment over these last few years, by the way. The chasm between what the campaign was and what the administration has been is just staggering. And it's ticked off some folks and disgruntled others.
But now, we're getting back into campaign mode and Obama is a great campaigner. Like I said, he may not be an intellect and he's certainly a disastrous executive. But in his campaign mode, he can use his remarkably honed skills as a community organizer to agitate, inflame passions of groups and use division and discord to mount a serious juggernaut. Republicans should take on his record, because Obama is going to have a great campaign - that much I guarantee you.
The Alinsky model that Obama learned so well is to make sure you have an enemy. Then freeze that enemy, isolate it, and wage a continual campaign against it. Make it the focus. And look at exactly what's going on right now.
Obama had really stepped in it with regard to this contraception mandate. He'd managed to pick a fight with Christianity. Not a good move, and in fact it could have cost him dearly. But look at the community agitator response. He's pivoted this whole conversation to being one not about his flagrant assault on the rights of conscience - which is what it is - but instead about being a Republican attack on women! It's incredible to watch. And, as any community organizer knows, you have to have unity in message from every quarter, every angle.
That's why you see the media talking about Rush Limbaugh's crude tirade. Crude tirade? Have these people ever listened to ANY left wing host on ANY given day? This stuff is commonplace for them. It's why you've got Nancy Pelosi complaining about no women being allowed to testify at a hearing where two pro-life women were allowed to testify. Truth doesn't matter. It's the message, it's the hysteria, it's the agitation. Get people inflamed on emotion and it will do wonders for your fundraising and your campaign.
And then check this out. If this doesn't prove exactly what I'm saying to you, then you're not paying attention:
President Obama will deliver this year's commencement address at Barnard College, officials at the college and the White House announced on Saturday.
Word of Mr. Obama's appearance at Barnard, a 123-year-old women's college in New York City, comes as the White House and Democrats have seized on Republican attempts to block a requirement for contraception coverage in the new health care law, saying it amounts to a "war on women."
Now, what's funny about this is that he bumped a woman editor for the NY Times from the spot, in order to speak at this graduation. You don't think this is coordinated? You're crazy.
This is what Obama is good at: the singularity and unity of message in crafting an effective public ad campaign. It's what community organizers do. I'm telling you, if only he could lead like he organizes, this wouldn't be nearly so concerning.