Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
David Shuster and Anderson Cooper had some fun with the term, ‘Tea Bag’ around April 15th. It was almost as if kids from junior high were writing their copies. I’m not even going to start about Rick Sanchez.
(Cartoon via Jim Treacher)
What needs to be done is to point back at them and laugh. They are not the smartest people in the world because they have a camera pointed at them. Journalism school is where most college washouts end up.
With Arlen Specter switching parties to be a Democrat (which he voted with most of the time anyway. Unless it was an election year and needed something to show to the Republican voters), it appears that Obama should have cart blanche for whatever he wants to do.
And this is before the Filibuster proof Senate too.
Does it look bad? Yes.
Should we as Americans give up the fight? Hell no!
After the unified voice of the Tea Parties that happened on April 15th, Pres. Obama noticed what was going on.
“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”
“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”
Right. Stimulus had nothing to do with it.
He finally admits he heard about the protests and promptly ignores the unified voices of “Stop Spending”. If he doesn’t want to hear the rants, make him hear the laughter.
Point and laugh at the President when Sen. Harry Reid tells of an old conversation he had with the then Sen. Obama.
“‘That speech was phenomenal, Barack,’ I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: ‘I have a gift, Harry.'”
And the very day Obama can’t even read his speechwriters words off of the teleprompter. That’s some gift.
Never in recent memory has there been an administration where the staff desperately needed to be made fun of. The head of the IRS has tax issues. The head of Homeland Security didn’t know how the 9/11 hijackers came into the country. The Chief Diplomat giving a big red button to a country we were trying to prevent them pressing their button during the Cold War.
As Jake Tapper said on his twitter feed the other night, Joe Biden has given Jason Sudeikis of SNL four more years of gainful employment.
The Tea Parties are a bipartisan organization but the Republican Party has worked tirelessly to make themselves irrelevant these last few years. I didn’t intend for this to sound so anti-Democrat but why beat a dead elephant? At the national level, the Republicans are officially absent. The Democrats have a filibuster proof Senate and a hundred plus majority in the House. If a bill is voted down in Congress, it will be because of a bipartisan effort.
Pres. Bush did help start the catalyst before he left office. By his own admission, he “abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system“. Pres. Obama is continuing in the same direction but at a much faster pace.
Besides, Obama is an astute disciple of the rules. If anyone cares to study John McCain’s campaign, you will see that it worked.
Surely Obama can hear the laughter with those ears of his. If he has thin enough skin where he can’t handle a little bit of criticism from the American people, how in the hell can he expect to go toe to toe with the little despot in North Korea?
Read the rest of the rules here. Learn them. Know them.
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