If the recent election taught us anything, it's that Barack Obama certainly knows how to campaign. While to many of us his speeches were full seemingly small-bore issues like Sesame Street and contraceptives, these turned out to be perfectly calibrated to appeal to low-information voters. He is continuing this successful approach with the negotiations over the "fiscal cliff." He's even cut a campaign-style ad making his case for tax hikes.
Second is the extensive use of CNN "analysts" parroting the White House talking points on the negotiations. A significant percentage of CNN's remaining viewers may simply be Democrat operatives looking for effective sound-bites for their TV ads. It's an illuminating glimpse at the Democrat-Media industrial complex. Democrats issue talking points, media reproduces them as political "analysis" and the Democrats recycle this as confirmation of the correctness of their positions.
If Obama's latest campaign ad does anything, it ought to prompt a little soul-searching at CNN as they attempt to rebuild their tarnished image.
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