By Clarice Feldman

Memo to Acme Products

From: Roadrunner Campaign Consultants

To: Acme Product Development

Subject: The Obama market

I see that you've okayed my idea for your new line of exploding cigar wrappers for the Obama market, now that Wile E. Coyote has joined the Obama campaign:

"The private sector is doing just fine."
"You didn't build that"
"We tried our plan - and it worked."

I anticipate enormous sales.

Those three departures from the script have the Wile E Coyote Obama ("Sheer Genius!") Strategery Team so off guard they keep flailing and sinking into the quicksand even deeper.

The one thing they hoped for was to play "look, squirrel!" with the media's help to distract voters from the horrific economy and Obama's management of it. Instead, they cannot stop focusing attention on it.

Obama should steal ideas from smarter people

It turns out that the "you didn't build it" theme was stolen from make believe Cherokee Elizabeth Warren. She got it from Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff. He's one of those wise guys who tell people -- mostly leftist people to be sure-- how to use language to hide meaning. In this case they hoped to hide the plan to steal our money and give it to Obama's supporters by pretending it was just a payback for services received. Unfortunately for Obama, voters aren't all as dumb as Berkeley undergraduates.

Good old Iowahawk (as usual) nails it in a tweet:

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
George Lakoff is to "cognitive message framing" what Barack Obama is to "presidenting." #aMatchMadeinFacultyLoungeHeaven

At the moment 59% of U.S. businessmen disapprove of the job he is doing.

The ads highlighting his missteps have been brutal.

He's working hard to undo his unforced errors, but it seems to be of no avail. Friday's Rasmussen poll had him 5 points behind Romney.

It's not just the remarks but, in responding to criticism of them, he's lost the cool, above-it-all, moderate professorial public persona he had cultivated in the last campaign and even his favorability ratings (not of much value any way unless you're running for Miss Congeniality) are also falling.

Even the diversionary tactic of asking for yet more Romney financial records is a flop.

Rick Ballard has his finger on the pulse of the electorate yet again:

"A close examination of the Gallup Voter Enthusiasm article reveals a fine grasp of political strategy and tactics unequaled since the McGovern or Mondale campaigns. They're heading for the history books and we should all wish them success in attaining their proper and well earned place."

The Democrats and their press buddies are getting worried and falling back on their usual gambits: Blaming the tea party and crazed Christianists for all the troubles in the world.

This Week's Tea Party Slander

I have some ideas for some other top notch items. Let me explain.

When all else fails, it's time for the media to help create another "look squirrel" or two moments, but again people have wised up.

First, the media tried to pin the horrific shootings in Aurora on the right, a tactic that in recent years they've tried 6 times, even though on each occasion -- as on this one -- it proved false.

The Blaze carefully documented each of these cases from which I draw this summary:

Dr. Amy Bishop: who killed three of her University of Alabama colleagues and wounded three more. Contrary to media speculation that she was a right winger motivated by racism, she " 'was a far-left political extremist who was obsessed with President Obama,' the Boston Herald reported."

Jason Lee, who took three people hostage at the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., on September 1, 2010, and took three people hostage. He turned out not to be a conservative, but an eco-freak.

William Edwin "Bill" Sparkman:

Field Representative for the United States Census Bureau William Edwin "Bill" Sparkman's nude body was found tied to a tree with the word "fed" scribbled across his chest on September 12, 2009, in Clay County, Kentucky. His government ID was taped his neck and his feet and hands were bound with duct tape.

Given the nature of his work and the fact that "fed" was written on his chest, it wasn't long before the media started suggesting he was murdered by anti-government conservatives.[snip]

As it turns out, Sparkman killed himself and staged it to look like a murder so his family could collect the insurance money.

Times Square Bomber:

On May 1, 2010, two New York Times Square street vendors noticed smoke pouring out of an SUV and quickly alerted a nearby police officer. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered a car bomb that had failed to detonate and removed it without any further incident.

The media and left-leaning politicians didn't waste any time jumping to conclusions.

[snip]But two days after the bomb was neutralized, the feds arrested 30-year-old Faisal Shahza who, according to U.S. officials, was trained in a Pakistani terrorist camp[snip]

Software consultant Andrew Joseph Stack on 18 February 2010, flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Tx., killing himself and IRS manager Vernon Hunter and injuring thirteen others.

Of course, because it was an IRS building, the press was more than willing to assume Stack was a member of the Tea Party.

Jared Loughner:

Mentally disturbed and apolitical Jared Loughner on January 8, 2011, took a taxi to a Safeway supermarket in Casas Adobes, Az., and opened fire on a crowd that had gathered to meet Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). Loughner's rampage left six people dead and injured thirteen more, including the congresswoman who, miraculously, survived a bullet to the head.

But before the police even had time to collect all of the shell casings, the media had already accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - and anyone like her - of being responsible for Loughner's insanity.

[snip] Loughner wasn't motivated by conservatives - he was motivated by the voices in his head. Prior to the Tucson shooting, he didn't watch TV, he burned American flags, he "disliked" the news, he pored over "The Communist Manifesto" and "Mein Kampf," and he didn't listen to talk radio. Furthermore, it has been revealed that he is a registered independent.

"He didn't take sides. He wasn't on the left. He wasn't on the right," said Loughner's high school friend Zach Osle.

Brian Ross who started the tea party slander of the week, apologized and admitted error but you can be sure someone else in the Fourth Estate will hurl similar slander at the tea party before this election campaign is over, fast diminishing returns to the contrary notwithstanding.

This week's look squirrel

If the right wing maniacs out there aren't engaged in mass murder, consumers and government must nevertheless punish them for exercising their right to free speech because they are hate-filled chicken sandwich pushing homophobes, if you listen to the media and Democrat politicians.

The instigator of this latest hate campaign was CNN. Terry Mattingly at Get Religion:

Here's a piece of a CNN report that is typical of the mainstream press coverage of this latest cyber-skirmish in America's battles over homosexuality, commerce and free speech (sort of).

(CNN) - The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that. But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.

"Guilty as charged,", Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.

Now, one would assume - after reading a reference to the "comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage" - that this interview . . . actually included direct quotes from Cathy in which he talks about, well, gay marriage.

In this case, one cannot assume that.

While the story contains tons of material defending traditional Christian teachings on sexuality, the controversial entrepreneur never talks about gay rights or gay marriage. Why? Because he wasn't asked about those issues in the interview.

As the talented ElizabethScalia observes:

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