The 2012 Obama Propaganda Machine

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    By Michael Goodwin
    Despite complaints that it doesn’t have a vision for a second term, the president’s re-election team really does — you just need a rearview mirror to see it. Judging from the slant of its advertising, fund-raising and Hollywood helpers, Team Obama believes the only way their man can get four more years is to pretend the last three never happened.

    You can’t blame them. If the president ran on his record, he’d lose in a landslide. So he’s not running on ObamaCare, he’s running from it.

    The big idea instead is to relive his major accomplishment in life — getting elected, a historic first. Unfortunately, his standing has gone downhill since, so his handlers are trying to rekindle the magic by reminding voters of what they thought of Obama before he became president.

    It’s a neat trick, reminiscent of Soviet-style air-brushing, with the difference being the Obamabots are erasing years instead of rivals.

    Of course, because you can’t have a hero without a villain to vanquish, Sarah Palin is suddenly back, too. Even though she’s not a candidate, she stars in a new Obama commercial that gins her up as dangerous and ends with a plea for contributions — just like 2008 all over again.

    The idea is to prop her up as a symbol of the GOP, then knock her down. It’s no coincidence that the ad piggybacks on the themes of “Game Change,” a piece of Democratic propaganda masquerading as a new HBO film about the 2008 race.

    Ostensibly based on a book also unflattering to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as Republicans, the film ignores the inconvenient Clinton-Obama feud, deifies Obama and focuses like a laser on the flaws of Palin and John McCain.


    Polls are showing that most voters are resisting the idea that all is well and getting better in Obama’s America.

    Across the board, the president’s popularity is falling quickly, from about 50 percent back to the low-to-mid 40s. The findings came as a surprise to many in the media who bought the White House spin, which reflects their own prejudices, that Republicans are destroying themselves and Obama’s re-election is a done deal.

    Then again, that’s always the basic weakness with propaganda. It can only conceal the truth temporarily.