Saturday, October 9, 2010

How to Energize Your Base, By Barack Obama

Geraghty points out this quote from the NYT:

Assuming that many independents are out of reach, White House strategists are counting on Mr. Obama to energize, cajole, wheedle and even shame the left into matching the Tea Party momentum that has propelled Republicans this year.

Let's look at the examples of Obama's various techniques ... energize, cajole, wheedle and shame.


‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

Not quite a Howard Dean "yeeeearrrrgggghhhh", but, um, ok...


"When I hear Democrats griping and groaning ... I say, 'folks, wake up'."


"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines"


"We can't let this country fall backward because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight."


"People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up ... if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place"


"The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands, complaining, is just irresponsible"





Well. Obama's got the complaining, whining, griping and groaning -- to people who he says are a bunch of complainers, whiners, gripers and groaners who don't care -- down pretty good. Persuading with flattery, not so much.

So get out and vote Democrats! Obama thinks you're lazy, not serious and irresponsible.

Apparently you weren't the ones you've been waiting for afterall, according to Obama.


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