The Obama playbook calls for a big media distraction from stories about his tanking popularity and cries of outrage with his performance now emanating from the Left, of all places — see here, here and here. So, I am updating my Obama Prevarication Predictor to add that within 72 hours of the release of really bad poll numbers about Obama’s performance as president, there will be a HUGE lie either about Gov. Palin, or attributed to her, in order to distract the media and public from the true, bad news about Obama.
At -14, Obama had the worst result on the Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index of his presidency on Sunday, August 23. (Today he has leapt up to -12.) The last time his numbers hit their lowest was July 30, at -12, probably due to the controversy following Obama’s July 22 primetime healthcare reform press conference where he spent an hour selling a bill he’s never read, that exists in no fixed form, with solutions that even people with a modest command of healthcare reform know were lowhanging fruit plucked and discarded in the 1990’s, and made the accusation that doctors make the decision to remove body parts based on their personal financial goals rather than the patient’s needs — then capped his performance with a truly spectacular display of cluelessness about the office of the president and his own deficient character in what became “Gatesgate.”
Then, on August 1, an Alaskan blogger put out the bogus claim that Gov. Sarah Palin was divorcing her husband Todd. Poof! Just like magic, the media and blogosphere pounced on the new bone.
The distraction did not go as well as planned, however, due to the investigative work of bloggers Dan Riehl of Riehl World View (see here) and Stacy McCain of The Other McCain (see here). So sad — not only was the rumor completely false, but also Riehl found that one of the bloggers purveying it, Jesse Griffin, had a no-show job paid for by big-time Obama contributors and had a behavioral profile disturbing in a single man working as a kindergarten teacher’s assistant. Copious sunlight had the same effect on Griffin that it does on traditional vampires.
So, Obama’s tanking and his playbook calls for a distraction right about now. However, I have to wonder if the usual henchbloggers and mainstream media shills might be a little reluctant to do Obama’s dirty work this time around. Dan Riehl found their money trail. It may take some time to make a new one. Which also can be found in due course. Sunlight is not going to flatter them at all, I suspect.
Update, 8/24/09: THAT was fast! See dear Stacy McCain at The Other McCain on the latest mendacious anti-Palin blogger to get outed and find the sunshine to be very unpleasant indeed. And what a coincidence her anti-Palin blog was founded on 9/15/08 at the same time the Obama campaign appeared to settle on a strategy to fight the damage that Gov. Palin did to Obama’s popularity after Sen. McCain chose her as his running mate. And I see Dan Riehl is hot on her trail, too: “When first we practice to deceive.“