Monday, February 09, 2009

Obama Team Begins to take the Gloves Off

The Obama team is clearly embarking on a new and more aggressive strategic effort to draw attention to the size of his popular mandate and paint Washington as a place designed to obstruct the public’s will.

Case in point: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, on the presidential plane today, directly targeted cable news as out of touch with America when asked about polling on the stim package.
I think it’s illuminating because it may not necessarily be where cable television is on all of this. But, you know, we’re sort of used to that. We lost on cable television virtually every day last year. So, you know, there’s a conventional wisdom to what’s going on in America via Washington, and there’s the reality of what’s happening in America.

In addition David Axelrod came out on the campaign plane, saying that the new Gallup poll proves how out of touch Beltway insiders are with the public at large.
“If I had listened to the conversation in Washington during the campaign for president, I would have jumped off a building about a year and a half ago.”

Josh Marshall recently noted, that President Obama had not really tapped into the real source of his power — his popular public support — as well as he could be.

The Obama team is clearly trying to change that.

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