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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, February 6, 2012

Obama/Eastwood 2012

Charlie Pierce's take was mine, too, as soon as I saw the ad.  This was basically a campaign commercial for Obama without being a campaign commercial.

This goes, at root, to the various problems that the GOP has with economic reality.  You see the "economists" at the AEI and the Von Mises Institute can create any sort of bizarre take on reality they want.  The MBAs and their "quants" are more or less invested in reality.  And for them, they need Americans to feel better about things and start buying a bunch of crap.

As Pierce notes, Obama can't run on "Morning in America" unless job growth goes nuts by summer.  But GE and Chrylser can and need to spend a bunch of money to get people back on their feet and into showrooms as soon as possible.  And, again from Pierce, the GOP are running as a bunch of apocalyptic mooks, so they're already behind the 8 ball, rhetorically speaking.

What I would add, is simply that Obama has a secret Super PAC that no one knows about: the collective advertising dollars of every American company that wants to see demand in the economy go up.

Go ahead, make his day.

(Oh, and David Axelrod better have the ad campaign that produced that Eastwood spot on speed dial.)

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