Have you met Julia yet? She is our esteemed president’s newest campaign tool: a sample American who thrives under policies supported by Barack Obama and is certainly doomed under the brutal neglect of anything else. If you haven’t met her, please do so.
Now of course, anyone with anything approaching a sensible view of government is going to find this creepy. Here is what you want, ladies and gentlemen: to be a womb-to-tomb ward of the state. (Well, not womb, because in the perfect world of the left you can be killed practically for sport there, but that’s another post.) I do wonder, though: is it a bit too stark for even the base? I mean, aren’t they unaccustomed to being told directly (by their heroes) that they want to make them permanently dependent on the endlessly benevolent federal government? It seems to me that one of the main misdirections has always been dressing up these ultra-leftist policies with the individualist language of more conservative philosophies. This doesn’t even try.
It’s also a bit jarring how sophomoric the whole thing is. Doesn’t it look and feel like something that would get a B+ in a high school media class? I really kind of expected to find frowny-faces or wolves or something when it talked about what mean old Mitt Romney would do. I wonder how close they came to surviving the cut?
Despite a media machine that continues to be wildly and unashamedly supportive, Obama really doesn’t have much on which he can base a reelection campaign. He can’t run on Obamacare, because it’s deeply unpopular (and seems likely to be eviscerated imminently). He can’t run on delivering on his campaign promises, because he hasn’t (and in many cases has vigorously done the opposite). He can’t run on the economy, because it still sucks (and “Bush did it” plays nowhere but beat poetry readings anymore). So, so far, it’s let me protect you from that monster Romney, who would put all of you on top of the station wagon, given a chance. (Well, except investment bankers, and probably that culty church he goes to.)
If “Julia” is as good as it gets six months from Election Day, it’s likely to become very entertaining.