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As far as politics go, President Barack Obama and John Boehner have virtually nothing in common. And that makes him a perfect Republican for the White House to vilify.

The president and the House Republican minority leader don’t agree on stimulus spending or on tax cuts, and Boehner wants to repeal two of Obama’s signature accomplishments: the new health care law and tighter Wall Street regulations. On Wednesday, Obama visits Ohio — Boehner’s home state — to talk about the economy, and he may throw a few jabs at Boehner, whom Obama has called “out of touch.”

But political scientists and strategists aren’t sure that demonizing Boehner, generally unknown outside Washington, and a few other notable Republicans is a winning strategy, since most voters generally don’t closely follow national politics. Outside the Beltway, they say, not that many people even know whom the president is talking about.

“Folks like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Joe Barton don’t even have 50 percent name recognition nationwide,” Tom Jensen, a pollster for the liberal group Public Policy Polling, said in an e-mail. “And for the most part, people who do know them are hard partisans whose voting preferences are pretty set in stone. This is the kind of thing where people who work in politics need to keep perspective about just how unfamiliar average people are with most of the movers and shakers in D.C.”

Arthur Lupia, a political science professor at the University of Michigan, said the core audience of the strategy is the Democratic base. “For citizens who are not looking for reasons to distrust the GOP, this strategy is less persuasive,” he said in an e-mail.
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Without Bush to kick around anymore, Obama and company no longer have a huge target to distract voters with. Which maybe explains why they keep blaming him...
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pollyannaish

Ok. At some point, the best strategy is to understand that what you are doing is not working, people don't like it and they are sick of you trying to point fingers at someone else.

 

Why not come up with an idea or two that are new and try those on for size. Like...cutting the budget and renewing the tax breaks.

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Ok. At some point, the best strategy is to understand that what you are doing is not working, people don't like it and they are sick of you trying to point fingers at someone else.

 

Why not come up with an idea or two that are new and try those on for size. Like...cutting the budget and renewing the tax breaks.

 

That's way too easy. Remember, Obambi was a professor at Harvard, so he's used to talking down to people, despite the fact that he always comes across as arrogant and clueless.

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pollyannaish

Ok. At some point, the best strategy is to understand that what you are doing is not working, people don't like it and they are sick of you trying to point fingers at someone else.

 

Why not come up with an idea or two that are new and try those on for size. Like...cutting the budget and renewing the tax breaks.

 

That's way too easy. Remember, Obambi was a professor at Harvard, so he's used to talking down to people, despite the fact that he always comes across as arrogant and clueless.

 

Is it just me, or do those who talk down the most, know the least?

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Ok. At some point, the best strategy is to understand that what you are doing is not working, people don't like it and they are sick of you trying to point fingers at someone else.

 

Why not come up with an idea or two that are new and try those on for size. Like...cutting the budget and renewing the tax breaks.

 

That's way too easy. Remember, Obambi was a professor at Harvard, so he's used to talking down to people, despite the fact that he always comes across as arrogant and clueless.

 

Is it just me, or do those who talk down the most, know the least?

 

Good observation, my favorite teachers in college were the ones who'd look you in the eye, even if they were telling you had screwed the pooch on a paper. But they talked to YOU and listened to YOU, something this clown seems incapable of doing.

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That's way too easy. Remember, Obambi was a professor at Harvard, so he's used to talking down to people, despite the fact that he always comes across as arrogant and clueless.

 

To set the record straight, Zero was NEVER a professor at Harvard. He attended Harvard Law, was editor and then president of the Harvard Law Review (both are student positions).

 

He was an associate professor and senior lecturer at Chicago School of Law. His primary duties seem to have been to give lectures on Constitutional Law. This appears to have been the only REAL job he ever held, and one that suits his personalilty. Lecturing not only allows him to talk down to people, but also insulates him from the opinions of others.

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