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(Slate)   How Obama has perfected the art of political trolling, with help from a "we just can't help ourselves" GOP   (slate.com ) divider line
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2013-02-06 09:43:16 AM  
By having a functioning brain and the bare minimum of sociopathy associated with running for high office?

It ain't like he's trying to beat Bobby Fisher at chess.
 
2013-02-06 09:43:57 AM  
"Make" the Republicans look like kooks? I think you are mistaking this with, every instance that a modern GOP talking head opens his or her mouth.
 
2013-02-06 09:44:13 AM  
FTFA: The president likes to make Republicans look like "kooks." And they usually take the bait.


What they are is many levels lower than kook so really he's being a friend.
 
2013-02-06 09:50:39 AM  
If there's anything that will help bridge the divide between the parties/people and get this country back in good shape, it's a good troll.
 
2013-02-06 10:05:10 AM  
The Republicans are aware of this tactic, and they resent it, one of them describing it to me as "finding four people on Twitter and making it look like they speak for us."

So once again, it's Obama's fault? How loud were the crickets when you asked about non-entities Former South Carolina GOP Executive Director ToddKincannon? He's one of your own, willing to drag your Party's name down, and instead of calling these assholes out, you farktards are making excuses.

Grow up, GOP.
 
2013-02-06 10:13:49 AM  
It is not fair that the lamestream media reports the things that GOP legislators say on national television.
 
2013-02-06 10:13:59 AM  
This White House makes that harder, because it has an intuitive understanding of what could make Republicans look stupid.

Repeat exactly what they say.
 
2013-02-06 10:36:05 AM  
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2013-02-06 10:38:00 AM  
The president likes to make Republicans look like "kooks."

And he does it by pointing out FACTS about the KOOK stuff they do. The GOP needs to stop pretending this is about branding, image, spin, or any other horseshiat. They ARE the party of kooks.

Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, The Tea Party, Dubya, Sarah Palin, the list goes on and on.

Stop pandering and acts like adults.
 
2013-02-06 10:38:51 AM  
Obama is not responsible for the Republican Party looking bad.

Boehner's unyielding caucus sets the official background for the daily sound bites that come straight from the mouths of Republican candidates and state/local GOP leaders. Their ridiculous statements (often right from the GOP platform) play out daily and then each gets his/her well deserved ridicule on the Daily Show. And it's not just Jon Stewart, the outrages of the day are further elevated by the megaphones of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. That's when these phony crises thrust their way back into mainstream politics because it's inevitable that some member of Boehner's clown act says something even more ridiculous that leads the next news cycle. It's the Republican Derp feedback loop.
 
2013-02-06 10:49:20 AM  
It's never Obama's fault is it Libs.

Jeez, what we gonna blame it on bush or Sarah palin now?
 
2013-02-06 10:59:15 AM  
Good to hear they recognize how toxic knee-jerk opposition was to the party brand and that they are starting to understand that Americans have to see them as at least open to negotiation (instead of issuing ultimatums of what the parameters of the debate can even be to get them to the table when they force an issue to grind to a halt) to get out of the hole they're in.

The problem is the entire establishment rode the tiger that is the New John Birch Society (seriously: name one difference between the Tea Party's platform and that of the John Birch Society's back in the 60's). You can't say that the Glen Becks and groups like Americans for Prosperity "don't speak for us" when you spent 4 years championing them for speaking truth to power, especially when it's not their message that changed as much as your willingness to be associated with that message.
 
2013-02-06 11:17:52 AM  
Obama is sort of like Pavlov and the Republicans are like his dogs.  Every time President Obama provides them with any stimuli, the right goes full derp.
 
2013-02-06 11:29:13 AM  
The Republicans can try for all the message discipline in the world and it won't make a lick of difference. Obama has used this strategy successfully and will continue to do so until the Republicans acquire the courage to stand up to the conservative media heavyweights as well as their own base.

By 2012, the Republican establishment knew that the birther rumors made them look crazy, so what did they do? They put Donald Trump on an airplane and sent him to help Mitt Romney campaign. Same thing with Glenn Beck. What happened during the primaries when some crazy told Rick Santorum Obama's a secret Muslim? He just shrugged it off. "Hey it's not my business to tell people what to think."

Well actually it is. You can make Frank Luntz produce all the moderate-sounding talking points in the world but until you defang the derp wolves that do your bidding Obama will continue to throw them delicious troll steaks, which they will devour loudly and publicly.
 
2013-02-06 11:34:01 AM  
Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.
 
2013-02-06 11:36:33 AM  

SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.


I live with my mom

Weak.
 
2013-02-06 11:50:46 AM  

SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.


Wow.  Someone still thinks the economy is a valid talking point?

This is why we laugh at Republicans.  It's just so easy.
 
2013-02-06 11:51:37 AM  

SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.


lol!
 
2013-02-06 12:09:02 PM  
It's the "This Little Light of Mine" syndrome.  The hardcore Tea Partiers are true believers.  They know they're right.  The won't moderate.  They won't rebrand.  They will always - ALWAYS - yank their little light out from under the bushel, usually at the worst possible time.
 
2013-02-06 12:10:42 PM  

SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.


You're just not even phoning it in anymore. What's worse than that? You're telegraphing it in.
 
2013-02-06 12:33:09 PM  

Vodka Zombie: SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.

Wow.  Someone still thinks the economy is a valid talking point?

This is why we laugh at Republicans.  It's just so easy.


Maybe Obama and his supporters are laughing at an economy with negative growth and rising unemployment.  Others don't see the humor in it.
 
2013-02-06 12:42:41 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.

You're just not even phoning it in anymore. What's worse than that? You're telegraphing it in.


You sure he's not hiring a singing telegram?
 
2013-02-06 01:22:09 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.

You're just not even phoning it in anymore. What's worse than that? You're telegraphing it in.


He's already gotten 4 replies. That's a decent troll.
 
2013-02-06 01:28:01 PM  

SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.


what an internet bully

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2013-02-06 01:42:08 PM  
Troll-in-Chief
www.vanityfair.com
 
2013-02-06 02:01:22 PM  

SpectroBoy: The president likes to make Republicans look like "kooks."

And he does it by pointing out FACTS about the KOOK stuff they do. The GOP needs to stop pretending this is about branding, image, spin, or any other horseshiat. They ARE the party of kooks.

Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, The Tea Party, Dubya, Sarah Palin, the list goes on and on.

Stop pandering and acts like adults.


The fundamentals of their party are sound.. It's merely a matter of how best to present their ideas and policy initiatives. I'm sure they'll get their messaging back up to snuff in no time at all. Personally, I can't wait to vote for them.
 
2013-02-06 02:14:15 PM  
Politics has become another consumer good.  Here's how that works:

Somebody comes out with a new car, or a new laptop, or a new political talking point.

Once upon a time, you could run some ads, get a few influential columnists or reviewers to say flattering thngs, and that was it.

But a pyramid or hierarchy of consumer opinion developed (much of this was pre-internet for expensive things like cars). The small number of people who are really in to cars or laptops or politics will look over the new thing carefully, kick it around, and reach a consensus of opinion.  They are what marketers call opinion leaders.

From them it filters down: hey, that new Mazda is a great car.  Hey, that new tablet really isn't worth the money.  Hey, that Benghazi thing isn't really a thing.  And so forth.

Republicans haven't figured this out.  They think its still 2004, when you can Swiftboat someone, when you can tell a big fat lie and by the time the correction comes out, most people will still believe Saddam was behind 9/11 etc

Now and then, it still works.  47% at the height of the recession didn't pay federal income tax becomes 47% of all Americans pay no taxes and live off of government largesse. Oversimplifications, when they resonate with preconceived notions, will work.

Its why something like "corporations are people" backfires: what was a reasonable point (the money flows to shareholders, who are people) instead was oversimplified, fit with pre-existing notions, and hung on Romney like a millstone.  Given his use of quotes out of context, it was truly ironic.

Republicans only appeal to their own, within their own bubble, and aren't trying to convince opinion leaders who aren't already loyal to their brand.  They'll never get consistent traction for policy or opposition critiques until they do.
 
2013-02-06 02:29:22 PM  
FTFA: "Eric Cantor grabs a plastic dinosaur from the pile of toys in front of one-year-old Mekhi Scott, taps the beast on the table and growls,RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
 
2013-02-06 02:48:52 PM  

Evil High Priest: The fundamentals of their party are sound.. It's merely a matter of how best to present their ideas and policy initiatives. I'm sure they'll get their messaging back up to snuff in no time at all. Personally, I can't wait to vote for them.


ferringtonpost.com
 
2013-02-06 03:55:15 PM  

heavymetal: Obama is sort of like Pavlov and the Republicans are like his dogs.  Every time President Obama provides them with any stimuli, the right goes full derp.


The GOP is run by Little Albert and Obama is John B Watson.

What is the furry white bunny in this game of Classical Conditioning?
 
2013-02-06 04:05:54 PM  

Evil High Priest: SpectroBoy: The president likes to make Republicans look like "kooks."

And he does it by pointing out FACTS about the KOOK stuff they do. The GOP needs to stop pretending this is about branding, image, spin, or any other horseshiat. They ARE the party of kooks.

Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, The Tea Party, Dubya, Sarah Palin, the list goes on and on.

Stop pandering and acts like adults.

The fundamentals of their party are sound.. It's merely a matter of how best to present their ideas and policy initiatives. I'm sure they'll get their messaging back up to snuff in no time at all. Personally, I can't wait to vote for them.


Like farking hell the fundamentals are sound.

The entire party IS their messaging and presentation, and that veneer is finally cracking to reveal the ugly, obstructionist, party-first and scorch the earth underpinnings that have made up the foundation of the GOP for the last 20 years.

The dems aren't angelic or anything but at least they aren't anathematic to democracy.
 
2013-02-07 10:28:42 AM  

friday13: cameroncrazy1984: SkinnyHead: Maybe if Obama had put more effort into the fine art of being president, the economy wouldn't be so bad.

You're just not even phoning it in anymore. What's worse than that? You're telegraphing it in.

You sure he's not hiring a singing telegram?


"Candy-gram for Mon SkinnyHead"
 
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