Obama comes out the victor in the messaging battle of the fiscal cliff negotiations. CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette Jr. said: “He is so good at the business of politics that he’s really outmaneuvered them.”
How did he do this? According to John Judis in the New Republic, “He campaigned publicly. He framed the issues. He put the Republicans on the defensive in a way that he failed to do during much of his first term.”
Even the far-right Brietbart.com agrees. In a post titled: “GOP drift losing ‘cliff’ message battle,” Mike Flynn argues: “The GOP is doing nothing to educate the public about the stakes involved. President Obama, however, convincingly acts as if he is, and the public believes him. The GOP is tending to the weeds, while Obama tends to the forest. In other words, the GOP presents positions, not principle. Obama avoids positions and presents lofty visions. It is no wonder the GOP is getting clobbered.”
Within these snippets about the “message,” is a lesson I intend to apply in the coming months. I invite you to join me.
There is a message about energy and the economy; a “vision” that needs to be cast: Energy can fuel the American recovery. Energy could have fueled a recovery early in Obama’s first term. Obama’s anti-energy policies, and wasted expenditures on green energy, have held down the American economy and created a culture of government dependence.
On November 29, I was at a meeting where the new mini-documentary TruthLand was being shown. As energy was the topic, someone brought up the recent International Energy Agency report that claims the US will “overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's top oil producer by 2017.” It was a local group. They knew me. I was asked about the forecast. I scoffed: “Not under this president.” I continued: “I believe the resource is there. But Obama will never let us access it.”