Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ron Fournier Surveys Disenchanted Democrats

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Ron Fournier knows more disenchanted Democrats than anyone I know.  He trips over them in airports, and finds them in malls, ice cream shops and dumpsters, wherever he wanders.  He’s like a sniffer dog for Democratic disenchantment.  Not to mention that, uncanny as it seems, the ones that he finds? always happen to fluff-up Mr Fournier’s own arguments most eloquently.

His most recent sighting is, of course, no exception.  Fournier happened to be vacationing in Michigan where he had the opportunity to observe the Disenchanted Democrat, in it’s natural habitat, just outside Detroit.  Fournier came away from that encounter with the profound insight that President Obama is much too self-centered.

An insight that Mr Fournier has shared with the rest of us under the inspired title: Mr. ‘I, Me, My’: Obama Oughta Know He’s Not the Hero.  Struggling Americans are the “real” heroes as we learn in the subtitle:  A successful White House crafts its narrative around the struggles of Americans, not the president.

I’m not sure what Fournier considers the benchmark for successful White House narratives but, to hear him tell it, I have to assume that Mr Fournier, by his own secret gauge, does not feel that the White House measures up.  He’s not alone in that assessment, of course, but I’m not convinced that semantics are at the heart of the matter.

Fournier seems to believe that Americans are pretty miserable in this fifth year of Obama and that they might feel a lot better if the White House sounded more “successful,” instead of:

What do these folks hear from the White House and the rest of Washington? Whining, mostly. Obama and his GOP rivals can’t seem to tell the story of America without casting themselves as the protagonists.

[Fournier is one of the media’s most obsessive and accomplished practitioners of “both sides do it,” usually dressed with a sly dollop of false equivalence.  You’ll soon see what I mean . . .]

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/16/14 at 03:42 PM
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