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Ever wonder what is going on when politicians say something completely over the top?  Take for example what Hillary said on Friday, “On women’s health, Clinton compares Republicans to terrorist groups.” (CNN)

Increasingly, journalists who cover the White House are concluding that the smears are part of a conscious strategy to distract voters from Obamacare, the sluggish economy, and foreign-policy reverses; the attacks are intended, the thinking goes, to drive up resentment and hence turnout among the Democratic base.

Major Garrett, the CBS White House correspondent, has talked with White House aides who confirm that the administration is working from the theory of “stray voltage,” as developed by former White House senior adviser David Plouffe.

“The theory goes like this,” Garrett wrote. “Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness,” Deliberately misstating information about key issues in order to keep certain issues before the public is often a premeditated strategy.

“The tactic represents one more step in the embrace of cynicism that has characterized President Obama’s journey in office,” John Dickerson wrote at Slate. “Facts, schmacts. As long as people are talking about an issue where my party has an advantage with voters, it’s good.” Frank James of NPR is another mainstream journalist who has concluded that the use of incendiary rhetoric is part of an electoral strategy.

Sourced from, “Stray Voltage Theory,” by John Fund April 20, 2014 7:00 PM @JohnFund

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Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry.

However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around corporate cronyism in banking.

I doubt we will ever hear these being shouted from rooftops. Read More »

When it comes to the members of Congress and the Executive, so long as they do no harm to the economy or to our national security, and do not further usurp what is left of our freedoms, I am not particularly bothered by who is in the chairs. I advocate politically only when I see any of this going off the rails, which it tends to do on a regular basis.

Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” When I look at Washington, I see both at full throttle most of the time. When I look at the parties, they wax and wane between the two by my lights, but as a decades-long student of history, I see more malice from the left and more idealism for its own sake, and more political stupidity from the right.

On idealism: “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.” We have progressed beyond this tipping point. “Dubya” was responsible for it and Obama hammered down the throttle. And here we are.

The blather and Sturm and Drang around the “Cliff” has become white noise, both sides playing chicken with something they created in the first place, both seeing everything through a political calculus. I am not an advisor to the GOP, but I do have a piece of advice for them: If you do not want to become a permanent political extension of the left, say this to the American public, “Raising taxes on those who now already pay most of the taxes is nothing more than an appeal to class warfare. It will accomplish next to nothing regarding deficit spending. On the other hand, we could eliminate 50% of current positions in the federal government with little to no impact on current services. We are open to broadening the tax base, but will not go along with any such proposal which does not simultaneously and permanently reduce spending $1.50 for every $1.00 in new taxation.” Then let it ride.

The election is over. You blew it (and I backed you). More elections are coming and all you can do is hold to your principles while you figure out how to be politically smarter.