Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Obama focus-grouped paint-by-poll-numbers State of the Union address

I don't often agree with Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, but I agree with her analysis of the Presidents State of the Union address.

The president, we were told, spent a good deal of time in the days leading up to his State of the Union address, going over it with a fine-toothed comb, making changes and additions in longhand.

But judging from the speech, he also spent a lot of time going over the results of focus groups and polls. Indeed, the speech, despite its charm, humor, and occasionally impassioned rhetoric, had the feel of being focus-grouped within an inch of its life. There was a decidedly paint-by-poll-numbers air about it. (link)

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1 comment:

  1. Such is the nature of politics: politicians don't care about principle anymore, they care only about polls and re-election.