[guest post by JD]
This is a supplement to Patterico’s …
Kevin Williamson has an excellent article at NRO about how Obama is shamelessly using children as human shields against actual factual discussion of the issues. It was written in advance of the circus yesterday with the children onstage and the campaign commercial with the children reading their letters begging to have their 2nd Amendment Rights taken away.
Why are Americans not embarrassed by this sort of thing?
You may agree 100 percent with the president’s position on gun control, but his stagey histrionics, his endless reliance upon human props, his cheap sloganeering, his emotionally driven hectoring: all of that bespeaks a very deep contempt for his audience, which is the American people. If he really believes that surrounding himself with adorable little tots is a substitute for substantive arguments for well-thought-out policy proposals, he thinks that the people — you people — are a bunch of rubes. Unhappily, 51 percent of the American people are happy to endorse his low view of them. There is something peculiar to political enthusiasts, a phenomenon I observed at both conventions this year: People in political audiences know that they are being manipulated, cynically and professionally — and they enjoy it. Obama’s admirers look up to him because he looks down on them, not in spite of the fact. There is something more at play than the mere admiration of stagecraft.