Obfuscation, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary:
ob·fus·cate (ŏb’fə-skāt’, ŏb-fŭs’kāt’)
tr.v. ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing, ob·fus·cates :
To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: “A great effort was made . . . to obscure or obfuscate the truth” (Robert Conquest).
As part of my research duties, I scour right wing blogs and websites to get somewhat of a “feel” as to what is being talked about on the other side. Much of it is nonsense, but there are some exceptions which give the campaign jitters. A spirited campaign has been made to infiltrate many pro-Hillary sites and discredit them. A more disorganized, but genuine effort has also been made to sow doubts among the unapologetically right wing sites such as redstate.com. Don’t you guys get it? This has been the Obama campaign’s sole strategy from the very beginning! The only way he wins is over a dispirited, disorganized, and demobilized opposition. This is how it has been for all of his campaigns. What surprises me is that everyone has fallen for it. You may point to the polls as proof of the inevitability of all of this. If so, you have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. How did we skew these polls, you might ask? It all starts with the media “buzz” which has been generated over the campaign. Many stories are generated on the powerful Obama ground game, and how many new voters were registered. None of this happens by coincidence. It is all part of the poll-skewing process. This makes pollsters change their mixes to reflect these new voters and tilt the mix more towards Democratic voters. What is not mentioned or reported on is not the “under-reported cell phone users or young voters” we hear so much about. What is underreported is you.
Just last week Erik was saying that The media and the left need you to be demoralized. Think about it: Obama has outspent McCain by hundreds of millions of dollars, spent in everything from a temple in Denver to beer and pizza in Berlin to postponing the final game of the World Series; By every account Obama should be leading in the double digits, and yet they’re tied within the polls’ margin of error – McCain even pulls ahead slightly.
Even with polls carefully slanted to make Obama look good: Thomas Sowell (via Maria) remarked a few days ago,
Some of these polls seem like they are not trying to report facts but to create an impression. One poll has been reported as using a sample consisting of 280 Republicans and 420 Democrats. No wonder Obama leads in a poll like that.
Intimidation and obfuscation: just two of the Obama campaign tactics of choice.