Considering Plouffe is a message guy, this is clearly going to be the track the White House takes in dealing with their political opposition. What he does in this interview is an attempt to demonize and marginalize the most effective and outspoken leaders in the conservative movement. By doing this, Plouffe is not only trying to taint the perceptions of voters by using such incendiary language as "extremism" and "intolerance." He also attempts to scare the more moderate members of the Republican Party by claiming that the people he just painted as 'extreme' are their leaders too, so they might want to do something about that. Obviously an effort on his part to create division within the GOP.
President Barack Obama's political adviser, David Plouffe, on Sunday called Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin the leaders of the Republican Party — and also a "problem" for the GOP in this fall's elections and beyond.
Plouffe emphasized the "intolerance" and "extremism" of the tea party and of the right wing of the Republican Party as both a short-term and long-term electoral problem for the moderate GOP, citing their attacks even on conservative senators such as Tom Coburn of Oklahoma as an example of how narrowly they have tailored their messaging and base.
"Right now — and this is a problem for them — I do think Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, they are the leaders of the party," Plouffe said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "There is an intolerance in that party and an extremism that I think is where the real energy is, and so I think you'll see in '11 and '12 with that presidential primary, those are going to be the people who come
Tea-party-backed candidates — from Sharron Angle in Nevada, Rand Paul in Kentucky and, most recently, Joe Miller in Alaska — have enjoyed high levels of success in primary battles, but Plouffe and the Democrats are banking on the hope that these candidates will alienate independents and more moderate Republicans.
With Limbaugh, Beck and Palin emerging as the leaders of the GOP, and edging out more mainstream Republicans, Plouffe said Democrats could make gains in specific races across the country.
"That's going to be a problem [for them]," Plouffe said.
Just as many others on the left have done in recent days, Plouffe provides no real examples to back up his charge that conservatives are 'extreme' or 'intolerant?' He did say a crowd in Oklahoma "attacked" Senator Coburn for saying that he thought Nancy Pelosi was "nice." However, that crowd did not get violent, and as far as I know Governor Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck were not in attendance there. No, David Plouffe is just throwing those terms out there, providing no real examples, and hoping they stick.
You can bet that we are going to hear a lot more of this kind of thing from the left as they gear up for the upcoming elections in November. Regardless of the fact that this technique backfired on them during the health care debate. You can also be sure that the White House friendly media won't ask any of these people like Plouffe to back up their accusations with any concrete facts.
The Obama Administration are the ones guilty of holding extreme positions, and then forcing them on the American public, against their will. The most recent Rasmussen poll states that only 24% of Americans "strongly approve" of the job Mr. Plouffe's boss is doing. While only a whopping 42% approve at all. Those numbers are very low for the president, so this effort by his staff to demonize his vocal opposition doesn't surprise me in the least.
It should be noted that Governor Palin, someone Plouffe tried to paint as 'extreme,' actually stands with the majority of Americans on the major issues concerning our country. As Sheya pointed out recently, "on abortion 52% agree with Palin; on immigration 55% agree with her; on smaller government 63%; on taxes 66%." She does not hold 'extreme' positions and she is not 'intolerant.' Considering the numbers, I think David Plouffe should look at his own party and his own boss before trashing the views that a clear majority of Americans share with people like Governor Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck.