Maybe our memories are fuzzy, but do you remember any mainstream media outlets telling us in 2008 or 2012 that there was anything untoward or frightening about Barack Obama’s much-publicized, data-oriented campaign strategies? We saw plenty of articles and news clips that honored this young, hip politician from Chicago and how he whupped up on the old, white Republican Party when it came to using the internet for his purposes…we saw lots of that. But we don’t remember anyone saying, Gee, maybe we ought to think about why a politician – even one we love and adore like Obama – has access to all of this social media information. It seemed just fine at the time.
But apparently it wasn’t just fine, because now that Trump’s data company, Cambridge Analytica, is in the news for having done exactly what the Obama campaign did…it’s suddenly the worst thing to have ever happened in the dirty world of political gamesmanship. Notwithstanding the other claims members of the company made in a hidden-camera expose that ran in the UK, their work mining Facebook data does not seem terribly out of place in the world of Brave New Politics. That’s not to say it’s not worthy of alarm or that it’s not a good reminder that anything you put on social media can and will be used against you – it’s both of those things.
It is certainly not anything new, though.
Rush Limbaugh noted the obvious jealousy on his show Monday.
“The Drive-By Media, the Washington establishment, the Democrat Party, the faux conservative Never Trumpers supposedly on our side all think what? That Trump is a bumbling idiot, that he’s a buffoon, that he’s a bull in a china shop, that he’s uncouth, that he’s a barbarian, that he’s unsophisticated, that the guy is just filthy,” he said. “He’s loud. He’s boorish. He’s uncivilized. And he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He doesn’t know about politics. He doesn’t know the way the establishment works.
“So here’s Trump, doesn’t know which way is up, he’s an idiot, he’s an embarrassment, but look at what he did,” Limbaugh continued. “He literally stole a presidential election, and he did it with his buddies the Russians, and there isn’t a shred of evidence. And then this Neanderthal actually knew how better to exploit high-tech data collection, the internet and Facebook than Crooked Hillary or Obama were able to do. And not leave a shred of evidence, not a single fingerprint. What a bumbling idiot.”
That sums it up. The Democrats’ narrative on Trump makes no sense whatsoever, but they’re throwing so much stuff at the wall, they’re hoping people just get confused and say, Gee, I guess this “idiot” Trump actually did all of this crazy stuff and basically got away with it! Right under the nose of the greatest intelligence community in the history of the planet! Remarkable. They’re mad that Trump beat them at their own data game so NOW it’s a big problem.
Keep fishing, Dems. You’ll catch something eventually.