I don’t know how I feel about the theory that the President plays 3-Dimensional Chess with his adversaries – but I am of the firm belief that our Commander in Chief subscribes to one of Bruce Lee’s famous combat philosophies. Bruce Lee always stressed the importance of remaining calm during a fight: In doing so you conserve energy, and also have a clarity that lends itself to taking advantages of your mistakes brought on by their emotion and wasted energy. See Hillary Clinton. See John McCain. Witness Mitt Romney in real time. If the President is re-elected, and I suspect he will, it will be because the right’s extreme hatred leaving them exposed: Personhood Amendments, Transvaginal Ultrasounds , Paul Ryan’s budget, listing the crazy would take me all week. But today I’m totally buying the much talked about 3-Dimensional chess strategy of the Obama campaign that I’ve been hearing about.
OK, this story goes a little something like this: The President spoke with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board to lobby for their endorsement, but one of the conditions was that the conversation was to be off the record. The paper’s editor-in-Chief pitched a fit, then soon after the Obama campaign proceeded to give the OK on releasing the transcript. Here’s the thing, besides it being a pretty good read, there was nothing controversial in the aforementioned transcript whatsoever. What better way to get your message out there then to act like you originally wanted it off the record. I think this passage from the President is a dead fucking giveaway:
“The second thing I’m confident we’ll get done next year is immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.“
The “since this is off the record” part just to proceed to say something that the President always says, that he’s on the side of the Latino community and that the Republicans hate them? And wouldn’t you know it, that is precisely the part that I’ve seen cable news outlets focus in on all day. A master stroke Mr. President, you are playing chess with these checkers playing motherfuckers. Oh, Des Moines Register, you just got rolled.