Members of the chattering class cite the reason for the current administration’s failures as its inability to get it’s message clearly across. All this makes me think that pundits need to clean out their ears and try, difficult as it may be, to focus.
Pundits listen to speeches and try to divine intent, tone and points for style. Rarely do we hear them comment on actual content. Pundits listen to other pundits and formulate agenda driven opinions based on agenda driven opinions. The main stream media is listening to the pundits, without reporting on what was actually said.
It seems that those on the far right are listening to Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Beck speaks in vague generalities that can only be deciphered by his disciples. Palin speaks in a way where each sentence includes at least one split infinitive and almost always ends with a preposition, resulting in incomprehensible gibberish. Those on the far left have their firebrands too, though at least they can reasonably manage their grammar. Those who distrust and dislike the firebrands listen to The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, preferring to receive their information in the form of satire. The rest are watching Dancing with the Stars or American Idol.
The administration is speaking clearly and forcefully. The problem is that no one is listening.