"Democratic rhetoric is becoming ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections.
What is going on? Increasingly, journalists who cover the White House are concluding that the smears are part of a conscious strategy to distract voters from Obamacare, the sluggish economy, and foreign-policy reverses; the attacks are intended, the thinking goes, to drive up resentment and hence turnout among the Democratic base.
Major Garrett, the CBS White House correspondent, has talked with White House aides who confirm that the administration is working from the theory of 'stray voltage,' as developed by former White House senior adviser David Plouffe. 'The theory goes like this,' Garrett wrote. 'Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness.' ...
The White House, of course, denies that deliberate deception is its strategy. But they’ve been caught too often in the web of their own cynicism." - John Fund, National Review