Some are calling an Obama Regime's deceptive tactic known as "stray voltage" a way to "troll the GOP," but when a president and his underlings habitually put out fraudulent information, just so they can get some free publicity - hasn't the entire country been trolled?
At National Journal, Major Garrett explained how the President purposefully engages in disinformation in order to create controversy.
Of the pay-gap rap, Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post found parts "revolting." Marcus was closer than she knew. Not with the adjective but the root noun.
The White House saw the contentious wrangling over the dimensions of the gender pay gap nationally--even the gnawing over male/female pay disparities at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave—as a gift. A gift the White House wrapped for itself.
Allow me to explain. The questioning of Obama's use of a Census Bureau statistic that the median wages of working women in America are 77 percent of median wages earned by men lasted almost all week. The story revved into mini-overdrive when the White House defensively swatted away criticism that salaries on Obama's watch—for which the American Enterprise Institute used the same median wages metric applied by the Census Bureau—showed that women in the president's employ earned 88 cents for every dollar earned by men.
All to the delight of a White House desperate to inject the issue into the political bloodstream and amplify otherwise doomed Senate Democratic efforts to make it easier for women to sue and win damages for workplace pay differences. The controversy that played out on front pages, social media, TV, and radio did just that.
This is the White House theory of "Stray Voltage." It is the brainchild of former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, whose methods loom large long after his departure. The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness. This happens, Plouffe theorizes, even when—and sometimes especially when—the White House appears defensive, besieged, or off-guard. I first discovered and wrote about this in July of 2012.
A top White House adviser told me last week's pay gap dust up was a "perfect" example of stray voltage. This time it was premeditated.