Are Republican Voters “Crazies”?

President Barack Obama is happy to call the people who swept the Democrats out of the Senate and the House “the crazies.”

The Hill reports on a new level of arrogance and casual disrespect from our President: “President Obama has a new term for opponents: ‘The crazies’

President Obama has a new term to describe his opponents: “The crazies.”

On his first day back from vacation, the president hit the road to attend a clean energy summit in Las Vegas hosted by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and headline a fundraiser for the retiring senator’s possible Democratic successor, Catherine Cortez Masto.

Obama said he rode to the fundraiser with Reid late Monday, when they spent time reminiscing and “figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems,” according to a pool report.

The president spoke to donors about battles ahead with the Republican-led Congress, including a budget deal, a highway funding bill and a vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

This has clearly been Barack Obama’s attitude about moderates and conservatives from the beginning. We saw this going back to at least when he made his infamous remark about bitter clingers:

And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

That remark in 2008 referring to rural Pennsylvania was probably a slip that revealed Barack Obama’s true attitude. Can we assume that his reference to “crazies” is a slip?

I don’t think so.

It is probably in Barack Obama’s best interests to let loose with highly partisan and highly dismissive name calling. It makes it sound like he’s the enemy of the Republican Party. It also gives people the impression that the Republican House and Senate are obstinately blocking Barack Obama’s agenda when, in reality, Republicans are implementing most of it. The chance of Republicans reducing the budget or blocking highway funding is virtually zero.

So be careful. While it is right to be angry at such insulting and dismissive words, they may be aimed at manipulating you into identifying with a group that doesn’t really support your values.