Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This Should Be Fun

My neighbor makes night vision goggles for the War in Iraq.As Obama accuses McCain of running for Bush's 3rd term and McCain accuses Obama of running for Carter's 2nd term, the Republicans are getting all User Generated Content on us and sponsoring a contest where you can create a video of someone in your neighborhood who serves "a cause greater" than themselves. Hopefully, your video will be of a registered Republican.

And if you win...you're going to St. Paul, Minnesota for the Republican National Convention! This will be a pretend celebration, a funeral disguised as a wedding, where everyone ignores the giant elephant (OH!) in the room known as the King of Anti-Charisma, John McCain. They will also request that the networks avoid the guy in the VIP box known as the current President of the United States.

Not that charisma wins elections (it does) or that Bush will be a drag on McCain (he will) but it surely won't be fun to see the entries to this contest.

As I predicted and is already occurring, McCain's only hope is Smear in the First Degree. McCain will continue to pretend to distance himself from this tactic while allowing the damage to be inflicted by others. But what can you do? Politics is War. War is Hell. And sometimes people get shot down. Then when they return home they dump their wives who got in car wrecks and start courting rich heiresses who look like Cruella DeVille.

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  • Now, accusing a candidate of one day intending to smear by proxy might itself be considered a smear tactic by proxy. That's why we love the funhouse called politics.

    So far, McCain hasn't seemed too hesitant to go after Obama, which, one might argue, shows more grit and honesty than we'll find in media coverage of this election. (Favorite example of media weirdness: Time magazine in a "special report" on skin cancer, identified one skin cancer type in a graphic as John McCain's kind of skin cancer. This was a few weeks ago I believe, during the media blitz questioning McCain's health.

    Yes, war is ugly. Rev. Wright's book is due out in the fall. (Those will be some busy, busy editors.) Yeah, I know Obama threw the church under the bus, but it only hurt the bus.

    By Anonymous ouija repair, at June 11, 2008 at 8:13 AM  

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