Saturday, October 11, 2008

What Stood Out This Week - 10/5-10/11

If we can just sustain a campaign in that magic corridor between hate and violence, I think we'll pull this thing off. Let's see What Stood Out This Week...

The Democrat

Let's face it: Barack Obama wants to keep the trajectory of this campaign exactly the way it's going now. Hell, when there are people who are bigoted to the point of dropping n-bombs during interviews and yet still admit that they don't know who they're voting for... Well, you're starting to reach beyond the typical undecided voter.

Barack Obama had a very disciplined week. He's probably the most disciplined candidate ever who still has some charisma.

The Republican

The McCain/Palin campaign is actually becoming dangerous. They can try to call it passion from their supporters, but it's hate.

All week long supporters have been shouting things like "Terrorist!" and "Bomb him!" and "Kill him!" at various McCain/Palin rallies, and until yesterday, McCain and Palin weren't doing anything to stop them. In fact, at times, they were even stoking the fires of hate.

Things are particularly dangerous at the rallies that feature Palin (who, by the way, totally abused her power and broke the law in that Troopergate scandal in Alaska-near-Russia, even though the McCain campaign "officially" cleared her of wrongdoing earlier in the day). Palin's a culture warrior, accusing Obama of hating America and pallin' around with terrorists.

So at a town hall yesterday, after a couple of days of conservative pundits saying (on cable) that McCain needs to be careful with inciting these crowds, McCain tried to douse the flames a bit. He called Obama "a good man" with whom he simply has fundamental differences. Americans don't have to be afraid of an Obama presidency, he said. He's not an Arab, he explained. Obama's a family man who loves his country.

The crowd booed. Not what they want to hear, and not what they've now become accustomed to hearing, at a McCain rally. To his credit, McCain insisted (during the forum) that his campaign and supporters remain respectful. He did get some cheers.

Now, the cynics will say that it's because the hatred, the Ayers attacks, and the negativity have all backfired. The idealists will insist it's because deep down McCain is a good man who didn't want to go negative in the first place.

I say the negativity backfired. And if you want to read where some of my (additional) McCain cynicism comes from, take a gander at the cover story from the most recent Rolling Stone. It's quite a thorough indictment of the "Make Believe Maverick."

You may also recall that there was a debate this week, but it was so dull (other than Tom Brokaw's obsession with time) that it hasn't Stood Out.

So that's What Stood Out This Week. Just over three weeks until voting day, B&E readers. Can you believe it?



At 2:45 PM , Blogger Missy said...

I can hardly wait for the end and if I never hear the word fundamental again it will be too soon.

At 2:57 PM , Blogger Dan G said...

It's the whole Wall Street and Main Street juxtaposition that annoys the shit out of me.

At 4:01 PM , Anonymous curt(bald bro said...

shave the shitbirds bald!!

At 5:38 PM , Blogger Missy said...

How could I have forgetten Wall Street/Main Street? Yup add that to my tally of things I never want to hear again. Oh yeah and "pallin' around." I hated that one before this election. Oh let's be real every word that comes out of nasally voiced weasel women annoys the shit out of me.

At 9:06 PM , Blogger Ali said...

As long as Obama keeps it in his pants and stays safe, I think we're okay. I'm glad McCain finally said something but I fear it's too little, too late. I'd heard that it's his advisers and Palin who pushed the "terrorist" thing but I don't know...


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