I saw this Now story about swing voters in Virginia over the weekend. I think my favorite part is the woman at 8:40 into the video who says she's going to vote for McCain even though she knows Obama's economic policies will be better for her working class family - see, McCain is more "Christian." When asked if she's concerned for her family's future, she replies that she isn't, because, "... the Lord will take care of us."
Hey, lady, maybe he's taking care of you by sending you Obama. Ever think of that?
UPDATE: Apparently, the money shot from that Now report is on YouTube:
I realized something the other day about the John McCain's and Barack Obama's speaking styles. No doubt every other sentient being on Earth and even a few Republicans realized this months ago, but here you go anyway: When John McCain discusses what he will do as president, he always says things like, "I know how to save the economy," or "Iknow how to get Bin Laden," or "Iwill clean up Washington." Obama says, "We can make the changes we need to get America back on track," or "We can rise to the challenges we face."
My Lovely and Talented Seven-Year-Old Daughter Who is Smarter Than Me™ says, "Duh, Daddy! That's because McCain thinks everyone but him is stupid."
Maybe - I wouldn't try to read McCain's mind even if I had the ability. I think it's damp, dark and scary in
there. But at the risk of dropping George Lakoff's name for 1,238,724,893rd time on the Internet, I think it does reflect the GOP's core marketing/campaign style - we're the Daddy party, we're gonna protect you from the big bad (insert name of largely fictional bugbear here). The problem is that if you're going to market someone as a savior, you need that someone to be up to the task. Frankly, McCain isn't that reassuring a presence and I think that's one of the reasons his campaign is floundering.
(To a lesser degree, I think the Democrats tried to push Kerry as a savior figure in '04, and failed for much the same reason.)
Of course, one of the digs the GOP always tries to make about Obama is that he's become something of a messianic figure for Democrats. I don't think that's entirely accurate; support for Obama among the Democrats I know isn't nearly as monolithic as Republicans like to think it is. Obama has created a core group of true believers, though. As I see it, this is because he has inspired those people to work for him rather than frightened them into following him. It's a different approach than we've seen in American politics lately, and I'll be interested to see if he can bring the same approach to governing.
Still too busy to blog with substance, but a few things I wanted to spurt into the cyber-ethers:
-If one more person tells me that "All Sarah Palin has to do tonight is pronounce her own name correctly and remember to wear shoes and it will be a win for her" I'm going to kick them in the kneecaps. Hard. Everyone thinks Palin is a dolt, and managing to not drool on stage tonight won't make people suddenly think she's a born statesman. It will make people think she's somewhat less of a dolt. That's not a win.
Similarly, I'm tired of everyone theorizing on what Biden has to do to win. Know what he has to do to win? Shut the fuck up. Let her do the talking and stand back so he doesn't get splashed with stupid. The bar isn't low for Palin, it's low for Biden. If he doesn't walk across the stage and wank on her then it's a win for Biden.
-Warren Ellis links to this photo taken by his friend Melissa Gira:
The best part about that poster (at least for me) is that the artist who designed that Obama image, Shephard Fairey, is the same artist who designed the "Obey Giant" image they've mashed it up with:
Who knows? Maybe it's Fairey himself having a bit of fun - or some tiresome purist trying to stick it to him for "selling out."