Wednesday, September 10, 2008

On the Campaign Trail...

My sister is a Democrat, yet every morning, after I come home from taking kids to school, I find her watching the stump speeches of McCain and Palin. I notice that they are repeating the same speech each time, as if there were no cameras recording them. This includes Sarah's line about saying "no" to the Bridge to Nowhere after it was reported that she actually said "yes." I guess the speechwriters feel that it has better dramatic effect to leave it in.

If you watch the body language between Sarah and John, you see that he creeps her out, especially when they embrace. It may have something to do with how swollen the left side of his face has become, or maybe she just doesn't like him.

Plus, they are making an aggressive campaign stance by following Barack Obama from state to state, trying to steal his thunder. By promoting Ms. Palin up to celebrity status, keeping her away from any give and take with reporters, you drive the sharks into a feeding frenzy, and they will write reams and reams about their frustration. It deflects attention away from talking about items of substance and focuses on gossip. We, as a nation, are far more interested in the glitzy, glamorous, made-up lives of celebrities than the dirty, grubby, grabbing for political power. 

And if we can portray ourselves as rebels who can stand up to the corrupt establishment, take the pure ideals of plain folks who will magically transform the bad establishment, maybe you will believe the fiction. Maybe you won't notice that we are the establishment, and have been for the last 26 years. And if you don't believe us, we will change our message until we find something that you can believe in, and if I repeat lies about my opponent long enough and often enough, it takes on the patina of truth. Thank you, Mr. Rove.

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