Sunday, September 07, 2008

Quite a few bloggers are really excited to see Joe Biden lay into McCain on the issues. I'm not.

Biden says the Republicans don't want to talk about the issues. He's right. Instead, as Krugman notes, they're trying to make the Democrats the faces of a duplicitous, faceless "elite" that's oppressing the middle class. If this strategy works, it works by putting people in a mental bubble where anything that any Democrat says about the issues just won't penetrate, because it all comes through the emotional filter as "talking down", or "elite lies."

To counter this strategy, you've got to pop the bubble. Issue-talk itself, no matter how loud and proud, won't do that. You've got to point out who's really representing the elite in this campaign.

I'd happily trade all of this stuff and plenty more for one good, cutting remark about Cindy McCain prancing onstage at the Republican convention wearing earrings worth more than the median American house.

It's possible that the Obama campaign is reluctant to do this sort of thing because "families are off-limits", even though she was on stage at the frigging Republican convention. And maybe that's also the reason that McCain has just about completely escaped any scrutiny for failing to produce Cindy's tax returns --- even though anyone who lives in the real world knows perfectly well that her finances are also his. And if so --- would they have considered it "off-limits" to mention that Phil Gramm's wife was on Enron's board of directors, while Phil was doing their bidding in the Senate? You've got a campaign to win, guys, and politics ain't beanbag. Get over it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi charles, you have so many topics in 1 blog, but i'm not sure i see your point of view completely, meaning your full beliefs. I'm very interested in reading more.

In the intelligent community of actual voters, we know that every politician, democrat or republican, carries with them special interest groups, and in my opinion the public vote regardless of "marketing" is already decided.
The strategists are selective to the beliefs of millions of people that don't even vote. It's the reason Bush's approval ratings can be so low and yet he was elected both times. Actual voters are very hard to sway from one party to the other, and perception in the media doesn't change this. So, what is the percentage of new voters, and will it make a difference in knowing whose registered as a rep or dem already?!!

Do i believe either party is submerged in political wealth, mis-perceived power, and truely distanced from the average joe family making 80k combined a year barely surviving this american-driven materialistic temptation to spend their little extra money. YES. But, there will not ever be an end to that. The McCain family has some merit in average life occurances, as do some of the Obama family, Biden, & Palin family stories....but we should not be fooled by caring about their families and their lifestyles. Voting should be based on the individual and what checks he believes in. For abortion. Check. Against abortion. Check. Etc.!!! And fully provided for non-voters as an influence to actually vote. This story runs in every campaign....the details are not talked about enough in the media. Even though i am a person who cares to search the details, the average joe is not inclined to do so. Also, a list should be created for all candidate beliefs, for the secondary categories for overall administration responsibility like economic ideals,etc.. We know that one person can not "change" the economy. The economy (wall street and beyond) is driven by all of us, especially the wealthy. Not that i spent more this year fixing my car to the mechanic or more this year buying a new XM radio. These things matter, but what happens with the money is what makes business work. LOL. I think i have to many statements myself. Like how big business will only hurt the economy in the long run, but is inevitable.

The real point in your message i enjoyed was your take on the marketing strategies, the wealthy truth, and the real world...we just need to be more effective about this country...

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