The worst thing about you liberals (if I have to pick just one) is the way you’re commandeering our language. With your political correctness, you appropriate words to suit your own political purpose, instead of just saying what they really mean. What happened to using words as they’re supposed to be used, instead of trying to redefine them? Good, solid, American words: Patriot. Maverick. Eltist. Liberal. Madrassa. Folks. Nuclear. Pakistan.
Now there’s all this hullaballoo about John McCain calling Barack Obama “that one” during the presidential debate. What is with you people, thinking that there was something dismissive or disrespectful about that? McCain was just straight-talking, telling it like it is. There were like a million people in that room, and he had to make sure you knew he was talking about Senator Obama, and not one of the other candidates for President.
This is yet another example of the Democrat party running “the fussiest campaign in American history”. In a moment of national crisis, where the economy is on the minds [sic] of every single person, the liberals are trying to make this a campaign about race.
The Republicans, on the other hand, are focused on one thing and one thing only: making this the most specific presidential race possible.
Instead of tackling the issues, the liberals are taking quotes out of context, mocking people’s religious beliefs, and trying to manipulate language.
The Republican Party is having none of that. No vague fear, no uncertainty, no mistrust; just hard, straight, and brutally specific talk. They’re not campaigning against any Barack Obama, it’s Barack Hussein Obama. That’s the kind of honesty, integrity, and specificity I can believe in.
So what if John McCain called a three-million dollar planetarium projector an “overhead projector.” The man’s 72 years old! He’s still getting used to not calling the TV remote a “clicker” and CDs “tapes.” If you liberals are mocking him for his age, your hearts must be as cold as my icebox. How dishonorable. Everybody knew what he was really saying.
(P.S. Sometimes I look back on stuff I’ve written on this blog and just laugh at how naive I was. “Finally an American presidential race that isn’t racist or sexist!” What a dumb-ass!)
And in non-sarcastic mode, regarding that “The One” campaign ad: I realize that it’s supposed to be saying that Obama’s an egomaniac (I’m skeptical), and that his followers are blindly supportive of him (I know I am!)
But does everyone think I’m overreacting if I say the subtext of that ad is: “Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ?” I’m wondering if it’s just because I was raised Pentacostal, but the beginning of that ad reminded me an awful lot of the movies we used to see about the Rapture. They’d always start with ominous music and some politician claiming himself to be the new messiah, and people blindly following him.
The general reaction to the ad that I’ve seen has been that it misses the point, just praising Obama for the first few minutes and then asking “Who is he?” at the end of it. And of course, the campaign can dismiss it as just a parody and claim full deniability. But I can’t help but think they’re preying on their fundamentalist base, compounding the “Who is this guy you’ve never heard of before” along with their usual “Muslim terrorist” subtext, and then mixing in the general fear and uncertainty that fundamentalist Christians have about the Book of Revelations.
And maybe it’s just me, but it seems like “My opponent is the Anti-Christ” is about as rock bottom as you can hit with a negative campaign ad.
I think it’s absolutely intentional. It’s the same old code-word-based appeal to fundies that they hope they hope will slide by the rest of the populace.
Duh, obviously I’m not going to be first to make the connection, Time already pointed it out two months ago. There I go again, trying to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Man, I’m stunned. That has to be the absolute lowest point in American political campaigns. Congratulations, Fred Davis (mastermind of the ad) and Nicolle Wallace (McCain spokesman who dismissed it as “parody”): you are officially the Worst Americans Ever.
Chuck, that’s exactly what the ad is attempting to imply. I’m amazed anyone would think that’s halfway appropriate to make. Then again, I’m frequently amazed at the low state of politics these days since I stopped paying too close attention years ago because both sides had been doing nonsense like this (well, perhaps not /precisely/ like this). Even as parody who thinks that’s going to do anything except scare off all the fence-sitting voters? Realistically, all the people who thought that was good were already going to vote McCain anyhow.