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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Obama's first post-Palin-pick TV ad: Um, look over there, there's Dubya!

Voiceover: "Well, he's made his choice," says a female voice, "but for the rest of us, there's still no change."

(Cut from video clips of energized crowd cheering McCain and Palin to videos of single man, then a single woman in facial close-up, both obviously painfully constipated, but thoughtful.)

Voiceover: "McCain doesn't get it!" she insists.

(Cut to video showing McCain and Dubya, hugging.)

"Because, uh, um, George W. Bush is evil. And he's a ... uh ... uh, a chimp! Yeah, a chimp! An ugly one, too! And we'll have four more years, never mind anything else about John McCain, especially never mind that he's just made a dramatic, visionary selection for his running mate which threatens to turn our constipation into a sudden case of the squirts ...."

Well, no, actually, that last paragraph is just my interpretation of the sub-text. The real text is the same old "four more years of the same," yada yada yada.

They're utterly pole-axed. Their universe has been turned upside down. Someone cut the wires to all of their electro-magnets, and suddenly what was magical and transcendant and radiating hopey-changey happy waves is now exposed as slag. They can't even speak her name.

Posted by Beldar at 08:24 AM in 2008 Election, McCain, Obama, Palin, Politics (2008) | Permalink


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(1) Scott Pierce made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 9:11:13 AM | Permalink

McCain changed the dynamics of not just this election, but of the Republican party for years to come! I am very excited for the Republican brand and the Republican party in general.

New Energy for America is right on in so many ways!

(2) TLV made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 10:36:45 AM | Permalink

As a woman, I am so embarrassed. Palin is vastly inexperienced in what matters but hugely experienced in right-wing talk radio nastiness. I love this country and truly hope to see it become well-loved, prosperous, and more united. If McCain and Palin win, they will have sealed the deal on further destruction by the NEOCONS.

(3) The Ancient Mariner made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 11:06:32 AM | Permalink

Umm, on that last comment . . . huh? In the first place, when it comes to actually governing something, Sarah Palin is far more experienced than Barack Obama (or, for that matter, John McCain or Joe Biden); and in the second? If anyone can find any example of Gov. Palin indulging in "right-wing talk radio nastiness," or indeed anything at all akin to that, I'll be completely floored. That's Biden (except that he's left-wing), not Palin.

(4) LJC made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 12:13:04 PM | Permalink

As a woman, I am extremely energized by Sen McCain's brilliant selection of the amazing Gov Palin as his running mate. She has a treasure trove of real-life, real-world experience, in addition to her own political experience, and will be the perfect compliment to Sen McCain's own experience.

I, too, "love this country and truly hope to see it become well-loved, prosperous, and more united." I'd like to see us start by teaching our own citizens to be able to truly love our country instead of blaming the US for the world's ills, which can only cause us to be more united and prosperous. And that will happen under Obama/Biden ... HOW?????

Thank you Mr. Dyer for introducing me to Gov Palin back in June.

(5) Michael made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 2:32:32 PM | Permalink

This is going to precipitate an interesting contest among women. With regard to this woman, Palin, I have been impressed by the fact, in contrast to Obama, she has not seemed to be an opportunist. Resigning from the Oil & Gas Commission in protest of the ethics of the party you are a part of is not the action of an opportunist. Contrast this with any random story about Obama.

(6) Roy Lofquist made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 3:17:05 PM | Permalink

Sarah Palin is going to be America's sweetheart - everybody's kid sister. Look at her cross eyed and you're dead.

(7) gellis made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 11:52:44 PM | Permalink

Before yesterday I was hopeful about this election but worried. I was almost resigned that Obama would win. Then came yesterday and Sarah Palin was the shock VP choice and whammo, everything changed for me. I see conservatives all over the net energized, elated, and just plain punchy. Same for me. I can't believe the change in one day. Gov Sarah Palin is someone people can respect and admire and vote for the McCain-Palin ticket without reservations. She's no stiff shirt who sways people with empty words but a 'real' honest person. Thank-you Senator McCain for picking her. She's a gem!

(8) slarrow made the following comment | Aug 31, 2008 12:04:28 AM | Permalink

Three points: first, if McCain is actually McSame, then the corollary to Sarah Palin is Dick Cheney? That's really more of the same? Second, Palin is clearly a choice directed toward the future, and all of Obama's attempts to tie McCain to the past have thus been undercut. Finally, how exactly does McCain vote with Bush when Bush doesn't vote (you know, being the executive branch and all)? Eventually, they're going to have to show their math, and this is the week to show how often Barack the post-partisan votes with HIS team.

(9) A.W. made the following comment | Aug 31, 2008 2:14:42 PM | Permalink

Another very clunky commercial. Really, what does the mention of the Palin pick add? The only thing I can think of is it proves it is a new ad, much like holding up today's paper in a hostage video--proving that it is made at a certain point of time.

Its a great sign that the Dems are reeling. Obama first has his staff speak out of turn (I thought Obama once argued that he was so good at running his campaign it proved he would be good at running the white house?), and now they don't have anything to say at all.

(10) prom made the following comment | Sep 1, 2008 1:52:18 AM | Permalink

BTW, don't underestimate Obama. Like explained in a Joe Klein's column a few months ago, Obama campaign specializes in high information signals and low information signals.

That first reaction from the campaign was no accident or mistake. They gave a low information signal to the media, to the blogs, to the obama army in general to take the attack to Mccain to scare him to drop the inexperience theme against Obama. Notice how the Obamabot army repeated this attack immediately and ad nauseam. My favorite example is Micahel Tomasky's of The Guardian's reaction video in which he essentially repeated that just one line from the campaign reaction without ading any of his own sight or even expanding on the theme.

Now Obama's taking the high information signalling road by royally ignoring Sarah Palin or saying a few good words about her.

He's quite adept at playing this game. Don't underestimate him.

(11) Joy Daggett made the following comment | Sep 1, 2008 4:31:09 AM | Permalink

I think the best part about McCain's pick for VP is watching how hard the Democratic party and their liberal supporters have begun to scramble trying to find something, anything that they can use against this amazing lady! I think they were just as shocked and unprepared to deal with the announcement as anyone else - only they have a lot more to lose. Sarah Palin seems like an honest, straightforward person to me and that is something you do not see a lot of in politics these days. Good for her. I am definitely voting McCain-Palin!

(12) Regarding Palin made the following comment | Sep 8, 2008 8:36:20 PM | Permalink

Anybody who abuses their position of power to fire a former brother in-law and Commissioner simply because of a personal vendetta and not on the basis of job merits is unethical, untrustoworthy and unfit to be a heart-beat from the highest office in the Land.

[This commenter's IP has been banned for use of multiple handles and lying about his/her location (pretending to be from Wasilla, actually from Waukegan, just outside Chicago, Illinois) in a subsequent comment that I've deleted. I don't mind dissenting comments when civilly expressed, but I won't provide bandwidth for bald-faced liars who are trying to scam me, my blog, and its readers. Sadly typical, though, of those who stand up for this child-abusing monster. — Beldar Sep 10 @ 7:22am.]

(13) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 12:18:08 AM | Permalink

Ahem. Well, "Regarding" — if that's really your name! — I'd take your opinion about Gov. Palin far more seriously if you had your facts even remotely straight. Whatever one wants to claim about Walt Monegan, Trooper Mike Wooten hasn't been fired. That, in fact, is the actual scandal, given the lack of "job merits," or rather, the number and degree of "job demerits," in Trooper Wooten's background.

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