Are you tired of reading about politics here at The Contrarian? Well, I’m tired of writing about them. But the hits just keep coming, and I feel obligated to sort through some of the nonsense.
"You can’t put lipstick on a pig" is an old expression, one that I’ve used many times. Barack Obama employed it the other day in reference to McCain‘s newfound "change" mantra. Now Barry is being called "sexist" in a McCain ad:
Here’s the full segment containing the phrase:
Clearly, the Republican party can’t run on its record — McCain’s policies are nearly identical to George W. Bush‘s. And how about that economy? Never mind! Look at my shiny new FEMALE running mate! Did I mention she hunts moose?
Barack unveiled a detailed education plan yesterday. What did the McCain pull out of that? This tasty tidbit about how Obama wants to infect Kindergarten minds with sexy talk:
Wow. Never mind the fact that if young Bristol Palin got some reproductive information in elementary school she might not be carrying that self-professed "fuckin’ redneck"’s baby.
But we all know how the GOP rolls, and shouldn’t be surprised at any of these tactics. Not after eight years of Rove-engineered hatchet jobs. What is surprising is how off-game Obama seems to be right now. If his performance on "Softball with Keith Olbermann" over the last two nights is any indication, we’re in big trouble. Where’s the fire? Where’s the righteous indignation? Where’s the audacity of hope?
Thomas L. Friedman has it right in his New York Times Op-Ed today:
"Whoever slipped that Valium into Barack Obama’s coffee needs to be
found and arrested by the Democrats because Obama has gone from cool to
cold. . . I don’t think people are feeling it in their guts, and I am a big
believer that voters don’t listen through their ears. They listen
through their stomachs."
Friedman goes on to describe how Barack’s opponent(s) are resonating with the public:
"As Neil Oxman, political consultant at The Campaign Group, put it to
me: For half the country, ‘Sarah Palin is Roseanne from the ‘Roseanne’
show. ‘Roseanne’ was the No. 1 comedy five years in a row and seven out
of nine in the top 10.’ She is connecting at a gut level. So does
McCain — and, therefore, they don’t need to give their constituents
So far the McCain camp has been cynically brilliant at taking all the focus off the issues and painting Obama as a sexist, elitist, exotic big-city "community organizer" with nothing in common with everyday Americans.
Meanwhile, McCain and Palin are on the stump, flat out LYING about their own policies and personal histories. None of it matters as long as they get to the finish line. All the Palin scandals can explode in January, when the Republicans are once again safely ensconced in their executive cocoon, happily plotting our next quagmire.
The problem is, we’re only talking about what Team McCain wants us to talk about, and that’s EXACTLY how Democrats lose elections. Let’s get an ad together with a motherfucking mushroom cloud in it and Soviet missile parades with a voice over talking about how a vote for John McCain is a vote for a new Cold War. Why not? That’d change the subject pretty fucking fast. Politics is about who can most effectively wield the bluntest instrument. The GOP are pro clubbers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start cracking a few skulls.
If Obama doesn’t find a way do hit back soon, we’re doomed. I personally don’t want to live through the next four years of back-biting and second-guessing about the ticket and how it would’ve been different with Hillary Clinton. So please, Barry, for the love of all that’s actually holy: grow a pair and WIN THIS FUCKER.