Very illuminating post. I always figured Chicago politics was messy, but honestly thought much of what you described here was a relic of the past.
As for whether the press will find this interesting I just say never underestimate a young reporter's desire to be the next Woodward or Bernstein. Immortality is much more attractive than ideology.Comment Posted By Slublog On 11.10.2008 @ 19:04
Michael - nonsense. I can understand your desire to spin this in Obama's direction, but the advertisement was a major mistake.
What you say would have been true had McCain's inability to use the computer been simply the result of old age and disinterest on his part. However, that charge doesn't stick given the McCain campaign's pioneering use of the internet in 2000 and how he's used it this year to run circles around the Obama campaign's "quick response" team.
Where this line of criticism against McCain goes wrong is that every time McCain's disabilities are highlighted, how he received those injuries is discussed. Like it or not, the fact that McCain sustained those injuries while serving his country is more impressive than his inability to personally use a computer.
To most voters, the takeaway message is not "McCain is old and out of touch," but "Obama's campaign makes fun at expense of disabled veteran." Tell me, which will resonate more with voters?
Your own website puts the lie to your spin. The fact that you and other Obama supporters felt the need to rationalize the attacks with pictures of how he could have used the computer despite his injuries shows the effectiveness of the anti-Obama pushback. If Obama's message was really as strong as you claim, why did you and others feel the need to bolster it? Seems to me an effective message should have spoken for itself, no?Comment Posted By Slublog On 13.09.2008 @ 14:44
I'm not sure what's worse - that the Obama campaign ran with an ad like that without even bothering with something as simple as a Google search, or that Obama partisans seem to have acquired their candidate's absolute refusal to admit when he's wrong.
Instead of saying "you're right, the ad is in poor taste and should be pulled," Obama and his supporters are doubling down and suggesting since McCain isn't really all that disabled, the ad's central charge still holds true.
I predict such weak-tea rationalizations will impress voters much less than simple decency.Comment Posted By Slublog On 13.09.2008 @ 13:52
Iâ€™ve pretty much decided that if Huckabee is on the GOP ticket, Iâ€™m voting for the Democrats.
I'm there as well. I can hold my nose and vote for McCain, but I don't want Huckabee anywhere near power.Comment Posted By Slublog On 11.02.2008 @ 18:55
54? Hey, you're old enough to be my fat...uh...favorite fake internet friend. Yeah, favorite fake internet friend...that's it.
Seriously, though, happy birthday.
And now, my favorite b-day song (to the tune of the "Song of the Volga Boatmen")
Buzzards flying in the air
People dying everywhere
But happy birthday
One year closer to death!Comment Posted By Slublog On 25.01.2008 @ 21:32
BTW...a picture of the Church Lady would be perfect at the top of this post.Comment Posted By Slublog On 1.01.2008 @ 19:55
Don't you think you went a little easy on Huckabee there? Come on, show some teeth. :-)Comment Posted By Slublog On 1.01.2008 @ 19:11
It's hard to believe this guy once worked for Ronald Reagan. Obviously, none of the Gipper's optimism rubbed off on ol' Pat.Comment Posted By Slublog On 26.11.2007 @ 22:44
Now that I think about it, there's a much better case to be made that Ron Paul is a RINO than any neoconservative he criticizes.
Ron Paul was elected as a Republican, campaigns as a Republican, takes money from the Republican party and is given a platform for his message during Republican debates.
And yet he's repeatedly stated that once the primary is over, he will not campaign on behalf of the Republican nominee, endorse the Republican nominee or vote for the Republican nominee.
What kind of man takes money and attention from a party when it helps him, then spits in their face after getting what he wants?
So...Ron Paul, RINO.Comment Posted By Slublog On 1.11.2007 @ 12:48
Neocon is NOT a code word for anti-semitismâ€¦itâ€™s a code word for RINO â€”Republican in Name Only. Stop pulling the race cardâ€¦itâ€™s a liberal trick.
That is...not quite true. Is Norman Podhoretz, one of the 'fathers' of neo-conservatism a RINO? Paul consistently speaks out against 'neocons' because he disagrees with the fact that neoconservatism rejects his own retrograde isolationism.
Paul's criticism of neoconservatives doesn't bother me nearly as much as his statement that the goal of the "Zionist lobby" is to stifle criticism, and that the Israeli government is "by far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort"Comment Posted By Slublog On 1.11.2007 @ 12:37