Obama on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Great video of Barack on Jimmy Kimmel Live! He’s just so likable. God I want this man as our President.

Quick site note: I’m transferring the site to an outside web host as traffic to the site continues growing by leaps and bounds! As I struggle through all this web techie stuff, I’ll be posting less over the next two days – but it will all be worth it. By Friday, the site should have its own domain (no more dot wordpress!) and will be able to host far more video formats, plus other goodies!

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Front Page Drudge: Drill! McCain faces increased negative scrutiny on environmental policy

The issue: McCain supports increased drilling and relaxing of federal environmental rules.

I mentioned this story yesterday when I first saw it hit the wires and waived a massive warning flag about whether the Gore endorsement timing could effectively bury this story.

Well I was right about the toxicity of this story… and I’m glad to see that its just building…

Matt Drudge keeps the Drilling Story alive and McCain\'s got his first post-Hillary full court press

Matt Drudge single-handedly kept a radioactive campaign issue alive that should hobble the McCain campaign’s moderate gains in appearing environmentally friendly. In fairness, the Washington Post kept it alive by running it front page, but Drudge’s emphasis will likely lend it the talk show circuit critical mass that could make this a major shit storm for McCain.

Already losing badly to Obama on the environment, where voters say they trust Obama to handle Global warming and other environmental issues 55% to 28% over McCain (Washington Post-ABC Survey), this curious move looks like the campaign is willing to throw up the white flag, or at least rob Peter to Paint Paul by sacrificing environmental credibility for greater credibility on energy and the economy.

With 6% of voters now citing Gas/Oil prices/Energy as the single most important issue in their choice for president, and a whopping 33% citing Economy/Jobs, McCain may playing issue triage with his policy decisions as barely 1% of voters cite the environment as their “most important issue.”

Nevertheless, this seems like a particularly foolish strategy, as it smacks McCain immediately with the radioactive label of “friend to big oil,” not particularly the favored spot on the energy issue, even if more drilling would potentially spell lower gas prices.

Fact is, the benefits of new oil exploration wouldn’t be seen for several years, and even then, domestically produced oil would still be subject to the fickle commodities market, which is governed by more forces than the ratio of American supply and demand – particularly a lagging US dollar, increased Asian oil consumption, overall refinery capacity, the continued purchase by Bush of oil for the strategic reserve, and of course, OPEC decision making. (plus etc. etc.)

Where this news really fly worse than a lead balloon is the key battleground state of Florida, where Obama has been steadily making inroads with key demographic groups in hopes of chipping away at McCain’s lead (which right now hovers around 8%)

Remains to be seen the effect on McCain’s poll numbers now that we’ve seen his dimwitted proposal to essentially rape the environment and keep the SUVs running!

McCain Proposed an Oil Platform on Every Beach Today

So What is It McCain? Are You A Fool or a Fraud?!? McCain proposes Osama v. Undertaker as Terrorist Policy!

Poor, poor John McCain, his Alzheimer’s is getting so bad that he seems to contradict himself on a now daily basis!  John, the White House isn’t a convalescent home!  

This one though may take the cake…

John McCain’s latest “Safe” ad start out with this lying through his teeth dignified assessment “Only a Fool or a Fraud Talks Tough or Romantically About War”  

Noble lies sentiments, but perhaps McBush forgets that he said this in his not so well thought pandering to wrestling fans on this WWE Monday Night Raw footage!   

“And whatja gunna do when John McCain and all his McCaniacs run wild on you?  You want to pull out of Iraq, well I say No Surrender! America can win the war against terror.  I’m going to introduce Osama Bin Laden to The Undertaker!”  

For those of you unaware, The Undertaker is a towering American wrestler pictures below…
The Undertaker, McCain\'s solution to world terrorism and justice for Osama Bin Laden

So which is it McCain, are you a fool or a fraud!?!? I say both!

Even scarier, today’s published results from the Washington Post-ABC News Poll conducted June 12-15, 2008 indicate that on the issue of “The U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism,” respondents trust McCain over Obama 53% to 39%!!! (I should note, this was the biggest disparity of any issue and Obama is beating McCain on 8 out of the 11 polls issues)

But I ask WTF!?! McCain is trusted more than Obama on terrorism even though he’s decided the best recipe for justice for the mastermind of 9/11 should be to put Osama in the ring against a ‘roid injected, greased up wrestler? Is he running for the President of Thunderdome or the White House???

Interestingly, McCain\'s foreign policy, energy policy, etc. is heavily influenced by the movie Thunderdome

Let’s show this video to the families of the 9/11 victims and see what they think about McCain’s proposal.

Obama Announces FightTheSmears.com. Forget the Smears, Fight McCain!

Obama launched a new website FightTheSmears.com to combat the well funded Republican misinformation campaign being waged in cyberspace against him. As his campaign sent out in a statement:

It is time to stand up for a new kind of politics and combat the dirty smears and baseless attacks.

As we move toward November, those who seek to use fear and lies to divide us will only become more desperate in their attempts. To combat their efforts, we have released a new website to equip you with the right information to fight smears and rumors about the campaign.

Officially, the site debunks such claims as Michelle Obama used the term Whitey (a term I actually find endearing personally), Obama is a Muslim, and that Obama ever said if you send him $2,000 for a wire transfer fee, he’ll give you 25% of a $40 million sum of money locked up in a Nigerian vault. (Okay, that last one hasn’t been making the rounds yet)

While I applaud Obama for proactively attacking these innuendos, taking the defensive is always a flawed campaign strategy.  In politics, the best defense, is offense.  The only time a campaign should ever defend itself, is while simultaneously taking the offensive.   

Fact is, the truth is practically meaningless in the modern political era – and anyone who is telling you otherwise is lying!   Opinion and innuendo passes for political journalism, not just frequently, not just constantly, but entirely!   Political journalism is delving to lower lows than *gasp* celebrity journalism – and while I like to say I’m happily riding the wave, my ethics as a journalist extend beyond those of mainstream political reporters as I don’t portend to be anything but an entertaining partisan hack!   (Truth in representation is true integrity.)

FightTheSmears.com will prove valuable in the new era of blog oriented rapid response and better arming “viral arm chair, DIY surrogates,” nevertheless, creating a site like this bespeaks a potentially critically flawed campaign strategy from the Obama Camp – that of believing you need to answer the opposition and maintain the high road.   If this is Obama’s gameplan, this is a recipe for disaster.  

In 2004, John Kerry’s camp got so enmeshed in defending Kerry’s impugned  honor as a war veteran, they stopped attacking Bush.    Every press release sent out defending Kerry’s record took the place of one attacking Satan’s George W. Bush’s atrocious record.  The campaign’s fate was sealed when they used the Convention to bolster Kerry’s lagging credentials, rather than hammer Bush… consequently Kerry suffered one of the weakest post Convention bounce in the polls (3-4%) in modern televised election history.  

This brings us to Obama.  Fact is, the media operates without facts!  They report whatever is said and by the time the truth comes out, American’s have lost interested and move onto the next scandal that’s been thrown at them.  

The one concrete truth in politics is that there are no concrete truths!  There is only what you can get American’s to believe – hence the reason American’s still think Gore claimed to invent the internet, still think there was something fishy about John Kerry’s war medals, and why some South Carolinians still think that McCain had a mixed race bastard child (which I’m pretty sure is entirely true).  All of these pseudo-facts were the brainchild of one of the few political minds who has successfully realized politics has moved beyond objective truth – Karl Rove.

The only way to suffer any consequence from outright lying, is if the rival campaign successfully calls you to task – an unbelievably taller task than it might seem – because no one pays attention to defenses when they can instead pay attention to the next attacks!  And even if Campaign A does claim a lie was perpetrated by Campaign B, all that Campaign B must do is say Campaign A is lying, and unless absolute bombshell evidence is released, Campaign A is still worse off because – and here’s the best part – Campaign B merely has to suffer the fact its been accused of lying while Campaign A has to suffer the combined effects of the original lie by Campaign B, plus the effects of subsequently being accused of lying about lying as a counter!  

And the irony, since media increasingly refuses to take sides on “He Said, She Said” issues in politics, unless there is overwhelming evidence, the lying campaign almost always makes out better.  The media will only take a side in light of overwhelming evidence, and in the time it takes to accrue overwhelming evidence on concrete issues or vague innuendos, the public has made up its mind for one side and bored of the original argument.  

The strategy is beautiful in both its simplicity and its efficacy.  If you attack fast enough and hard enough, you never have to answer for the veracity of any of it!  

The moral of the story, Obama should NEVER go on the defensive.  No campaign should ever go on the defensive.  The only defense is an attack!   If Obama wanted to defend himself on the charge that Michelle Obama used the term “Whitey,” he should have used a 501c3 hit squad to pay a Hispanic woman to come out claiming that Cindy McCain used a racial epitaph against her.  (watch his pole numbers in Florida after that one!)  Sure, it wouldn’t be a defense per say, but it would effectively diminish the “whitey” debate and do more damage to the McCain cause.  

Ironically, it would cost $10,000 to arrange a stunt like this, but cost McCain $10M in campaign damage.  (Yes, I will take black ops donations)  

In closing, this is the new age of politics.  One in which campaigns are viewed as what they are, wars of attrition in which truth is increasingly rendered more irrelevant by the lack of a media with any back bone.  Unless media exalts the ideals of great journalists like Walter Cronkite by eschewing unprincipled reporting and passing of opinion off as fact – we are doomed to succumb to the smears.  
The good old days of journalism

 

Britney Spears to Hillary Clinton: Stop Monopolizing My Press

While the Barack Obama campaign has been struggling to get their message heard above unending the cacophony of “how crazy will Hillary Clinton get” stories, quietly one of America’s biggest tabloid stars has seen her unending fount of press run dry no thanks to Hillary stealing her ink – Britney Spears.

Long the reigning queen of “psycho-delusional, train wreck press” stories, Spears has been pushed off the front page by her most formidable of attention seeking rivals – Hillary Clinton – and it took an effort of near Presidential proportions.  Britney’s the victim of a harsh media reality, namely that editors’ reserve only so much space for “disastrous celebrity tailspin” stories. With Clinton and the Lohan’s taking up all the recent front page real estate reserved for “crash and burn celebrity free falls,” Spears has (*gasp*) faded to the brink of oblivion.

Britney back at the Height of Her Crazy Reign, Before Hillary Clinton Stole the Title

Normally, political figures, particularly distinguished senators, avoid slinking into the role of side show circus freaks, relying on pop stars to fill the niche, but Clinton’s obliviousness to math, self-mutilation (in the form of poorly phrased quotes about RFK), frequently changing motivations about why she’s running, and complete disconnection with the existing, non-imaginary world has sent the press into feeding frenzy not seen since Spear’s was committed for similar erratic behavior back in January 2008.

Hillary officially gained the crown of top delusional celebrity train wreck, long held by Britney Spears

 

As Clinton continues to push gossip-rag-mainstays to the back pages, many other train wrecks have been left scrambling, with Lindsay Lohan going to the extreme of dating lesbian Samantha Ronson just to overcome the glut of Clinton press and maintain a tenuous grasp on the forefront of public consciousness.

Lindsay Lohan went Lesbian this week only to barely steal some of Clinton\'s lock on crazy train wreck press

Meanwhile, Spears has not been so lucky. Her mid-May trip to Costa Rica with Mel Gibson went largely unnoticed. Her new love, William Morris agent Jason Trawick, has barely gotten one-one thousandth the publicity of former flames. Finally, as of press time, news of her $10 million Las Vegas comeback show barely made the steamy London gossip pages.

Media insiders are dubbing this “The Hillary Effect.” “You just can’t out crazy Hillary Clinton at the moment,” commented one reporter. “When it comes to the train wreck beat, she’s got the monopoly on it.”

The Spears camp is resorting to a Vanity Faire shoot just to try to pry some limelight away from media whore Hillary – though Spear’s announcement of the shoot fell on mostly deaf ears.

While tabloid stars suffer from Hillary “outcrazying” them, John McCain’s campaign has aired few complaints about Clinton’s press dominance.   The were particularly thankful for the diversion as he hosted a fundraiser in Arizona alongside the politically toxic Satan George Bush.  His campaign has been similarly unbothered by Hillary’s press monopolization as he dealt with uncomfortable issues like his wife’s tax returns, release of his medical records, and his continued opposition to the Democrats expanded GI Bill, among other politically charged events the presumptive Republican nominee has conveniently side stepped during the last week thanks to Hillary.

The few sources still covering Spear report that she is thriving since handing over her “America’s top train wreck” crown over to Hillary.

(Picture:  Britney enjoying and thriving in her newfound anonymity with reported bf Jason Trawick)  

 

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