A nice, quiet Sunday became a test of my patience, already in danger of being lost, as I was drawn into “the fog” of what this election season is shaping up to be. I never watch the mainstream anymore, so seeing what was being dished out by CNN yesterday morning on the gym TV made me nuts. And the current interactive Zogby poll is another thing that has made me aggravated and apprehensive.
Since I don’t watch CNN anymore, I have no idea who the guy was who was hosting the pundits as I was on the Wave. Out of the studio, Bill Schneider had a straw hat on and Gloria Borger’s hair was blowing, as was the hot air. In studio, I recognized Chris Cillizza, the Washington Post’s blogger who writes “The Fix” but didn’t know who the other man was who seemed to be the one doing the all commentating on McCain.
The first bit was about Biden as the VP nominee. Cillizza quoted decades of history about how it probably won’t make much of a difference. McCain’s age, according to Cillizza, might make his choice more important, perhaps, but in the long run, it’s still the top of the ticket that matters…Nothing we haven’t heard before…
The next topic that came up was the ad war and a clip was shown from an Obama ad in Nevada, with the discussion focused on how Obama was “targeting” areas in the “all politics is local” mode of operation. The ad was about how McCain supported storing nuke waste at Yucca Mountain. Asked how McCain should counter, the other commentator said that McCain would need to present a “comprehensive” plan. Really? My first thought would be that McCain should pull out Obama’s Exelon ties and how he rewrote his nuke safety bill to suit the Republicans, which really ticked off his constituents in Illinois. I would assume the Republicans will get to that in places like Nevada–if they don’t, they’re stupid.
Then they showed a clip of the McCain “housing ad” which mentions Tony Rezko. They cut it short, of course, so the full impact was lost.
Like many others, I’ve found McCain’s recent ads very successful in rebutting Obama and managing to drop into the conversation issues that the media has ignored. McCain has basically gone around the media to “report” what they have largely ignored.
These McCain ads have shifted the polls but from what I heard today on CNN, you wouldn’t know it. The discussion was like watching “news” people in reruns, because the conversation seemed out of date. Or, more likely, there was a deliberate effort to ignore the most recent shifts in voters’ minds.
I listened to the CNN anchor say that McCain had trouble with his base and the pundit duo talk about how he really needed to get independents and conservative Democrats to win. The way the conversation went, it sounded as if Obama was in a much stronger position than McCain and that McCain hadn’t made a dent with these groups. During this entire segment I didn’t hear ONE reference to any polling trends to support the discussion. The average viewer would think that Obama was in the catbird seat.
Now, maybe I’m wrong, but hasn’t Obama been bleeding lately? Among independents? Even among young voters? Even Zogby has found the trends shifting! As for McCain’s base, doesn’t he have a higher rate of commitment as compared to what is going on within the Democratic Party? You’d never know it from the conversation I heard yesterday morning…
As for those “targeted” ads, I think this post by Bud White that appeared at No Quarter on Saturday, August 23, should be check out for a different perspective:
“Follow the money,” is the famous advice from Deep Throat, Woodward and Bernstein’s key Watergate source. The Associated Press is reporting, in an article titled “Obama Adjusts Ad Strategy During Convention,” that Obama is pulling ads from certain Red States. The key word, of course, is “adjust.” This is a familiar euphemism for pulling ads from states where those ads cannot move the numbers, and the media advisers always say it’s temporary.
And it goes on to detail how Kerry played the game in 2004 and how this relates to what the Obama campaign is doing now. It sounds like the 50 state strategy has been ditched. Remember how Hillary Clinton was taken to task about her focus on those large industrial states? That was the “old” way, of course. But now that Obama is facing reality, we’re supposed to see things differently according to his campaign machine.
Meanwhile, I got an invitation to participate in the the current Zogby “interactive poll” a few days ago. I didn’t get to it right away, and, in fact, had decided I’d probably skip it. With everying “sewn up” in DNC-land, I didn’t feel any compelling desire to do it. Sunday morning, a “reminder” appeared in my inbox, which I found rather unusual since I’ve never gotten one before. My first thought was, “Are they having trouble getting their full quota of respondents?”
Aside from the standard questions about whether the “American Dream” exists and the usual “are you a NASCAR fan?” question, the survey this time was really heavily about race. The questions seemed to be coming from the DNC; if so, it appears that Team Obama must be trying to figure out more ways to inject race into this election…
Take a look.
One group of questions was framed by asking:
“Over the last 12 months …do you feel you were treated worse than, the same as, or better than people of other races?” The questions included a questions involving the respondents’ feelings in terms of the specifics of how people felt “on average,” “at work” and in connection with “healthcare.”
Another set as asked if the respondent had felt “emotionally upset” (specifically suggested by Zogby as including, for example, being “angry, sad, or frustrated”) as a result of how they were treated during the past 30 days.
There were a couple of questions on affirmative action (basically trying to find out about attitudes which included the “separate but equal” concept) as well as how a respondent would feel if a close family member were dating a person of another race. Then there was an immigration question which asked if immigrants were need to fill jobs or if there were plenty of Americans who could be trained to fill those jobs.
Perhaps the most interesting question asked how the respondent would consider Obama in terms of his race. The choices were:
If this is the DNC/Obama polling on race, you have wonder what the plan is. I wouldn’t put it past them to try to sell him as every race to targeted groups, although I’m not sure how they would turn him into an Hispanic… Maybe the Obama camp is looking to for an excuse to replay the victim card. Or, perhaps they’ll link the “feelings” about racial experiences with the affirmative action answers and turn it into another manipulative, sleazy string of innuendos or outright attacks that will turn McCain into the biggest racist of all time.
Whatever they do, when I saw this string of questions my heart sank, because I think race will be leveraged somehow…they just don’t want to let it go.
I expect to see the worst coming out of the Obama campaign. And, if the media continues to embrace him, we’re in for a disgusting and disheartening few months. I can’t believe that I’m actually hoping that McCain can handle all this. That’s how turned-off I’ve become with the Democratic Party and their chosen path to force Obama on us.
Tidbit….Last night, Turner Classic Movies chose to air “The Best Man,” the 1964 film based on Gore Vidal’s play starring Henry Fonda pllaying the Secretary of State and Cliff Robertson playing the brash, young conservative Senator. It’s about “power struggle for the Presidential nomination.” It was almost “deja vu all over again, to quote Yogi Berra, as neither candidate had enough delegates on the first ballot and the favorite…well…you have to see this movie! You’ll see how little has changed in 44 years and please note the the depiction of women….that hasn’t changed much either, apparently…
I did another Zogby survey today (Funny, when Hillary was running, they seemed to stop coming to me…guess I was “old”)….
This one was all about the role of government, questions about Social Security, values, etc. Lots of stark questions with very sharply delineated choices, many of which I answered with a lot of “Not sure’s”…
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