Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Are You %$&#!@&% Kidding Me?

I was about to put up a post arguing that Obama didn’t need to come up with an anti-Palin strategy, because her qualifications would either become apparent, or more likely, she would soon be revealed as not-ready-for-prime-time. And as much as I might find the Bristol Palin pregnancy irrelevant, it at least seemed to have woken the press up to the real scandal, which is the unforgivably cursory attempt at vetting that McCain seems to have performed.

In other words, I put my faith in the media to do its job.

Big mistake.

Fishing permit violations. A blue-collar husband who racked up a DUI citation as a 22-year-old. An unmarried teenage daughter who is pregnant and a nasty child custody battle involving a family member.

All of this, to one degree or another, has surfaced in recent days as a result of efforts to discredit or undermine Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But these revelations may have the opposite effect: In one sense, they could reinforce how remarkably unremarkable she is. [emphasis added].

The piece is by Charles Mahtesian, apparently auditioning for the role of Ron Fournier. And as of Monday night, this is the lead story on Politico.

I swear to God, I’m starting to feel a little like Jacob Mugatu in “Zoolander”

In the meantime, I’m eagerly awaiting additional “analysis” from Mahtesian. I can see it now:

“McCain’s Membership in Satanic Cult Highlights His Strong Faith”

“Will Revelation that Palin Is a Space Alien Remind Voters of Obama/Muslim Rumors?”

“As McCain Beats Up Elderly, Small Children and Puppies, Obama Struggles to Prove That He, Too, Is a Fighter”

“McCain Displays His Flexibility by Being Caught in Bed with Dead Girl and Live Boy.”


September 2, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy | , ,


  1. Oh she’s so unremarkable – every woman knows the feeling of joining a party that promotes its state to secede from the union and removes the head of the state police for not firing an ex-brother-in-law. Oh, we can all relate.

    Comment by dansac | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. I am convinced that Politico is a stealth right-wing blog.

    There’s always this snarky condescending tone towards Democrats (and the Obabma campaign in particular) that is missing in their coverage of Republicans.

    Yes, they have broken some major stories about the ‘Pubs, but I just do not trust them. Count up the headlines over a few days and see where the fall.

    Comment by Bruce Williamson | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. Actually, Dan, Politico is reporting that her membership in the AIP shows her “independence”, and will also broaden her appeal among Southern secessionists.

    Comment by gdh1 | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. This is scarey when an individual or individuals put their faith in the media to do their job. My friend, you are nieve. The media will lead you down a prim-rose lane and laugh at you all the way down the path.

    Here is the real story ==


    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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