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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama’s Overkill and the ‘F**K You’ Vote

Can I see a show of hands, please: Who among you doesn’t get riled up when a telemarketer calls? Who among you likes spam e-mails?

Have any of you fantasized about calling telemarketers back at this homes numbers, or of scamming Nigerian scams?

Will Obama’s infomercial tonight and the media’s incessant and shameless push to sell him to the public throughout this campaign, get the anti-telemarketer treatment from the American voter?

Towards the end of my psychobabble rant on this election, I had this to say:
I wish that there are enough non-party voters out there who haven’t bought into the hype. I really do pray for something that I’m calling the “Fuck You” vote that the polls may not be picking up on. It would be a vote that rejects Obama not because of race, but because he’s not entitled to winning the race due to his race. It would be a vote that rejects the media’s unfair treatment of the underdog; a reaction against the over-the-top Obama dosage being administered.
Obama’s infomercial will be one long one-sided marketing pitch paid for with millions of dollars. Is it necessary at this stage? Does Obama really want Americans thinking about where he got all this money? It certainly would highlight, more than anything, Obama’s ethical lapse in committing to, then sneaking away from, public financing. Maybe the general public wouldn’t care that much about such twisted scruples anyway, but it could be the case that uncommitted voters—hovering at 5-12 percent of the electorate—are still looking for that one good additional reason not to vote for Obama, and his broken promise, blatantly highlighted by the unfair advantage of buying up long stretches of primetime, may be that one little thing that gets them to come down for the other side, rooting for McCain?

I think that this infomercial is just overkill, and coming on top of the amplified messages of the media and the entertainment industry, it’s too much Obama, too much hype.

The media’s take on the infomercial shall be predictable. Never mind that Obama’s millions to the networks will end up paying for their grocery bills, and the inherent conflict of interest there, but most reporters and journalists are going to push the message that Obama succeeded in finally overcoming his personal opaqueness and in connecting with the ‘Average Joe’. The pro-Obama phalanx of journos will spring forth right after the infomercial with poll fluctuations, ‘expert’ analysis, and Nielsen ratings. Heck, they’re doing it right now even before it runs while writing up, and hyping up, the infomercial to come. But what if these tactics don't work this time around?

Something tells me that this infomercial is a bad idea. It gives the impression of mind control and brain washing, while reinforcing McCain’s status of the underdog, fighting against incredible odds, to the very end.

During these troubled times, will Americans seek the comfort of ‘Obama the Father Figure’ (…even though he’s in his mid-40s, and can’t claim much experience) or the can-do zest of ‘McCain, Mr. No Surrender’?

In one sense, this election gets down to instinctual basics: flight or fight. A flight into the refuge of a nanny ‘socialist’ state, or the fight for a ‘dreams-can-come-true’ parable of Americana?

And allow me to be a little sexist, especially since the media is allowed to be overly sexist in its anti-Palinism: maybe these instinctual basics explain why white women favor Obama, while white men favor McCain. It’s why men went gaga over the movie ‘Fight Club’. Think about it.

My brain keeps crunching the poll mathematics and tells me that it shall be Obama’s, yet my heart still flutters for the McCain rebellion; all the while my gut tells me it’s not over. I’m entrapped within a walking, talking, blogging battleground state of being!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Nibras but you are mistaken. The American people are a lot more gullible than what you give them credit for. They have swallowed the Obama-Drama hook, line and sinker. Do you want to know why the mainstream media is becoming less responsible with every election cycle? The clue lies in the younger generation. Americans are becoming less and less responsible, and more and more wimpy, moody and soft. They feel they are entitled to pocket money from their parents and from the government. Welcome to the Welfare State. It is happening all around us and the fact that an inexperienced, left of center candidate such as Obama is so far ahead in the polls is all the evidence that one needs to prove that Americans are not thinking responsibly. America is entering the 21st century without adult supervision. I doubt that the world will see as a superpower in 50 years when they young reporters in their 20s begin to retire. The Obama Show (infomercial) will seal the deal for him because Americans are gullible consumers who spend beyond their means. Obama is a flashy commodity, and every little kid wants him for Christmas. They will outgrow him soon enough, but at what cost?

12:12 PM, October 29, 2008

Anonymous Winner said...

You ask:

Who among you likes spam e-mails?

I answer:

I do. I have made tens of millions of dollars from Nigerian princes. I have enlarged my main organ/male aggregate/jang and now get all chicks. I refinanced my mortgage and wear a fancy replica watch.

Check your SPAM folder and you can improve your life sure enough.

1:12 PM, October 29, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The revolution will not be infomercialized!

I don't believe the polls. I live in a working class suburb (near a big Obama urban hub) and I can see with my own eyes that my undecided neighbors are breaking for McCain. We hardly had any bumper stickers or lawn signs out front. Our state is considered strongly Democrat. many of my neighbors belong to unions or work in small blue-collar businesses. Lots of whites and some Hispanics. Many Catholics I think. but all of sudden we are seeing McCain-Palin signs and stickers everywhere. Something is happening.

I am convinced McCain is going to win.

7:27 AM, October 30, 2008

Blogger David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 10/30/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

8:16 AM, October 30, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, in two years 30-40 % of journalists working today will be out of a job. The system cannot be reformed. The rot is too deep. Journalism has to die before it can be resurrected again. The recession should speed things up.

8:30 AM, October 30, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to father figures, Obama is the compassionate type while McCain is the disciplinarian. Obama offers feel good platitudes that are essentially empty. Obama is giving out hugs and telling his crowds "We are all winners" even though things are going to shit, pegging survivors against those who lag behind, while McCain tells you to finish your homework, eat your veggies and get off your ass and take the garbage out. Americans are feeling vulnerable right now and they would like to wallow in their misery. Obama lets them off the hook and tells them to cry their hearts out. McCain on the other hand is telling them to suck it up and deal with it. McCain's approach would have worked two generations ago, before our current crop of veal calves dominated the 18-49 demographic. Sorry guys but McCain is going to lose because America has lost its warrior spirit. Our society idolizes women who strive to become men and men who strive to become women. Feminists and metrosexuals, these are the heroes that the media and Hollywood have invented. Actual heroes, who survive five and a half years of torture, are has-beens. Matt Damon plays a tough guy on screen and he has more credibility with the 18-49 demographic than McCain does. I don't think than America can recover.

9:22 AM, October 30, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Around 3 AM on Wednesday morning, November 5, America will get a wake-up call saying that John McCain has won the race to the White House.
The media will immediately spin its failure to predict this outcome into the moral failure of America. They will say that racism is still strong, and that is why Obama lost. That will be the mainstream media's narrative and they will keep using it to poison a McCain presidency.
But it would be BULLSHIT. Obama has never won a race against a strong candidate for a simple reason: there is something unbelievable about him. He rose up because his opponents folded. He lost his congressional race because it was a real race. He is too good to be true. Americans know in their gut that if something is too good to be true then it probably isn't. This skepticism is the reason why Obama can't seem to climb too far about 50 % in the polls. Americans simply don't buy his act. They will vote against Obama with as much gusto as voting for McCain. Mark my words.

10:20 AM, October 30, 2008

Blogger Brian H said...

Nibras, the FU Factor will deliver an Asteroid Strike, with O-bots playing DINOsaur. Mark my words.

BION, even California is in play.

12:56 PM, November 03, 2008


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