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!