What Obama Is Up Against
I was channel surfing the other night and ended up at Larry King Live, which I never watch. He was interviewing conservatives and Hillary Worshippers (is there a difference?) to get their opinions on the Democratic convention. He claimed that during the Republican convention he’ll be interviewing Democrats to get their reactions.
One of his guests was Dennis “Born To Irritate” Prager. Talk about a one trick pony. For some wingtards every sentence is a noun, a verb and 9/11 (Giuliani). For others it’s a noun, a verb and POW (McMansion). Every sentence uttered by Dennis Prager contained either “In the America that I grew up in…” or “America is the greatest country in the world!!!”
The trouble with being a one trick pony is — when somebody yanks that single trick away from you, what have you got?
Obama, Biden and all of their strategists and spokespeople have a foolproof counterattack, if they’ll only use it. As soon as one of these rightwing talking points gets spewed out, immediately bring the conversation back to the subject at hand. Again and again, as many times as it takes.
“Yes I'm aware that Songbird McSame was once a prisoner of war. What's that got to do with ___________________?”
“Yes, America IS the greatest country in the world. Now the question — again! — was: what's your solution to ____________________________?”
If these rightwing soundbots are forced to discuss the subject at hand and ONLY the subject at hand, they’ll be like a turtle without a shell; like a gunman who just ran out of bullets.
Now, take those Hillary Devotees (please!). Yes, Billary have publicly stated that they're behind Obama and all that. As the late (oh that’s right, he isn't dead, just his political career) Phil Gram once said, Bill Clinton can come out on three sides of a 2-sided issue. No matter what they say publicly, it’s hard to believe Billary isn't secretly hoping McCain will get elected, fuck everything up beyond belief, and then Hillary will win by a landslide in 2012.
During the 2000 election I thought the most annoying people in the world were those undecided voters who got turned into national celebrities. There they were, surrounded by TV cameras: “Gee, I just can't decide who to vote for. I like Bush because he’ll be good for the economy and national security. And I like Gore because we need to protect the environment. Ooohhh, I just don’t know who I waaaant.”
But now there's somebody even more irritating. Larry King was interviewing one of Hillary’s Ice Queens. She was more anal retentive than Adrian Monk and icier than Phyllis Schlafly and Hillary put together. She was going on and on about how Obama has to win her vote. Something like “he's asked me out to dinner but I haven’t agreed to go home with yet.” That wasn’t her exact wording but that seemed like the general drift.
Between Hillary’s devoted worshippers and the rightwing talking pointers, Obama has his work cut out for him.
cross-posted at Bring It On!