Remember, remember…

November 4, 2008

v-for-vendettaOn the eve of one of the more auspicious nights of the year, I thought it fitting to remind everyone that if you refused to participate in a certain civic obligation I will not stand for even the slightest grumble from you. In short, vote.

With any luck someone should emerge victorious without consequence and find themselves at the helm of this great country.



Obama, McCain, Winning, Losing

October 9, 2008

According to many polls, Obama is in the lead, even in the national poll averages, Obama is projected to win…Even after the debate, polls of those there showed Obama claimed victory over McCain:

Who did the best job in the debate?

McCain (R) 30
Obama (D) 54

Opinion of  Barack Obama (before debate)

Favorable: 64 (60)
Unfavorable: 34 (38)

Opinion of  John McCain (before debate)

Favorable: 51 (51)
Unfavorable: 46 (46)

54% say Obama was the clear winner.
29% say McCain was the clear winner.
18% say there was no clear winner.

When over half say Obama wins, is there more he can do for getting votes?

On the other hand, kind of obviously, expected with those polls, McCain is losing, down, needing to score some major points against Obama. Honestly, really, truly, McCain, must you stoop to that level, even when down on the ground yourself, when losing, when winning is evading you, to try to get points, to try to score wins, to try to get votes?

The way George Bush ran his campaign in 2000 mirrored his Presidency – slimy, underhanded, with no sense of basic decency. The way John McCain is running his campaign now, will reflect how he conducts himself as president.

The way the candidate runs his campaign is a good impression, a good show, a good preview, of what’s to come when he’s president…Which campaign is less low, better, a good choice for what’s to come?

Post-debate reaction

October 7, 2008

Obama’s been my guy since the beginning of this election process, kupo, and nothing that I’ve heard so far has given me the urge to change my mind. Now, that being said, I have to add that I hope that tonight may have swayed more voters minds, specifically towards Obama, kupo. It seems that the general Election2008 Twitter reaction was that Obama won, as well as the CNN initial polls and other similar things, kupo.
That being said, I’d like to address a couple of the key things I noticed during the debate.

First, McCain might have needed a few more pointers on how to act during this debate. While the media hype was that he was very good at town hall format situations, he didn’t quitelive up to that, kupo. He freaked some of the online population out by standing too close to the audience (at least to our perceptions), and really had a problem with looking stiff, kupo, and eventually pacing (this being interpreted as rude to Senator Obama by some).

Second note, I liked how Obama didn’t make himself out to be perfect, kupo. He could have addressed that the financial crisis is the fault of many rather than just of one side or the other, but he did admit to his lack of experience in foreign affairs and other areas (which have been left out of my notes, unfortunately, kupo). I think he could have brought in his choice of Joe Biden as a complement to that lack of knowledge, but alas, the opportunity has come and gone. Perhaps next time, or maybe he will use it in the media, that would help, kupo.

All in all, kupo, I noticed that both candidates tried to address the people, but Obama seemed to score much higher with the uncommitted voters in Ohio, and did much better with being inspirational as opposed to condescending. Seeing as Obama is still ahead in the polls, Senator McCain would have had to pull off an amazingperformance today, kupo, in order to take the lead, and that just did not happen.

It was really nice to see both candidates in this more informal kind of arena, and both candidates had good and bad moments, but in the end, the result has remained the same, kupo. Senator Obama comes out on top.


A Few Pointers

October 7, 2008

Now, I’m not a politician, and I may not have much experience in that area, but I have a brain, and, unlike many people of the general population it seems, I actually use mine.

It seems to me that the Obama campaign has not yet capitalized on the opportunities their opponents have given to them. McCain and his people have been the main aggressors, but Obama seems to have a kind of “media armor”, which is probably there partially due to his tendency to only stretch the truth rather than outright lie. I would really like to point out some openings that any strategist would point out are good places to apply media pressure.

First, there’s something that the media has begun to hit, and the Obama campaign recently released a video talking about this issue, but there needs to be more powerbehind it. While the McCain camp has been attacking Obama’s marginal relationship with Ayers, the Democrats have neglected to fully attack the relationship between John McCain and Charlie Keating.

Secondly, McCain seems to have a problem with keeping his emotions in check. Use this to your advantage! An opponent who is thinking with his emotions – especially that of anger – is an easier opponent to beat than one who is calm and seems to be in control. McCain is missing a piece for his “stone wall”, and there is nothing he can do about it, as it is “who he is”. This is not something to just let slide under the media spotlight, this is something to drag to the surface and point out whenever possible.

(The above point could also be used well during a debate – if the opponent visibly loses his cool on stage in front of millions of people, there will be no way to cover it up. It could be the perfect checkmate move.)

Third, don’t let statements like those made recently by the McCain campaign and Sarah Palin slip by undetected by all but those hyperconnected though the internet. These statements can be used against those who make them, and it is best to use these golden opportunities – the opening is there, one must just take the initiative and attack rather than sit back and watch and wait for others to do it for them. As is often said, “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

Lastly, while I believe that the main debate should be about the differences between McCain‘s and Obama’splans for the future, I also believe that we should continue to keep Sarah Palin in mind, as, if the McCain/Palin ticket wins this general election (which continues to seem more unlikely as I continue to watch Nate Silver’s predictions on, it is possible that we shall see that woman sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office in an official capacity – something I’m not sure many people would be happy with. The Obama campaign needs to address issues that threaten the union of the United States of America, and make sure that these facts are noticed by the public.

Many opportunitieshave arisen for Senator Obama and his supporters to make moves against their opponents, of which only a few have really been used to their greatest extent. Now, those points that have been exhausted (remember the lipstick on a pig arguments?) should stay retired, but new points – or old points that have not yet been dredged up – should still be hit, and hit hard.

Good luck to Senator Obama in this regard, and I am looking forward to watching the town hall debate tomorrow night.

Also, let our thoughts be with Senator Joe Biden and his family as they mourn the passing of his mother-in-law, Bonny Jean Jacobs. May her soul rest in peace.


Oh yes, a note. This will be my last post here, as I am moving on to bigger and better things. Hopefully someone will take up where I have left off, and I hope that they bring a intelligent perspective to the table. Best of luck to all of you.

The Home Stretch

October 6, 2008

With less than a month to go before the next President of the United States is chosen I thought I would take this time to share a few thoughts with all of you. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have a chance at winning this horse race, but they each have things they need to do to ensure victory.

Obama needs to keep his head on above all things. McCain has been trying to push Obama’s buttons for a while now, attempting to arouse anger in the Democratic presidential hopeful. Obama needs to keep a cool head to avoid being viewed as an angry black man.

Obama also needs to keep attacking McCain on issues involving the economy since it is the issue on everyone’s mind. Using McCain’s tie to the Keating Five incident could help, but reminding the American people that tax cuts don’t equal an economy boost would be even better. Doing so would give Obama another chance to link McCain to Bush and push the strong points of his proposed tax plan.

McCain has two options at this point; he can either keep betting at the tracks (like he did with Palin and his Campaign Suspension) or he needs to pull a 180 and start showing the American people he has a grasp on the important issues (like the economy and health care).

Trying to pull a 180 at this point in the game is not only risky, but difficult. Doing so successfully would require McCain to take control of the narrative (something he seems to utterly fail at) starting with his own image. McCain needs to stop taking cheap shots at Obama which just make him look like the weaker candidate and start showing America he has a better grasp on the problems at hand than Obama. McCain needs to avoid talking about the economy, instead focus on foreign policy and oil crisis two areas he seems strong with voters.

If McCain still wants to throw the dice (I mean what does he have to loose really?) he should stop looking at angering Obama which has done nothing but bite him in the ass. Start by really pushing at Obama’s “socialist” health care plan and start asking the question “What are you going to cut from your change platform now that the economy is in the tank?” Or better yet, really go after the “looking back” aspect that Palin touched on in the VP debate. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, use the opportunities given to you by that running mate of yours.

-Mr. Ed