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Referendum on Obama ?

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been noticing a reoccurring phrase from the talking heads in the US media.

This election is a referendum on Obama.

Give me a break! If this was a referendum on Obama it would be suggesting that all of those dumb white lazy Americans were actually thinking about voting for Obama instead of cleaning guns and beating the women folk with their bibles.

Reality is that white Americans are not dumb, the majority are not cleaning their guns, only a very small percentage are beating their womenfolk, and this election is not a referendum. However, looking at the situation from the media perspective, they do need a narrative that will last out the election season, and we have some of the ducks lined up. Obama is representing a substantially new series of policies and an attitudinal shift, he is popular, knows how to motivate an audience, knows how to construct sentences, and according to people who know him a lot better than we do, actually knows how to speak with a lot more depth than he chooses to deliver on the campaign trail. McCain in contrast is building on a familiar landscape, a national reverence for anything and anyone military, and an somewhat old-boy, beer on the balcony, best mate persona, his foreign affairs acumen established as a prisoner of war, and that ‘Rodger RamJet: Hero of our Nation’ thing.

Roger Ramjet is a patriotic and highly moral but not too bright superhero (kind of a jet age Dudley Do-Right), who is typically out to save the world, with help from his Proton Energy Pills (“PEP”), which give him “the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds”. The World is invariably saved by dispensing violence towards the various recurring criminals who are traditional characters in this form of entertainment.

But, it gets worse … doesn’t the following quote sound a lot like General Petraeus, John McCain, and the McCain Campaign crew?

On government missions assigned by General G.I. Brassbottom, Ramjet encounters various nemeses during his missions. Typically he is caught, and must be rescued by his crew of sidekicks, the American Eagles (named Yank, Doodle, Dan and Dee – a play on “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.) Although his Eagles appear to be children, each of them, except for Dee, flies his own individual ramjet aircraft expertly, along with being obviously much more savvy than their leader.

I’m going out on a limb here and I’m suggesting that the media have already figured out that a ‘national referendum on Obama’ is just what is needed to create a multitude of interesting talking points, and justify a media bias to cover attention of the more interesting candidate. Think of the alternative – repeats of a kid’s TV animation series from the 1960s? After all, there are still 24 days to the Convention, 95 days (or 2,280 of those 24×7 media hours) to fill before this election is done and dusted (excluding recounts and associated supreme court rulings) and 173 days until the Inauguration.

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Content referencing Roger RamJet courtesy of Wikipedia.

611 Responses to “Referendum on Obama ?”

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    Chris B says:

    Good to see they are already looking ahead to 2010.

    Speculation has been swirling for months that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews might toss his hat in the ring to challenge U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010. A poll released this morning shows that while Specter, a Republican, remains popular, Matthews could very well give him a run for his money.

    Specter led Matthews 41-36 percent in the Quinnipiac University poll, which surveyed 1,580 voters from July 30 to Aug. 3. The poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percent.


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    Chris B says:

    It’s seats like Pennsylvania that the Democrats need to grab.

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    Chris B says:

    Poll Shows Women Voters Favor Obama Over McCain

    A recent national opinion poll of women voters shows Democratic candidate Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican candidate John McCain for the November presidential election. The Lifetime Television network poll also examines the lasting impact of Senator Hillary Clinton’s White House bid, as Cindy Saine reports from Washington.

    Lifetime Television Network is sponsoring a nonpartisan campaign to engage women in the U.S. political process – encouraging women to go out and vote, and to run for public office. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake announced the results of a national poll of 700 women conducted in late July on their preferences for president.

    “The race for women is not decided yet, although women voters are giving Obama a solid lead, but neither candidate has over 50 percent of the women yet,” Lake said. “Forty-nine percent of the women polled said they support Obama, 38 percent are supporting McCain and 10 percent of women are undecided.”


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    Chris B says:

    So, Obama has a commanding lead with black voters, Latino voters, young voters and woman voters. Registered voters by 18% prefer the Democrats. Does anyone see a trend here?

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    Chris B says:

    Maybe it’s the fundie vote that’s holding him back.

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    Enemy Combatant says:

    I think, therefore I vote

    Lloyd Fullerton (the Big Picture guy)

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    “In a user pays world, everybody cops it in the keester” (J.K. Galbraith, economist)
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    Chris B says:

    Here is a really good article on, wait for it. Fox News…..

    Does Barack Obama have a problem with the polls? Is his campaign less effective than it should be? Is there legitimate cause for concern that Obama could lose in what appears to be the most favorable non-scandal (meaning non-Watergate) year for Democrats since 1932?

    What should Obama do?

    Well, polling data offers some helpful clues.

    The most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey of 914 registered voters from July 27-29 (MoE +/- 3%) shows the following issue advantages for Obama.

    Health Care — 56 percent to 39 percent over McCain

    Taxes — 51 percent to 45 percent over McCain

    Jobs — 57 percent to 38 percent over McCain

    Gas Prices — 51 percent to 40 percent over McCain

    With issue advantages like these, this natural question asserts itself. What message have you heard from Obama recently that specifically exploits these massive political advantages?


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    Chris B says:

    Family’s Donations to McCain Raise Questions.

    The Jordanian business partner of a prominent Florida businessman, who has raised more than $500,000 for Senator John McCain, appears to be at the center of a cluster of questionable donations to his presidential campaign.

    Campaign finance records show Mr. McCain collected a little more than $50,000 in March from members of a single extended family, the Abdullahs, in California and several of their friends.

    Amid a sea of contributions to the McCain campaign, the Abdullahs stand out. The checks come not from the usual exclusive coastal addresses, but from relatively hardscrabble inland towns like Downey and Colton. The donations are also startling because of their size: several donors initially wrote checks of $9,200, exceeding the $2,300 limit for an individual gift.

    Making matters murkier, some couples in the family who contributed more than $9,000 to Mr. McCain also gave the maximum in December to either Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton or Rudolph W. Giuliani, or both, totaling in the case of at least one family more than $18,000.

    Must register for NY Times

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    “With issue advantages like these, this natural question asserts itself. What message have you heard from Obama recently that specifically exploits these massive political advantages?”

    Indeed, Chris, for Fox it’s not good enough to be a clear winner. You have to explain to them why it is so.
    It’s filthy politics but excellent ungulate persuasion technique, which is what the MIC who pay for the ad slots want. Bidness as usual.

    “Well guys, I’m a winner because most people prefer me as POTUS.”

    “Then why do you hate America so much, Senator Obama?….and why do you keep disrespecting American Patriots by not wearing a flag lapel pin…. and do you face Mecca when you pray on your mat five times each day….. and which Madrassa will you be sening the girls to, Senator?”
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