Ferny Grover at 491 said:
… you seem to have the impression that Americans are interested in real issues when they are showing every indication of being a nation in complete denial.
You’ve hit the nail on the head. I think most Americans have trouble facing reality. The worse things get, the more they want to escape.
The Republicans know this, so they gave the people Sarah Palin as the ultimate distraction. Now Americans don’t have to confront the hard stuff anymore in this election. They can talk about whether Palin was the right pick for VP. They can dream about the small-town hockey Mum suddenly making the big time. They can debate whether Bristol Palin should have kept her baby or not and what led her to a teen pregnancy. They can wonder whether Palin would be someone they could have a coffee or beer with.
Sure, there are plenty of people hurting in a declining economy, but for those who aren’t, they now have Palin to occupy them rather than having to be concerned for their fellow citizens or the overall decline in their country’s international standing.
This is a country that has lost its way under the Republican leadership as people were continually frightened into voting for the Republicans. Now that the Republicans have made the world seem so scary, they are exploiting American’s desires for escaping that world… no more big issues, no more things to worry about, just a fascination with Sarah Palin. The MSM have complied. The alternative media has complied. And now we are two weeks into this great scam and Americans are still chugging along besotted in some way with Palin, either loving or hating her.
The Republicans will be trying to make the most of this. She has now had one major interview. Expect them to hide her a way for a little, then bring her back out for another, anything to stretch it out until election day, drip feeding the country with bits and pieces of Sarah Palin.
The only way Obama can turn this around is to stir Americans in an emotional way, a DEEP emotional way. If he simply bangs on about the issues, people will keep resorting to the Palin distraction. He needs to reignite his message of hope and change so people can shift from escapism to a future dream. It is still about avoiding the here and now, which many Americans are inclined to do, but at least Obama can take them to a place that can inspire something better in them and in future generations rather than seeking solace in a temporary distraction.
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Voters souring on GOP.
GOP turns on president.
Just what we need infighting in the Repug Party. 😈
Hagel hints at who has his ’08 vote.
Three Republican House Candidates No Longer “Safe” 😈
Voting in the US election is like driving – To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
Vote McCain/Palin – Bush Lite and Bush Pale
Herr Doktor over at the slimewrestling pit looks like he is about to hop in behind the Kid.
Gaffy, what’s this! Some kind of “New Deal” Adam Carr?
How condescendingly quaint of him to contemplate an “unqualified” POTUS that the good doktor is “prepared to live with”.
Give him heaps, Gaffy!
Uncle Sam Shrugged
I just sit back and have a big chuckle as their posts unfold.
I don’t get good quality laughs like your Toons though.
Thanks, Gaffy, been scanning about 60 or 70 a day since going online a few years back. It’s a joy to be able to share the best of them with appreciative Ticsters:)
HusseinWorm at 928
I agree (and it doesn’t bother me at all given the political context).
love the Obama economy ad. they should stick with this one
I do recall Kirri mentioning the soup kitchens a few posts back.
Looks like they will be getting a little busier now with the tent cities springing up.
Good hearted Sepos will give them food and shelter and no doubt these are the very persons the Goppers will be going full out to cage their votes.
If there are any undecided environmentally friendly swinging voters the imbecile should have helped them make up their mind.
1011 Andrew It’s a brilliant ad, they should give it a very good run over the next month and a half.
Here it is again for anyone that hasn’t seen it. At last we’re getting into the real campaign, the phony war is over. Just watch the polls go.
Optimist angel. I like that. 😈
Chris B the messages are a bit like a skattergun approach, as in the latest racism/Limbaugh ad. They should stick with only the economy for a few weeks
This is classic Dickhead and then he gets relieved!
Watch the video then follow the link under it.
What a ripper and couldn’t happen to a nicer rsole.
That McStupid is going to bring in the changes allright. Wonder how he plans to make redundant and out of the way all the lobbyists working for his campaign. Yeah right!
Don’t forget the two big companies earlier in the Bush years. Enron and Worldcom. More big companies have gone under, in a big business party, the “Republican Party” since the Great Depression.
Gouldie it looks like BO has a strategy in place with his “clever little ruses”.
Bet you would like to be a fly on the wall when they open up this Pandoras’
No doubt there’s a pile of stinking stuff in there Gaffy, which is why no one would touch it.
There’s so much more to come, despite the relief rallies and short covering going on at the moment, it ain’t funny. I’m just surprised how unprepared so many people were to see this house of cards collapse. It’s not like we weren’t being told it was all shonky.
Anyone up for writing a new post?
Yes I’ll do it. 😈
Chris at 1023
I’ll take that as a yes.
You already have contributor privs and I’m expecting a brilliant piece!
Finished. Now what?
An Empire in decline?
The NYT has an article up titled U.S. Court Is Now Guiding Fewer Nations which is basically addressing the subject of a waning influence of the US moral authority (as related to the ruling and decisions of the supreme court) on the rest of the world. Taking into account an economy showing signs of stress, an population ready willing and able to accept fantasy in preference to science (creationism etc.), and a population ready willing and potentially able to role the dice with candidates like McCain/Palin – isn’t this a little bit like the smell of smoke in the air above the seven hills of Rome?
Chris B at 1026
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email, I tried logging in, no go.
New post up.
It’s the economy stupid!
From our very own Chris B.