Eyeing the US Weekly at my local 7 Eleven headlining Sarah Palin Babies, Lies, and Scandal , I thought to myself, that’s gonna piss some people off!
Turns out, not only did some 10,000 subscribers call in to cancel their subscription, many even called up advertisers to complain about their sponsorship of the magazine.
Meanwhile, aside from one somewhat tough interview on the O’Reilly Factor, Barack Obama has been playing patty cake with mainstream media personalities getting teed up one softball question after another, notably cheered on by his inquisitors, one even got a tingle up his leg.
Right out of the gate Sarah Palin gets grilled by Charles Gibson questioning her experience (her resume’ makes Obama’s appear deficient) and presented with the vague sort of gotcha questions rarely submitted to Obama after 18 months of campaigning.
To one inquiry I was kind of wishing Palin would have replied, You know Charlie, I’m not sure what the Bush Doctrine is, but I know the Monroe Doctrine!
It’s not that Gibson’s questions were unreasonable, but in a media environment that supports Obama and brags about his questionable oratory skills, just to be fair, Gibson should have started out, You know Mrs. Palin, you are even a better speaker than the candidate topping the Democratic ticket!
While anchors up and down the networks have been reading off the same Democratic talking points list in their effort to skewer the good Governor from Alaska, the Hollywood elite have come out to chastise McCain’s pick for veep.
The best one of all coming from Matt Damon suggesting that Sarah Palin is a bad Disney movie , then going on to exhibit his vocabulary prowess by suggesting the actuary tables show McCain is probably going to die in the next four years making this woman president.
Just to make sure he didn’t offend only women and senior citizens, Damon went on to offend people who believe in God by declaring he wants to know if Palin believes that dinosaurs roamed the earth only four thousand years ago. The swipe insinuates religious people like Palin embrace a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible which declares every word in its text must have a literal interpretation. Some suggest that makes the world only five thousand years old.
Damon believes anyone who believes in God is a moron.
All in all, the attacks have completely galvanized the conservative base around the Republican ticket, have seen a huge swing in women voters move to McCain, and have sent the Obama campaign scurrying for a coherent message.
In 2004 John Kerry was up in the polls before election time, the most leftwing senator with a most leftwing running mate, John Edwards, and he lost to George Bush. Barack Obama is today’s most leftwing senator, is not even up in the polls, and has a dolt of a running mate who said Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. He is running against a true American war hero and the nation’s most popular state governor.
This election we are going to choose an entertaining and heartwarming story like The Mighty Ducks, or an anti-American dishonest abortion like Redacted.
My bet is the American people choose the bad Disney movie by a rout.
Copyright 2008 Jim Pontillo