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Friday, March 07, 2008

The Great Non Sequitur

Dr Krauthammer writes about The Great Non Sequitur and the Hillary 3AM ad, which, as Obama senior adviser Susan Rice points out, neither Hillary or Obama are ready to answer,

Dr Krauthammer,
The only way either Clinton or John McCain can defeat an opponent as dazzlingly new and fresh as Obama is to ask: Do you really know this guy?

Or the corollary: Is he really who he says he is? I'm not talking about scurrilous innuendo about his origins, religion or upbringing. I'm talking about the full-fledged man who presents himself to the country in remarkably grandiose terms as a healer, a conciliator, a uniter.
Here's somebody who knows Obama (h/t Larwyn), Todd Spivak of the Houston Chronicle:
For instance. Obama sponsored a bill banning the use of the diet supplement ephedra, which killed a Northwestern University football player, and another one preventing the use of pepper spray or pyrotechnics in nightclubs in the wake of the deaths of 21 people during a stampede at a Chicago nightclub. Both stories had received national attention and extensive local coverage.

I spoke to Jones earlier this week and he confirmed his conversation with Kelley, adding that he gave Obama the legislation because he believed in Obama's ability to negotiate with Democrats and Republicans on divisive issues.

So how has Obama repaid Jones?

Last June, to prove his commitment to government transparency, Obama released a comprehensive list of his earmark requests for fiscal year 2008. It comprised more than $300 million in pet projects for Illinois, including tens of millions for Jones's Senate district.

Shortly after Jones became Senate president, I remember asking his view on pork-barrel spending.

I'll never forget what he said:

"Some call it pork; I call it steak."
Go read every word.

But back to the question of Who Ya Gonna Call?, it was Jane Hamsher who asked,
Blogger Jane Hamsher gets on and asks whether the 3 a.m. ad is reinforcing a Republican message — "isn't McCain ultimately the winner in that tactic"?
Compare and contrast:
Obama ad: Celebrities chanting to the tune of a glassy-eyed woman singing "We can change the world...nah...na na na nah"

McCain ad: Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, leadership

Who ya gonna call?

Obama called Lorne Michaels:
"So hopefully in addition to my call to Lorne Michaels, hopefully now people feel like everything's evened out and we can start actually covering the campaign properly," he said.
Yes. The Saturday Night Live guy.

Let's hope he was joking.

Via Brian Faughnan, who got it from Mark Hemingway of the Corner, "We are building a religion"


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At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Spivak link. The discrepancy between Obama's achievement and ambition is amazing. I pray that it becomes more widely known.

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly Fausta, I think to many people in our Country recognize Jessica Alba more than Winston Churchill. Sadly, movie stars chanting Obama is kind of like the Mennen commercial "By Mennen"--it sticks in your head. I pray for a revolution of thought among voters--that they actually think about the reasons why a candidate would be a good leader--then they can't possibly vote for Obama--chant or no chant. I am praying everyday--believe me!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger rightwingprof said...

This reminds me of one of those E! network shows when Armageddon came out. The hosts interviewed all of the people in the movie, and asked every one of them, "Who would you want to save the world, Bruce Willis or Ben Affleck?" Every one said "Bruce Willis, of course."


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