Sunday, July 20, 2008

Incoming Curve Balls and Sliders

As those opposed to Obama continue to seek angles to cast doubt on his viability and appropriateness for the White House, no stone will be left unturned, and as they start to realize that he is a superior candidate to the worn out ideas from a past generation, they will grasp at anything to drag their opponent down.

When tangible matters like direct quotes and actions that can be verified run dry, desperation sets in and people start to lie or, where possible, make assertions that can neither be proven nor defended, intangible claims of a qualitative nature few are in a position to confirm or refute. They have started, and the press is now running material suggesting that Obama's ego is, well, excessive.

Oh really? John McCain's ego is that of a kitty cat? We have Joan Vennochi's The Audacity of Ego as well as Charles Krauthammer's Barack Obama's Ego Deflates Him. I'm not clear how many publications have picked up Joan's piece, but the Krauthammer article has been reproduced in at least half a dozen other online as well as hard copy publications.

Eggplant's ego would not fit into an oil tanker, and Cheney? As has been discussed here and elsewhere, before this is over, every nook and cranny, every possible assertion and question, all possible doubts, are going to be heaved at the Democratic nominee. The press will toss pitches like those at the Home Run contest at GOP man John McCain. They have been for over a month, and he still sticks his foot in his mouth. At Obama, expect major league pitch after pitch, the best they can throw, anything that can strike this guy out.

Expect lots of curve balls and wicked sliders. They will slice and dice and hack and hew. Perhaps we should discuss McCain's growing list of gaffes and misstatements? Why, I think the man is showing the beginnings of dementia and Alzheimer's. Do we see this in the press? Does the New Yorker run a "satire" showing McCain being revived on a stretcher? I would like to think that the American public is smart enough to scratch its head when it sees one candidate treated with kid gloves while the other is subjected to unprecedented vivisection.


Blogger Liza said...

Check your email.

7/21/2008 7:26 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I remember in 2000 when everyone expected Al Gore to be a walking Encyclopedia and all Bush had to do was keep his fingers out of his ass.

I fear the same may be on its way or even worse.

7/21/2008 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Liza is sending you secret emails?

I could start rumors.

You are probably right. A double standard will exist where Obama is expected to be articulate and sharp, and all McCain has to do is stay above a certain level of non-disaster.

7/21/2008 3:23 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

These two "opinions" by Vennochi and Krauthammer are basically just hit pieces. And the hits just keep on coming.

We've already met Obama "the scary nigger" (Muslim, terrorist sympathizer, middle name Hussein, friend of real scary nigger Reverand Jeremiah Wright) so now it's time for Obama "the uppity nigger."

Krauthammer's piece sounds like he got most of it from Hillary (inexperienced, unaccomplished, empty vessel, speeches without meaning, etc...) and merged her attacks with "uppity nigger." Very creative. I wonder if he is a disgruntled Hillary supporter.

Vennochi's piece is just ridiculous and isn't even good enough for a tabloid. Her own useless opinions substantiated by other equally useless opinions including those of Rush Limbaugh.

Vennochi criticizes Obama because he is going to give his acceptance speech in the Denver Broncos stadium that seats 75,000. According to her, this is all about his ego. Let's just forget that he gave a stump speech in Oregon that drew 75,000 and his acceptance speech is history in the making. Yes, I think there are at least 75,000 people who want very much to be present.

Vennochi criticizes Obama's foreign tour, of course. God forbid that the Democrats' candidate is actually liked by other people in the world who want to greet him and hear him speak.

Vennochi even goes on to criticize Michelle Obama for "channeling Jackie" and the Obama children for their interview on "Access Hollywood." What nerve Michelle Obama has to be young and tall and beautiful and look great in clothes. And the little girls dare to be cute on TV.

It is, quite obviously, a whole family of "uppity niggers." Compare this to McCain's "modesty" and "humility."

I suspect that the smears will get increasingly ugly as we get closer to the Democratic Convention. Obama's nomination has worldwide attention, and his speech is going to be heard all over the world. The Republicans and other McCain supporters/Obama haters have absolutely nothing going for them of this magnitude. I guess they figure they can diminish the impact by ramping up their attacks.

Same sh*t, different day.

7/21/2008 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Surprise, surprise. Once again x4mr has gone off the deep end into x-ville and this time Liza has bought it hook, line, and sinker.

How you two can think the news is biased AGAINST Obama must be the result of that Obamalaid you (and so many others) have been drinking.

IF this country does commit the absurd and elect a black president with no experience out of some politically correct hysteria, it will be precisely because the papers are too scared to say anything bad about him because they are afraid it will look "racist."

Don't you get it? It is intentional that the swipes they take are so empty and silly. No one has the courage to substantively criticize him.

He is all talk. In fact, x4mr, he is a lot like another politician you support, except that he is running for an office where he can really do some damage. At least Giffygirl can't really hurt anyone.

7/21/2008 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Explain this, geniuses.

7/21/2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


Charming, as always. Regarding the Times, you figure it out. Your sentiments are obvious.


Thanks for the commentary regarding the two pieces. Good job. What I find both interesting and a little unsettling is how many journals and other magazines have picked up the Krauthammer piece and reproduced it. For the piece of junk that it is, it's all over the place.

For now, I consider such noise just irritating as the main news about the trip overseas, Iraq, etc., grab the heavy coverage. I don't think I've ever seen the rest of the world voice so strong an opinion regarding who should be elected in this country.

That says something, but I'll have to think about it.

7/22/2008 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not buying it, x4mr.

7/22/2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Mainstream media have been handling McCain with kid gloves. He's gotten a pass on his age, the Keating scandal, adultery, abandonment of his first wife, the current wife's past drug problems, the current wife's extreme wealth, and the steady stream of remarks from McCain that indicate something other than clear thinking. In fact, mainstream media have been very kind to McCain by emphasizing his military career over his failings.

If Obama had the Keating scandal in his background, he would not be the nominee.

7/22/2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Liza if anything understates how kindly the media is treating McCain.

He has committed gaffe after gaffe after gaffe, and the press is downplaying (in the case of CBS, they cut it) the errors. As far as I know, only MSNBC is really showing how out of it the guy really is.

McCain's current tantrum and assertions that the media is giving Obama "glowing coverage" looks childish.

McCain tells Obama to travel abroad, and he does, and then McCain is angry that the press is covering it?

We are venturing into the downright comical, and McCain's outdated thinking continues to reveal itself over and over again.

If Obama made the slightest fraction of gaffes and errors that McCain is making daily, there would be a feeding frenzy.

7/22/2008 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Fox Noise is complaining that the mainstream media is ignoring John McCain.

I wish I could do it for you, x4mr, but there is something you fail to articulate (and I must confess the same) that is very, very funny.

We should all be laughing really hard about the Obama/McCain media tizzy and tantrum being tossed about this week.

Whatever it is, it is hilarious.

7/22/2008 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

I got 2 BS e-mails from a reserve AF officer friend and former colleague, full of Obama lies, rumors and innuendos about his patriotism, etc. I only read a few lines and then deleted them both.
Unfortunately, military officers are a lost cause and run like lemmings to the Republicans.
I was shocked that this otherwise bright, thoughtful Buckeye would not only believe this crap but forward it on.

7/24/2008 4:15 PM  

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