The Republican party recently stepped in it with their attempt to make the Democrats look bad over a worn metaphor used on both sides of the aisle. Metaphors are dangerous, and no more so in the politcial arena where extending-the-metaphor-to-exaggeration and out-of-context quotes are mud-slinging fodder. The issue: recently Mr. Obama made reference to Republican’s efforts to coverup activities or mistakes with window dressing and saying essentially the Republicans were putting lipstick on pig and trying to call it something else. The Republicans turned it around and called the press gender police hoping to claim that the Dems were calling Covergirl Palin a pig with lipstick. The press turned around and made this the story instead of the Dems.
A couple of things smack of stupid here:
First, metaphors are like nitro-glycerin(dynamite sweat)(see I’m using a metaphor to talk about a metaphor, it’s kind of like a cat talking about skinning a cat), when handled right they can deliver the punch you’re looking for and when handled incorrectly they blow up in your face. Also, when you use a metaphor you have to consider who’s used it in the past and what points these individuals used the metaphor to illustrate. This metaphorical baggage that they carry may end up making your point moot in the end.
Second: Remember when you were in second grade and you ran out of mean things to say so you found yourself with two options: tell the teacher or call the other kid a doo-doo face. Both sides have run out of doo-doo face comebacks so now they’ve resorted to telling the teacher aka the press. The press, howerver, is very fickle and more than happy to turn anything into a story and have no moral positioning they’re looking to reinforce within this race
In my opinion, the Republicans have the opportunity to do their best to stay on message and try emphasize the massive difference in politics and experience that their ticket has to offer. However, these kind of activities smack of desperation. And let’s be honest, you don’t want to smell desperation on the part of your date or your political party. The Repubs need to step up their game above 7th grade lunchroom debate tactics and take it back to the straight talk about topics that matter that made McCain viable in the beginning. The more the two candidates act like kids fighting at recess, the less this country and especially the youth will be interested in voting. Obama and his dems now have the very same opportunity to let the Repub’s grab the “change” message that leaves voters with a very abstract feeling about nothing, and reach out to grass roots voters with a defined message.
If this keeps up, I’m writing in Pam from the Office as my candidatial choice.
I apologize for the absence as I have been traveling across the country, and spending a lot of the time away from internet. However, I have a great moment to relay that completely encompasses the name of this blog. It is a moment were someone was truly “smacked stupid.” It reminded me of a moment when I was driving in the mountains of Colorado last week.
As the car came winding down the mountain in the dark it came around a curve, and HELLOOO there was a large deer just staring at us. Frozen with fear, and unable to move an inch. It just looked at the car forcing me to drive around it. The following video reminded me of that experience.
This is a political video to prepare you, but it is not the political nature of it that makes it stupid, but rather the absolutely classic response that the senator gave in this video. Not one, not two, but THREE TIMES!! It is great. The Senator will be asked a question, and at first he will just try to dodge it but Chris Matthews does not let it go. He asks him again, and again, and every time he just freezes and and says nothing. There needs to be Cricket noises inserted here.
Now tell me if you see a resemblance between the two following pictures.
Now I am sure that it is hard to be on the News and that at time it can be very hard to stay on your game. It is sad that one is required to do so. but this was not a hard question. It was fair, and it is not attacking. You should have had at least ONE answer prepared, something. Don’t just stair at him and then hope that it will just go away. One would think that he would have been racking his brain for some sort of a semi-intelligent answer. Nope, just stair at him. Just like a deer does when a car comes speeding down a road with the brights on.
Now remind me not to ever vote for this man.
Throughout history we have seen political figure after political figure go down aflame like the hindenburg due to illicit affair. Politicians and Sports stars alike that hold not only our attention, but sometimes our respect have often disappointed their fanbase or constituents through their nocturnal habits. Honestly, though, I don’t care. That’s really none of my business. This most recent revelation concerning John Edwards and his love triangle has little interest for me. I mean, yes, it’s sad that we all bought into the sweet story of his support for his wife with cancer and how he stuck by her. Yes, it’s nice that he seemed to have these boyish good lucks and played the part of the all-american family man, but in the end ended up with a woman that was not only his wife, but also played the role of mistress for one of his campaign aids. I mean, let’s think about this for a second.
Not many have taken the time to point out that last point, this woman in the short span of a year had an affair with two married men that work very closely together in very small circle of people. Is this not just an reality tv show waiting to happen. This whole thing truly smacks of stupid.
What further smacks of stupid, is the fact that any of us care at all. Has Edwards ever been a serious candidate for the presidency. Nope. Have we ever really worried how his soundbytes play. Nope. So in truth, we just have another one of those let-downs in too-good-to-be-true relationships the likes of which call to mind Brad and Jennifer breaking up, Ben and Jennifer, and Bill and Gennifer Flowers (Ok, never really a couple, but it kind of fits with the theme.). In all, if people refuse to exercise good judgement or taste for that matter, that’s wholly their decision. Don’t get upset about it, just don’t support them in their stupidity. Don’t vote for Edwards, don’t buy Brad’s movies, and don’t hold celebritiah to a higher standard that we the general population can’t even adhere to ourselves. Being stupid is just part of the human experience.
“McCain and bush support a drilling plan that wont produce a drop of oil for 7 years.”
Now I am really not a supporter of either person, in fact I am still amazed that with 300 million people in the U..S(thats 00,000,000 just in case you were wonderin) this is the best two (thats 1, 2 or “II” or the number 2 with no zeros) we can come up with? But that odd and crazy fact is material for another blog and another day. But I digress.
Obama’s ad starts off with that line, and yet if you look at obama’s proposed plan he doesn’t plan on producing a drop say. . . ever! I say better late then never on that one. Sure I am all for the alternate fuels. I am not saying that moving away from them is a bad thing. I am not saying moving towards oil is a bad thing either. I say, believe what you choose to believe. However, if he is going to make that a point of argument, then one would stand to think that he is going to do it faster. That is simply not the case. He is all about the other stuff. Why doesn’t he say that he is more for it than McCain is. Oh wait he isn’t! But you gotta slam him for something. Will McCain do the same thing back? I suppose he will. Will there be more ads like this from both parties? I hope so, cause then I can blog about more and more. Just wait for the debates!!
So Obama, if he is going to produce it in seven years and that is a bad thing, are you going to do it faster?
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