August 10, 2008

THE MARTIAL ARTS ANALOGY IS CORRECT TO THIS EXTENT...

McCain mocks Obama oratory (MIKE ALLEN, 8/9/08, Politico)

John McCain is mocking the oratorical gifts of Barack Obama, recommending that he “should consider someone with a knack for brevity and directness, to balance the ticket.”

“Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster,” McCain sneers in his weekly radio address, “and an hour in, realizing that all the best scenes were in the trailer you saw last fall.” [...]

McCain’s gibe about a less windy running mate is part of a continuing effort by the Republican’s presidential campaign to turn Obama’s strengths against him.

Obama is popular with younger voters, and Americans usually vote for the more likable presidential candidate. So using political jujitsu, McCain used TV ads to portray his opponent as an air-headed celebrity more in the mold of Paris Hilton than commander in chief.


...that you're taking the opponent's momentum and then accelerating it as you throw him. The point is that what spellbound pundits and followers perceive as the Unicorn Rider's strength--that he gives speeches that appeal to youngsters--is a weakness. All you have to do is emphasize what he's doing. If he were a substantial candidate the kids wouldn't pay attention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2008 9:44 AM

There's an article out there somwhere about the number of Hollywood celebs who are set to show up prominently at the Democratic Convention in Denver.

Which leads me to wonder how that damn Karl Rove managed to infiltrate the Obama campaing so deeply, and STILL have time for his Fox News gig.

Posted by: Andrew X at August 10, 2008 10:47 AM

Andrew X is right - a bunch of footage of Obama hanging with Clooney, Cher, Striesand, etc won't go over big in fly over country.

Posted by: AWW at August 10, 2008 11:44 AM
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