s skippy the bush kangaroo: taking a bite

skippy the bush kangaroo



Tuesday, August 05, 2008

taking a bite

we opened memeorandum today to find a myriad of articles showing how the polls in the presidential race are now neck and neck. concern troll david brooks wonders where's the landslide?

why isn’t barack obama doing better? why, after all that has happened, does he have only a slim two- or three-point lead over john mccain, according to an average of the recent polls? why is he basically tied with his opponent when his party is so far ahead?
nice of you to worry so much, dave! but in answer to your question, we would posit that the eternal repetition of mcmuffin's negative slime ads in the past week are to, at least partly, be blamed for america's uncertainty about obama.

when it came to the negative ads in the last few days, the media was rather like the blue-nosed censor showing off his collection of illegal pornography: "look at this! how terrible! and look here! it's disgusting! take a long, hard look! revolting! and look at this one! the one with paris and britney! cute girls! hot bods! phallic symbols! dis-gusting!"

we were subjected to showing after showing of mcmuffin's lies and out-of-context quote-twistings. no wonder that the polls started to seem like perhaps they appeared that maybe things were on an even basis.

but then, two things happened today. reality bit back. and so did obama. tpmemo:

obama is ahead of his republican rival 47 percent to 41 percent, the associated press-ipsos poll showed. the survey was taken after the democratic senator from illinois had returned from a trip to middle eastern and european capitals, and during a week that saw the two camps clash over which had brought race into a campaign in which obama is striving to become the first african-american president.

mccain, the senator from arizona, is leading by 10 points among whites and is even with obama among men, groups with whom republicans traditionally do well in national elections.

obama leads by 13 points among women, by 30 points among voters up to age 34, and by 55 points among blacks, hispanics and other minorities, the poll shows.
even worse for the gopers, obama has called them on their bs. abc's political punch:

at a town hall meeting in berea , ohio, today, sen. barack obama, d-illinois, pushed back against the gop attack on his advice to a voter last week that having a tuned up car and fully inflated tires would help save energy….

"so i told them something simple," obama said. "i said, 'you know what? you can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in america inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we'd get from john mccain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.'"

(note: that's not accurate, as we fact-checked last week. but the larger point about energy savings is correct.)
[ed. note: that note about that not being accurate is not accurate. political punch took obama's suggestion and inserted some figures of the percentage of cars w/under-inflated tires from somewhere (read: out of their asses) and then concluded obama was wrong. see our post where the asspress and time magazine used official figures to find that obama was right. but political punch's larger point about obama being correct is correct.]

obama continued:

"now two points, one, they know they're lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they're making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. it’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant."
thank you, sen. obama. it's nice to hear the vanguard of the democratic party tell it like it is. the hardly-ever-right does indeed take pride in being ignorant. they continuously deny established facts in favor of their negative talking points, and when real facts are presented in arguments, they simply ignore them.

they not only take pride in being ignorant, they take pride in preaching ignorance.

we are glad barack "to the future" obama has found the balls to say as much.
posted by skippy at 5:25 PM |

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