Monday, October 13, 2008

461 Out of Touch

#461 Out of Touch

People who say Sen. McCain is out of touch with the economic woes of the average American are wrong. You can't be a public figure for all these years, have all these well paid, well educated, savvy campaign aids and not be in touch with this.

But you can pay it lip service and try to make people forget.

Drugging us is the obvious answer. But that's probably illegal. And it's harder than ever to do, what with the crack Homeland Security Team on the job. Imagine if they caught, oh, say, Karl Rove dumping an unidentified liquid into the Croton Reservoir and people from Westchester on down start tripping out. And if they're slinking around CVS sneaking McCain pills into tamper-evident bottles of Tylenol, someone's bound to notice.

Direct drugging isn't going to work.

Indirect drugging might.

Indirect drugging? Yeah. Get our attention on some Hallmarkey kind of picture of America. Like Reagan did. If it's done well enough, we'll zombie our way to the voting booth and do what they want.

Failing that, throw mud. That almost always works. The stinkier the better.

If they play their cards right, they can be made to think the opposing candidate's name isn't Obama, but Ayers. They wouldn't stoop to ethnic slurs, would they? Nah. It's only the fringe that calls Obama and Arab and a terrorist. McCain himself had to quiet an angry mob of his supporters the other day, and got booed for the trouble.

The Democrats won't make the kind of hay the could about the ethically and linguistically retarded governor of Alaska. The committee that came "this" close to calling her unfit for office had ten of her fellow Republicans as members and half that many Democrats. She's calling the investigation a partisan smear, but notes that it clears her of illegal conduct.

When she says it also clears her of ethics violations, she's lying. Want proof? Google "Palin ethics report" and see for yourself.

This is a pretty good distraction. So why aren't the Democrats making better use of it? Possibly because they figure issues should decide a presidential election, not some local cat fight about someone's sister's ex husband.

It isn't hard to understand why the Republicans are trying to distract you.

We could forgive their presidential ticket, were it really out of touch on the economy. What we can't forgive is their attempt to stick our heads in the sand long enough for them to win.


Shrapnel:

--Current Republican talking points include labeling anything they disagree with as "socialist." First, so what. Second, there are no socialists in power here and anyone who thinks there are either doesn't understand socialism or doesn't understand America, or both.

--Three cheers for Ruby Tuesday's They're running TV ads promoting re-decorations at their restaurants. One of them has one of the funniest one-liners: "The 70s called; they want their lamp back."

--Three jeers for Ruby Tuesday's. Reading their re-decorated menus lets you know that you can "platter" your burger for only $1.69. Nice verbing, guys.

I'm Wes Richards. My opinions are my own, but you're welcome to them.(R)
(C)WJR 2008

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