It's Not About "The Race Card", or "Celebrity", or Even "Moses"


(Proudly cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama)

Apparently, everyone in the corporate media elite is chattering over whether John McCain's new attacks on Barack Obama are working. All I heard on the talk shows today were "discussions" over "the race card", "Paris & Britney", and McCain "defining" Obama. If one were just to watch the teevee, one would believe everyone cares about whether or not Obama is an "uppity, elitist celebrity".

But you know what? I don't think most people really do care about all the crap. Maybe if the corporate media elite were to look outside their Beltway Insider bubble, they'd see that the American people have more important things to care about.

(Follow me after the flip for more...)


I live in Orange County, CA, a place known to "lean Republican" (though we're not as strongly GOP as some would believe). If there's ever a place to see what the rest of America outside the Left Netroots thinks, it's here. So one would think that I'd hear all about these attacks on Obama in my recent neighborhood walks.

And guess what? People don't care about that stuff! So far, I haven't run into one voter in my neighborhood walks that has asked me about "Obama playing the race card" or "Obama acting like an elitist snob". No, they actually have to worry about keeping their homes out of foreclosure and jobs from being lost. These people actually have to worry about their relatives in Iraq and their kids breathing polluted air. Basically these regular people have real life problems to think about, so they're not obsessing over stupid crap like the faux scandals generated by the media.

So why is the media letting McCain get away with these ugly attacks on Obama? And more importantly, why are they allowed to spread these smears when the American people want to hear about what these two candidates will actually do about the issues that really matter? When I talk to voters, they don't go on and on about "the race card" or "celebrity". So really, why is the media obsessing over the same old garbage?

Well, we're not totally helpless. If the corporate media won't talk about the real issues that real voters care about, that won't stop us from doing so. Let's go out, spread some truth, and fight the smears. Oh yes, and let's go out & talk to our neighbors about the real issues. Believe it or not, they care about the real issues as much as we do.    


Tags: Barack Obama, CA, Democrats, John McCain, Low Road Express, mudslinging, Orange County, racism, Republicans, smears (all tags)



Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

Go for it... ;-)

by atdleft 2008-08-03 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: It's Not About "The Race Card" ...

Let me reiterate what I commented at C4O -

You need to post this to LiberalOC, and anywhere else you can ... this message needs to be screamed from the rooftops! thanks for a great post, Atdleft! ;-)


by DizzyQueen 2008-08-03 01:33PM | 0 recs
Thanks, Dizzy!

I agree. It's amazing how much the media blathers on about s**t we don't care about. We need to do more to get out, talk to voters, and let them know we care & Democrats care. I'm sick of the "race card" nonsense & "elitist" nonsense & "celebrity" nonsense already!

by atdleft 2008-08-03 01:36PM | 0 recs
Great diary, as always!

It's going to be exciting to do some footwork in a new place this fall! I think I've moved to GOP-central, though... but I DID see an "AlObama" sticker earlier -- first bumper sticker I've seen in the entire city!

If I run into nothing but McCain supporters here, I'm thinking about scooting on down to FL to see what I can do there. It's not horribly out of the way, and I think I could probably accomplish more. No one's turning AL blue anytime soon, so I might do better to focus on a nearby state we can win.

by sricki 2008-08-03 02:33PM | 0 recs
That's always helpful...

And I'm sure the FL Democrats would LOVE to have your help. Just don't neglect your home area too much. We still need help organizing all over the place. And hey, if we can make districts in "The OC" competitive, I don't think Alabama's too far behind. 6/5134

Btw, got any hot races in the area? ;-)

by atdleft 2008-08-03 02:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Great diary, as always!

I'm a new Floridian, but on behalf of my new home:  PLEASE COME!

by psychodrew 2008-08-03 04:52PM | 0 recs
We should totally go canvassing together.

I'm only about 90 miles from Panama City, but I think you're a lot farther away than that.

by sricki 2008-08-03 05:37PM | 0 recs
great diary.

but note no one is here ;(

they are all busy in other diaries troll-hunting or bashing mydd.  anyway highly rec'd.

by canadian gal 2008-08-03 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: It's Not About "The Race Card"

I've been talking to a lot of people out there in the scary real world, and I haven't heard people talking about this other than to laugh at Paris Hilton's ad.  I think people are smarter than McCain would like to believe, and they know what's important.  Having an energy policy is important. Understanding we need to have a coherent, non-belligerent foreign policy is important. The crap MCCain is spewing is not.

Excellent diary, adt.

by Denny Crane 2008-08-06 05:12PM | 0 recs


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