Still Not For Barack

While everyone is trashing Sarah Palin at their own peril, I'm still thinking about the 21st century Leni Riefenstahl film that was on view in Denver this past week.

As I replay it in my mind, I realize there was minimal talk about issues; instead, the entire week-long event, from Michelle's best Laura Bush imitation to the faux Greek temple front and West Wing style musak following the self-proclaimed "historic" speech, was an infomercial on how "American" Barack Obama is.

If he is an ordinary American, just like the rest of us, who rose from poor circumstances to go to Harvard Law but turn down an "lucrative job" to live the "American Dream," why were we assulted with a weeks worth of propaganda telling us how middle-American he is? While the Democrats talk about how "desperate" McCain's pick of Palin is, we might ask how desperate they are over the fact that half the country still doesn't buy Obama as American as apple pie.

It seems to me that the Democrats have internalized the defeats of Gore and Kerry and are, in fact, trying to outdo the Republicans at their own game, trying desperately to manufacture a Reaganesque figure through movie magic (the false sets, the movie musak again), and cloaking all those issues and questions that are legitmiate in a presidential election. They are trying to make Obama "look presidential."

I was once a Democract, but watching this convention I realized that as an indepedent-thinking person I cannot and will not be a part of a party that uses such blatant and falsifying propaganda in such a way that matches and even outdoes the Republicans.

And I refuse to participate in the knee-jerk reactions to the Palin nomination. I think the Democrats are making a grave mistake in belittling and dismissing her straight out of the gate: lowering the expectation to below zero so that when she gives a shining and powerful speech at the RNC this week everyone is wowed all the more. Here is a woman who has taken on the big boys in her own party, almost single-handedly stared down the most corrupt state government administration in the US, and won! And she is major voice in the emerging discssions on new American energy. She will be an inspiration to millions of middle-American women: working her way up through local and community activism to become Governor of her state, Annie Oakley in the corridors of power. She is both the 21st century version of the Dolly Parton character in 9 to 5 and Erin Brockovich in one.

The Democracts may have succeeded in giving Obama a fake allure of gravitas, but the McCain argument that Palin actually has more exectuive experience, and can show more rreal results in achieving a reformist agenda are quite persuasive.

The Democratic convetion was pure proaganda pumping up the personality of Barack and trying to sell us hard-core on the idea that he is American, using the now tired catchword change. The Republican convention is going to introduce us to a fresh new face that will appeal to middle-Americans in a way Barack simply cannot, and will substitute for change the mantra of "reform," and I bet that many many millions of Americans will be more comfortable with McCain's reform than Obama's change.

Tags: Barack Obama, Denver 2008, Sarah Palin (all tags)

Comments

41 Comments

Re: Still Not For Barack

Well good luck with all that then. Personally, I am not going to base my choice on whether the theatrics of EITHER party are to my liking.

I'm going to vote on the issues.

by animated 2008-08-30 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Sarah Palin has more elected executive experience than John McCain. She should be at the top of the ticket.

by TCQuad 2008-08-30 11:24AM | 0 recs
troll diary.

by kevin22262 2008-08-30 11:26AM | 0 recs
Re: troll diary. definatly

note how the diary tries to keep the whole "celebrity" meme McLame is still trying to sell. the West Wing reference was just really trying to make him look make believe. just tripe. now I do not mean to insult chittlin's or pig guts in general with that phrase...;p

by zerosumgame 2008-08-30 01:23PM | 0 recs
Re: troll diary.

Yeah, but it's a really funny troll diary.

I particularly like the way the diarist is still trying to push the "faux Greek temple" wackiness - after we've seen that it was nothing more than Republican fantasies.  

Actually I posted a diary featuring Town Hall writer Diane West's pushing this meme to the extreme.  I highlighted the line where she says:

   that kooky-bizarro set with the faux-marble columns straddling the 50-yard line of Invesco Field in Denver. In this veritable neo-Graeco-Roman-Graceland temple, the Anointed One became the Nominated One.

   Or so I assume. Confession: I wrote on the morning of Obama's evening acceptance speech, confident that nothing could speak more volumes to the American people than the sight of this grandiose venue deliberately crafted for the address.

And that same pre-imagined, non-existent faux Greek temple is just one of the factors that so annoys the trolls.

I guess when you live in a state of denial reality doesn't carry much heft.

by January 20 2008-08-30 03:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Greek temple

when I saw it, it looked to me like a facade of the White House with the lights on inside.

by Christy1947 2008-08-30 09:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

And a new McTroll loses his cherry. So do you guys get extra points when you post a diary? Or is it just based on comments?

by venician 2008-08-30 11:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

They get triple credit for diaries which compare the Democrat Party (bonus 5 pts for leaving the "-ic" off Democratic, ya know) to Nazis.

by Collideascope 2008-08-30 12:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Oh, get the fuck out of here. Like anyone cares what you have to say.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-08-30 11:33AM | 0 recs
You lost me with your second paragraph

"As I replay it in my mind, I realize there was minimal talk about issues; instead, the entire week-long event, from Michelle's best Laura Bush imitation to the faux Greek temple front and West Wing style musak following the self-proclaimed "historic" speech, was an infomercial on how "American" Barack Obama is."

The polls disagree.

http://media.gallup.com/poll/graphs/0808 30ObamaSpeech1_h6g4f4.gif

by conspiracy 2008-08-30 11:34AM | 0 recs
Re: You lost me with your second paragraph

You made it past the Nazi comparison in the 1st sentence?  You have a higher troll tolerance than I.

by Jay R 2008-08-30 09:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

"the McCain argument that Palin actually has more exectuive experience, and can show more rreal results in achieving a reformist agenda are quite persuasive."

Oh really? I thought the McCain argument was that she would "learn at the foot of the master"

by dead goat 2008-08-30 11:37AM | 0 recs
You're a Crackpot

Palin wants to take away EVERY woman's right to self determination.

by Al Rodgers 2008-08-30 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Here's the thing:  if you want to help McCain win, you need to post smart things.  "Vote for McCain like I do, because I have a room-temperature IQ" is not a winning line.

by username 2008-08-30 11:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Well good luck! Your vote your choice.

But might I suggest you will be happier over at RedState, NoQuater
or some other right wing or alternative universe sight.

by jsfox 2008-08-30 11:42AM | 0 recs
Godwin Law

you lose the minute you invoke the nazis (Leni Riefenstahl).

Go back to Fixxed News.

by Al Rodgers 2008-08-30 11:42AM | 0 recs
I thought I'd read on. Wished I hadn't.

"The Democratic convetion was pure proaganda pumping up the personality of Barack and trying to sell us hard-core on the idea that he is American, using the now tired catchword change. The Republican convention is going to introduce us to a fresh new face that will appeal to middle-Americans in a way Barack simply cannot, and will substitute for change the mantra of "reform," and I bet that many many millions of Americans will be more comfortable with McCain's reform than Obama's change."

Have you ever seen a convention before? They are all like that. What else are they for but to sell the nominee? The rest is Republican wishful thinking. They can introduce whoever they want at their convention but at the end of the day this election won't come down to "Change" versus "Reform" (tortured semantics anyone?) but Obama versus McCain. The latter is the one that looks "tired".

by conspiracy 2008-08-30 11:43AM | 0 recs
Well

You certainly did use a lot of letters, just not so many persuasive ideas.

Memes, really.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-08-30 11:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Well

I think they get paid by the word.

by venician 2008-08-30 12:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

To put it in blacksmith talk

The forge was really really hot but there wasn't much hammering at the DNC convention.

After next week we will find out if that was enough.

by dtaylor2 2008-08-30 12:05PM | 0 recs
Rubbish

Compared to how much they attacked Bush back in Boston there is, well, no comparison.

by conspiracy 2008-08-30 12:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Rubbish

Bush isn't running for President.

McCain is.

And if you think McCain is too old then its basically Palin we are running against.

And if we are running Kennedy 2.0 as the future we are taking a step back to the 60s

Palin gives the GOP a semi credible Reagan 2.0 and a step back to the 80s

We should be running Clinton 2.0 and Obama should make a massive shift to basically be talking up the 90s as his legacy

There are many ways this can go very very wrong and none of them are dramatically helped by focusing on Bush.  We need to focus on bashing REAGAN.  Its the politics of REAGAN that define the GOP to everyone right of conservative democrat.  If we can't sell that Reagan and trickle down are bad for America we will be in a world of hurt.

Obama should have made a clear break with Reagan in the primary, now part of his base will be lost if he speaks badly about the 80s.  Obama built a house of cards of a base and we are going to pay the price.

by dtaylor2 2008-08-31 08:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Rubbish

Was there a point in your life when you made sense from time to time or have just always been in need of meds?

by lockewasright 2008-08-31 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Will we also find out who the real dtaylor is?

by venician 2008-08-30 12:08PM | 0 recs
Sarah Palin?

by conspiracy 2008-08-30 12:11PM | 0 recs
It's a compelling theory

And the postings are certainly inane enough to point in Palin's direction.

by Spiffarino 2008-08-30 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

I'm still thinking about the 21st century Leni Riefenstahl film that was on view in Denver this past week.

So, do tell, is Obama Goebbels, Himmler or der Fuehrer himself?

The DNC was a Nuremburg rally, right?

Are you going to go all the way and claim Obama wants to invade Canada for some lebensraum or are you going to wait for another week or two to get that inane?

by Collideascope 2008-08-30 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

excellent post -garnered the the usual trash talk that these guys think is cool.

Neither are lots of people- for Barack I mean. My take -that is why there is such venom here. I have dog she sticks her head under the bed when there is a storm. Her ass is hanging out but she thinks she is safe. That's what I see here.

by Bornagaindem 2008-08-30 12:21PM | 0 recs
Nice analogy

Particularly pertinent since you talk a load of BS.

by conspiracy 2008-08-30 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Oh, there's no doubt we might lose.  You guys gave us Dubya, after all - twice.  But that still doesn't answer the question of why you come here.

by Jess81 2008-08-30 01:18PM | 0 recs
Thank you for this diary.

It's a great troll web.

by Spiffarino 2008-08-30 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Spoken

The diarist didn't watch the convention because it was the opposition party's convention.

Let's let this troll die.

by Spiffarino 2008-08-30 12:28PM | 0 recs
You idiot Rethug trolls are boring

by BrighidG 2008-08-30 12:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

First and foremost, why not NAME the movie instead of the director.  Have you seen Triumph of Will... to even compare the two is absolute idiocy.

Thanks for your opinion.  None of us care.  We don't care about you or your opinion.  It doesn't matter to us.    WE DON'T GIVE A FUCK.  NOBODY GIVES A DAMN WHAT YOU THINK.

GO to Redstate or Talkleft or one of the other blogs batshit crazy fucks hang out at.

by yitbos96bb 2008-08-30 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Yes, I know - you're "independent," therefore you are more intelligent than the rest of us and can see how things really are.  It's much like someone I knew in law school who claimed to be a libertarian but invariably spewed whatever talking points were on Drudge that day and voted a straight Republican ticket.  Two peas in a pod.

by rfahey22 2008-08-30 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Well if a fundamentalist Buchananite on the GOP ticket doesn't turn you off, then you were never a swing voter.

I'm lucky I don't usually read your diaries because you're proving that it was a lie all along.

by Jess81 2008-08-30 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

Mccain/Palin have experience screwing Americans in the a&&.

by kbal 2008-08-30 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

At least I feel that I matter to McCain.  He seems to understand that our votes are up for grabs, unlike those who believe we will "magically" fall in line.  I've never voted for a Republican in my life, but the chicanery surrounding the primary (stolen in broad daylight) and the party leaders' nonchalance v. they people they screwed ("Get Over It") leaves me cold.  I am at peace with a weak McCain presidency and a strong Democratic Congress, and a lot of egg on the faces of the spineless Dems who kowtowed to George Bush but had no qualms screwing over the Clintons (Pelosi, Dean, Brazile).  

by BPK80 2008-08-30 08:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Still Not For Barack

I am 100% with you on what you say. Vote in more dems in congress and the senate, and vote in mccain-palin into the WH for the next four years, then see what happens. Force some real bipartisamship on these folks, and show the totally out of touch leadership that that the democratic party is not a soviet-style politburo.

by venice1789 2008-08-31 12:36AM | 0 recs
By the way

don't lie and say you "were once a Democrat". That is total bullshit and you know it.

Praising palin, who is OBVIOUSLY a neo-con repug, totally outs you as one of THEM.

by kevin22262 2008-08-30 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re:Let me get clear on this.

You're offended by the political theater of the democratic convention so you're supporting the party that brought us President Codpiece landing on an aircraft carrier?  

I think you'll find next week that in the area of "falsifying propaganda," the GOP still makes the dems look like beginners.

by half nelson 2008-08-31 08:21AM | 0 recs

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