Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hubris: Barack spoke truth

For McCain, the real value of William Ayers was as a spotlight on Barack's hidden and extremist political beliefs. Barack, via hubristically letting down his guard and speaking truth, has self-revealed his extremism. William Ayers is no longer as important to McCain. Barack turned the spotlight on himself.

Do you find a bit of a double standard?
1) Media do not investigate the Obama/Ayers relationship.
2) Media ascend en masse to Alaska.
3) Media give Joe the Plumber a rectal exam.

Jim Treacher:
So, if you happen to be standing in front of Obama when he publicly reveals his socialism, what does the media do? Demands to see your papers. That's just delicious, is what that is.

The story is: Obama is a socialist.

Joe is not the story. Joe is a symbol of Americans who will be hurt by Barack's socialism.

Barack and media cannot damage Joe the Symbol via attacking Joe the Person. The only way to invalidate the symbol is to show that Barack's socialism will not hurt Americans - then **poof** the symbol disappears. If Americans are not going to be hurt by Barack, then Americans do not need a symbol to represent them.

Barack's problem: America is not ready for Barack to make a frank and open case for socialism. This is why Barack is running as a moderate. This is why Barack the Socialist and Joe the Symbol of Aggrieved Americans are giant trouble for Barack. This is why, the day after the debate, Barack and Biden did something previously unseen on a Presidential stump: they attacked a plumber.* It won't work. Joe is a symbol.

I half expect David Axelrod's astroturfers to start a rumor that Joe is a wife beater (as they started the Palin called Barack a Sambo rumor). That's about their only chance to damage Joe the Symbol. Tax liens won't do it. Tax liens just make America identify with Joe the Strugglin' Plumber even more.

* First, in the link above, watch Barack's sneering grin at the end of his stump statement. Second, do Barack and Biden know that plumbing companies routinely make more than $250K/yr? Are they out of touch, or just deceptive?

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