"You Go Girl!"
Ask any local TV news producer and he/she will tell you that ratings rise and fall on personality. Forget the fact that anchor people do not make news, nor provide commentary; remember that they are hired for their skill in reading, smiling, nodding with concern and ultimately connecting with viewers.
Taking a page out of the local news producer's handbook, we get Sarah Palin, speech reader. And while the praise is heaped on her ability to "connect", it is a cynical and shallow approach to choosing the second most powerful person in the land.
The RNC (Rove-Nurtured Candidate) is banking on our emotional response - not our intelliectual reaction to her stand on real issues. And while the speech was well delivered (and designed for memorable sound bites) it was missing any mention of substance. The RNC doesn't want you to either know or understand the issues - or care about Sarah's politics.
When it comes time for debates, Joe Biden will expose her obvious weaknesses but lose the debate becasue the focus will be on her poise and delivery. Forget that she won't address the issues, just remember that she won't cry when Biden goes for her throat. You go girl!
And after Biden goes into an hour-long explaination of the technical details about Russian aggression in Georgia, it won't matter that Sarah Palin supports sending troops to Atlanta, because she will say it in a heartflet, emotional and convincingly insightful way.
"Damn, she's cute, what was that about Atlanta?"
What's more, the shrewd cynicism of this VP selection allows the RNC to devalue Obama's credentials even more by now reflecting his experience off that of Palin. Apparently, according to the RNC's view, if we elect Obama, we don't have to wait for the Commander in Chief to die to get a frightfully unqualified person in the Oval Office.
"Drill Baby Drill."
Whatever you think about our dependence on oil, I think Rudy Guliani crystallized it for me when he led a chorus of "drill, baby, drill" at the republican convention.
It emphasizes a key difference between the two parties and a fundamental misunderstanding of the issue.
Offshore drilling or drilling in the Alaskan wilderness, will not translate into lower gas prices for years - if ever. The republicans would have us believe drilling is the silver bullet to freeing ourselves from an addiction to foreign oil. It's not.
In fact, the issue is not about freeing ourselves from a foreign oil addiction, it's about curing the oil addiction, period. Under the republicans, everything remains the same as we happily move farther and farther away from a real solution. We are already years behind the rest of the world in research and implementation of alternate fuels. But it doesn't matter, according to the republican spin, we have all the oil we need. All we need to do is shove aside the environment and drill, baby drill.
Perhaps in a few years I won't need number 2 fuel oil because New Jersey will be sprouting palm trees in a balmy 98 degree February.
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Let's Play "What IF"
What if McCain was actually elected. Based on his VP selection, here's a list of some of his cabinet appointees.
Depatment of Agriculture: Kayla Campbell, 17 of Greene County Ohio
Qualifications: Female. Exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef at the Ohio State Fair which sold for a record $26,000.
Department of Commerce: Ruth Garrett
Qualifications: Female. Mother of 5; retailing expert. "Crazy coupon skills, she can bring home groceries, personal-care products and household necessities for herself, her husband, her five children, three cats and a dog, all for $70 a week..." Ruth Garrett
Department of Defense: Nicole Malachowski
Qualifications: Female. First woman pilot selected to fly as part of the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds.
Department of Labor: Scottie Chapman
Qualifications: Female. MythBusters mistress of metal. Trained in welding, machining and metal fabrication she has built, burnt and bashed everything from bridges and amusement-park rides to seaplanes and race cars.
Department of State: Ann Wagner
Qualifications: Female. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Previously, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) for two terms.
Department of Energy: Janet F. Clark
Qualifications: Female. Executive vice president and chief financial officer of Marathon Oil Corporation.
Janet F. Clark
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