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Thursday, April 17, 2008

American Idol Politics

I didn't watch the debate.

I'm more interested in the debate watchers.
The blogs are buzzing this morning. And since perception is everything when it comes to a made for TV event like American Idol or a political debate, is it any wonder that the topics of conversation were created by and are a reaction to the media as much as the candidates.

I find the online comments interesting.

"In PA Debate The Clear Loser is ABC"

Lot's of criticism for ABC for it's handling of a potentially major event.

"The Samsonite Argument"

This one I find interesting because of what it refers to. Hillary is reduced to a direct appeal to super delegates that she can withstand a Republican attack in the Fall. It goes like this -

"I've been in this arena for a long time. I have a lot of baggage, and everybody has rummaged through it for years," she said. Therefore, she argued, "I will be able to withstand whatever the Republican sends our way."

WTF? I have a lot of bad news in my background that everyone knows about, therefore I'm more electable? What kind of argument is THAT?

Her recent position is this, "If you think the stuff people have made up about Obama is bad, imagine how awful the facts must be!"

OK, Hillary I can dig up a zillion references that "prove" you are a lesbian. This kind of campaigning stinks and it's the reason the blowback from her campaign is going to hurt her at least as much as it hurts him.

Clearly Obama's remarks last week have become a sore spot and supporters like me resent that it's still a topic of conversation. At a moment in history when failed market speculation threatens the global economy, food shortages and record high oil prices are about to spark global unrest and experts are saying that fresh water is poised to be the new oil - ABC NEWS wants to focus on the choice of one adjective in a private conversation.

Welcome to American Idol Politics, where media figures present other people's opinions as questions and then pick your next president for you.

How about if we vote on it.

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