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I spent far too much time on my drive to Albuquerque and back listening to right-wing talk radio. I know there are smart conservatives. But it's easy to forget when listening to hosts who repeat the same talking point hundreds of times in an hour and still can't keep their supposedly like-minded callers from free associating in ways that make Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric sound like the Gettysburg Address.

Today's topic, naturally, was Colin Powell's decision to endorse Barack Obama. Although no one called Powell a traitor, some individuals came extremely close. More interesting to me were the many variations on a theme that had a through-the-looking-glass quality: "When Colin Powell was fighting in Vietnam and John McCain was a prisoner of war, Barak Hussein Obama's friends were bombing the Pentagon. How can Powell forget that?"

Sometimes, this argument repeated the implication of Sarah Palin's soundbite about Obama "palling around with terrorists." That got me thinking. Since Obama's oft-repeated comeback to the criticism of his association with former members of the Weather Underground is that he was eight at the time, I wonder whether his campaign might, deep down, be welcoming this line of attack, no matter how brutal it seems on the surface.

You see, in a campaign where age differences matter greatly, the fact that Obama can remind people he was eight at the height of the Vietnam War might prove a bigger advantage than Colin Powell's endorsement, even, particularly among younger voters. Then again, Sarah Palin can make the same point, to which Obama might consider responding that she was, "palling around with moose butchers."

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From: babyiwasshot Date: October 20th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If any of these cats took some time to read Ayers's memoir, perhaps they'd better understand what they were talking about. Then again, the kind of people who trash Obama based upon asinine things such as his middle name tend not to read all that much.

Ayers's memoir is a good read, by the way.
From: babyiwasshot Date: October 20th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


Speaking of Palin's atrocious syntax, I read an op ed by Joe Klein that rhetorically analyzes the October 7 debate: "McCain's candidacy has other problems: He simply isn't as skillful a communicator as Obama is."

I think that one of the greatest assets the democrats have in this race is their use/command of language, which makes me sort of want to read the race through the lens of Austin, Searle, etc.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 20th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: also

Interesting. I'd like to read that. I really enjoyed the Weather Underground documentary.

Of course, to these people, the idea of reading something like that -- or of reading a book at all, to be honest -- is anathema. They get their news from the radio and television, with an increasing number also using the internet, though less frequently than other demographics.
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