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Oct. 3rd, 2008 @ 12:38 pm VP debate 2008
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Date:October 6th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)

Doggone it

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It's interesting. While watching both me and Gina remarked how effective the whole "gosh golly I'm just like one of you" thing was. Whereas Biden came off looking and sounding like a seasoned politician and debater (with all of the positive and negative qualities that implies) she sure did sound like a down-home outsider. Whether it's a quip, such as "Golly Joe is that how you Washington people talk?" or a "shout-out" to a bunch of third-graders, she sure had that "golly, shucks" going on for her. What I find particularly perturbing are two things:

1)This same down-homey horseshit is what got George W. Bush elected in the first place: "He's just like us - an idiot! Gore is an elitist intellectual snob - boo!"

2) That the McCain-Pailin campaign has amazingly co-opted the "outsider" and "change" message from the Obama campaign and somehow, incredibly, turned Obama's lack of experience into a detriment but turned Palin's lack of experience into a bonus. She's a maverick who has no experience in Washington! She's the best person to help change things! Ignore that McCain has been in there for decades and arguably has helped get things to the place they are now! All of a sudden he's gonna reform. If the Democrats lose its because they weren't able to hold onto the zeitgeist of change and completely let the republican party co-opt the message, which I find darkly disturbing but intensely fascinating.