Time was not too long ago when our political parties let each other have their weeklong TV commercial, er, party convention, to themselves. But this minute-by-minute media-contesting of the Democrats’ ‘pre-convention VP Day’ today by the McSame / Rove / Swiftboat campaign is a new low in what had been a tradition of brief respite from all the partisan BS, our “quadrennial national civics lesson” — now down the toilet with the rest of the McCain offal. So much for that “maverick” image. He must be really running scared. Today’s performance is totally without dignity or honor. I’m torn between whether Obama / Biden should “go and do likewise,” or stick to the high road. After all, it is apparently a way to get the “news” channels to air your instant ads for free nationwide and worldwide….
I have to add that CNN’s performance today is worthy of Fox News Channel, “loyally” getting all those McCain minute-by-minute retorts on the air. I wonder if they’ll keep hammering at his “I don’t know how many homes I have”…. After all, he is the MSM darling….
BTW: So Biden once ran against Obama? From what they’re saying, McSame may be about to nominate a mate who ran against *him.* So let’s dredge that up too, OK guys?!! That’s politics in a democracy: temporary rivals band together in party unity in the end: Our base isn’t thinking of bailing on the party in the fall, while theirs is. It may be easy to forget during the last 8 years or more of non-democracy in America! But we are a “democratic” party; the Republicans are a “religious” party. We had a primary season; they had a traveling revival show, even with a bona fide preacher running!!! Make your choice, America. Just be sure and let everybody vote, and let every vote count, no matter race or party or class or liberal religion or no religion or sexual orientation or neighborhood or anything else.
And McCain “congratulating” Biden on the phone while at the same time releasing his classless ad? Totally insincere and cynical. %#@* him and the horse he rode in on!
About these insta-ads: Should we really be shown them before they air on paid TV? Don’t we risk a fiasco like that ad one of the GOPs “unveiled” during the primaries, only to pull it the same day before it aired? Are we newsmedia, journalists, or YouTube-on-the Air?!!! Is it an ad, or just a campaign video?!!! We don’t know yet!!!
For that matter, are they “journalists”? Jour is French for day, as in daily. French for moment is moment, oddly enough, so maybe they’re momentarists instead of journalists! Does that really serve the public interest or the Common Good? In some disaster, coup d’etat (like 2000 or ’04), or traffic jam, yes; otherwise, let’s stop and think a few hours once in a while….
(And no, I don’t speak French, I had to look it up. I did take four years of Spanish, but r e a l s l o w ! ! ! I catch about every fifth word on Spanish-language TV news!)