I hate politics. Just like I hate reality TV. They are the same thing. Some people pay attention to Survivor, some don't. The people who don't watch it have no interest in hearing about it. And the people that do, have their own opinions about who should win and why and argue with you about it until one of you loses. Not in a world of hypocrites who denounce political attacks and scandals that their team are on the wrong side of, yet thrive on the sweet victory while jumping on the bandwagon when it happens to the other guy.
I find it bizarre the way this world is. The way that people say it was. I don't know if I believe that it was really better back then. Mudslinging, slander, dissing, dirty laundry, skeletons. They've always been there and we are getting better at it.
The world demands that everything they absorb come in a daytime soap opera box. That's what network television and the news media have sculpted themselves into based on demands of our time. I think it's safe to say based on voter statistics that my friend, Eva (D-OR) gives me, and my personal opinion, that nobody gives a shit about politics except when something big goes down. Scandal. Terrorist attacks. If Rock the Vote isn't working, then what better way to sell politics than to spice it up a little bit and start selling it in tasty, bite-sized, scandal-sprinkled snacks? Obama's a Muslim! McCain owns more shit than you poor bastards!
Like it or not, we're living in a Jerry Springer culture. What it's coming down to is who the crowd's going to side with. Whichever camp brings the midget is a shoo-in.
As if the scandals of McCain's veep aren't enough and isn't enough of a clever move in this issue-free political chess match, this hurricane business, while it's really not in McCain's power to do anything about, he's scored another brilliant move scaling down the convention. It was unnecessary as far as I'm concerned, but it was all about image. If that hurricane had come the week before, Obama would have done the same thing McCain is doing, and it would've strengthened his plan for change in the eyes of the voters just as must as McCain's hoping his concern is portrayed the same way, when it really comes down to America's perception of a Republican government. He's clever to avoid any comparisons to the perceived Bush failure with Katrina and his campaign for president. No fucking way. But that's how we are.
And the latest Springer twist is a classic! I mean, for the last few days, the leftist bloggers have been going apeshit claiming the Down syndrome, fresh-from-the-oven Palin was really her 17-year-old daughter's baby and she was really the grandma. Then today, the Palin camp comes out and not only says, "You're wrong." They go on to say, "It wasn't her baby, but she's pregnant now." (And the crowd goes, "OOOOOOOOOO!")
The terrible thing is, I think it's working the wrong way. I can honestly feel myself being pulled on who to vote for based on moves made by the campaigns in this ridiculous news-based reality TV show of "America's Next Top History-Making Presidential Idol Election 2008". Obama's got the Clintons. Oh, but the Clintons don't really like Obama. Clinton supporters still feeling jaded. McCain picks a woman veep. Palin's baby is her daughter's. Her daughter's having a baby now! Obama-McCain-Obama-McCain-David Cook.
Maybe I'm going out on a big limb here saying this, but we created this culture. We vote for American Idols and root for Survivors. And we're going to start doing it based on who can cover their ass the best, and win our hearts with their charisma. Issues? Fuck issues. Don't bog me down with an episode discussing the candidate's stand on Iraq or Social Security, man! Get to the part where Obama's homeless brother crashes Sarah Palin's daughter's wedding and the two of them fall in love and elope!
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