Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What matters most

Chalk up Sept. 2, 2008 -- two days before Republican presidential candidate John McCain gives his acceptance speech at the GOP convention -- as the day his campaign gave its concession speech on the things that actually matter.

Proof? Let's go to an actual, live, on-the record statement from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: "This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

Rarely do you hear a campaign of utter distraction spelled out so clearly. Still, just to show that we're good Americans, perhaps we should forget all about the economy, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, health care, education, the environment, and all those other things that don't help the GOP win elections. Instead, let's fire up the grill for some delicious mooseburgers and paste a picture of McCain's face on a hand puppet so we can hold it up over James Garner's head during a 24-hour Maverick marathon.

That's what this election is about, my friends.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I didn't read deep enough into this, but I'm thinking that Davis isn't saying that the issues don't matter to McCain and Obama; rather, he's saying that that the voters don't actually care about the issues.

Davis isn't saying voters should forget about the issues; rather, he's saying that not every voter is going to consider them when they go to the polls.

12:07 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

This campaign finally brought each candidate being called "a brand" to the table, as in "McCain has to worry about protecting his brand" or "Obama's brand is strong." I thought of being ticked off by this, but then I realized, it's been a long-time coming. The 24/7 society has relegated presidential candidates into commodities like Clorox and Chrysler. Who needs a platform when you have a brand?

11:35 AM  
Blogger porchwise said...

With all the bailouts going on, it seems like deregulation was not a good thing for the Republicans. But, irregardlous, it does seem like a popularity (or best brand) contest. Maybe the debates can clear the air (IF the majority of voters tune in--which is doubtful).

11:58 AM  
Blogger SFNative said...

"Davis isn't saying voters should forget about the issues; rather, he's saying that not every voter is going to consider them when they go to the polls."

While I would agree with you, I think that the McCain Campaign's exploitation of this flaw in American voters speaks directly to his point of "THAT" being what this election is about.

11:26 AM  

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