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Friday, October 31, 2008

Human Interest Stories Fuel McCain-Palin

If you missed the Hannity & Colmes segment featuring Tito Muñoz, you missed a jackhammering of Alan Colmes by the Columbian builder.



(Via Ace of Spades)

But as I listened to Tito, wearing him some cool shades (I believe for a facial tic), I realised one thing about why the McCain-Palin ticket is hanging in there alongside the $600 million dollar man, Senator Obama.

The Republican Party cannot rely on any fairness in media, but common folk have their back.

Think about it. Can you think of a single normal person made famous by the Obama campaign? Oh yeah. One. But do you remember his name?

You're not the only one.



"From Sergeant...uh [looks down at the bracelet], from the mother of Sgt. Ryan David Jopek."

The one human interest story tied to his campaign lasts just a few seconds, as Obama is looking down to remember who gave him the bracelet and the name of the poor lad.

Meanwhile, on the other side we have, just off the top of my head:

Matthew Stanley (the soldier mentioned first by McCain in the 1st debate)
Tito Muñoz (already mentioned)
Ron Weisflog (The Angry Man At the Wisconsin rally)
James T. Harris (the black radio DJ from the same rally)

And of course, the most famous Common Man of them all made famous by the McCain-Palin side -- Joe Wurzelbacher, that instant American icon, "Joe the Plumber".

You know, I'll even add that crazy-Bruce Vilanch-haired lady from whom McCain yanked the microphone, when she called Obama an "Arab".

It's safe to say that if SNL makes a skit out of a nobody, you've gotten your 15 minutes of fame.



Once again, I say there is nothing even remotely similar on the Obama-Biden side. Either the egos are too big to share the stage, or the message is too weak to include actual living people, and not just hidebound rhetoric.

Or perhaps they just don't know what to do with the Common Men and Women who back them. They're background props, rather than foreground supporters.

So remember this question on November 4th.

Which side was more accessible to ordinary Joes and Janes, and who actually made a difference by their presence in a candidate's campaign?

And then ask yourself why.

You might find yourself saying when you can put a human face on actual cold-blooded policy, you've captured your target audience's attention.

Oh, I just thought about another human interest story made famous by the McCain campaign: Governor Sarah Palin herself. Love her or want to carve her up like a pumpkin, whatever she touches, she turns into ratings gold.

People WANT to know about her in ways that scrappy Scranton boy Joe Biden can never dream about. She's real, and you feel you can reach out and know her -- just like all the other folks above.

McCain-Palin 2008: the campaign which elevates ordinary Americans.

IN THE COMMENTS: Knox wonders out loud.

The great thing about some of these "Ordinary Americans" is that they will actually say things that (for whatever reason) republicans will NEVER SAY about democrat policies: they are NOT trying to help you; they are trying to keep you down so that they remain powerful. It is utterly the truth and republicans will never say it. GO TITO.

I couldn't agree more.

Meanwhile, Level Head, the person who found the interview with the soldier's father pays Sundries a visit, and comments:

Thanks for the Tito clip. I picked up your reference to the bracelet; I was the one who found the interview with the soldier's father.

It has become clear that Mrs. Jopek never said ANYTHING to Obama, let alone "She asked me to make sure another mother doesn't go through what I went through." She was crying too hard to say anything -- and she opposes Obama's position on Iraq.

Incredible, isn't it? And no one calls him out on it.

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5 Comments:

  • I caught Tito last night flipping through the channels. He was brilliant. I loved the part about democrats saying "stay down there, little guy, here's your crumbs." I was cracking up.

    The great thing about some of these "Ordinary Americans" is that they will actually say things that (for whatever reason) republicans will NEVER SAY about democrat policies: they are NOT trying to help you; they are trying to keep you down so that they remain powerful. It is utterly the truth and republicans will never say it. GO TITO.

    By Blogger knox, at Fri Oct 31, 09:21:00 am GMT-4  

  • btw, when I say "republicans" I mean republican politicians.

    By Blogger knox, at Fri Oct 31, 09:22:00 am GMT-4  

  • Hi there!

    Thanks for the Tito clip. I picked up your reference to the bracelet; I was the one who found the interview with the soldier's father.

    It has become clear that Mrs. Jopek never said ANYTHING to Obama, let alone "She asked me to make sure another mother doesn't go through what I went through." She was crying too hard to say anything -- and she opposes Obama's position on Iraq.

    But she IS an Obama supporter, still.

    I think your point is quite valid regarding the "ordinary Joe" effect. And, today, that effect is starting to be felt. The latest Zogby poll showed McCain ahead of Obama in Friday's results.

    Best wishes!

    ===|==============/ Level Head

    By Anonymous Level_Head, at Sat Nov 01, 01:52:00 am GMT-4  

  • Amazing! Thanks for your comment, Level Head. :)

    @Knoxy: I think that's because ordinary people cut out the BS, and are not ever-concerned about how press will use their words for spin.

    Shame isn't it? :(

    Cheers,
    Victoria

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