Barack vs. The Volcano (Redux)

The Candidate is the Campaign, Period

…inexplicable disassociation with current events, stunningly inadequate communication skills, dubious team building expertise and an endless stream of banalities…

McCain’s campaign deserves the ‘Ship of Fools’ moniker, and they prove it daily – not only in the fact that they defy reason in the overtly fictionalized representation of the Senator’s leadership skills, but with their flagrant disregard for facts.  The campaign’s message is confusing hot air and ash; noxious, dirty and deadly.  The representations of the future are in direct conflict to McCain’s past record. In fact, many of the conflicts have been navigated by McCain within a single news cycle – whereby he reverses course on his own comments within hours of his original.  We’ve said it before, McCain does more about-faces in a day than a Naval Drill Team and it is hardly understandable how he hasn’t screwed himself into the ground where he stands.

The McCain Volcano is replete with a cast of the ‘Usual Suspects’ that make Keyser Söze seem like Captain Kangaroo.  It’s not just that they  represent the ruling class that created the volcanic cone that is impacting America, but because their ideological scam has devalued the American worker and fleeced the National wealth.  A re-distribution of wealth that not only has devalued currency but has gambled the American legacy by decimating the US Military, inspired greater global terrorism in a manner most fiction writers wouldn’t have felt was believable and created the necessity of corporate welfare that is undeniable, yet is placed directly on the shoulders of an abused middle-class.

Yet, without skipping a beat, John McCain goes news cycle after news cycle displaying an excess of poor leadership style, inexplicable disassociation with current events, stunningly inadequate communication skills, dubious team building expertise and an endless stream of banalities, slogans and staggering contradictions.  However, the patented GOP response to what must be global observations of McCain is always preceded with an attack on Barack Obama.  This is the sensibility that riots are made of – not important political decisions.  The mere fact, that Phil Gramm (the birth parent of the Financial Services Modernization Act which abrogated Glass – Steagall) is an economic adviser and former co-chair of the McCain campaign should be reason enough for any reasonable human being from disregarding McCain as an option in November.  When punctuated with McCain’s stating that he’s not for the privatization of Social Security this week, after a decade of his vociferous support for privatization should shake even those that haven’t been paying attention to politics.

Even GPS Can’t Locate McCain positions

…it is unquestionable that John McCain is the Republican stooge who permitted his campaign to chose a VP running mate for him that was certain to distract the electorate…

“You can’t make this stuff up” was almost an appropriate sub-text for every McCain speech in the past week.  It was expressed by journalists, journo-tainers and the Obama campaign.  It was irresistable, as was the line that Obama worked into every speech declaring that the ‘Ole boy network was a McCain staff meeting.’  Truly, even those not enamored with shtick could resist broadly smiling each time it was repeated.

McCain would literally contradict himself within hours of taking a position. While great fodder for news / opinion / comedy – John McCain’s campaign activities are not just confined to the US airwaves but are making US Politics the laughing stock of the world we so desperately need to re-engage in a healthy way.  Imagine a President John McCain addressing the UN while the suspicious membership recall his attempts at detente by quipping ‘Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran’  Just think about a man who has claimed in a Nationally broadcast interview “I know how to win wars!” as though the empty words had value.  He, to this day, he has not been challenged by the corporate media with access to him to back up that claim.  It is not only a sad commentary on John McCain’s grip on reality, but a revealing glimpse of the corporate media’s dubious attempts to keep the game going as long as possible.

After the disgrace that was billed as the Republican Convention, not limited to but including highly questionable police activity and the jailing of credentialed US Press journalists and the vile words of the resentful bridesmaids – it is unquestionable that John McCain is the Republican stooge who permitted his campaign to chose a VP running mate for him that was certain to distract the electorate from the facts and potentially build support.

Skill with Hope, Faith and Charity

When the talking heads and paid political analysts (even the friendlies) called for him to get into the street fight – he acknowledged their concern but won their respect for not blackening his own eyes with his own knees

It is our opinion that the premiere qualification for a presidential candidate is their ability to lead.  The skills required are a nimble mind, an ability to assemble heroic teams and reduce complex problems to a series of actionable events.  This is commentary and not a campaign ad – but Obama detractors have engaged in propoganda that borders historic proportions in order to disavow his accomplishments and the McCain campaign has engaged in politics that rival the disinformation of the current Bush administration.  In fact, Bush political operatives have been engaged by the McCain campaign in successful recruiting effort that the US Army wishes it could accomplish.

Hope:  Barack Obama adopted the word ‘Hope’ as an operative tool over a decade ago – it wasn’t born of a campaign. While there have been numerous accounts of it’s importance and volumes written mocking the emblatic overtone – it is overwhelmingly apparent that this is a fundamental precept of what makes Obama tick.  In contrast the McCain campaign has posited that Hope is not enough – even though it is abundantly clear that the Obama campaign has admirably operated with a positive mental attitude throughout the campaign.  The importance of this is evidenced in the fact that the current presidential race has been observed by many as being pivotal in the history of the USA and the Democratic contender rose from the ranks with a grassroots political organization that has out-raised any US Politician in history and defeated the tenured Democratic political machine in accomplishing the Party’s nomination.

Faith:  While this is of the most personal individual freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, Obama’s faith has been challenged continuously with disturbing allegations.  Some of these allegations still being hoisted by still employed yet hardly relevant paid propogandists posing as commentators, are offensive not only to Obama, but to many Americans that are not fundamentalist Christians.  There is no question that these businesses celebrating non-profit status have provided cover for political operatives intent on tainting Obama.  To his credit, Obama has run the gauntlet of incomprehensible assertions with aplomb.

Charity:  This is the most evident of all the attributes of the Obama campaign.  Even when the neophyte political activists, supporting Obama began to call for his head-on-a-stick, because of his skillful manuevering of positions placed in his path by a concerted effort of the Republicans in Congress – team Obama managed to get the activist leadership to focus on singular actionable event that was more important – that being winning the election.  He did it without creating huge or lasting divisions.

When the talking heads and paid political analysts (even the friendlies) called for him to get into the street fight – he acknowledged their concern but won their respect for not blackening his own eyes with his own knees and patiently permitted the opposition to choke on their own hubris.  He has repeated this throughout the campaign and his control under fire has stunned the McCain rioters.

Obama vs. McCain, Hillary Supporters and the Right Wing Conspiracy

The Players

…his slow thinking style and weakened command of facts to the point that his own people explained that he (McCain) doesn’t speak for the campaign.

First and foremost, the presumptive Democratic nominee – Barack Obama.  Certainly, with the flourish of a well executed marketing campaign – Barack Obama came onto the National scene when he gave a very moving speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.  He, and a few million supporters have agreed that he has what it takes to be President.  A very well run campaign, Obama presided over a national shrug as we watched the Democratic Dinosaur, Hillary Clinton, slay herself by exhibiting a profound lack of leadership skill and continually changing campaign message.

Clinton’s campaign was replete with cadre of K Street operatives and possibly the worst blend of political promoters since the “New Deal Party System” evolved into its current form.  These are the muck-rakers; the manure harvesters and throwers; the laconic liars that transformed forced a dangerous rebellion in the Democratic Party – instead of a transition that could have been a balm for their hubris and a ‘save’ for their egg covered faces.  Instead, they chose political suicide and irrelevance.

John McCain, the Senator, former POW and current presumptive Republican nominee is a myth.  A Frankenstein candidate that continues to evolve from a patch quilt ideals of the Neo-con body politique that doesn’t always operate smoothly or rationally – very much like the original Frankenstein.  The similarities are not limited to inexplicable facial expressions or terse spurts of distemper – but are highlighted further by his cavernous lack of knowledge and most obvious struggle discerning fact from fiction. His slow speaking style most clearly reveals his slow thinking style and weakened command of facts to the point that his own people explained that he (McCain) doesn’t speak for the campaign.

-We’ll wait while you finish shaking your head and re-reading the last sentence –

The Plot

Rumors of a Hillary coup at the convention have been widely circulated by Right Wing talk radio and has been all the buzz among a growing group of people that often speak from little boxes on television screens but are otherwise, unemployable.

Barack Obama is challenged to unite the country, or at least an operating majority in such a way that a synergistic team develops around the nation.  This team will investigate, debate and legislate in a manner to repair severe damage the United States has endured under the current coup figurehead, George Bush.  The task is daunting, since the Bush Administration placed operatives throughout the bowels of government; many who will likely be facing legal challenge as to the propriety of their engagement.  Other’s who will, no doubt, be facing legal challenge directly relating to the constitutionality of their deeds, although the current US Attorney General and Neo-con political operative, Mukasey, has thus far refused to act according to his oath by blocking Justice Department action against his ideological brethren.

McCain is challenged with the Molotov plan of political arson in order to hopefully seize power.  His objective, as evidenced by his tender yet obscure campaign dialogs with Sen Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is to continually criticize Barack Obama and the Obama campaign – even – when that criticism is in direct conflict with the truth.  Even – when the criticism is in conflict with common sense. Even – when the criticism is in direct conflict with Senator McCain’s own previous statements.  The underlying rationale is that McCain generally doesn’t make sense, and since he is continually in edification mode – the electorate should hardly notice.  Apparently he has made it difficult for the corporate media to keep straight faces when reporting on McCain events.  However, business units at most major networks have made very clear that it is very important for the news machinery to portray McCain as a viable candidate in order meet projected sales of ad time right up until election day. It seems sometimes that McCain is barely cooperating.  His competence is questionable and his grasp of gravity is unclear – so we’ll just call him Curly because of his penchant for being in pickles.

Meanwhile, Sen Clinton’s Campaign is doing the Bunny Hop from NYC to Denver in the gleeful March-for-a-Miracle.  While Senator Clinton has apparently distanced herself from previous comments that she would not place her name in nomination – the Obama campaign has agreed to the traditional practice – and Clinton now wishes to be recognized on the convention ballot in order to lose – officially, thereby indelibly placing her loss in the annuls of the Democratic Party and delivering her a plot in the graveyard of history.  Rumors of a Hillary coup at the convention have been widely circulated by Right Wing talk radio and has been all the buzz among a growing group of people that often speak from little boxes on television screens but are otherwise, unemployable.  Naturally, confusion and disclarity are the fundamental trademarks of our last character, and that’s why Hillary is our Larry.

The Sequel ??

A Spine - Rarely used by Congressional Democrats since 2006.

A Spine - Rarely used by Congressional Democrats since 2006.

Perhaps pretending there is Unity in order to get through the election process successfully, isn’t such a bad idea while working for a broader consensus of Americans.

As most Americans probably know, despite the fact that McCain campaign insinuated that Hawaii is un-American, Barack Obama will be returning soon from America’s 50th state after visiting family and friends and enjoying some time with family, close allies and 5,000 people from the press corps spying from perches in dunes and beach grass subsisting on plate lunches while they stalk the Senator … more debates will be in order.  Not the McCain kind whereby stupid people ask questions – but rather, the more traditional kind where one person asks stupid questions.

Meanwhile, on the periphery of sanity, groups such as Puma Pac and other Hillary Clinton for President groups persist – even though it is reported that they do not have the endorsement of Clinton.  They have also purportedly, misrepresented their funds raised by stating 6 million in support vs. the 50K they actually raised.  There are many, including me, that believe that while these are actually Democrats, this organization and others like it, designed to support Hillary Clinton, even though she has not acknowledged them, were in actuality created by Karl Rove operatives in fulfillment of a task to breed acrimony among Democrats and create controversy to distract voters.  This is further evidenced by vociferous leaders of groups stating withouth blinking that they will vote for John McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

Considering the likelihood of a Democratic victory in November, it is Democrats currently in office that should expect a more demanding constituency in the coming election cycle.  While holding steady in order to deliver a Democratic victory, many constituents are dangerously unhappy with many sitting Democratic leaders and many are hopeful that by ending the neo-con coup of American National Government, the next target will be ending the dinosaur patronage coup of the Democratic Party.  Perhaps pretending there is Unity in order to get through the election process successfully, isn’t such a bad idea while working for a broader consensus of Americans.

Wesley Clark v. John McCain : Corporate News Controls the Conversation

Newsmakers

experiencing rush of gratification when our little-talking-head-in-the-box delivers a glancing blow to a loathsome little-talking-head-in-the-box

Remember when the term ‘newsmaker’ adoringly adorned someone that had chinked the tablet of history with an indelible mark?  Whether celebrity outlaw or outlaw celebrity, the term ‘newsmaker’ was a special term that indicated a person that was the object of spinning presses and a whir of news mechanisms including television and radio. It was a word rooted in the association of an event with the person that presided over its occurance.

This is no longer, what modern journalism and info-tainment professionals envision when they speak of ‘newsmakers.’  It seems, they’re now referring to themselves, in fact, they may be collegially referring to others that have scooped with their scripts, or framed a quote; even, edited the perfect sound-bite to create a controversy.  Arguments that do not, in reality, exist but nonetheless arguments that are certain to occupy their customers – who by and large – savor the paint-ball style drive-by news-ish sort of reality kind-of dust-up combative engagement of their politicians.  An electorate that might very well tolerate a conversion of the bicameral legislature to include a venue in both houses that would include cage-fighting.

Of course, with every developing nuance in the tactical execution of the News Business, that is to say, techniques in marketing a product to the public that is ‘news-ish,’  there are detractors. Some are from the marketplace, offended at the artist’s hue in replicating actual events.  Others are from the greater info-tainment body, concerned that their brand is not getting its rightful share of the action in ‘news-ish’ airplay.  That’s when they volunteer to sit in little tiny boxes at various points around the TV screen on other ‘news-ish’ shows – while radio programs do this without the benefit of the little boxes and can’t evoke memories of the Brady Bunch.

The casual observer might think that this is broadening the visibility on the underlying subject matter, but alas, this has nothing to with any particular story, but rather, this is the breeding ground of ‘newsmakers.’ Indeed, this is where the propagation of the species takes place, and we, the viewing public, become the voyeurs at the ‘news-ish’ peep show at a price far more expensive than a few quarters in a slot.  Before long, we are living vicariously through our favorite little-talking-head-in-the-box and actually are drawn to believe a ‘news-ish’ reality and experiencing rush of gratification when our little-talking-head-in-the-box delivers a glancing blow to a loathsome little-talking-head-in-the-box as we shovel some nearly edible, hardly nutritious and fiber-free comestibles down our throats because we’ve been hypnotized by the manufacturers commericals between segments.

Gen. Wesley Clark States the Obvious – How Dare He !!!!!

but why bother clarifying the message when FOX News is going to run with it in the daily talking points

The latest flap has been about Wes Clark’s comments on Sunday in an interview on Face the Nation.  Even Paul Krugman, opinion writer for NYT couldn’t resist a few words about it.  His last words, while predictable, were also on the money.  Why did everyone run for the hills??  Why did they (Obama Campaign) let the info-tainers and the McCain Camp control the ‘news-ish-ness??”  Why are the Democrats so comfortable to jeopardize their obvious lead across all National polls – by fighting among themselves.

Wes Clark simply pointed out that John McCain has been given a pass by the corporate media (who sip his potables, eat at his BBQ, ride the bus, have the doughnuts with him, and he affectionately calls his little jerks) in permitting him to leverage his former career as a Navy fighter pilot, and unfortunate experience as a POW, as worthwhile experience for the job of President.  Perhaps Clark is wrong, perhaps Clark is correct … we’d never know because our ‘news-ish’ info-tainers don’t want to talk about it – but rather want to talk about talking about it.  In the 2 years that we’ve watched John McCain run for President (this latest run that is) we’ve not seen this obvious question raised.  Why??  Because, in an interesting way, the silence has been bought and paid for by countless doughnuts, dinners and dry wine; the resulting denouement being a detente of sorts. A laconic laissez-faire in which the inner circle of the highest press priests and priestesses have traded truth for access.

This in itself may seem counter-productive to journalism, but, this isn’t journalism.  This is ‘news-ish-ness’, info-tainment and little-talking-heads-in-the-box consumer driven alternative reality corporate media.  That being said, access rules!  Truthiness(tm) is good enough.   Wes Clark?  He’s accessible enough, but why bother clarifying the message when FOX News is going to run with it in the daily talking points, Rush (Roger Ailles) Limbaugh is reporting for duty seeding the clouds for the afternoon and evening storm of little-talking-heads-in-the-box, and the store shelves are loaded with microwaveable cups of food-ish stuff for the masses to consume??

Conversations Controlled for Your Pleasure

  1. George Bush thanks John McCain and Lindsay Graham for supporting the G.I. Bill which they didn’t support at all.  McCain didn’t show up for the bill, however was vociferous in his rejection.  Lindsay Graham voted against it.  Bush lied.  Nary a peep.
  2. Wes Clark is misquoted repeatedly taking attacks not only from the Right malicious machinery but from freaked out Left Wing special interest groups and those afraid of the Right.  The Corporate Media only speaks of Wesley Clark’s comments, and never does any in depth discovery, but rather quotes John McCain in a narcoleptic repertoire discussing his captivity in Viet Nam.
  3. John McCain selects one of the most visible Swift Boat attackers to be on his team after vowing to never use swift boat tactics. Not much about it in Corporate Media … more in the next issue.