I know you're all dying to hear the latest on the guineas. Once again though, the headlines are driving me crazy, and you'll just have to suffer with me.
The big buzz, as the entire world knows, is that George McCain has chosen a woman as his Vice Presidential running mate. Hot diggety! Can we ever talk about that!
What is totally- and I meant totally missing from the world wide gossip orgy is WHY.
No, I don't mean all the crap and carp about what she's done and hasn't, who she is, what she professes... I mean the political reality. Why did McBush choose a woman running mate?
There is a real, obvious, true answer- and I have yet to see it anywhere.
You can see the answer by looking at any news source, right now. And stepping back just a tiny bit, to see the context. The details of what they are talking about are unimportant- pretty much as usual.
Here's the critical- and obvious- question: "What is everybody talking about?"
The answer is "Not Obama."
And that's why.
McBush's choice, and timing, were indeed masterful. Who Palin is matters not a whit- any chick would have served the purpose.
The presidential campaign was just about to be completely over; Obama was on the verge of wrapping up the election, right there. 100% of the press, 3 layers deep, was zooming around the Obama world, and 95% of it was "wow, this guy is hot! He's the real thing! wow!"
And- at around 8 o'clock in the morning, the very day after Obama's recordbreaking tv speech (38 million people watched his speech- a big record- more than the Olympics...), when all the world was in a category 4 hurricane of analysis - and Obama's poll numbers were rising steadily - McCain masterfully, totally, utterly extinguished the Obama "convention bounce".
Within one hour of the announcement, Obama was off all headlines- all substantive discussions were over, and 100% of the buzz was McCain/Palin etc, and ooh, what does this mean?
Ok- RESTRAIN YOURSELF!!!!!!!!
If you're human- right now, you're thinking all kinds of rational thoughts, arguments, analyses- discussions- to rebut me, or answer me, or amplify me-
And your rational discussions and vehement answers have nothing whatever to do with the politics.
Exactly as the people over at TAE state, repeatedly- this has to do only with the very predictable behavior of herds.
After the convention- all us sheeple were mooving in the direction of Obamaville. It was starting to be a stampede. Really good job, Obama.
George McCain got in the way of the herd; shouted one magic herd word- (the equivalent of "Hooo-aaaahhh!") and the entire world herd changed direction.
All conversation, all thought, shifted from Obama directions, into McCain directions. Stampede- averted.
That- 100% - is why McCain chose Palin. Nothing, zero, nada, to do with her being female, conservative, young, etc, etc etc. She was very simply the most effective "Hoooo-aaaahh!" he had available.
And demonstrably- he was soo, so right. None of even the mainstream "liberal" press types have picked up on that, or made any effort to avoid being so blatantly manipulated. They could have made the front page half Palin; half continuing the Obama streams. Think a second- was Obama still worthy of being considered news? I sure think so. (in a rational world... wild maniacal laughter...)
Nope. It's... THE MCBUSH CHANNEL!!!! --- All McCain- All The Time!
Your nicely reasoned arguments- are completely irrelevant at this juncture. And McCain's advisors proved they know it.
Very nicely done, George. You clearly understand how it works.
But apparently- nobody - nobody at all I can see - in the press - does.
Back to my harvest, and herding teenage guineas. They're slightly less predictable than this; more entertaining.
(don't worry, no more politics here- at least until the next time I just CAN'T STAND IT.)
UPDATE 9/2. For anyone still tracking this nonsense; this article in the NYT today is a better than average compendium, and contains this statement: "Perhaps more important, several Republicans said, Mr. McCain was getting advice that if he did not do something to shake up the race, his campaign would be stuck on a potentially losing trajectory."
Which is what I said- he was just about to lose it all; and had to do something noisy. Validation! Hah! :-)