Broder: Obama brand damage?

posted at 12:12 pm on June 22, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

David Broder wonders whether Barack Obama has underestimated the damage he has done to his brand through two recent and controversial decisions.  Given the relative lack of public record on Obama, Broder argues that he needed to spend his time reinforcing his identification as an agent of reform and change.  Instead, by dodging John McCain on town-hall debates and opting out of the public-financing system that he himself supports, he risks permanent damage to a brand he hasn’t even fully established with American voters:

McCain benefits from a long-established reputation as a man who says what he believes. His shifts in position that have occurred in this campaign seem not to have damaged that aura. Obama is much newer to most voters, less familiar and more dependent on the impressions he is only now creating.

That is why a pair of strategy decisions made in the past two weeks could prove troublesome for him. The first was Obama’s turning down McCain’s invitation to join him in a series of town hall meetings where they would appear together and answer questions from real voters — without a formal agenda, press panel or professional interviewers. …

Gibbs and campaign counsel Bob Bauer defended Obama’s decision to become the first presidential candidate since the Watergate reforms to decline public financing of his general election campaign.

Broder wonders whether Obama has built sufficient trust with the American electorate to begin on this series of reversals.  Dick Morris last week referred to this as “political antibodies”, which candidates build up from a long period of public service.  Voters get to know them from years of action, and that gives politicians the ability to be flexible, especially as circumstances change.  For instance, most voters understand McCain’s shift on off-shore drilling, because circumstances have not just changed but have made life more difficult for Americans across the board.

In contrast, Obama has almost no public record at all — no legislative track record, no executive experience, no foreign-policy experience, and no military experience.  He has not built public trust, but has become popular through his promises of reform.  He claims the mantle of crusader, someone who will courageously attack Beltway business as usual and bring a new era of government excellence as a result.

Broder, I think, misses the main point why his examples will resonate harshly against Obama.  It’s not the trust; it’s the lack of testicular fortitude.  Obama once bragged that he would debate McCain “anywhere, anytime” on foreign policy, but then decided that he could only do that on July 4th, when no one would be watching:

That’s not exactly a profile in courage. Neither was Obama’s decision to back out of public financing this week. Obama repeatedly pledged to stay within that system, and promised to “aggressively pursue” negotiations with the eventual Republican nominee. Obama did neither, and instead issued a weird, rambling video missive that basically stated that the Republicans had intimidated him into abandoning his principles on public financing. Even Mark Shields didn’t buy that rationalization, but Obama clearly had no problem in offering fear as his primary motivation.

If Obama’s damaging the brand, it’s not on trust, or at least not on trust alone. Obama appears to use the politics of fear on himself, or at least offers it as an excuse for abandoning his own positions and principles. Small wonder he needs to create his own pseudo-Great Seal to look presidential on the campaign trail.


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It is about now that I wish Tony Rezko would finally spill the beans on what type of individual B.O. really is.

pilamaye on June 22, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Racist! How dare you challenge the Annointed One!

DelD on June 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

With all of that said, and I agree, but the MSM is still going to back this guy to the hilt. He is a Marxist and an isolationist and that is all they need to know.

JonRoss on June 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

this guy is a sweet talkin’ rank amateur, now being pushed around by seasoned political operatives.

more of the same, coming right up.

jimmer on June 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

So how do the left-leaning voters feel about this?

backwoods conservative on June 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM

If Obama’s damaging the brand, it’s not on trust, or at least not on trust alone. Obama appears to use the politics of fear on himself, or at least offers it as an excuse for abandoning his own positions and principles. Small wonder he needs to create his own pseudo-Great Seal to look presidential on the campaign trail.

Is there room on his Great Seal for a chicken?

a capella on June 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM

I have a new caption for under the picture on the homepage, for this post.

“Damnit, I have my own seal, just make me your leader already!”

ThePrez on June 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Unfortunatly, most Obama supporters are either supporting him because he is black or because they see far left politics as the only only way to go. I suspect that there is NOTHING he can do or say they would see as wrong.

jeanie on June 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

jeanie on June 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

+1

Limerick on June 22, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Is there room on his Great Seal for a chicken?

a capella on June 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM

LOL. That would certainly be a more appropriate symbol for this spineless tool. Maybe he can fit a jellyfish on there somewhere too.

AZCoyote on June 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Obama once bragged that he would debate McCain “anywhere, anytime” on foreign policy, but then decided that he could only do that on July 4th, when no one would be watching:

I thought Team Obama limited the topics to economic issues only on July 4th.

Over30 on June 22, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Seasoned Political Operative. So when McCain flips on an issue, like say Immigration. That’s not a flip, or at least not one that will harm him in the polls. Yet, when Obama flips, that’s a major sign of being an amateur?

When McCain says he supports the pro life side of the argument, and then says that he won’t support a constitutional amendment banning abortion, is that a flip or a flop or just an experienced political operative? When McCain says he opposed Gay Marriage, and again won’t support a consitutional amendment, instead leaving it up to the courts, where does the idea that he isn’t lying about supporting or opposing something come in? Oh yes, he said so.

Guys, the problem is a little thicker than that. McCain opted into the public financing, then out of public financing, then back into the same public financing. So hypocrisy isn’t just a Democratic virtue, and if it is, then it proves that McCain is a Democrat.

McCain recently promised comprehensive immigration reform, with a nod to boarder enforcement. Presumably like we have it now. Of course, the National Guard went home after the money ran out, and our boarder is once again wide open.

McCain is a good politician, and that’s not really a good thing. It just means he’s a better liar than the new guy. Or his supporters are willing to overlook his lies more readily.

Now you know why I’m supporting Obama. Instead of a practiced liar, I’d rather have a bumbling jackass in the white house. He’d end up on the defensive so fast it would guarantee that nothing was done over the next several years.

McCain on the other hand, would give us higher taxes, less freedom, and of course, comprehensive immigration reform.

He’s promised us all of that hasn’t he?

Snake307 on June 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Looks like Obama’s tying to win.

Deal with it :)

alphie on June 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

I suspect that there is NOTHING he can do or say they would see as wrong.

jeanie on June 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Yep. Just like those guys who never thought anything wrong about Jim Jones.

newton on June 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

My only hope is that he gets the official nomination BEFORE he melts down. Hillary would be a formidable opponent for McCain.

Mojave Mark on June 22, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Can we see his birth certificate, please?

Akzed on June 22, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Small wonder he needs to create his own pseudo-Great Seal to look presidential on the campaign trail.

That “great seal” looks like exactly what it is: hubris, arrogance, and ambition. It’s a wannabe great seal.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 22, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Looks like Obama’s tying to win.

Deal with it :)

alphie on June 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Making David Broder unhappy must be part of the plan, eh? Pretty sophisticated move.

a capella on June 22, 2008 at 12:45 PM

WELL BAMBI CANT BE THE FIRST BLACK PREIDENT BILL S GOT THAT TITLE,,,BUT HE HAS A SHOT AT THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT

rico101 on June 22, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Although both candidates are weak. Obama apparently doesn’t even have the basic understanding of what’s going in Iraq or Iran.

Iran’s economy is on the brink of collapse and we pretty much have them surrounded.

roux on June 22, 2008 at 12:45 PM

It won’t matter to Obama supporters. They’re cultists just like Ron Paul’s supporters.

its vintage duh on June 22, 2008 at 12:48 PM

SECOND THOUGT CHRISSY MATHEWS WILL BE UPSET IF BAMBI BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT,, THAT WOULD KILL HIM FINDING OUT HES A LESBIAN

rico101 on June 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Can we see his birth certificate, please?

Akzed on June 22, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Thanks. I had forgotten. I guess their tactic is working.

How is it that other Hawaiian birth certificates from the same year haven’t shown up online yet so that a comparison can be made. I just don’t get that at all.

JiangxiDad on June 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Broder is a first class rube, a capella.

Who cares what grandpa thinks?

The only people who read him still are Bush deadenders.

alphie on June 22, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Iran’s economy is on the brink of collapse and we pretty much have them surrounded.

roux on June 22, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Iran’s economy may be seriously mismanaged. But the oil revenue covers up any number of sins–same goes for Venezuela and Russia.

JiangxiDad on June 22, 2008 at 12:52 PM

The Obamassiah promises CHANGE. And that’s what you’ll get every day for the next 5 months. Wonder how many more buses he’ll use between now and November?

GarandFan on June 22, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Broder is a first class rube, a capella.

Who cares what grandpa thinks?

The only people who read him still are Bush deadenders.

alphie on June 22, 2008 at 12:51 PM

So, Hardball and Countdown are where the real cool kids hang out?

a capella on June 22, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Who are the Obama campaign managers thinking he needs to win over to win the election?

Hint – not conservative or even moderate-right folk….

They seem to think McCain will suppress the far right .. and may be right.

This minor stuff doesn’t matter – it’s not going to reduce support among core Obama-ists (Obama would have to dunk baby ducks into crude oil to lose the greens, or use a 10-gage to blow away an abortionist to lose Planned Parenthood types) – he can take four or five positions and not tick enough people off to lose.

I’m starting to get nervous.

Mew

acat on June 22, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s latest flip is a public flop as he shows himself to be a totally self absorbed insulated demagogue. What? He cares so much about you (or this/that pet cause) that he’s going to spend everything on himself, and there will never be enough for him, you must keep giving. There goes Nelson Muntz again ribbing the sucker: HAha’08. So Obama wills to change before our very eyes so that we can believe in it/him. He’s hoping we get him, like a contagious disease.

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Hardball and Countdown?

What are they, kidddie shows?

alphie on June 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Can we have a debate, like, now?

WisCon on June 22, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Iran’s economy may be seriously mismanaged. But the oil revenue covers up any number of sins–same goes for Venezuela and Russia.

JiangxiDad on June 22, 2008 at 12:52 PM

One hopes that sooner or later the Sunni Saudis realize that squeezing down production to increase price, protects the Shia Iranians from the consequences of their mismanagement.

a capella on June 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

We’re not just trying to defeat Obama in this election.

What we hope to do is ruin Obama’s brand forever.

indythinker on June 22, 2008 at 1:03 PM

No. Because McCain is damaging the GOP brand even more.

We may like Pepsi better than the new coke, but the choice in this election is New Coke versus RC Cola.

New Coke will win.

Kasper Hauser on June 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Obama once bragged that he would debate McCain “anywhere, anytime” on foreign policy, but then decided that he could only do that on July 4th, when no one would be watching:

Obama just amounts to more divisive tactics to ruin THE national day of unity. He’d crash your own birthday party to steal all the gifts. There’ll never be enough to satiate his lusts. He’s got the act down, so look through him.

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Racist! How dare you challenge the Annointed One!

How dare I? Easy! Just tell me one thing, just one thing, that B.O. has done in his entire political career that qualifies him to be President.

I’ll make it even easier! Tell me just one thing he has done OUTSIDE his political career that qualifies him to be President.

I mean, there has to be JUST ONE THING he has done that qualifies him. So let’s hear it.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot to ask.

How does questioning his qualifications make one a racist?

pilamaye on June 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

iraq used to be a counterweight to Iran. But we eliminated that.

“That” of course, being Saddam Hussein.

So Barry believes it would be a better and safer world if Saddam and the Rape Room Brothers were still alive and in charge in Iraq.

Please, before November I want someone–anyone– to put it to him that starkly. If he feels that way I want him to say it. If he doesn’t, I want to know how his waffle-eating a$$ would have handled the job of getting rid of them.

Typhoon on June 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

With all the Republicans posting here, someone should be trying to scare America with references to Barry’s race. Once Barry has said you’re racists it is blasphemy to not act like racists. The whole world is watching and can see through your mock civility.

snaggletoothie on June 22, 2008 at 1:11 PM

I think Spongebob Squarepants would be a much more accurate logo for BHO’s “great seal”.

djtnt on June 22, 2008 at 1:20 PM

djtnt on June 22, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I second that!

becki51758 on June 22, 2008 at 1:23 PM

are we changing the name of our country from united states of america to Obama America?

custer on June 22, 2008 at 1:27 PM

What would be interesting to find out is when and how did Obama figure out that he was a lightweight and a lousy speaker unless he had a telepromter. Did he figure out on his own that McCain would rip him to shreds in the townhall format? Or did one of his advisors actually pull him aside and tell him that he’s lousy without prepared text?

O-Dub on June 22, 2008 at 1:28 PM

alphie on June 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Looks like Obama’s critics are absolutely correct: he’s a lightweight, a liar, has nothing to offer, and nothing to back up his rhetoric.

Deal with it.

Jaibones on June 22, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Which Obama supporters are going to care the Black ones? Even black conservatives say they may vote for him.

Liberal college professors? 90% of the liberal media? Brain washed college kids? Environmental terrorist/socialists?

McCain better figure out soon what Hillary did too late, its’ working class white folks who work hard, pay the bills and struggle with gas and food prices and maybe some Hispanics who do the same, business owners who don’t want their taxes raised and businesses socialized.
Thats who McCain needs to win and who he better quit pissing on.

Go ahead and call me racist I’m sure the 1/2 black Obamanation and his 99% black followers aren’t.

dhunter on June 22, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Some posters…
(1.) HERE
(2.) HERE
(3.) HERE

S on June 22, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Brand damage? Did somebody say brand damage?

I’ve got some brand damage for the arrogant, presumptuous Barack Obama right here.

Anybody wants this with a different caption just let me know. ;)

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 1:54 PM

FEAR is a certain minority’s favorite defense or excuse as only the opportunity determines. Clearly Obambam will have a hard time breaking old habits.

Griz on June 22, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Gilda:
AWESOME!

dhunter on June 22, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Seeing that arrogant asswipe with that knock-off seal makes my blood boil.

carbon_footprint on June 22, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Seeing that arrogant blemish with that knock-off seal makes my blood boil.

carbon_footprint on June 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Obama brand damage?
.
Not damaged in the least, and that isn’t even a logical question.

The Obama brand is being EXPOSED. The question is whether it has been exposed to the point of denying him office of POTUS.

News2Use on June 22, 2008 at 2:24 PM

dhunter on June 22, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Thanks!

Seeing that arrogant blemish with that knock-off seal makes my blood boil.

carbon_footprint on June 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Mine too. Let’s fight back.

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 2:25 PM

It’s not the trust; it’s the lack of testicular fortitude.

Nicely put. Although I’d argue for both, the latter being the cause of the former.

John the Libertarian on June 22, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Typhoon on June 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Excellent point, ‘phoon. I’d also like to add he came out four-square against Palestinian elections here too. No self-determination for those people!

Rhinoboy on June 22, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Snake:

McCain’s changes have been few and far between and he actually can justify them in a rational way. Obama just lies whenever and if ever it suits him.

For instance, on immigration, McCain has not gone nearly as far as a lot of conservatives want him to, but he did say he would make border security a priority. He did not pretend to turn into Tancredo just to suck up to people. On drilling, he is now supporting off shore drilling because the circumstances have changed. The only circumstances that have to change for Obama to alter a position is blatant self interest.

Most Democrats won’t care. No matter what they will vote for Obama, but it might make a difference with enough people to do him real damage. Especially if he keeps it up.

Terrye on June 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM

A Fool with no appreciation of history.

Our invasion of Iraq has made Iran stronger? Ok. What do yuo wanna do about it, Barack? Oh, you want to abandon Iraq instead of putting a democratic counterbalance to Iran in place. Becuase, when we withdraw from Iraq, if we haven’t finished the job, it will become a client state of Iran. Brilliant Barack. Bloody Brilliant!

VolMagic on June 22, 2008 at 2:59 PM

I just can’t get over the hubris of creating a new presidential seal! The lefties love it, because they don’t like the current America, they want a new America. I’m starting to see why the US isn’t a player in the end times…we are becoming irrelevant.

JustTruth101 on June 22, 2008 at 3:03 PM

I don’t know why the links (above, previous comments) result in a no-go of the graphics (the code I posted is correct).

But, anyway, here are the links — anyone who wants to take a look can just copy and paste the links in their browser:

(1.) http://www.suzyrice.com/BIRD/archives/500wde_MISLEAD.jpg
(2.) http://www.suzyrice.com/BIRD/archives/500wde_COVERT.jpg
(3.) http://www.suzyrice.com/BIRD/archives/500wde_FALSIFY.jpg

S on June 22, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Broder: Obama brand damage?

Hussein won’t debate McCain, because he’s screwed without a script being read from a teleprompter. One on one, has shown him to be lost, floundering and stuttering.

byteshredder on June 22, 2008 at 3:18 PM

In contrast, Obama has almost no public record at all — no legislative track record, no executive experience, no foreign-policy experience, and no military experience.

Your IP Address has been recorded and you have been scheduled for an Empowerment Experience. “Hopenchange” will not be defeated by your baldfaced attempts to distract the voters with “facts” and “information”. There is still time for you to rehabilitate your ideology and make your time in the Presidio Empowerment Center as smooth as possible and avoid Hate Criminal designation. Be warned! Once “Obamatopia” has been instituted it will be too late. You are required to report within 3 days to the Che Center for Progressive Thought where you will be assigned a same sex Life Partner for the duration of your Empowerment Experience. You are allowed one bag of personal items which will be returned to you upon completion of your Empowerment Experience. Should you fail to appear, you and your immediate family will be provided a Reincarnation Opportunity at the next Tolerance Fair.

ronsfi on June 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Makes one wonder why McCain isn’t trouncing the Obamaessiah?

Oh yeah…

He’s McCain.

catmman on June 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM

its all about power for the dems and those forces behind them. This straw man is just that…straw.

wepeople on June 22, 2008 at 4:01 PM

I thought that looked familiar:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/NewDealNRA.jpg

N. O'Brain on June 22, 2008 at 4:22 PM

A friend of mine has an Obama 08 bumper sticker on his SUV (heh!), so I asked him why he’s supporting Obama. After a dramatic pause he said “Uh…he’s for hope!”. I just laughed and shook my head. He’s nothing but a slogan! There is no substance!

SouthernGent on June 22, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Broder, I think, misses the main point why his examples will resonate harshly against Obama. It’s not the trust; it’s the lack of testicular fortitude.

I’m firmly convinced that it’s both. Ping-pong balls are not steely ones, to be sure, but Pinocchio floats around, daily, repeatedly.

If Obama’s damaging the brand, it’s not on trust, or at least not on trust alone. Obama appears to use the politics of fear on himself, or at least offers it as an excuse for abandoning his own positions and principles. Small wonder he needs to create his own pseudo-Great Seal to look presidential on the campaign trail.

And modifying that seal was a federal offense.

Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

djtnt on June 22, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 5:36 PM

…Should you fail to appear, you and your immediate family will be provided a Reincarnation Opportunity at the next Tolerance Fair.

ronsfi on June 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Hilarious!

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 1:54 PM

marvelous! obama filet

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Anybody wants this with a different caption just let me know. ;)

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Nope. Not a chance.

Matter of fact, that hung up loading at half finished. I was looking at it for a few seconds expecting to get a nice little chuckle when it finished and the bottom said, ‘before they’re hatched.’ When it did finish I actually did laugh outloud.

You make that yourself?

Typhoon on June 22, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Makes one wonder why McCain isn’t trouncing the Obamaessiah?

Oh yeah…

He’s McCain.

catmman on June 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM

That’s possible.

However, the Monday before Ronald Reagan mopped up the floor with Jimmy Carter, all the networks–all three of them then–were touting polls showing it “way to close to call.”

But a few years later I read something–I forget what now–but in a recap of that election on the same Monday night Jimmy was told on Air Force One by one of his pollsters that he was going to lose, and he laid his face to the window, and wept.

Poor thing.

Anyway, it’s pretty much forgotten now just how much the media hated Reagan, but they did, and what struck me on reading that was how Jimmy’s pollster was so certain when we were all being told it was a dead heat.

So I’ll take that, and I’ll take that Barry has polled consistently worse than he’s performed, and I won’t believe a single poll I read till November 11th.

Typhoon on June 22, 2008 at 5:51 PM

And modifying that seal was a federal offense. @5:21

Actually, Ace of Spades HQ explained the legal ramification. Basically, duplicating an official seal for unauthorized use, as with counterfeit money, is illegal. But Obama’s modifiedartistic rendition aligns more closely with monopoly money.

Nonetheless, BHO is a fraudulent rococo wimp.

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Nonetheless, BHO is a fraudulent rococo wimp.

Ha. A scabarous confection.

JiangxiDad on June 22, 2008 at 5:55 PM

catmman on June 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Damnant quod non intelligunt. McCain mentally falls back on “The people condemn what they do not understand.” But frankly, his victory would mark divine intervention, Deus ex machina.

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 5:57 PM

A scabrous confection; very good, JD!

maverick muse on June 22, 2008 at 6:00 PM

You make that yourself?

Typhoon on June 22, 2008 at 5:43 PM

I cut the the eagle out of a desktop-background download available on the official Obama site and redrew the rest.

Obama may have been using this eagle image for a while. The “presidential seal” incarnation seems to be new. And the arrogance behind that ugly display really made me angry.

So, let’s just say I re-made it myself. For satirical purposes, of course. Fair use!

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Gilda, yes, please, please, I’d like one.

Obama, counting who’s left, at the top, and

Before being thrown under his bus, at the bottom.

Instead of “e pluribus, Obama”, I’d like Universitas Rector.

Thanks ahead.

Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Sure, give me a few. What background color? If you’re going to cut out the “seal” to use on something else I’ll make it dark so it’s easier to do.

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Instead of “e pluribus, Obama”, I’d like Universitas Rector Rectum.
Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 6:26 PM

My spell check detected a spelling error. Just thought I would fix it.

JonRoss on June 22, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Here’s your Official Seal. I left it on the light background, should still be easy for you to cut out if you want.

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Dearest Gilda, you are precious. Thank you so much. I’m sending it to my acquaintances, on both sides. You have no idea what a circus that will be. Thank you again.

JonRoss, don’t think that I didn’t know about that when I chose Rector. You are hilarious, no matter.

Note the dual meaning in “count who’s Left” too. Gilda, you’re too good!

I can’t wait for RushBaby to see this and comment.

Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Entelechy on June 22, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Happy to be of service. Thank you for distributing it, that’s the whole point: mocking and satire can help poke some holes in the ridiculous cult of personality that surrounds this empty suit.

I’m all for brand damage. Brand image is all Obama’s got.

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Brand damage? Did somebody say brand damage?

I’ve got some brand damage for the arrogant, presumptuous Barack Obama right here.

Anybody wants this with a different caption just let me know. ;)

Gilda on June 22, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Thank you Gilda. Saved, and will be passed along!

byteshredder on June 22, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Dear Snake,

When McCain says he supports the pro life side of the argument, and then says that he won’t support a constitutional amendment banning abortion, is that a flip or a flop or just an experienced political operative? When McCain says he opposed Gay Marriage, and again won’t support a consitutional amendment, instead leaving it up to the courts, where does the idea that he isn’t lying about supporting or opposing something come in?

Snake307 on June 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Do you find it impossible to have a position without needing it to be enshrined in the Constitution? Do you find it necessary to have a written law before your position has any legitimacy?

ss396 on June 22, 2008 at 8:25 PM

McCain is not trouncing him for the same reason that the Democrats look like they will keep or expand their majorities in the Congress: It is a tough year for Republicans.

It will be even tougher if certain Republicans do not stop constantly bitching about their own nominee. After all this damn election has been going on forever and ever, if it was just McCain Republicans had plenty of time and opportunity to come up with someone else.

To be truthful, I think McCain is probably the only well known Republican out there who has a chance at winning this year.

Terrye on June 22, 2008 at 8:25 PM

It’s so very sad the fate of our nation, and hence the rest of the world, resting in the hands of idiots who are easily swayed by the flowerly rhetoric of a talented orator. Our educational system has failed multiple generations now, by teaching them that no truth is objective, so they can project all their hopes and dreams onto Obama!

It’s the perfect storm…failing to teach consequences, indoctrination of the idea that all truth is subjective, warped minds from creating virtual worlds online, and brains conditioned to self-delude by years of highly successful and scientific marketing campaigns that studied teenagers brains watching MTV so that they could be convinced of anything, all lead down the primrose path by hippies and drug-users who warped their minds on too much dope int he 60′s and and by taking over education/media/politics are now set to reap the reward of a lifetime of effort all aimed at grabbing power.

And we get to witness it. Wow…truly historic times. I really, truly didn’t hink they could make it happen. My parents (hipies) always said all they needed was to take over one generation in education, journalism and politics. Have they succeeded? I guess we’ll know Nov 5th.

JustTruth101 on June 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM

He’d be the first Arab-American president, who’s kidding who?

malkinmania on June 22, 2008 at 9:53 PM

…It’s so very sad the fate of our nation, and hence the rest of the world, resting in the hands of idiots who are easily swayed by the flowerly rhetoric of a talented orator. Our educational system has failed multiple generations now, by teaching them that no truth is objective, so they can project all their hopes and dreams onto Obama!..
JustTruth101 on June 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Buck it up JustTruth. It ain’t over till they put us in the ground. I have a 24 year old USMC son and a daughter starting college. They don’t buy into the Obama crap and neither do a massive number of other people. It may not be a majority come November but we will continue to be a force they can’t silence. This country has a great future, we just have to never give up no matter what the circumstances are. Talk it up in places that this. At work. In local blogs. Bumber stickers. Whatever it takes to keep the flames fanned. I want to think that I would make people like Ben Franklin, James Madison, George Washington and other founders proud of me.

JonRoss on June 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM

JonRoss on June 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM

damn straight.

congrats on your children. good job.

my oldest son is scheduled to go to Iraq early next year and my two younger boys won’t be fooled by an Obama type when they are old enough to follow current events. right now we’re just moving past diapers.

we conservatives need to stand up and speak our minds. we have facts and logic on our side, there is no need to fear the dark side.

TheCulturalist on June 22, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…people who want to vote for this tool now, don’t care at all about what promises he breaks, what he stands for, who he associates with or what any of the above means for this country…they don’t care at all about ‘issues’…he’s a good looking, semi-articulate black guy and he will be elected no matter what ‘because it’s time!’. End of discussion.

AUINSC on June 22, 2008 at 11:11 PM

JonRoss on June 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM

Thanks for the uplifting message…it’s just that I am surrounded by lefties…I will try not to lose my hope in the voting public.

JustTruth101 on June 23, 2008 at 1:32 AM

I had to give the subject title a second look: at first I thought it said, “Obama brain damaged”

ToddonCapeCod on June 23, 2008 at 4:37 AM

Just wait until you see the huge murals of Obama, and perhaps some large statues of him as well, located in stratigic positions in all our large cities……

Think_b4_speaking on June 23, 2008 at 9:52 AM