The general election is finally on. Democrats are in a panic because they are beginning to understand the historic blunder they have made in selecting as a nominee the unqualified Barack Obama. We’ll discuss today why John McCain is immune to wimpy Democratic attacks and why this is an election between two locations – Obama, a denizen of the Paris Hilton, against John McCain, a former resident of the Hanoi Hilton.
[We are generous when we say the Democrats have made a “blunder”. In fact, the selection of Barack Obama was an organized effort by the Democratic leadership of Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry. The Democratic grassroots, especially after Obama began to be slightly vetted in the wake of the Jeremiah Wright revelations, rejected Obama but the Democratic leadership persisted and even disenfranchised millions of voters in Florida and Michigan and even stole delegate votes from Hillary to bolster Obama. This history is why what passes for the Democratic Party today is NOT unified in any sense of the word.]
The Democrats are in a panic and the nutroots are nuttier than usual. The Democratic panic is due to the tight polls in what was supposed to be a massive Democratic victory year and because Obama is no longer the “new thing”. The new sensation is now Governor Sarah Palin whose “Palin Power” popularity eclipses Obama. Today we also learned that more Americans watched John McCain’s address at the Republican convention than suffered through Il Duce Obama’s meanderings at the Democratic convention.
The Democratic nutroots and the Obama/Democratic leadership are mounting desperate attacks on Governor Palin (such as the laughable E-bay plane story) which do not tarnish but rather polish Governor Palin’s reputation. The failed nutroots smear campaign of faked pregnancies, incest and “gate” stories has not destroyed Governor Palin but rather secured her position as a political superstar – which brings us to our topic of the day.
John McCain is a former prisoner of war. The Democratic nutroots mock this history and deride every mention of McCain’s POW story. This derision is understandable. Even the nutroots and Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry understand that the POW story is a powerful narrative. But there is something more powerful going on here.
There have been other war veterans who have run for office but they have lost. John McCain has something these war veterans have that the war veterans that lost did not have.
What is that certain something? Let’s review a bit of history.
Dwight David Eisenhower, who led Allied forces to victory in World War II won election in post-war America. John Kennedy, a genuine war hero won election in 1960. George McGovern was a war hero but was destroyed in the 1972 election. George Herbert Walker Bush was a war veteran who was elected because he was Ronald Reagan’s vice president but lost to Bill Clinton in 1992. Bob Dole, a genuine war hero with a chewed up shoulder, arm, and hand, lost to Bill Clinton as well. War hero John Kerry had his medals used against him. Other genuine war heros, think Democratic senator Max Cleland who lost multiple limbs in Vietnam but was labeled as a quasi terrorist supporter, also lost elective office when their war records were either challenged or viciously trashed.
In each above case, one of the distinguishing features was a rather mechanical factor: were there any pictures? The big losers in the history above (Cleland, Kerry, Dole, McGovern) did not have any movie footage, video or any way to “exploit” their genuine heroics.
Kennedy had no movies of his heroics (the movie of Kennedy and P.T. Boat 109 was made in 1963). But Kennedy cleverly reminded the voters of his heroics with constant reminders of his World War II exploits (coconuts, fellow sailors, replicas of P.T. Boat 109).
Eisenhower was a vivid memory and there were thousands of “newsreels” shown of Eisenhower exploits during World War II. There was minor amount of H.W. Bush footage being rescued from the sea but not much else to save him from the Bill Clinton campaign. Other than a few photos of Bob Dole in bed nursing his injuries there was not much else to validate the war hero’s travails. Likewise Kerry had only reproduced evidence, not on the spot video, to memorialize his heroics – which eventually was utilized again Kerry.
But of John McCain there is plenty of powerful videotape evidence of suffering. Democratic attacks against McCain are simply insufficient to counter the powerful and emotional effect of McCain’s suffering. The argument is not that McCain, because his plane was shot down, is qualified to be president. The argument is that McCain can be trusted – McCain has already paid the price for his country. This suffering grants McCain a sort of immunity that will be difficult to overcome.
To watch the 31 year old McCain surrounded by his captors at the “Hanoi Hilton” is to bear witness to McCain’s suffering. McCain is not making the story of his suffering up nor is McCain exaggerating his suffering. When Americans watch young John McCain injured and flat on his back while his captors surround him and question him is a powerful emotional connection that is denied only by the Hopium addled.
Hillary Clinton by dint of her experience, by dint of her long history of a different type of suffering would have had a chance against John McCain. That Hillary Clinton had established a relationship with white working class voters in states such as Kentucky and West Virginia as well as in Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ohio would have made her a powerful opponent against John McCain. But Obama?
The Democratic Party died when it plotted to destroy Hillary Clinton and her FDR coalition of supporters and instead selected the unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama.
After dumping Hillary and her FDR coalition the newly born Disco Democrats with their multi-colored lights and dancefloor convention are now confounded by the rise of Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin.
Governor Sarah Palin in July 2007 traveled to Kuwait to visit with American troops from Alaska. Governor Palin also visited Germany in July 2007. Governor Palin visited wounded American troops at Landstuhl Medical Center. Obama snubbed American troops but made all the time necessary to exercise at the
Hilton Ritz-Carlton and to speak to his wonderful German fans.
One of the reasons why the McCain “celebrity” ads against Obama were so effective is that Americans know enough of Obama to know that lounge lizard Obama would fit right at home having drinks with Paris Hilton at the Paris Hilton.
Americans also know that McCain carries within himself memories of his stay at the “Hanoi Hilton”.
In this “YouTube Election” video matters. Obama has tourist pictures of his great time during his European Vacation. McCain has a video of his stay at the Hanoi Hilton.