(cross posted at dailykos)
The real issue is not the New Yorker and what its editors and artists consider satire. I wish it were. But look at the News Headlines for the last weeks. Which Candidate has been in the news? Which Candidate has made a “flub” more often? Which candidate has had a member of his “team” or a famous supporter make a flub. Which candidate has been labeled as having an erosion in his support?
Do you see where I am going?
The issue is NOT the New Yorker cover. The cover is only part of the issue.
Like everything else, it is about overkill.
Obama is in the news every day. There is a new crisis about Obama every day. This has been going on for months. Not days, not weeks. The News media has an Obama lede every night. When McCain has a lede, the news spends 20 seconds on him whereas Obama gets minutes.
Some think that any news is good news in a political race…but I beg to differ. There is such a thing as too much news. And too much irrelevant news. The 10 second American attention span is going to start turning off as soon as Obama’s name is mentioned.
Is McCain being cheated? Of course not. He is being Protected by the underexposure of his really serious and important gaffes while anything about Obama, especially the trivial, gets top billing in the news.
We are all being snookered.
The problem is that we are allowing the “Republicans” to set the message!
The News media water carriers and their Republican surrogates lede their programs with an Obama story/smear almost every day. Nothing about McCain. Just like with previous candidates, the Democrats are being put on the defensive, answering ridiculous attacks and trying to sidestep bad publicity….so much so that the impression is that the candidate is incompetent. McCain needs to be the issue. He needs to have his stupidity out there for everyone to see and hear. And it needs to be “hammered” hard all the time.
Get Obama’s message out there, not some idiot talking about “cutting his nuts off”. That statement is irrelevant. McCain’s stupid jokes get a mention for one day, anything about Obama is good for a week.
We need to start targeting what is important. We need to start posting up McCain’s perfidy and pandering everywhere. Make McCain’s incompetence the issue. Make McCain’s lack knowledge the front page. Cartoons are out there, start publicizing McCain’s shortcoming and the shortcomings of his followers. Force the news to do their job. Every time something about Obama comes up, it makes the news for week. Start switching the conversation to McCain. Make him look stupid. It won’t be hard. Change the game plan. Don’t let the “right” define our candidate….but let’s start making the “right” see their own candidate out there for everyone to laugh at….McCain, like the “emperor” he wants to emulate, has no clothes….let’s expose him instead of wasting time decrying something about Obama for the next week.
And don’t tell me this New Yorker cover isn’t good for at least a week’s worth of non-news. Where is McCain’s dozen mistakes? Those should have been good for more than the 15 seconds they got last week.
Focus on the Change we want and need….
Not on the Change the Republicans want to say we want.
Please Do NOT Let the Republicans Define this Election!