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Monday: The Homestretch

Today is going to be frantic. Hillary has added two new events in North Carolina. She’s probably got one of those Hermione Granger hourglass thingies where she can squeeze two lives into the same hour. What’s really spooky is meeting yourself at the airport.

What does it say about the state of the race in NC that she is adding events there? Obama is doing the same, by the way. To this semi-amateur politician (I *did* win a school board election. /snark), it sounds like there are numbers that show it really close. Maybe she can’t win it but she can shave enough points off of his lead so that his aura of invincibility is severely quashed,leaving WKJM and the OFB weak in the knees. Oh, zealots will always manage to tell themselves a new fantasy and regroup. The problem is, there may not be a sufficient supply of true believers in the other remaining primary states. The OFB may start to look like a bunch of left wingnuts pretty soon. I mean to the rest of the country. They’ve looked like that for awhile to us.

And here is where Obama may have made a fatal mistake: The Gas Tax. I don’t know who’s been giving Clinton advice lately but this was pretty, fricking brilliant. WE know that any gas tax holiday would be short term, made up with taxes on excess profits and those taxes could be structured to take the incentive out of manipulating the markets. The benefit to consumers would be small but not insignificant. And out comes Obama with an ad that essentially tells consumers to suck it up because Clinton is pandering to them. Then he offers them a tax cut. Bwahahahahah! I swear, Obama and his fanbase have no clue. They want so desperately to jettison the working class. They think they can win without them. We’ll see. One thing I know for sure: undecideds make up their minds based on the last thing they heard as they walk into that voting booth and Hillary always has a killer ad on the last day.

In other news, the Shrill One recaps recent efforts by the Fed’s Ben Bernanke to head off a financial meltdown in Success Breeds Failure. The problem is that in doing so, he gave the financial institutions in question enough strength to resist further reforms. It’s sort of like alcoholic co-dependence. If we could only figure out a way of isolating the institution in question and limit the damage to it and no one else…

This piece on NPR this morning about Mazdar City in the United Arab Emirates is very exciting. The UAE is partnering with MIT to design a city in the desert without a carbon footprint. Yeah, imagine that. Instead of spending billions of dollars to seize the oil fields, They’re planning on investing in a city that’s totally green.

Innoculating the Undecideds in 50 Words or Less

So, the Big Boyz are telling lies. Well, they’ve been bought and paid for to do this so we aren’t surprised, are we? The blogosphere is now the incubator for the lies to go viral, spread from blog to blog, blogger to media, media to blogger, media to voter, blogger to voter, voter to voter. It’s ugly and contagious. And, just like my mother said last week about Wright, people tend to forget. They will remember the last thing they heard when they step into that voting booth. Well, the undecideds will anyway. Committed Clintonistas usually see past the lies. But what will we do about all the undecideds in PA?

Let’s brainstorm this. Here are the lies, as summarized by Tom Rinaldo at MyDD:

Current Attack Meme Lie Number One:

“Hillary has no chance of winning” feeds into…

Current Attack Meme Lie Number Two:

“Hillary must now only be in this to make Barack Obama lose the election” (so she can run in 2012) which feeds into…

Current Attack Meme Lie Number Three:

“Hillary really wants McCain to become President and hopes to be in his Administration”

These are the current talking points being used to take down Hillary Clinton. They have been seeded into the echo chamber. It doesn’t matter that they are lies, they are good ways of tearing Hillary Clinton down.

Please read all of Tom’s post as well as Turkana’s at TheLeftCoaster. (I have to resist thinking of the name as a place I put my highball glass)

Here’s the challenge: Using what is written in these two posts as examples, construct a refutation of the lies in 50 words or less. The goal is to be able to persuade an undecided voter to ignore the lie. If you can do it in 50, can you do it in 25?  Here are some of the things I would try to suggest:

  • Why is Obama trying to make the voter feel like their vote won’t count?  Hillary values their vote.
  • Why does Obama want to propagate the “Resistance is useless” meme?
  • Why does Obama want you to think the only choice is between him and McCain?
  • If Obama can’t trust the voters of Florida and Michigan to vote correctly, maybe he’s thinking that *you* aren’t capable of making up your mind either.

See where I’m going with this?  I know you do.
Go!