In the first presidential debate mini-me mimicked that speaking style. How many times did he repeat verbatim that Obama didn't have the experience to be president and was wrong about the surge? In communication redundancy is forbidden! Why was that mini-me's strategy?
Palin and mini-me are now Rove's pupils. In his presidential debates W was given points because of low expectations. W was schooled by Rove to remember above all who the audience was. The viewers who mini-me was delivering last night's speech to was the information free red staters, those people whose daily lives are bereft of hope and identify with GOP ghouls who bluster about killing. Back in "Tricky Dick's" day the enemy was the Commies, then Reagan's enemy was still the Soviet Union with the new label "Evil Empire" and 43 has the "Axis of Evil", but the GOP, the Daddy party, attracts under-educated and low-wage voters by appealing to their blood lust. If your life sucks the idea of killing undefined enemies looks pretty good as misery loves company.
Obama got some points for standing up to mini-me. The article "In First Debate, Candidates Quarrel On Iraq, Express Optimism for Bailout Obama Ridicules Support for War; McCain Faults Criticism of 'Surge'" at
states "In rapid-fire succession, Obama accused his rival of being in the wrong more than once as President Bush led the nation to war in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "You said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. You were wrong. You said that we were going to be greeted as liberators. You were wrong. You said that there was no history of violence between Shia and Sunni. And you were wrong."
Then Obama left him off the hook. At some point last night he had to go for the jugular vein. He had to say "Look, maybe you have experience, but something wrong is happening to you. Maybe all of the bloodshed is starting to run together for you because this summer you said that the Sunnis were getting help from Iran, and your pal Joe Lieberman had to mumble the answer to you in your own news conference. You would think that you could get the facts straight at your own news conference."
McCain is going for the kill shot all of the time. He knows that the time to switch the momentum to his side is now.
Mini-me said "Senator Obama said the 'surge' could not work, said it would increase sectarian violence, said it was doomed to failure," McCain said, focusing on recent improvements in conditions in Iraq. "But yet, after conceding that, he still says that he would oppose the surge if he had to decide that again today."
Obama should have responded with something to the effect of "The surge happened at the same time that the US was paying the Sunnis to fight al-quada in Iraq. Recently the US has stopped paying the Sunnis. The Shiites are thinking of paying only 20% of the Awakening members. That means that 80% of these Sunnis, who at the beginning of the war were called the Baathist dead-enders, will go back to helping al-quada in Iraq and killing US soldiers and Shiites and the occasional Sunni collateral damage victim."
Mini-me criticized Obama about timetables in Iraq. Obama should have immediately pounced on that because Bush has already agreed to "a general time horizon" for withdrawing American troops in Iraq. Maybe the dimmest of dim bulbs in the red states don't know that the American military presence in Iraq after a United Nations mandate expires at the end of the year. They should be able to understand that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's government doesn't want us there and that the American military presence now depends on Iraqi acquiescence.
Obama should have had a tape that played this July 25, 2008 CNN The Situation Room interview of mini-me regarding Obama's timetable "I think it's a pretty good timetable."
Mini-me must have had immediately received a communiqué from Rove as while in that same interview he added that it should be based "on the conditions on the ground."
As the article describes "Later, McCain's voice dripped with derision as he questioned Obama's statement that he would meet with the leaders of rogue foreign countries, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"So let me get this right: We sit down with Ahmadinejad, and he says, 'We're going to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth,' and we say, 'No, you're not'?" the senator from Arizona said, as Obama tried to object."
This led to a debate that GOP figures such as W, and mini-me's own advisor Henry Kissinger, agreed with Obama. Kissinger is quoted as saying "Well, I am in favor of negotiating with Iran. And one utility of negotiation is to put before Iran our vision of a Middle East, of a stable Middle East, and our notion on nuclear proliferation at a high enough level so that they have to study it. And, therefore, I actually preferred doing it at the secretary of state level so that we -- we know we're dealing with authentic -- with authentic proposals."
After the debate mini-me had his advisor Kissinger refute his own quote. It is sort of like Charles Barkley saying he had been misquoted in his own autobiography, and we all know that the "round mound of rebound" is considered to be a knuckle head.
Regarding the federal bailout plan the article stated "The Republican nominee said bipartisanship would carry the day. Mini-me said "We have finally seen Republicans and Democrats sitting down and negotiating together and coming up with a package."
That remark borders on insane.
Democrats Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday evening that as far as the Thursday afternoon White House bailout summit "I would suggest that anyone in that meeting who tried to understand what John McCain said at that meeting, couldn't."
For the GOP there was not any bipartisanship because the House GOP surprised negotiators with their proposal--which had no components in common with the proposal that was being worked on so feverishly, at that same Thursday afternoon.
Mini-me's debate was all propaganda for the red staters. It contained no substance. It was just sound bytes that Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and FOX TV will play until the election is over.
Democrats have to realize that these knuckle-dragging morons get their information through osmosis. They don't exert themselves and read papers, books. The TV news they watch is FOX propaganda. Their main source of information is via that bastion of GOP hypocrisy Clear Channel.