The Economist on the Obamathon

October 30, 2008

I’m just going to repost this and highlight exceptionally funny parts. I love the comparison to the Perot infomercials that bored America silly.

8:45: That’s all for tonight (we’ll cover the McCain interview after the fact). Next live-blog: November 4th.

8:40: In the first commercial break after the Obamamercial, the McCain campaign runs its “not ready…yet” advert. That’s one second of “you can’t trust him” from Mr McCain for every minute of “none of you watching can afford health care” from Mr Obama. Touché?

8:35: And by harmless I mean useless. As commenter Martin Horn says, “I don’t think this will sway anyone not already swayed by the Democratic National Convention since the themes are exactly the same.”

8:33: Chris Matthews says the Obamamercial “was romance, it was realism…I thought everything was just right”. No historical allusions tonight, Mr Matthews? Not even a Charles XII at Poltava?

8:30: Well, that was rather harmless.

8:28: Mr Obama admits he will not be a perfect president. Tomorrow’s Republican talking point.

8:27: They let Bill Richardson on with his beard?

8:25: I like the words that keep appearing next to Mr Obama. It’s very Stephen Colbert.

8:24: Mr Obama talks about how Mark Dowd in Louisville can’t make ends meet…as Mr Dowd piles his plate full of pork.

8:21: Wow, they are really exaggerating his legislative accomplishments. Did Mr Obama really change the way Washington works in his four years in the Senate?

8:18: This is no time for “small plans” says Mr Obama. When is it time for small plans? I have many.

8:17: Great. Another vignette about a family that can’t pay its health-care bills. I mean, it’s depressing and all, but this is becoming about as subtle as a Michael Bay movie.

8:15: Tim Kaine’s tie and lapel pin makes him resemble a Delta flight attendant.

8:11: Mr Obama talks about his clean-energy plan. Here’s another one: raise fuel taxes.

8:10: Mr Obama talks about how Americans aren’t looking for a handout. Really? Who would actually turn down a handout? I don’t hear of many Americans refusing to take deductions on their tax forms.

8:09: Mr Obama says that the financial rescue (aka bailout) package was necessary. He quickly adds that the money has to go to you, but, still, interesting that he comes out that early favouring a bill that still seems to be pretty unpopular.

8:08: Yeah, this woman who’s struggling to feed her family must really have it bad. She’s wearing a blanket over her shoulders.

8:06: “Cut taxes for those making less than $200,000”. Didn’t that used to be $250,000?

8:02: Barack Obama says we’ve been talking about the same problems for decades. Wait, he thinks they cancelled Dallas waaaaay too early, too?

8:01: Honestly, I wish he would’ve begun with, “I know you’ve had enough of this, but…” 

8:00: Hey, where’s the baseball?

7:55: After Chris Matthews compares the Obamamerical to a telethon Richard Nixon held before he was elected president, Pat Buchanan jumps in to remind us all that he, in fact, worked in the Nixon White House. It’s hard enough to imagine Mr Buchanan doing much beyond refighting the battles of the early 1990s, let alone those of the late 1960s. Seriously, he’s almost as bad as Phyllis Schlafly, who STILL talks about Euromissiles.

7:50: And we’re off. 


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