Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Commenter on V-P picks and an MSM targeting spree

Last evening I posted My answer to Juan Williams’ question.

The NPR senior correspondent said on Fox News he didn’t understand why the polls weren’t showing “a Joe Biden bounce.”

I offered two explanations: 1) Biden isn’t Hillary Clinton; and 2) Let’s face it, he is Joe Biden and he can't change that.

The post drew an Anon comment presented here in full followed by a few brief comments below the star line.

Anon began - - -

I think that you have hit it on the head John. I was a political pollster/consultant in the 1980s and measured the Ferraro and Quayle VP impacts in 1984 and 1988. Biden is just not someone to move the needle (even if his IQ is higher than mine and he is as eloquent as . . . well, Neil Kinnock).

Some trivia on VP selections . . .

Despite the fact that Reagan crushed Walter Mondale in 1984, there was a brief period that Reagan trailed in the polls. He was down two points in the 48-72 hours after Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro.

Apparently, the choice was newsworthy and interesting enough that Mondale got a temporary, short-lived bump.

Back to this year, I think that since BHO is supposed to be Mr. Excitement, he needed a more exciting choice to maintain the "Audacity of Hype." Biden ain't it.

More trivia . . .

The press and Democrats jumped on the Dan Quayle selection almost as soon as Bush announced it in 1988. Quayle was portrayed as a lightweight and not ready to be VP.

What many people don't know is that Quayle had 12 years in DC under his belt at that point -- 4 years in the House and 8 in the Senate. He was reelected to his Senate seat in 1986 with what was, at that time, the largest margin of victory in Indiana history (even surpassing the popular Richard Lugar).

The media treated Quayle as a presumptuous joke for running for VP but (to return to the present) they have little problem swallowing the idea that Obama, who started running for President after serving only two years of his first US Senate term, is ready for the much bigger job of President.


First, thank you, Anon commenter.

I think most readers will find all your comment interesting.

The most valuable portions of it for me were the reminder of how MSM immediately began trashing Dan Qualye and the comparison of the treatment he received compared to the treatment MSM is according The One.

Can you imagine how Qualye would have been treated if he and his wife belonged to a church whose minister subscribed to and preached the lie that our government deliberately spread the AIDS virus as a means of holding down America’s black population?

What say the rest of you?


Anonymous said...

If Mr. Obama's dad had been.....

....a Russian, would he be called the first Russian American President?

....a Chinese man, ,,,,,the first Chinese American? East Indian,,,,,the first East Indian American?

.....a monkey,,,,,the first Darwin American?

How come,,,since he's half and half, the half being publicised is the African half?

Inquiring minds want to know.