Thursday, October 30, 2008
Another Take on Obama's Infomercial
Jason Zengerle posted this Obama ad at TNR - he says it is more affecting than the infomercial. I couldn't agree with him more. Powerful stuff.
I watched the infomercial, and although it was very slick and very effective, I really don't much enjoy this sort of thing - the packaging of a candidate like soap flakes. It is demeaning to us as citizens - not a whole lot better than the Joe the Plumber shtick - and I feel like I am being played.
Even so, I am completely sold on Obama. I agree with him on the issues, and I admire his temperament, intellect and persuasive powers. If anyone can do it, he can.
And I can forgive him this 30 minute exercise in fields of wheat and "Morning in America" cheer. After all, he has to counter the ugly personal attacks of the McCain camp somehow - this is a classy way to beat back the lies and the liars.
I'll have more to say on the subject later on this week - maybe not till Saturday.
By the way - anyone else notice that the infomercial announced a change in Obama's tax cut? It has a ceiling of $200,000 now, not $250,000. Why isn't anyone talking about that?
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