Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Losing Momentum? Is Obama's N.L. About To Kick In!??!

I've got a really, really, really shaky feeling about today's Wisconsin Democratic Primary. You can call me pessimistic, but something tells me our boy is about to get tripped up tonight. On paper, Wisconsin is the sort of place Obama typically succeeds: It's Midwestern and overwhelmingly white, just like Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, etc. All places where he's blown Clinton out of the water. So, this should be a shoe-in, right?

Well, maybe not.

The other night, I was watching that American Gladiators show on NBC (more on that later). I've tuned in a couple of times over the last few weeks and watched a humble black woman from Atlanta named Shanay work her way up to the Finals. I just knew Shanay was gonna take the whole thing, but wouldn't you know it, N.L. kicked in, and she ended up losing the whole thing in the final competition. This strange phenomenon also seems to happen every time a black person is winning heading into Final Jeopardy too. Steve McNair's N.L. always kicked in during a big game. In short, our luck just seems to run out at the most inopportune of times.

I'm just sayin', Obama might could catch an "L" tonight.

The March 4th primaries in Ohio and Texas have long been talked about as the crisis point for both campaigns, but something told me this was shortsighted. With time to burn and a couple of comparatively minor primaries before then to short-circuit Obama's momentum, I knew The Clinton Machine would kick into full attack mode, and start dredging up some ole' B.S. And of course, although the pickin's are slim, they've done what they could with what they've got. There was the dumb "speeches don't get things done" comment the other day, the "media" claiming Obama followers are "cult-like", then tagging Obama with borrowing a few lines (not those kinds of lines) from his boy Deval Patrick without crediting him. Today, I'm listening to this local talk radio bozo manipulate a soundbite of a Michelle Obama speech and thus suggest that she's Un-American.

Michelle Obama proclaimed yesterday that for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of America, as she spoke during a rally to support her husband’s presidential bid.

While Barack Obama spent yesterday deflecting accusations from Hillary Clinton’s campaign of plagiarizing part of a speech delivered in 2006 by Bay State Gov. Deval Patrick, Mrs. Obama made her own headlines.

Hope is making a comeback and, let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change, she said during a rally in downtown Milwaukee.

I have seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues and it has made me proud, she told supporters.
Curiously missing from this account, and the version being played on the radio: the word "really". Listen to this YouTube video, and you can clearly hear the unnecessary jump cut between the words "I'm" and "proud".

Seriously, WTH?!?

It's becoming extremely clearer by the day that lots, and I do mean lots, of people do not want this man to become President. And by people, I don't necessarily mean Clintons only.

You'd like to think sane, rational Americans are wise enough to look right through this stuff, but reality is, politicians run attack campaigns because they have proven time after time to work. Especially when you can successfully work in race in a way that makes you not seem racist (or if you do come off as racist, who cares?). Willie Horton, anyone?

So, when I saw one poll last night suggest that Clinton leads Obama in Wisconsin by 6pts, I wasn't surprised. This is politricks as usual, and the stakes have never been higher.

Barry, you're swimming with the sharks now, bruh.

Question: Do you think The Obama Express is about to have a head-on collision with N.L.? If you're unsure what the heck N.L. stands for, email me. But still, answer the question, do you think Obama will win Wisconsin?

Michelle Obama finally proud of America [Boston Herald]

He Said, He Said: Did Obama Plagiarize Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick? [FoxNews]

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