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Did you read that Barack Obama’s teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail?

The Chosen One
delivers his epoch-making speeches off the device, though normally he doesn’t use one at standard
campaign rallies and town hall events. But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events
Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter
was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

Well, erm, I guess if it…erm, helps his soaring oratory then..erm..it’s worth it. But what if the teleprompter breaks down again? 

And isn’t it reassuring that even in the teeth of this global financial chaos, the Obamessiah  is hosting a dinner in Beverly Hills costing attendees $28,500 dollars each! 
Hundreds of high rollers, including some of the biggest executives in
film, television and music, will munch gourmet
chow and hang out with the candidate.
  Babs Streisand
will then sing
at the five-star Beverly Wilshire. Maybe he’ll donate the proceeds to Lehmans now redundant employees?

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  1. Serious question. When does American politics in this election actually start to get serious? The side show issues and double standards are fun but after a while I wonder when it actually does come down to voting what do people vote about. Teleprompters, soundbites, pigs and pitbulls with lipstick? I don’t think so.

  2. Alison

    They are not voting for a Parliament. They are specifically voting to put an individual (and his running mate) into the White house. It’s no wonder it all centres around personal character traits and issues surrounding the individuals and their lives. Real policy deatail is too boring to interrupt the soap opera element.

  3. >>They are not voting for a Parliament. They are specifically voting to put an individual (and his running mate) into the White house<<

    Alison is right, though, Colm. They are voting for the head of government and leader of the armed forces in one, an individual who has more power than a UK Prime Minister.

    Peter (on another thread) is also right that this person/culture war thing supports the GoP, as they could hardly argue on the economy!

  4. Hopefully this neverending campaign will start to get a little more substantive with the debates, but I seriously doubt it.

  5. When McCain’s campaign manager comes right out and says "This election is not about issues", why are you surprised?

  6. Frank – it can’t be about the real issues or he loses. Now, the problem is that obama may lack the grit to persuade the American voters of this fact.

  7. Obama’s take on the issues isn’t all that fabulous either. We’ve got a couple of men running who shouldn’t be let anywhere near the oval office.

  8. "When does American politics in this election actually start to get serious?"

    The day after the voting when the lawyers get to work.

  9. Mahons, I don’t know about that. McCain has really gone over the edge to the extent that even Rove is going ‘hang on a second’ and even Fox are calling him out on some of it. Even Bill O’Reilly. Also, Obama’s been getting his groove on lately, and even Biden gave a pretty good speech recently. And looking at his town halls there is some substance to it.

    Also some classic lines from Obama, e.g.: "if you think those lobbyists are working day and night for John McCain just to put themselves out of business, well then I’ve got a bridge to sell you up in Alaska."

    I think it’s now about 50-50 with the momentum possibly switching. Barring any big surprises I think Obama is still in with a pretty good shot and may even pull ahead again.

  10. Daphne: I am unhappy with Obama and McCain. I am less and less convinced that Palin has the bona fides to be President (although I don’t fault her as much as others do).

    I am leaning towards the idea that the Republicans have held the Presidency for 8 years and essentially failed across the board, and the Democrats are only alternative even if their candidate is less than perfect.

  11. Mahons, you and I are in sync on the two gentlemen. You know how highly I regard Palin, but I’m beginning to think she would have served the GOP ( and conservatives like me) better in the governorship for another four/eight years. As Phantom said about Jindal, "it’s too soon, leave him where he’s at for now."

    I am extremely unhappy with the republican leadership all the way around, particularly in congress. We could debate Bush’s foreign policy for three days running, put that aside for the moment – I’ve been very unhappy with his domestic policies and leadership. I see McCain as being even worse than Bush on domestic issues.

    I think you and I ought to revisit our discussion for taking over the government. We’ve got a good bunch of smart people here with all sorts of intelligent opinions from every spectrum, I think we could kick ass and make great things happen over a round or two of drinks with the atw literati. Of course raising money with this batch of tightwads might be problematic for launching a campaign beyond our own bar tab………..

    (I would designate Aileen as Secretary of State and Colm could be the friendly Ambassador of Smut)

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