Endorsements

Because I wish this primary was over my mind has drifted off towards what has been left out of the race so far, how about a serious look at endorsements, as serious as this 2008 primary deserves anyway.

By now, John Edwards is wandering around his 50,000 square foot mansion in his favorite extra short terry cloth bathrobe, cold cup of coffee in one hand, mirror in the other, wondering what the hell happened to his political career, no endorsement from him. Ditto Bill Richards.

And where is the last guy whose turn it was? Where is Bob Dole when we need an endorsement? Maybe no endorsement from a battle scarred WWI survivor who was parked in the US Senate for half a lifetime IS and endorsement of sorts.

Obama endorser Oprah is back on the trail with her bro. This is bound to make her some life-long enemies she never had to deal with before. But then she can always have herself on as an Oprah guest later and pour out her hurt feelings to one of the most moonbat audiences in TV history. That would crank out a few bucks and make her a victim as well. When one crunches the financials of it, it’s a no lose proposition for Oprah.

Then there is THE endorsement of all endorsements, except for “The Gloved One” who is busy at some day care center in Abu Dhabi, this is the Hollywood endorsement where the entire audience of the last Democrat debate was made up of Gucci-shoed tinsel toes from Tinsel Town. They sit in nodding approval, unknowing of mistakes of history, collapsing economies, military defense, market forces, or any number of issues. Their support is based on the most superficial of all reasons – feelings. They live in an insular world of self awareness to the exclusion of all else – much like many of the puppets on our political stage.

When you think about it, a Hollywood personality can not possibly pass up a chance to endorse a candidate. The people who surround and worship these stars in their everyday super star life would never, ever question anything they do or say. So when a Hollywood type spouts off about all things political, he or she, or the one in transition, is once again swooned over. It’s like tapping into a brand new, never objecting audience, kind of like Madonna re-inventing herself for a constantly rotating group of 12 year old concert goers.

Me – I need to know what Shirley McLain’s squirrelly brother or Garrison Keillor thinks about my candidate before I make up my mind.

I think the only endorsement that matters is one from an issue advocating political entity. They will at least dig up dirt on an opponent or pound home their own study proving candidate A did this or that better than candidate B. This is a much more fair and balanced way of advocating for your guy. Just spin on behalf of a credible organization.

The most effective endorsement isn’t really an endorsement at all. A free pass from the major news media who feed off of Washington by using past connections and free print or airtime is a huge bonus. They can, for instance, “forget” that a candidate stole 900 FBI files.

The media will chose their favorites and least favorites in any given race and simply repeat the name of the chosen in a good light over and over, again and again, until it is burned into the public memory, or cast a scornful eye into their least favorite candidate’s past or present positions until any thought of that candidate brings up bad responses.

The constant barrage of unscientific polls is one way to do this.

“He can’t win.” “He has it sewn up.” “She is unbeatable.” “He is dropping in our polls.”

And when the “polls” are wrong? This is the instant reply: “If only he had a few more days to continue the momentum our polls showed.”

Just a few months left folks and we can get on with finding a replacement for this nonsense and the exciting Ms. Spears.