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Know Nothing

They finally said it. I always thought that part of the reason McCain chose Palin was because it would put Obama — who’s already in the position of having to be careful how he addresses race — in the position of having to do something that would put him in a precarious position as black man: attack a white woman. Even politically. (Now, I’m sure someone will point out an attack on Hillary during the primaries, but I don’t recall any.

The flip side of coin is that she can attack Obama in any number of ways, but he has to be careful about how he deals with her.

That’s the first layer of subtext in this ad, but I think there’s another.

But to make that point, I have to turn to another video.


It’s the same thing John Stewart ran into on The Daily Show, upon watching a clip of “Joe” the “Plumber” talking about Israel. (It’s about four minutes in to the video. I can’t extract a clip.) Let’s just say it’s bad when a Fox anchor has to be the voice of reason.

Anyway, five minutes with Joe The Plumber had Shepard Smith so frustrated that the Fox anchor felt compelled to issue a disclaimer, immediately following the segment, pushing back on any notion that Obama would mean the “death of Israel,” saying: “I just want to make this 100 percent perfectly clear — Barack Obama has said repeatedly and demonstrated repeatedly that Israel will always be a friend of the United States, no matter what happens once he becomes President of the United States. His words.” Smith later added, “The rest of it — man…some things — it just gets frightening sometimes. We’ll be right back.” I haven’t seen Shep this broken up about the state of the world since Katrina.

Meanwhile, let’s remember that after a year of trying to figure out what their campaign is about, the McCain camp has basically pinned all their hopes to the avatar of Joe The Plumber, a random dude who says, “I know just enough about foreign policy to probably be dangerous…I have no idea where John McCain’s position is…I honestly want people to go out and find their own reasons. I tell people not to listen to everyone else’s opinion. I’m not going to have them start listening to mine.” His words. Such as they are.

I’ll say it again.

Well, it’s the political equivalent of Courtney Love showing up at your intervention and suggesting you ease up on the pipe just little a bit.

And, while I’m at it, I can’t help posting one of my own. (That got over 15,000 views when it debuted.)

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