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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Caught In The Game

Again, indulge us, as this may not be sports related (but, politics certainly is a game of strategy); but is important nonetheless.




That's the picture that has caused a bit of a commotion. Fairly innocuous. Certainly less than unusual for a dignitary of one nation to engage in some hospitable interaction with the locals of another. Generally speaking: Nothing to see here. Move along.

But, the timing of the release of the photo is what is most interesting. And the brilliance of the timing is what is most illuminating.

The Clintons have yet again been burned at their own device.

On Sunday, the all knowing and all enlightening Minister Louis Farrakhan graced his kind words and sharp oratory in a favorable description of the vision of Obama. Certainly, the 'endorsement' of a man seen as a threat by much of upper middle class and upper class America (read: white) would provide the conservative element of our nation the chance to ignite divisive and unfounded fears from sea to shining sea.

What is a candidate to do in such a situation? You don't want to reject the glorious words of the Minister. But at the same time, you do have to smooth out the fears that will be aroused by opposition as they play into the carefully crafted and tainted negative image the media has (for years) constructed of the Minister.

We'd suggest that releasing a photo that plays into other fears would do the trick. And it would allow the opportunity to blame your opponent and positively spin things for yourself. And, of course, it would bump the Minister's words from the headlines. Relegating the negative response to those words to the Rush Limbaugh's of the world who have no sway with the independent, middle ground voters.

Underestimated.

That is the word that best characterises Half-Brother Obama, his advisors and their campaign.

Clinton was supposed to be the crafty, battle hardened veteran. Her advisors were supposed to be the brass knuckle wearing wrecking squad that would make minced meat out of the Half-Brother.

Seems someone walked unknowingly into a well set trap.

6 comments:

one fish two fish red fish blue fish said...

Lord Almighty....

Obama looks like he's 20 years old in that picture! But in seriousness we all know he's gonna bury McCain and be elected our nation's leader....it's only a matter of time.

President: Barack Obama
Vice-President: Someone not named Hilary
Secretary of State: yo momma
NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs
Finals MVP: Tim Duncan
Regular season MVP: Chris Paul
Biggest Disappointment: The Damn Bulls

MMurr said...

Not for nothing, but within the past month I have been lucky enough to hear Senator Obama, his wife Michelle and his brother-in-law, Craig Robinson (who happens to be the men's basketball coach at Brown University) speak. I had never been inspired by a political figure before hearing Mr. Obama's message, delivered very eloquently and enthusiastically by all three parties. I wish him the best of luck and urge all of NOIS' readers to vote for him in upcoming primaries, if possible at this date in your state, and in November after he wins the Democratic nomination.

Nathan said...

I'll bet you'll be pissed when he gets into power and you have one less thing to bitch about.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I'll bet you'll be pissed when he gets into power and you have one less thing to bitch about."

Sir, you are correct.

A competent leader would certainly be one less thing to bitch about.

Well put.

Burnsy said...

Sir, I received an email from my grandmother and she received this email from her accountant who received it from his dentist who received it from his tax attorney and it says that Barack Obama doesn't wear an American flag pin on his lapel and he refuses to stand for the Pledge.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Sir, I received an email from my grandmother and she received this email from her accountant who received it from his dentist who received it from his tax attorney and it says that Barack Obama doesn't wear an American flag pin on his lapel and he refuses to stand for the Pledge."

Sir, now THAT sounds like the work of an HRC operative.