"OBAMA ENVY" : McCains' Downfall

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Although some may not care to admit it just yet, McCain will most certainly lose this election as a result of his intense envy for the iconic figure Obama has become since campaigning over the past 2 years.

How do I come to this conclusion?

John McCain witnessed 250,000 Europeans taking time out of their day to come hear Barack Obama speak at a gigantic rally in Germany. Poor John McCain, who couldn't compete chose to deride Obama's popularity instead. Loudly and repeatedly, he called Obama a celebrity not ready to lead. The Question that remains? Why would anyone want to vote for the candidate that cannot draw a crowd? or better yet, needs a gimmick like Palin to elicit any excitement at all? Moreover, why would one want such a bland and boring presidential candidate to lead them? The world is 4 to 1 in favor of an Obama presidency ... and yet that is not desirable?

John McCain, after talking up Barack Obama's lack of experience, decidedly named a Vice Presidential choice who is way less experienced than Barack could ever be. The media, seizing on the "new excitement" injected into the McCain campaign, tried about as hard as they sold us the Iraq war, to sell us Gov. Palin. She's a "Rock Star" they announced; a formidable presence on the ticket, they exclaimed; a real "game changer" they concluded! And so, ad-nausea and in unison, the corporate press compared Palin to Obama for two straight weeks. The problem for McCain is that, once the dust settles, the message remaining will be; John McCain chose to put on his ticket, an "Obama Wannabe"; someone who could stir his base as much as Obama stirs his. This really is just another sign to the world that McCain just might have a case of "Obama Envy".

Then John McCain, who has been campaigning on experience, dropped his own campaign slogan altogether and totally and unoriginally ripped off Barack Obama's instead. To date, did John McCain even have a slogan?, and if he did, what was it? If you can't remember, then you see the obvious problem John McCain has. McCain's blatant attempts to steal Barack's message for Change exemplifies again that John McCain has "Obama Envy". And the question is, why would anyone want to vote for a man who demonstrates so clearly that he, himself, lacks any original ideas? Why vote for a bad imitation, when one can vote for the real thing? Be mindful that the candidate with the distinct and consistent message usually wins the election, e.g., "It's the economy Stupid".

Meanwhile, to his calculated delight, John McCain's Sarah started attracting crowds; hailed as record breaking by a breathless fawning media. Republican women are ordering Sara Glasses, they giddily reported. Of course this is oddly similar to the stories of women buying up Michelle's dress after she appeared on The View. Problem is as later reported, crowd size at the record breaking rallies didn't live up to their billing; 8,000-9,000 as opposed to 23,000 is quite a deflation for the McCain Camp. Evidently, trying hard to be "Obama" is not as easy as it sounds.

So I humbly suggest that we take into consideration as "Signs" the following documented oddities: The Republicans prayed for rain to fall during Obama's convention speech, but instead were gifted by Hurricanes for their own. That Republicans mocked the Mile High stadium "styrofoam" columns (actually Dem backdrop was a replica of the Back of the WH), but what they got was a giant house that appeared on a giant screen during McCain's own speech. More of a sign than that was the appearance of the dreaded green screen behind McCain, which was in truth even more ironic; a green lawn. Eerily, the lawn of the wrong building (for which they got flack from building owners afterwards) which made a striking contrast to the well orchestrated convention that Obama and the Dem's flawlessly executed; a contrast in where McCain didn't look so good.

So please, those who believe that the sky is falling on Obama as you attempt to make it sound like John McCain is now somehow "exciting" now that he has an unknown hockey mom and ex-town mayor from Alaska at his side, spare me! Its quite clear the GOP strategy is about gimmickry and not substance. They don't have answers, nor do they have any new ideas. Did they really think American voters wouldn't see this?

Once all the rhetoric is done, all the signs come down, and Obama is sworn in as our next President of the United States of America, people will clearly see that McCain's greatest pitfall in this campaign was his intense desire to be the popular "rock star" that Barack Obama has become and not who he really is as a person. He allowed the Bush campaign team to try to make decisions for him, lower his own ethical standards, adn make him something he is not ... motivating, exciting, and most importantly invigorating.

McCain's demise will most definately be a result of a big bad case of "Obama Envy".

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 9:08pm.

"John McCain witnessed 250,000 Europeans taking time out of their day to come hear Barack Obama speak at a gigantic rally in Germany."

250,000 Germans showed up because there was a free concert from a very popular European rock band free beer, and free food.

They only hung around to hear Barack because they were too drunk to walk or drive.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 3:18am.

So they came to see a "very popular European rock band", huh?

Very few bands in the world can draw a quarter million fans to a concert, free beer or no beer. Only a handful, in fact.

So why not tell us who the "very popular European rock band" is?

Shouldn't be too hard for a smart conservative like you?

...unless Fred Garvin was lying.

Put up or shut up, Fred. Smiling

Submitted by Nitpickers on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 4:43am.

Are these "Garvins" a rock group or maybe a "dooms day" group?

Is Denis a Garvin?

Submitted by eldergent on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 3:44pm.

Of course. They have had to play second fiddle to us for almost seventy years. They no longer need our protection from the USSR. They would like to see us brought down a peg or two. That's human nature and why they prefer the lesser candidate.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 4:37pm.

Nice post Buckwheat... only one thing:

"250,000 Europeans taking time out of their day to come hear Barack Obama speak at a gigantic rally in Germany."

Most Repubs, including the Bush administration, neocons and those crazed right-wingnuts, do not care what the world thinks about us. They forget that we live in a 'global community' and could care less about world opinion regarding the presidential candidates or even U.S. policies abroad.

"You can lead a Republican to the truth, but you can't make him think."

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 2:58pm.

we don't care what the world thinks, but they don't have a vote now do they? The so called Global Community that you say we live in really doesn't care about the USA, so why should we give a rats A$$ about what they think. They complain , complain , complain about the USA but wait till they get in a jam, who do they call? The Good Ole USA, thats who. If we would quit giving every country in the world a handout every time they whined about it we might not be in as bad a shape financially as we are.
In my opinion we worry TOO much about what everyone else in the world thinks of us.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 5:16pm.

Didn't we borrow most of the money from other countries so we could write bad checks here----some of it to other countries--sure!

Who got in a jam last and wanted money? Was It Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, or who?

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 4:57pm.

"...why should we give a rats A$$ about what they think...we worry TOO much about what everyone else in the world thinks of us.

This is not a popularity contest that I'm referring to. It is about having a positive global reputation which is crucial to any country, especially a superpower. Our global reputation, and how other countries perceive our actions, will affect our ability to combat terrorism, nuclear proliferation (Iran), and also how to address international trade and illegal immigration. Maintaining a positive global reputation AND having a sound foreign policy, ultimately has a tremendous impact on our national security.

Bush senior, understood this, and although I did not like many of his policies, I respected many of his foreign policy decisions, like NOT invading Iraq. On the other hand, Bush jr. took us down a dangerous path, with many of his ill-fated foreign policy decisions, and McCain will continue that same course. There's no doubt that our global reputation has plummeted during the Bush/Cheney administration.

I wonder if McCain could have inspired so many Europeans, the way Obama did. I actually see the positive European reaction to Obama, as a postive thing.

"United States has counted on Britain, France, Germany and the United Nations to persuade or coerce the Iranian government into abandoning its nuclear program. And it shares its military burden with 9,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan and 20,000 in Iraq.

Keeping the peace, winning the war on terrorism and other critical goals are achievable "only if people like you and trust you," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center.

Almost half of those polled in Britain, France and Germany dispute the whole concept of a global war on terrorism, and a majority of Europeans believe the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. More than two-thirds of Germans, French and Turks believe American leaders lied about the reasons for war and believe the United States is less trustworthy than it once was.

"There is great resentment at American power," Kohut said.


Pew Global Attitudes Project

"You can lead a Republican to the truth, but you can't make him think."

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 7:01pm.

MS, you make some very good points; I agree that we should seek support and cooperation amongst our allies; especially when making decisions in front of the world audience. However, I don’t want us to take a role of trying to please everyone or ensuring 100% agreement or validation from every nation. There will be occasions that we probably will go at it alone, what I don't is for us having to sit on our hands just to make everyone else dictate their conditions and dictate how the United States of America should conduct their business.

And I'm afraid that’s exactly what’s going to happen if Obama is elected president. It will be comparable to a freshman hazing in college, where rouge nations such as Iraq, Russia and North Korea will test his ability to handle them.
I care too much for the safety of my family and my country to put this man in office.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 6:54pm.

Considering the results of a world opinion poll of 17 nations about who was responsible for 9/11, I'm not so sure that global popularity and respect is an achievable goal when other nations are inhabited by a large amount of idiots. I think I'll take a dumb American over the 36% in Turkey who think the USA engineered 9/11 or the rest of the Muslim nations who think either the US or Israel orchestrated the bombings.
Even the key allies such as Britain, France and Germany aren't absolutely certain about Al Qaeda being behind it. The losers in Mexico are about evenly split, but at least the Kenyans and Nigerians seem to have a clear head(or pay attention somewhat)on the issue with the largest majorities int he survey acknowledging yeah, it was Al Qaeda.

World Opinion Poll on 9/11

Yes, Bush and crew definitely have contributed to world opinion being negative at this time, but that happens. The NATO bombing of Serbia didn't win friends at all in Greece or Italy, to say nothing about the usual suspects who condemned it vociferously(china, Russia, the useless UN, the big Muslim countries). World opinion is going to shift depending on events and I really don't see whether Europeans liking the President or not as being an issue. The US has to work with the leaders, not the citizens.

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