Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Idiots Will Vote For Obama

Along with the usual smart people, that is.  And while the idiot vote will be welcome, from a purely political perspective, the degree of idiocy is disturbing.

Blogger Ben Smith has a funny and disturbing email from a Republican operative, describing a Midwestern focus-group session, showing conservative Democrats and Independents a ferocious anti-Obama attack ad.  To the op's chagrin, the ad both succeeded and failed:  the group came away believing that Obama wouldn't be a good president, but determined to vote for him anyway.

Here are two freakish examples:

54 year-old white male, voted Kerry '04, Bush '00, Dole '96, hunter, NASCAR fan...hard for Obama said: "I'm gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He's gonna be a bad president. But I won't ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President."

The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. "Well, I don't know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I'm sick of paying for health insurance at work and that's why I'm supporting Barack."

Um ... what?

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