Welcome back blog fans, The Block is back with a special guest post for Featured Friday. You’re in for a treat today, so just sit back, read and enjoy. Even his bio is simple and to the point….
Name is Ed, work for the government. I enjoy dishing out free wisdom. Worth every single penny you’ve paid for it.
Four words for members of the media, supporters of either presidential candidate, amateur Twitter political scientists, and in particular, Democrats – Chill The Eff Out.
After firing up last night’s debate, I witnessed a fiery Mitt Romney, a measured President Obama, and a Jim Lehrer marinating in an obviously soiled set of Depends. Following the debate, social media was atwitter (see what I did there?) with excitement for Mittens, despair for Barry, and a newly “redefined!” presidential race.
Chill The Eff Out. Seriously.
Here’s a few bullets I jotted down last night after the frenzy on Twitter forced me to break out a snifter of decent tequila. For those of you peeved at the President or giddy over Mitt’s obvious election to the presidency, please consider the following. They come from the real world of how political campaigns operate.
- Let me see a show of hands from all the voters who are undecided between the rich, aristocratic, 53%er who eats poor kids’ lunches at afternoon tea while riding his car elevator up and down and the Socialist/Black/Muslim/Evil/Antichrist. Waiting. Oh. Not that many of you? OK. How many of you have friends or coworkers who are TRULY undecided at this point. The guy at work who stocked up on AK-47s over the weekend to make sure the President doesn’t personally confiscate the rest of his guns? Or the guy who constantly sends you annoying ass links from whatever liberal cause he’s down for that week?
I’m guessing not that many.
Soooooo, how many actual votes did last night’s debate change? 2? 3? Maybe.
- Romney won. Election’s over. President did a horrible job – right? He didn’t call out Mitt’s lies. He wasn’t FIRED UP enough. He didn’t lay the smack down. Have you ever debated with someone simply willing to ignore facts? How far did you get? Did you get them to acknowledge their error? Were you able to go around to all the people they know and convince them he/she was full of s***? How’d that go? Presidential debates are no different.
- Twice as good, half as black. Yep. Went there. Played the race card. Liberal folks love to see someone STICK IT TO THE MAN, MAN. Guess what? A big chunk of voters don’t like seeing someone stick it to the man, because… well, because they are the “man”. Add the fact that the Prez’s skin color is a bit melanin-ed and you have the classic situation where he has to be twice as good and half as black to win re-election. Go read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article, “Fear of a Black President”. He’ll explain the concept better than I can. No seriously. Go read it. Now.
- Barry’s winning. Nationally, and in every major battleground state. Outside the margin of error. How often do football teams with a comfortable lead kick an onside kick or throw a Hail Mary What does he have to gain by STICKING IT TO THE MAN, MAN during a time period when most open-mouth breathers and slack-jawed yokels are just now paying attention to the campaign?
- Most folks turned off the debate at the first mention of Simpson-Bowles or Frank-Dodd. Can any of you folks – largely intelligent folks at that – rattle off exactly what Simpson-Bowles or Frank-Dodd is? Didn’t think so.
- Just because you play Madden online all day doesn’t mean you know football. Just because you see an assumed under-performing debate or over-performing debate by a candidate doesn’t mean you are a political scientist.
- There are two more debates before the election. Mitt Romney let out a slew of talking points (most contrary to the campaign he’s run since 2008). He fired all his ammo. His hand is showing. Think the Prez doesn’t know that? Think there may be a reason he didn’t hit Mittens with the 47% comments or his intrinsic nature to flip-flop? Nah. No way. The Prez has built the most prolific political team in modern history, toppled the Clinton regime in 2008, and won the presidency as a black guy with a funny name. No way they could have thought that far ahead.
- In a world of 140 characters, video content, and constant onslaught of messaging every day, the debate is already old news. Even if debates mattered much, who’s going to think of this debate in a week? Women of the nation have already returned to Pinterest while at work and Target on their lunch break while the men have returned to the waiver wire and Pluckers.
- The expectations game. Classic political science indicates you downplay your debate expectations as much as possible and hope for uplifting coverage if you do better than expected. Who has the big expectations now? Who is in line to “come back” in the next debates? No way the President’s campaign team thought of that. Nah.
All in all, presidential debates are won in the most unsexy fashion ever. Getting out the vote. Micro-targeting demographic trends and voters for appropriate messaging and advertisements. Enlisting volunteers to drive folks to the polls. Very rarely do debates actually change voters’ minds. Unless you’re Rick Perry. Oops.
So, like I said – Chill the Eff Out. If Barry pulls off re-election, it won’t be because he somehow overcame his disastrous first debate. If Mitt snags the election, it won’t be because he knocked it out of the park. It will simply be a matter of who got enough of the folks on their team to show up to the polls.
What are your thoughts on the debate? What are your thoughts on the election? Are you even a registered voter? Do you feel the politicians should be held to a higher standard during debates? Were the questions tough enough for you? Let us know.