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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Live Blogging the Obama Half Hour Variety Show

7:56 p.m. EST I'm watching Fox News right now, waiting for this big Obama special. Fox has a focus group of undecided voters to watch the presentation. Fox talking head Shepard Smith is appropriately incredulous. How can these people still be undecided? The voters are indignant at the question. "We haven't heard enough from the candidates," they say. Bullshit, they're morons.

8:06 p.m. EST Okay, cheesy swelling music as he speaks from the podium. Not a good start.

8:09 p.m. EST Hmm, he starts off the taped part by defending the bailout bill that Congress passed. Of course, it is not enough. How could $700 billion ever be enough?

8:10 p.m. EST One of the talking heads mentions Obama's "common-sense Kansas roots". Yes, the Kansas roots he got by being raised in Hawaii and Indonesia.

8:12 p.m. EST So far, its one sob story after another set to sad, tinkly piano music. Was this produced by the people at the Lifetime channel?

8:13 p.m. EST Obama says he'll create 5 million new jobs with green technologies. Yes, but how much will it cost us to subsidize those jobs?

8:14 p.m. EST Every time a politician says something like a "new era of shared responsibility" I grab hold of my wallet and start thinking about buying more guns.

8:16 p.m. EST Okay, the current sob story is a Hispanic family where the mom is a teacher. They seem like decent folks, but they don't like how much milk costs. Yeah, who does? He's just going for cheap emotional points now, going right for the Oprah vote. Somebody should tell him he already has Oprah's vote.

8:19 p.m. EST He's going to fix education and fix health care. Apparently it just takes spending more tax dollars and offering more incentives. Why didn't anybody think of that before? P.S. He repeats the bogus statistic that 47 million people don't have health care.

8:20 p.m. EST Hmmm, his special has an awful lot of scenes of him getting roaring applause from crowds. The people, they love him. And he loves that they love him.

8:22 p.m. EST Hey, did you know Obama has "changed the way things are done in Washington"? Gone are the gifts from lobbyists and "business as usual" politics, we're told. I guess nobody told the Obama campaign this.

8:24 p.m. EST "This is our moment." Well, at least it is not just all about him.

8:28 p.m. EST "He's a man that can heal this country. He can bring bipartisanship," Bill Richardson says. Will Obama do this by laying his hands on the country?

8:29 p.m. EST "Hope over fear", "Unity over division", blah, blah, blah. I know some of you are thinking I'm too cynical. I wonder if I am cynical enough.

8:22 p.m. EST And back to your regularly scheduled program, game 5 of the World Series. I've heard it's kind of a big deal. Not as big as Obama though ...

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