If you want to know what people do when they have too much time on their hands, now you know
Earlier today someone asked the question, In a mass knife fight to the death between every American President, who would win and why? Someone beat me to the obvious answer that a final showdown would see Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt doing a dagger-wielding version of a Mexican standoff, so I took it too far and walked through how I thought every president would turn out. An hour later the result greatly exceeded the maximum 10,000 character limit for a post, so I’ve decided to blog about it instead.:
It’s a weird bit a fun but a few things missed:
James Monroe served in the Revolution, he would be no pushover.
JQ Adams killer face not withstanding wouldn’t last
Lincoln was no warrior that he ranks him so high is weird
I say Jackson wins this fight, but Washington, Ike, Harry & Teddy should not be discounted.
Less than 24 hours after the Democrat Party had their memorable “booing God” moment (now over 400k views on youtube) Allen West’s re-election campaign put out this ad.
This video already has 74K views as of 10 AM EST
I contacted the West campaign with some questions here are my questions in italics and their reply ALL CAPS
DaTechGuy:You’ve already indicated this will be running on TV. I’d be interested in when and how large the buy is going to be?
Michelle Hickford (Allen West campaign): THIS AD WILL BEGIN RUNNING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 ON CABLE. WE DO NOT RELEASE SPECIFICS ABOUT THE BUY.
DTG:Is there any intention to confront the Congressman’s opponent on his support for the language one way or the other?
AWC: PATRICK MURPHY HAS REMAINED SILENT ON NOT ONLY THIS ISSUE, BUT ALL ISSUES OF SUBSTANCE AND INTEREST TO VOTERS IN DISTRICT 18. CONGRESSMAN WEST HAS INVITED HIM TO FOUR PUBLIC DEBATES WHERE HE WILL HAVE A VENUE TO PROVIDE HIS POSITIONS. SO FAR HE HAS NOT AGREED TO A SINGLE PUBLIC DEBATE. PATRICK MURPHY IS APPARENTLY UNABLE TO PROVIDE AN OPINION ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ON ANYTHING.
DTG:What was the turn around time on this ad? obviously it was quick, just how quick was it?
AWC: WELL, THE VOTE WAS TAKEN AT THE CONVENTION ON WEDNESDAY, AND WE RELEASED THE AD ON THURSDAY.
DTG:The title brings to mind Peter’s denial of Christ 3 times, was that intentional?
AWC: NO COMMENT
DTG: Do you anticipate other GOP candidates using similar ads nationwide and will you allow them to use the ad template for their races?
AWC: NO COMMENT
I’d like to thank the West campaign for their quick response, and if I’m a GOP candidate running anywhere else, I’d seek permission from the west campaign to use this ad with a different ending. STAT
One final thought, between this ad and the Video at the top this is almost 1/2 million views in under 3 days. Remind me how the Democrat Convention was a success? I’d be shocked if the president & the Democrats don’t get a negative bounce.
It sounds like Nancy Pelosi’s advice for candidates to stay away from the convention was the best political advice she’s given all her life.
The question is Did Barack Obama do what he needed to do?
I’m watching Morning Joe and while I’m hearing what I expected in terms of the Obama speech when you look at the people there, when you look at their faces, when you watch their body language their hearts just aren’t in it.
The only real emotion you saw was when they showed Sarah Palin’s comment and they all laughed at her.
Think about it, Laughing at Sarah Palin is all they have.
Ann Althouse, who voted for Barack Obama last time said watched the whole thing and said it best (All emphasis mine:
10:17: The speech ends, and there’s a flurry of confetti. No balloons, because an indoor presentation hadn’t been planned. Obama steps forward and waves. There’s a closeup of his face and I think I see his lip curl with a bit of disgust, and I rewind and ask Meade to interpret the face and he says: resignation. Subjectively, we think we see in his face that he knows he’s going to lose. Michelle and Malia and Sasha come out, looking perfectly glossy and pretty, and then there’s Biden and Jill and Mrs. Robinson and various other relatives, milling around, waving a bit, and then the long view of the stage shows they’ve clumped toward the rear wall. Why are they huddling there? The shots of the crowd show some ecstatic delegates — all women — and many stolid/dispirited faces — male and female. At one point there’s a hitch in the Bruce Springsteen music — a silent gap — but then it plays again. And now they’re gone.
When the most memorable moment and most watched moment of your convention is your delegation booing God, it’s bad. When you are a reporter and you KNOW this, but can’t say it, that’s worse.
I’ve never been more sure of this election than I am this morning.