Thursday, July 31, 2008

Has the McCaint campaign jumped the shark?


Maybe it's just me, but it seems that with the most recent TV ads comparing Barack to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears that the McCaint campaign has hit a new low. The desperation is palpable to everyone. McCaint has no message worth listening to, so his campaign is going to throw everything they can at Barack in the hope that something sticks well enough to him, and doesn't bounce back at them.

TV fans hace had a term for a long time, called "jumping the shark". The term comes from an event on "Happy Days" where Fonzie jumps over a shark while surfing. It simply means that a show had an event that forever changed all episodes of that show afterwards. It is often interpreted as an event that pretty much wrecked the show. Although I have never heard of this term being applied to a political campaign, I do think the Paris Hilton ad is a good example of a campaign jumping the shark.

The level of desperation on display right at this moment from the McCaint campaign is incredible. He dared Mr. Obama to go on a world tour, visiting Iraq and Afghanistan, and other world powers, and he did so, looking much more Presidential than Mr. McCaint did on his trips. Mr. Obama attracted hundreds of thousands to his speeches overseas, when McCaint has a hard time attracting hundreds to his at home.

I won't say that Mr. McCaint doesn't have a chance, but his cances right now aren't good. We will see if their desperation can muster something that can prevent real change or not.

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