Thursday, August 20, 2009

Never underestimate...

...the stupidity of the electorate." Joseph Kinnaird.

I think I came up with that one on my own. Or maybe I heard it somewhere. Either way I'll claim it.

When George W. Bush (the inventor of happy hour, blessed be his name) was running against Al Gore (the inventor of the interwebs, blessed be his name) I saw something that shook me to my core. Both candidates went on Oprah (the inventor of philanthropy, blessed be her name) to sit down and talk about stuff that might interest people. Not policy or philosophy of government but really interesting things like what cereal they like, what kind of music they like, and many other things that might be interesting but have very little to do with the kind of leader of the free world they might be. They came and sat down with Oprah during different weeks.

Both received significant positive bumps in the polls. Who are the people swayed by these sit-downs with O. I think the following would be safe assumptions:

1. Women. Home-makers and the like that are more likely to be at home when the Great and Terrible Oprah comes on.
2. Unemployed people.
3. Small Children. They can't vote. Unless they are from Chicago and signed up by ACORN. Or dead. Then they get to vote twice.

Think about this for a minute. These are most likely the people who have decided the past three Presidential elections. And their decisions are based on mundane things. Appearance, preference of music, and things that do not matter one little bit.

If you cast a vote based on the race of the person running then you are a racist. Don't go putting on your hoods just yet but the seeds of ugliness are there.

I know people who are socialists. They wouldn't name themselves such but socialist they are. I can respect people who disagree with me as long as they know why. There some who disagree with me on principle. If you are in that group you can bite me.

I worry that elections hinge on people who make their decisions based on Oprah.


kpookie747 said...

Now this is where we once again differ... the past two blogs have been about politics which I have either not understood or could care less. I love that you are a well rounded individual who can write about anything from emo kids (adults), Robert Pattinson, and politics. And just remember, this homemaker (HA! whatever that means!) doesn't watch Oprah unless it's about menopause or Suzie Orman is on. LOVE YOU TO DEATH!

Jamie said...

I disagree with you on a few things.

And I'm confident I know why :)