I don't wanna be a po-litical commentator....

First seen: http://ronin-kakuhito.livejournal.com/258587.html
Hum... So Clinton is scheduled to make/has already made her concession speech today. On the one hand I'm actually pretty happy. We are getting a candidate who is quite a bit more liberal than she is. It is nice that the campaign will get to shift from trying to beat other democrats to beating Bush Mk3.
On the other hand, it means that the right's PR machine is going to be kicking into high gear. So far, most of the attacks on the democrats have been diffuse and targeted at the true believers. The McCain campaign hasn't been able to effectively push their message because it has to be wrapped in oppositional terms and there hasn't been a single person to cast as the opposition. At the same time, both Clinton and Obama have been able to get their messages out to the general public, and (more on Obama's side than Clinton's) have been reinforcing each other's core positions, the places where they both opposed McCain's position, though possibly in different ways. Even though they may have been arguing positions y1 and y2, both ys stood directly in opposition to McCain's x position. Essentially, while they were running against each other, they grabbed more than half, possibly even more than 2/3rds of the media space available to candidates. Now that they aren't both in the running, there will likely be a readjustment, giving McCain Half (in a world where the media wasn't owned by a relatively few white rich conservatives) or more (in a world more like our own) of the communications space.

So far, the left has been running campaigns against people who agree with their core message. We'll get to see how well they do running against people who don't and are willing to lie to oppose it.

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