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September 23, 2008

ProjectionWatch 2008: Bitterly Racist Edition

Mary Katherine delivers the first of what promises to be an amusing new feature here at VC, the 2008 Election ProjectionWatch; so named because of the Editorial Staff's increasing conviction that our Democratic brethren in Christ spend an inordinate amount of time projecting their neuroses upon The Other:

On the Counterproductive Talking Point Perpetuation Watch, I found reporters calling swing states and rural regions "bitter" in two stories.

The WaPo deftly dons the Times' much famed flexible urban sensibility to explain the Weltanschung of your average Pennsylvania racist Neanderthal voter to the Post's toffee nosed readership:

More than is sometimes acknowledged, residents say, this is a region wrestling with bitterness and backwardness, the kind that Aunie Frisch, who has Chinese ancestry, sometimes finds maddening.

The LA Times, meanwhile, explains in lofty tones our next Commander in Chief's first "strategic redeployment" from Blue State hell:

Exactly 44 years after Lyndon B. Johnson became the last Democrat to capture the state of North Dakota in a presidential election, it looks like Barack Obama won't be the next.

The Associated Press reported this evening and an Obama spokeswoman confirmed that the Chicago-based campaign is pulling its 50-some staffers out of the heavily Republican state full of embittered small towns and shipping the workers east to Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the Democrat's prospects seem brighter and closer.

Fortunately in a ProjectionWatch aside noted by the ever-alert Editorial Staff, even the bitterest of backwards gun-clingers can find solace in a feeling "some experts" believe is shared by "many". The readership will please conceal their shock at these startling poll results:

The abandonment of at least one Midwestern state by Obama comes as a new AP poll indicates that race could play a significant role in deciding a close national election. Some experts estimate the first African American candidate of a major party might be as much as 6 percentage points more ahead if he wasn't black.

Oddly enough, these "experts" hazarded no opinion as to how many voters might be voting for the post-racial candidate out of a genuine desire to see a black candidate in the White House. Or perhaps they simply weren't asked that question.

Feel free to alert us to other examples of Election Projection in the coming weeks so that we may mock them mercilessly.

Posted by Cassandra at September 23, 2008 08:36 AM

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In the immortal words of the Geto Boys: "Damn its good to be a Gangsta!" Word to Obama.

Posted by: a former european at September 23, 2008 11:43 AM

I don't know how they convinced themselves that Georgia was ever in play. That was blindness.

Posted by: Grim at September 23, 2008 11:46 AM

This post makes my day. Delightful!

So, which state shall Obama win in the election?

Posted by: Olderthandirt at September 23, 2008 12:21 PM

My entry:

After Bitter Standoff With Angry Media Over Palin, McCain Camp Relents

It's got everything!!!

Please send me my prize right away.

Thank you.

Posted by: spd rdr at September 23, 2008 01:15 PM

Stupid *&^%$ links.


Posted by: spd rdr at September 23, 2008 01:16 PM

The Institute has been doing some polling we have Obama with solid leads in 7 of the 57 states.

And all of Europe!!!


Can someone tell me why the media doesn't find that as amusing as the Quayle potatoe thing?

Posted by: Pile On at September 23, 2008 01:39 PM

Please send me my prize right away.
Thank you.

You have to love a man with confidence... :p


Posted by: Cassandra at September 23, 2008 01:51 PM

It was pretty good Cass.

Posted by: Pile On at September 23, 2008 01:53 PM

Europe and Africa's part of the 50 states of America, right? Obama will win them, won't he?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 23, 2008 02:09 PM

I don't understand this "race" thing. Especially the way some in the Obama camp tell us that only a racist wouldn't vote for him.

I'd vote for anybody who had the abilities and the vision to take over.

As long as he (or she) wasn't one of the three people in the Senate with the most campaign contributions from financial and law firms.

Posted by: ZZMike at September 23, 2008 03:50 PM

How about the Dems usual antics around welfare and "Granny having to eat dogfood" given Biden's woeful charitible giving?

I guess they'd have to support gov't welfare if they believed everyone was as uncharitable as they are.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 23, 2008 04:13 PM

Does this projection come in wide-screen? Can it be formatted to fit my television?

Posted by: Procrustes at September 23, 2008 04:56 PM

The projection is amazing in its ability to... well... project itself virtually anywhere.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 23, 2008 04:59 PM


This projection usually comes in both full-scream and wide-scream.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 23, 2008 05:37 PM

And given that Olbermann still has a job, it most certainly is on your television.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 23, 2008 05:38 PM

I guess them Nordskies and Germans in North Dakota just don't know what a whizbang guy ol BO is. Not!!!!!!!
They tend to pick up on a BS artist.

Posted by: GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at September 23, 2008 06:34 PM

Verse 2: A gangsta ass nigga don't flex his nuts, cause a gangsta ass nigga knows he's got 'em.

-- McCain extemporaneously rapping Old Skool to appeal to black voters. Liberals will obviously be pleased and attracted to the new urban, hip version of McCain.

Posted by: a former european at September 23, 2008 09:00 PM

FYI, I'm an above average Pennsylvania (racist Neanderthal) voter.

Posted by: camojack at September 24, 2008 03:39 AM

Some experts estimate the first African American candidate of a major party might be as much as 6 percentage points more ahead if he wasn't black.

Then maybe the first "African-American" candidate ought to have been white.

My sister tells me about neighbors who recently emigrated from South Africa. They are of Dutch ancestry, and are the palest blonde, blue-eyed people you've ever seen. Recently, their daughter was getting ready for college, and on her college application (not understanding the "PC" meaning) put "African-American" for race.

Well, she was from Africa, and she is American.

The scholarships started coming in from places like the United Negro College Fund, and she asked her father what she should do about it. He said: "Take the scholarships. They asked you if you were African-American. They didn't ask if you were 'negro'."

So this pale white girl is getting scholarships designed for black people because of their penchant for the PC term, "African-American".

Posted by: Tony at September 24, 2008 01:05 PM

Verse 3: A gangsta ass nigga doesn't run from s**t, 'cause a gangsta ass nigga can't run fast.

-- McCain's hip-hop beats have Obama running scared. Represent, dog!

Posted by: a former european at September 24, 2008 05:42 PM

There has been a lot of interesting research done on affirmative action recipients at highly competitive schools that indicates that, rather than aiding underprivileged applicants, very often what happens is that children of highly educated, affluent blacks are taking advantage of policies originally designed to remediate against a set of conditions they have never had to face.

So in many ways Tony, I'm not sure it is all that different from the situation you cite.

afe: what on earth are you rapping about? Did McCain do something dumb (that I missed?)

Posted by: Cass at September 24, 2008 06:26 PM

Cass: Finally got your attention, did I? I am quoting from a rap song used in the outstanding movie "Office Space". It plays in the background when the white hero, after getting hypnotized by a therapist to deal with his horrible job, decides to just ignore his job problems and do what he wants. Kind of a modern take on the old "Take this job and shove it" philosophy.

The song lyrics, while quite filthy, are pretty funny, and form a counterpoint to what is going on visually with our lily-white protagonist.

I got to thinking about how the Obama camp attacked McCain for being old, not hip, not cool, and out-of-touch, and used race to accentuate these attacks. I thought it would be hilarious for McCain to respond to the criticism by becoming younger, hipper, and blacker than Obama. Presto: McCain the gangsta rapper!

I can just see it now -- McCain in saggy pants, baseball cap askew, and wearing lots of bling, getting all up in Obama's grill with a verbal rap beatdown a la the eminem character in "8 Mile". Then poppin' a cap in some reporter's ass for showin' DJ MC Kane disrespect.

Think about that scenario while listening to the song "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta" on Youtube. I couldn't stop laughing for about an hour! It's better than anything SNL has come up with lately.

Posted by: a former euroepan at September 25, 2008 03:37 AM