Presidential Campaign Sounds Like a Horse Race
by Bill Sardi: American
campaign sounds more like a horse race.
horses are entering the starting gate. Jockeys to watch are top-tier
picks Romney, Gingrich and Perry, sporting 6-to-1, 5-to-1 and
4-to-1 odds respectively. But there’s a slight delay. Perry’s
horse, a Texas stallion, is kicking and the stewards are having
a difficult time getting him into the gate.
out of the gates and off and running. Cain, riding his horse "Girlfriend"
is off to a strong lead, followed by Paul riding "Constitution"
and then Bachmann riding "Blind Faith."
Now at the
first turn Cain is drifting back into the pack and Rick Perry
on his horse "Forgetful" is surging into the lead followed
the back stretch it is Gingrich riding "Fannie Mae"
who has nudged by a half-length ahead of Paul.
around the far turn it is Romney and his horse "Millionaire"
who is neck-and-neck with Gingrich, followed by Paul and the others
are two lengths behind. And now a race-horse fan (Jon Stewart)
has suddenly thrown a sign onto the track which asks: "What
about Paul riding Constitution?"
horse begins to fade as his horse looks like it has thrown a shoe.
But here comes Santorum riding "Wartime" from the back
of the pack.
on a horse everyone said could never win, is clearly leading the
pack now by a length and a half as we enter the final stretch.
If only the betting window could take late tickets now! And the
How we forget
that it is the news media’s job to create theatre out of elections
to capture viewers for advertisers. All the mud that is to be thrown
at a candidate is temporarily closeted to build up a candidate and
then later bring him/her down. With so many Americans views on each
Presidential candidate being shaped by this contrived TV election
drama, it’s a wonder so many Americans continue to fall for it.
But it works
– as soon as the news media creates a script for the masses to repeat,
you begin to hear in conversation that, for example, a candidate
has a foreign policy that is "isolationist" (immaterial
argument since the nation is using borrowed money to implement its
current foreign policy of intimidation by military might and bribery
masqueraded as foreign aid. The day is fast approaching when America
will have to abandon its navy ships overseas and recall its troops
in foreign lands.).
of the SUPER PACS
Presidential election has a new twist – Super PACS (political action
committees). Due to a new Supreme Court ruling that allows PACS
to side-step the $2500 per voter limit on election donations, Super
PACS are doing all the negative advertising for their candidate
and letting the candidate use his/her own funds to air positive
the trailer at the end of the ad saying "My name is FRANK SMITH
and I’m running for President and I am responsible for the content
of this message," campaign
TV ads now say: "Super Pac Z is responsible for the content
of this message."
But what is
perplexing for the TV networks is that, overall, TV ads in Iowa,
where electioneering for the first Presidential primary is underway,
are down drastically. According to an estimate
of political ad buys conducted by Campaign Media Analysis Group
(CMAG), spending in Iowa is down nearly 85% from last cycle.
In 2008 Barack
Obama raised ~$750 million in campaign funds and spent most of it.
The TV networks want to get that money. They are not an unbiased
The news media
loathes revealing where PACS get their funds. PACS
that donated the most to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign were financial
and educational institutions (Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan
Chase, UBS, Morgan Stanley; University of California, Stanford University,
Harvard and Columbia Universities).
If money can
buy elections, Mr. Obama could declare victory today. So far his
campaign has raised
the most money by a wide margin. But this only speaks for special
interests controlling elections. Mr. Obama faces declining popularity
that is only marginalized by most of his contenders shooting themselves
in the foot.
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