27 January 2008

Denk' an Dich und lass' ihn fliegen

So unlike Green Bay, Obama managed to retain his overnight lead and still be the winner when I woke up this morning, with an impressive 55% of the vote. I noted with some interest John Kerry's endorsement of Obama earlier in the week, a move he felt compelled to do once he saw the recent 'swiftboating' campaign against him. Always on the lookout for new words with meanings impossible to describe in English, I have as of yet been unable to find an accurate translation of the phrase "swiftboating", but I believe it is German in origin, like most good compound-nouns are.

An article I read commented on the email campaign that is attempting to portray Obama as a Muslim, educated in a madrassa, who was sworn into the senate on a Koran (nope, that was Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)). Under-the-radar attack campaigns happen all the time in elections, but what is interesting is the fact that Obama, through Kerry, has chosen to respond to them, and the article suggested that this only lent weight to them. However a major criticism of Kerry's own Presidential campaign was that he did not respond to the Swiftboat allegations, and this allowed the media to keep attacking him with them. The overall tone of the article is that the public have become so cynical and distrustful of the government and politicians in general that as soon as an official statement is issued, we are now conditioned to believe the exact opposite. When the governemnt says "Trust us", we all know something very bad is going to happen.

With that in mind, I was delighted to learn this morning that a giant US spy satellite the size of a bus powered by "a hazardous material" is about to fall to Earth, and the US government have no idea where or when. A White House spokesperson said "Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly."

I feel safer already.


At 5:51 pm, Blogger 2BiT said...

mmm....I _think_ swiftboating might be a reference to Kerrys previous campaign (I think it was him anyway) where questions about his serving on boats in Vietnam were raised. or maybe i'm getting my neurons crossed...


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