Found this interesting presentation given by Rahaf Harfoush, who runs a new media consulting firm in Toronto, and worked on the Obama campaign in Chicago. She breaks down Obama’s new media strategy, which has clearly emerged as the difference-maker in the last election:
Can’t help but wonder how (or if) our Canadian politicians might learn from these strategies in the impending election (we’ll definitely have one in 2009).
In related news, David Plouffe, a.k.a one of the mastermind’s behind Obama’s campaign strategy was recently in Toronto. It seems like he’s making the speaking circuit rounds, doing early promotions for his yet-to-be-written book on the campaign. If we aren’t all already sick of hearing about the 2008 election (for the record, I’m clearly o.k with analyzing it to death), we will be soon!
Al Franken finally gets his senate seat. The senate could use a little more humour among its ranks. Here’s a great clip of him debating Ann Coulter:
Clip from Eaves.ca, via Saskboy
Speaking of Coulter, according to this Slate article on media divas who refuse to appear alongside other pundits, she is the most objectionable personality in the business. Gee, I wonder why.
And since we’re on the subject of media personalities, CNN medical reporter Sanjay Gupta is apparnetly one of the leading candidates for Obama’s surgeon general job. This real-life McDreamy was named as one of People’s 100 sexiest men in 2003. Gawker says it best: “Obviously Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, is the big loser here.” Really though, if any TV personality should have this job, my vote goes to House.
Blagojevich Says He Has No Plans to Resign
This guy is just hilarious.
(Also hilarious- Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers roasting him on weekend update last night.
I can’t find that so I’m going to put up this slightly less funny skit:
Best line: “Maybe not to Illinois, but if you were the Governor of any other state, you’d be a disgrace to that state.”)
Just when I thought Canada was catching up in terms of political craziness, the US decides to up the ante. You really can’t make this stuff up!
For those of you who haven’t read it, you can find the full text of Blagojevich’s affidavit here. The best part is when Blagojevich’s wife makes a guest appearance:
During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife can be heard in the background telling ROD BLAGOJEVICH to tell Deputy Governor A “to hold up that fucking Cubs shit. . . fuck them.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked Deputy Governor A what he thinks of his wife’s idea. Deputy Governor A stated that there is a part of what ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife said that he “agree[s] with.” Deputy Governor A told ROD BLAGOJEVICH that Tribune Owner will say that he does not have anything to do with the editorials, “but I would tell him, look, if you want to get your Cubs thing done get rid of this Tribune.” Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife got on the phone and, during the continuing discussion of the critical Tribune editorials, stated that Tribune Owner can “just fire” the writers because Tribune Owner owns the Tribune.
As dubious as this guys actions clearly were, you have to wonder if this is really any different than what politicans usually do behind closed doors. Actually, it’s not so different from what our beloved PM is doing to fill the vacant senate seats. Let’s just hope he’s not promising any tax breaks.
Also, it’s questionable what exactly Blagojevich can actually be convicted for. Legal experts seem to be divided over exactly what they can charge him with- other than conspiracy to sell the senate seat. If they had waited until after an exchange of goods, they could’ve pegged him for something more serious. Clearly these guys don’t watch the Wire- you have to wait until after the act’s done to go in for the kill.
She’s back! Read the captions for full effect.
Alright, one last election post for the ages:
The Onion considers the dire consequences of an Obama win.
Obama win causes obsessive supporters to realize how empty their lives are:
Vote Bush in 2008!