Are You Ready For Some Football, Obama Style?

Barack Obama, who is increasingly looking like the front runner for the Democratic nomination if Al Gore stays out, is following his highly successful campaign trip to New Hampshire with an appearance on Monday Night Football:

According to USA Today, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will do nothing to discourage speculation he’ll take on Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) as he appears in ESPN’s Monday Night Football opening segment tonight to talk about “a contest between two very different philosophies” that is also “a contest about the future.” Supposedly, he’ll then acknowledge questions about “whether the new guy has enough experience.”

I wonder if has arranged to be placed in the game just in time to score the winning touchdown for Chicago. Why stop at Monday Night Football? How about arranging to be in the season finale of Lost to rescue everyone, and perhaps appear on House to solve a case which even House can’t solve?

Rick Klaus showed last week that Obama will win if Google can be used as an indicator. He looked at the graphs posted by Erik Heels which seemed to show that Hillary Clinton would win but Klaus found that Heels had misspelled Obama’s first name as Barak. While “Barak Obama” trails Clinton in hits, Barack Obama wins easily. As I found when I misspelled Dick Devos’s name during the Michigan Governor’s race, there’s lots of Google hits on a misspelled name, but not as many as on the correct spelling. For a small blog, however, it might bring in more hits to misspell someone’s name as many people misspell names in a search and there is less competition for hits on the incorrect spelling. Rick Klaus also looked at on line ad strategies and Obama today.

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    Probus says:

    Sen. Obama should be careful with all this attention from the same media that was overly harsh with Sen. Kerry just a few weeks ago over a misplaced pronoun. If Sen. Obama gets too much media attention, he might get over-hyped and as a result be taken less seriously by either the party activists who have not yet signed up with a candidate or average Americans might get tired of him by the time the actual campaign season begins and they might end up considering him as a non-serious candidate. There is a risk in appearing on shows like the Tonight Show and Monday Night Football. He may not look like a statesman or a senator.

    He might not want to be over exposed by this media which can be too quick to turn on candidates sometimes. An example of this would be Gov. Dean, when he ran in 2004 he was considered the presumptive nominee by many in the media and the blog community, but after he stumbled in IA and NH, he was greatly criticized by the same media. The biggest risk is overexposure too early in the race. Already questions are being asked about his limited legislative experience. He should be careful he doesn’t get stuck with the “rock star” label, otherwise voters may not think of him as someone with substance. He should be careful that he doesn’t become just another “celebrity”.

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    Christopher says:

    Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote that Vice President Gore will enter the race? He is the proverbial 800lbs. gorilla and will blow Queen Hillary and the vile John Kerry, the blabbermouth Joe Biden and John “I let my home state’s ADAP program dwindle” Edwards, out of the water???

    Well, what I’m hearing from my sources is a possible Gore/Obama ticket in ’08. Imagine it: Al Gore, who will make the environment the centerpiece of his administration and the multicultural Barack Obama, on the same ticket.

    The moribund GOP should be afraid — very, very afraid, and we should begin celebrating!

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    Ron Chusid says:


    I don’t think Obama has any choice but to go for the media hype. It’s not as if he can win the nomination based upon his experience. He also needs a lot of media coverage to make him appear a credible opponent to Hillary Clinton.

    With regards to comparing to Dean, there are two factors. First there’s the increased scrutiny that any front runner will face. Obama will need to be able to talk more specificlaly about the issues than he has so far and show he has a good grasp of the issues despite his lack of experience. Dean also self-destructed. He ran as a straight talker but was caught in two major lies, first on his history wth regards to support of Medicare funding, and later some of the media challenged him on his false claims that his position on the war was significantly different from Kerry’s. There were also a lot of gaffes. The question is whether Obama can remain free of such gaffes.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    Gore may or may not enter the race. If he does he will be a formidible candidate. “The vile John Kerry”???

    Predicting a nomination battle this far out is risky enough. Predicting the full ticket is even riskier. There have been predictions of a Gore/Obama ticket but such predictions are premature.

    Obama could wind up as VP candidate but for now I think he is looking at the top spot. The better Obama’s chances look of upsetting Hillary, the harder it will be for Gore to enter the race late. Of course who knows how long Obama will remain so hot.

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    Probus says:


    You are right in stating that Obama needs the media attention right now. His lack of experience will hurt him with the IA and NH voters. Without the media attention he would not get compared to H. Clinton. They were fawning on her for a while now they’ve moved on to him. I agree that Obama has been short on specifics on many critical subjects unlike Sen. Kerry who has several plans to offer on various issues.

    You are right Dean did much of the damage to himself. I think he became over-confident, which is a dangerous thing for any candidate to do. He also underestimated Sen. Kerry. I think when he lost IA and NH, and came out with this unbelievable speech where he couldn’t seem to admit how badly he had lost to Sen. Kerry who no one expected to win, I think it showed how out of touch he really was. He rattled out state after state where he thought he would win. At the time I saw it on CNN I was absolutely stunned. He had lost and he sounded like he thought he had won. He seemed out of touch.

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    Probus says:


    Why do you call Sen. Kerry “vile”? He doesn’t deserve such harsh criticism. He would make a great candidate and I hope he runs again. Other than making a good documentary Gore hasn’t done much. With 2 deadly wars going on and our troops stuck in the middle of a raging civil war Gore will not get very far if he campaigns on environmental issues. It’s not what the voters in IA and NH want to hear. No candidate in his right mind will pick someone as inexperienced as Obama with only 2 years in the Senate and no legislative achievements to speak of.

    Gore has not done anything to indicate that he is running again. We don’t know how much money he has. He didn’t go out of his way to help dem candidates in the midterm elections unlike Sen. Kerry who raised and gave 14 million to candidates. He has not made even one trip to the key states of IA, NV, NH or SC. If he wants to run he will have to be more clear about running than he has already been. Also he has been out of office for the past 6 years. Other than raising awareness about global warming what has he accomplished that will convince voters to pick him?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    If Obama does well in the primaries but still fails to win the nomination he still could be considered for the VP spot. As inexperienced as he is, he does have comparable experince to Edwards, and of the two I’m far more impressed with Obama at this point.

    If Gore does run, the environment will be a part but will not be the centerpiece simply because that’s not enough to win on. Of course another Katrina which is attributed to global warming could change that. Gore will certainly speak more on the environment than he did in 2000, but Iraq and the overall condition of government will be the main themes. In other words, his upcoming book foreshadows his campaign should he run.

    Although Gore has been out of office (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) he does have considerable experience to draw on as VP (who did more than the typical VP) as well as former Senator. History is also sort of on his side as those who previously won the popular vote but failed to take office have come back to win afterwards. Gore’s case is even stronger considering that he would have also won the electoral college if not for getting robbed in Florida.

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    mbk says:

    IMHO, Gore is a non-starter for the 2008 presidential nomination. (lest you wonder, I voted for him with enthusiasm in 2000; I just don’t think he’s the one for 2008).Among other things, I believe he remains deeply ambivalent about another presidential run. Also, if he starts to get more exposure, people are going to remember some of the things about him that were at least minor liabilities the first time around. He’s done the country a great service in his campaign to wake up the country about global warming and related issues, and I”m personally grateful to him for this, and I think he’d make a great EPA director or energy czar in the next Democratic administration, but. . it’s not going farther than that.
    Of course, at least Gore really has accomplished something, in contrast to several of the other media/blogosphere-hyped “mentionables”. . .
    It seems to be silly season right now.
    I pray that voters and media and blogosphere can bring themselves to start paying serious attention and make serious choices, on serious criteria, in 2008. The future of our country depends on electing a president who is deeply qualified to help us solve a broad and deep range of deeply serious problems. Television personalities-du-jour and slimy-power-politics-as-usual folks will not get us out of our mess.

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