The Hannah Montana Factor
Recently, I was making my deliveries and pondering the various situations that our side of the political isle has gotten itself into. It dawned on me that we have been taken for a ride. Granted, the following is only a theory, but I think it's a pretty good one.
The only way that the John McCain nomination makes sense is to realize that there are hidden forces at work. Actually, they're really not all that well hidden to be honest with you. You see, the media is big and powerful, but their weakness is their ego. The more power they aquire, the bigger their sense of entitlement. This sense of entitlement leads them to a false sense of moral superiority. As a result, the press commonly trades their role as news teller, for the role of news maker. With no one to stop them, the end result is, what the press wants, the press gets.
In our case, the press wants a liberal President. How to make this happen? On the Democrat side, this in not a problem. Simply give good press to the candidate of your choice. Report the good, bury the bad. But what happens if a popular conservative pops up that threatens your chosen candidate? No problem, just ignore him. Don't talk to him or about him, and he'll just go away. After all, if Fred Thompson falls in the woods, and there's nobody there to hear him, does he make a sound? No.
Now that the conservative is out of the way, you are free and clear to insert the Republican candidate that will least threaten your liberal Democrat candidate. You need someone who is popular enough to be a believeable candidate, but liberal enough to accept as a worse case scenario in the off-chance that he wins the election. Enter John McCain.
One problem though. How do you get conservatives to vote for a guy who is blatantly liberal and loves to kick the Right in the nuts? Answer: you don't. Instead, you convince the moderates, fence sitters, and undecided voters to fill in the gap. This is acheived by creating a "buzz". Using the same marketing template that created the talentless phenomenon that is "Hanna Montana", you simply tell everyone that the only way you can be cool is to get on the "McCain train". You create the illusion that everyone else has been begging for a McCain Presidency for years and that you are late to the party.
Using poles that you create, you can make a candidate look like the greatest thing since sliced bread. Couple that with the fact that you are in charge of telling the party leaders what the people think. After all, they aren't going to go among the "great unwashed" and find out if you're telling the truth.
After all is said and done, you have to give the media credit. No matter what, they will have their liberal President.