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Bill Boyarsky on Election ‘08 and the Real America

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Posted on Oct 23, 2008
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Republican presidential candidate John McCain salutes the audience as he makes a campaign stop at a high school gym in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Fresh off a trip to small-town Ohio, Truthdig’s political reporter weighs in on the week’s news, from the Colin Powell endorsement to the battle for Pennsylvania.

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By JakesTake, October 24, 2008 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

Just heard from Dick Morris on Hannity (checking the oppostion) that the GOP is raising money to inundate the airways with Rev. Wright/anti-Obama ads during the last week. Hope Obama/DNC/MoveOn etc. gets there first to let public know that they’ll be hearing these types of ads etc.

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By OGP, October 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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Look up McCain on Wikipedia. He is a classic f*ckup, just like Bush. He comes from a long line of Navy Brass, yet he finished near the bottom of his class, crashed several navy jets here in the states (while chasing broads in his Corvette) before asking for assignment in Vietnam to chase his boredom.

Then, on a trip to Hawaii, he hooks up with a rich heiress who has big ideas for her new boy-toy. He really has not done a damn thing with his life of use to anyone other than himself.

Some war hero.

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By xyzaffair, October 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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McCain keeps misrepresenting Obama on taxes.  He is trying to create the impression that Obama will raise everyone’s taxes.  Under Obama’s plan, those earning less than $250,000 will get back more than under McCain’s plan.  Those earning $250,000 will get back more under McCain.  Those earning over $250,000 will get back more under McCain and pay more under Obama, but when you consider that someone earning $750,000 a year will pay less than $20,000 more in taxes under Obama, his plan can hardly be considered a Socialist redistribution-of-wealth scheme.

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By Spiritgirl, October 24, 2008 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Rural America, is a small town, with little access to information, and the information they do get is biased against other!  While they may like it that way, it isn’t totally their fault.  Unless rural America comes into positive contact with other than itself their opinions are largely based on Limbaugh, Hannity, the worst of the news and movies - none of which really portray minorities in the best of lights!

Think about this the next time that you watch the news - when a crime happens (any crime) if there is a description it is usually a light skinned black male, or the picture is of a minority!  If the individual involved is white - there is no description given or picture presented until the man is in lock-up (if then)!  And then again your average serial killer is a white male aged 18-49, quiet, usually a loner, and sometimes quite smart ala Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, the Boston Strangler, et.al!  But that isn’t usually told or made note of!  Hell, the current economic crises before it became a crisis was started and promoted by rich, corporate, white men!  And yet minorities still must pay the price for white peoples fears!

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By Big B, October 24, 2008 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

We can all agree that boyarsky was probably not going to vote for McCain from the start. However, that does not change the fact that white, rural, america is blissfully ignorant to, well, almost everything. They get their news from Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch. Thay live by the mantra “we did it this way 30 years ago, why can’t we do it this way now?” And most would never vote for Barry, primarily because he is black.

Rural america IS backward, and they are HAPPY that way! But we are now coming off of 16 years of “hillbilly chic”, so how are things going? While we flocked to tractor pulls and football games, and watched nothing but wrestling and NASCAR on TV, our nation was being run into the ground by evil morons!

You can’t say we didn’t give this whole conservative revolution a chance. It’s time to admit our mistake and hope it’s not too late.

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By Allan Krueger, October 24, 2008 at 4:25 am Link to this comment

Hey Outraged, have you run out of meds or are all of your thoughts this disorganized?

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By Outraged, October 24, 2008 at 12:26 am Link to this comment

So… I’m curious, is this your FIRST encounter with “rural america”.... LOL.  Simply because you sound surprised.

Ouch… “you don’t have a life” (when describing “rural America”), not good press.  Nope…you m-i-g-h-t want to elaborate…mmm…possibly… on the better side of your summation.  You are claiming that “these people” are not going to vote for Obama, because they believe the “robo-calls”.  NO.

Now… there ARE those who believe this, but you are entirely biased.  How will you see the reality?  I feel you don’t know how to assertain “rural America”, .... out of your element…LOL.  Wow, musta been difficult….LOL.

I don’t want to TOTALLY annihilate your premise, however you are patronizing “rural America”. And guess what, they KNOW it.  And I agree.  So… are you the “internalizer of propaganda” or are they?  Show me the DIFFERENCE.

Mr. Boyarsky, you do not UNDERSTAND rural America, you UNDERSTAND partisan politics, and that is where it ends.  With the exception of certain enclaves, rural America is VERY concerned about the state of the nation.  I still have my albeit… atheistic, “faith” in rural America, but it is nowhere NEAR your biased interpretation of it.

Your rhetoric is quite blantant.  I appreciate the fact that you have “put yourself out there”, however you don’t get it.

In defense of “Rural America”, you are full of shit.  In addition… was it Peter Scheer?...sorry, I’m not sure…but anyway, your claim, “everyone knows Obama is the best candidate”(paraphrased)...is specious.  Better than McCain….well, could YOU DO WORSE….?  Ahem…..

Oh boy… Mr. Boyarsky (Mr. Obamahisownself) “figured out” that middle-aged people “don’t quite UNDERSTAND” the “bigger picture”.  OH MY.  LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS! (Where’s toto?...poor thing)

Time for a beer, hey….I live in Wisconsin.  Beer… here, is a good thing.  Enjoy.

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