Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Strategy Could Work (Sad to Say!)

A couple of years ago Chicago won the Oscar for "Best Motion Picture". I kind of wonder why but considering that Hollywood both produces the product and judges it, I really shouldn't. While the performances and cinematography were both very good, the story itself stunk. There was no heroism or even a really a victim and the only person with any decency and obvious goodness in him was a gullible idiot.

A murder trial, and we knew from the very first scene that the woman in question was guilty because we saw the murder committed. But Richard Gere plays Billy Flynn, a slick, slick, slick sleazeball of a lawyer, who specializes in getting guilty women acquitted of murder.

How does he do it?

He uses emotions and outright lies to manipulate public opinion, the press and the jury. He knows what draws sympathy and uses it. He gets the media behind the woman and the rest is easy.

I watch a speech or interview with Obama and I think of Billy Flynn who carefully misdirects people away from troubling facts and plays entirely on the emotions. While McCain is far from a stellar candidate, I think he's being a lot more direct and honest about his beliefs and intents.

Here's Billy Flynn's strategy for winning a trial when he knows his client his guilty. It also matches too many candidates' campaign strategy.

"How can they hear the truth above the roar?"


Blogger dons_mind said...

so true.......

7:37 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Yep! I saw that movie, Shoprat, but never would have put it together with Obama. The comparison is extremely valid. Good going! :)

7:44 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Any good defense attorney works this angle.

Q: Why won't sharks eat attorneys?
A: Professional courtesy.


8:55 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Shoprat: I ran your URL into Wordle and came up with this:

Years and Book are the two largest words.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Man, suddenly it felt ickilly like (the very handsome) Richard Gere was actually going to burst into song like an old Mickey Rooney movie and I reminded myself He'd NEVER DO THAT. and......voila.
NOW I know why he'd never do that!!'re so right....this fits Obama to a T.I'm just hearing now that he's bought five million in ads during the Olympics.

THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THE OBAMA PEOPLE AREN"T GOING TO DO TO GET HIM ELECTED, FOLKS. This is horrifying. Shoprat, thanks for the encouragement in saying the polls are tight, but......


7:24 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

McCain is doing his best.

"Losers always talk about doing thier best! Winners go home and f@#* the prom queen!" Sean Connery, The Rock.

Face it: this current President has practically handed this election to Obama because he has been at best, the worst president in my life, and maybe the worst one ever. I like John McCain. I don't think that he has the mental sharpness any more for the job, though. Besides, the far-right haters (Taliban Neo-cons) think McCain is "too liberal" for them and will probably vote for Bob "Borat" Barr. Is Obama slick, or just the smarter, younger, more educated, capable leader?
The fact that we are even considering electing him at all is testament to the colossal stupidty and ineptness of the current administration.

1:10 PM  

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