Thursday, 15 February 2007

American presidental politics

Top of the bill ladies and gentlemen, the fight you've come to see!
In the red corner we have liberal democrat staaaaaaaffeeeeeers.
In the blue corner the conservative republican Chriiiiiiiissstiaaaaaaaaaaaans.
Well, fringe loonies working for political parties in the states, it wouldn't happen here...Yeah Right.

But seriously, how far behind the curve are we in little ole Nu Zeelund from the kind of fallout we have seen decend on John Edwards campaign? Not far if you consider the sophisticated campaign strategies that both major parties here employed at the last election. One with an rather ironic laissez faire interpretation of the spending rules to pay for last minute little red book mail drops to the simpering liberal urban middle class home (mortgage) owners and students. The other with sneaky new tie-ins to, you guessed it, conservative Christian groups and interestingly, popular billboard advertising techniques.

This week has seen the second democrat campaign flunky get the arse for their blogging history. Isn't it funny how the anonymity of email and the web has created an underclass of wanna be deep throats, ahem, in US politics, if you'll pardon the allusion.

But wait, theres more! The bitching and he said but she said reaching a crescendo with Melissa McEwans (ex-democrat staffer) statements that described Christian supporters of President Bush as his ''wingnut Christofascist base'' being dredged out of the ether while Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (slightly rabid republican supporters?) slung the mud aligning democrats with God bashers, gays and those pesky ''secular Jews who hate Christianity" and control Hollywood.

New Zealand political staffers get blogging, theres an election coming up and I need a good laugh. On second thought, sounds like a perfect new job for Taito.

Hei Kone Ra.

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