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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Obama: Friday Night Lights (Out)?

So says author of that famous book, Buzz Bissinger, in a new post at the Daily Beast.  He notes his Democratic and Upper West Side NYC roots but claims the debate pushed him over the edge.  Obama to him seemed "burnt out" and likely to stroll through a second term.  And somehow Buzz believe Mitt is now a confirmed (reconfirmed) moderate.  Buzz losses all credibility (and seems to half-believe that's so himself) with this claim:  "I  believe that Romney’s move to the center is not yet another flip-flop sleight of hand, perhaps naively. I believe he will send to the political Guantanamo those dirty old white men of the party ready to bomb Iran..."

And Obama?  "He is just too cool for school in a country desperate for the infectiousness of rejuvenation.  Romney has it. Our president no longer does."

In other news, hear me talk about another amazing campaign--the wild hugely influential 1934 governor's race in California starring socialist Upton Sinclair--on NPR's "On the Media" this week, related to my book.   This campaign inspired the birth of the modern political campaign, including the first use of the screen for attacks ads--created by Hollywood saint, Irving Thalberg.

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