Monday, August 4, 2008

McCain Leads Obama, Advertising Works

Jokes about him meeting Jonah Brown aside it is arguable that McCain has now inched ahead of Obama since his world tour.

Danny Finkelstein has been lambasting McCain’s advertising. In fact everybody inside the Beltway and in the Westminster Village has been saying the same to Guido. Hang on a second. Can even you political obssessives remember any of Obama’s ads? “Hope, change, blah.” No, thought not.

McCain’s ads may not work with the knowing, his early Hero ad with footage of him as a prisoner of war might be a bit too cheesy for cynics, but how does that play in the heartlands? People will remember that he endured harsh treatment heroically. The Media Love ad on media favouritism was a little reminder, the Paris Hilton ad and The One ad are low intensity attacks on Obama’s politics of empty celebrity. These ads are far more sophisticated than previous Conservative campaign attack ads on “Hollywood liberals” – they work.

The latest line of attack takes the form of a mini-documentary (below) and it is effective because it shows Obama time and time again lacking clear direction on Iraq. He has flip-flopped and trimmed on the key U.S. foreign policy issue of our time. McCain is playing off his experience against Obama’s lack of judgement well…

All the Cameroons swooning for Obama would be wise to be more circumspect…

UPDATE : Punters are moving to McCain as well says Mike Smithson.

Gove Goes at Nuts

ConservativeHome is in puritanical ecstasy over Gove going all prudish:
“I believe we need to ask tough questions about the instant-hit hedonism celebrated by the modern men’s magazines targeted at younger males. Titles such as Nuts and Zoo paint a picture of women as permanently, lasciviously, uncomplicatedly available. We should ask those who make profits out of revelling in, or encouraging, selfish irresponsibility among young men what they think they’re doing…. The relationship between these titles and their readers is a relationship in which the rest of us have an interest. The images they use and project reinforce a very narrow conception of beauty and a shallow approach towards women. They celebrate thrill-seeking and instant gratification without ever allowing any thought of responsibility towards others, or commitment, to intrude. The contrast with the work done by women’s magazines, and their publishers, to address their readers in a mature and responsible fashion, is striking.”

Most men actually do have a shallow approach towards women and it has nothing to do with men’s mags and to all to do with biology. Without getting into a treatise on socio-biology it is clear that evolution has designed half the human race to be thrill seeking and after instant gratification. That is why our DNA has programmed us to have an orgasm.

Guido has it from a person in a position to know that, in his bachelor days, Michael Gove was “an enthusiastic lover”. Since he wasn’t intending on pro-creation, presumably he was indulging his hedonistic thrill-seeking side?

UPDATE : Forgot to moan about the Tories having a go at lap-dancing clubs. Seems to be a bit ungrateful to Peter Stringfellow, who has supported the Tories through thick and thin. This puritanical moralising will all in end in tears.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008

Obama on Iraq

Who Leaked Blair’s Memo?

So Blair’s private memo on his thoughts on Brown’s strategy and tactics has entered the public domain. Cui bono?

Miliband is the clear beneficiary. Who was on the distribution list? Bets are that Miliband, Blair’s anointed one, was on the list so a “friend” of his could have passed it to the Mail. Mandelson might likely be another member of the “A Team” that would have seen it, so to would Ben Wegg Prosser, who if memory serves Guido correctly, managed previously to get the “leave the stage with them wanting more” memo to Blair onto the front page of the Mail.

The tone of Blair’s memo is brutally frank, he prefaces it by saying a toned down more gentle version will be sent to Brown – clearly he knows Gordon can’t handle the truth…

Saturday, August 2, 2008

For the Love of an Older Woman

Polly is the most influential member of the commentariat according to the punditocracy, so it is worth noting that she has transferred her affections to Miliband with a public declaration of adoration.

It is also noticeable that as she gets older she has become an ever more promiscuous patron of politicians. The objects of her desire retain her affection for less time as she has become more impatient.

She first fell for David Owen’s good looks and silky social democratic ways and even stood for the SDP in the 80s before they fell apart. It took some time for her to get over that until she was then seduced, like so many others, by Tony Blair’s charm and third way. It was quite a while before she fell out of love with him and got so sniffy she told us to wear nose-pegs. She switched her affections and cosied up to Gordon, stroking his ego and boosting him in her columns, praising him as an intellectual colossus, master-strategist and political titan. Like so many woman before her, she was blinded to a man’s faults by her hopes for him.

That fling has now come to a bitter end and she has nothing but scorn for Gordon for deceiving her. Young Miliband has now set her 62 year-old heart a flutter with hisbold adrenaline shot of optimism. Summer is here and love is in the air again. How long will her affection last this time?

Want To Ask Tony A Question? Become His Friend?

Thanks to Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace you can have Tea with Tony on Monday. Go on, you know you want to…


UPDATE : The more eagle-eyed have noticed that Wendi Deng is Tony’s MySpace friend as well as Rupert’s wife and recipient of email from Gordon. Mark Pack over on LibDemVoice reckons Murdoch’s Sun bashes Facebook and boosts his rival MySpace. No news however as to bear activity in the forests…

Friday, August 1, 2008

July Stat-Porn : 695,791 Page Hits from 524,618 Visitors

Those figures were generated by 113,118 absolute unique visitors last month. The top ten referrers were:

#1 Iain Dale
#2 Coffee House Blog
#3 ConservativeHome
#4 PoliticsHome
#5 PoliticalBetting.com
#6 B3ta.com
#7 Times Blogs (Red Box and Comment Central)
#8 Dizzy Thinks
#9 Devil’s Kitchen
#10 Biased BBC

Hardcore stat-porn fans can click the image below for a snapshot of the last year’s traffic. The trend is your friend. Read ‘em and weep tree slaughterers…

…. traffic has doubled year-on-year.

Isaby Joins ConservativeHome

What does it say about the decline of the Daily Labourgraph and the rise of the blogosphere that a journalist would move across to ConservativeHome?

Congratulations to Jonathan Isaby, will he be doing the 6 a.m. news links shift? Isaby is rarely missing from a politico-social event, it won’t be easy to combine late nights with early starts…

ConservativeHome is an example of how the news market will become fragmented in the future. High quality, focused niche news boutiques will displace traditional generalist news sources. Nobody watches the BBC for business reporting when we have CNBC, nobody reads Bloomberg for sports reporting. You wouldn’t expect the Guardian to have a clue about the intricacies of the Conservative Party’s internal affairs. Best of breed online news sources can rapidly replace the dead tree press – however well established. The Telegraph has certainly been replaced as the house journal of the Tory Party by ConservativeHome…

Previous Isaby stories here and here.


Seen Elsewhere

Labour Failed Those Victims | Labour Uncut
We Cannot Ignore the Race Issue Here | Dan Hodges
74 MPs Who Back Stop Mills Motion | Speccie
Milibande | Ian Birrell
The True Meaning of Political Correctness Gone Mad | Speccie
Nigel, Nigel, Nigel! | Bloomberg
Bercow Blinks | Guardian
Speaker on the Ropes | Indy
Outgoing Clerk Slams Bercow – Row Goes Very Public | BBC
Darling Was Wrong on OBR | Speccie
Climate Change Cools Off | Washington Times


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