The Daily Caller has posted the "damning" video of a Barack Obama speech from 2007. It was simultaneously prepared to be made public with Sean Hannity and The Drudge Report at 10/9 CST. Hannity opens his show with it. Drudge put it up. The Daily Caller's reported was on Hannity's show and ready to let 'er rip.
- Okay, let's get this out of the way. This is a divisive, racially-tinged speech. However, and I want you to really pay attention here, it's not going to make a damn bit of difference in the election.
"But why, Joe? I mean, this is terrible stuff!" Yes it is, person I made up kinda like Obama made up his girlfriend in his book. But there are three sides to every political story: The Left's, The Right's and The Rest's. The Rest is the key to the election. They're the center folks. They're the Independents. They're... not going to care about a video posted on Conservative sites or aired on Conservative shows. It just won't charge them up. The Right is in full-blown "GET HIM!" mode and the Left is pushing a Paul Ryan video they say is a lot like the 47% video of Romney. OH MY GOD, THEY'RE SAYING THINGS THAT are totally expected of them in a highly-politicized environment.
Barack Obama was speaking to a black crowd. He was charging up a black voter base. He said things that would appeal to that group. In many ways, it's a lot like 47% comments or Paul's speech the Huffington Post put up. These guys are speaking to supporters and saying things that are going to appeal to them. A little different in the 47% video because Romney was discussing political strategy (it would have been a waste of the money those donors he was speaking to gave him to go after that 47%), but it all ends up being the same thing.
If someone tells you that "shocking video" will change the election, hit them with a rolled-up newspaper like they just pooped on the floor. Then look at them and sternly say "No."
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