Although you’ve likely seen it already, I want to direct your attention to the latest political short by the folks at Jib Jab called “Time for Some Campaignin’”. If you haven’t watched it yet, or don’t remember it, I direct you to www.jibjab.com. Once you’ve done so, I wanted to give my two cents on this amusing piece. I can wait.
While you’re gone, I’ll be busy whistling an off key tune…
…So you’re back then? You’ve seen it now? Good.
The clip opens with George Bush and Dick Cheney departing the White House while lamenting their legacy of “war, recession, and bad mortgage loans”. The question is, in twenty years or more how will historians, and, more importantly, the general public view the Presidency of George W. Bush? Obviously right now the vast majority have a negative opinion. Like it was said during the Clinton years, “it’s the economy stupid!” Unfortunately in general, people will tolerate a lot of poor and unconstitutional governance assuming the economy is doing well. Right now our economy has been rather weak and coupled with a heavily devalued dollar, there is uncertainty and underemployment. In addition, so many people these days believe that the conflict in Iraq was a mistake. If these factors hold steady, it will certainly spell trouble for Republicans at the ballot box in November.
Next, it moves on to John McCain, Hillary, and Barack Obama. The Bush sound-alike calls McCain “liberally prone” which isn’t very far from the truth. Be it the issue of illegal immigration, McCain-Feingold, or his big government environmentalism, conservatives do have a good number of complaints against McCain. Hillary, on the other hand, is painted as a power hungry politician who will resort to just about any tactic to win. Although she failed to win the nomination, one has to wonder how much of the dirt she found against Obama will resurface in the general election. You should remember that Michael Dukakis’s Willie Horton was first brought to the national attention by one of his primary opponents, Al Gore. I think it is very likely that should Obama not win, Hillary will make another stab at the presidency in 2012. Notice the Communist-looking campaign sign she carries.
The clip then switches again to McCain portraying him as a very heavy-handed militarist. It also suggests that he is too old to be president and that he would likely become incapacitated while in office. This viewpoint is not uncommon, as I have heard listeners call in to radio talk shows claiming the caller will not vote for McCain due to his age. I think that this is a very weak argument as issues should be far more important that age. If age does indeed become a campaign issue though, McCain should redouble his efforts to find a suitable Vice President/replacement.
Then comes Barack Obama. I think it is quite funny that he is shown in a Disneyesque nature scene continually spouting the nondescript rhetoric of change. Although he says he wants change, what sort of change does he want? Certainly his kind of change would not make any kind of conservative happy. His caricature is little more than an empty suit.
The folks at Jib Jab next make a few digs at political campaigns saying that in order to get elected, politicians will “promise you anything you wanna hear”. Some citizens vote for pork and more social programs and say to hell with the costs, consequences, and the Constitution. It is also true that spending for federal elections in this country, especially for the presidency, have ballooned to astronomical levels. I think both conservatives and liberals alike can agree that so much of this gross amount of spending could be allocated to far better purposes.
Lastly, I wanted to mention Jib Jab’s plug to put you in many of their pieces. I think this is a neat idea that should cause significant additional interest. Honestly, who can say no to someone who sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger commanding you to “click it NAOUGHW!” I know that I, for one, couldn’t resist.
Overall, I think that Jib Jab has captured a humorous and telling criticism of politics in this country. I’m pleased to say that both their production values and their substance have made great strides since their 2004 Bush/Kerry episode. I may not agree with everything they offer, but they do make it entertaining to watch. I hope you enjoyed it too.